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Pros: The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK is a great seller that you can almost spot around town on any given day. Sharp lines, two excellent engines, a superb gearbox, fourth-generation 4MATIC all-wheel drive, and all the luxury and confort you'd expect from a Mercedes are part of the package.

Cons: The GLK can get quite expensive when you start adding options and accessories. The trunk's capacity is below average; in fact, you can enjoy more cargo room in most mid-to-large sedans. Elsewhere, operating the paddle shifters takes some getting used to.

2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK Price: There are two trim levels on the GLK menu for 2014, and they start at $43,500 and $45,500, respectively.

2014 Mercedes GLK
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2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK Fuel Economy: On one hand, you have the very efficient, diesel-powered GLK 250 BlueTEC, which achieves 8.3L/100km in the city and 5.9L/100km on the highway. On the other hand, the more powerful GLK 350 4MATIC burns 11.1L and 8.1L/100km (premium gas required).

Improvements and Changes:
The biggest news is obviously the introduction of a 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine. The COMAND system adds a surround-view camera. New colour options have been added to the mix.

2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK Powertrain: The German automaker offers two different engines with the GLK, namely a 2.1L 4-cylinder turbodiesel (200 hp, 369 lb-ft) and a 3.5L V6 (302 hp, 273 lb-ft). All models benefit from 4MATIC all-wheel drive and a 7-speed automatic transmission with manual mode.

2014 Mercedes GLK
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Cargo Capacity: There are 450 litres of trunk space in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK, although you can fold the rear seats and triple that number to 1,550 litres.

Safety: Seven airbags, anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake force distribution along with stability and traction control are standard. You can get a rearview camera, lane keeping assist system, blind-spot monitors, and an emergency calling system.

Comparing the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK: Competition includes the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Infiniti QX50, Lexus RX 350, Lincoln MKX, Porsche Macan, and Volvo XC60.