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There’s a reason the Mercedes-Benz GLK 4MATIC is the best-selling company brand SUV in northern Ontario and the Greater Sudbury area. It makes sense to people.
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Sudbury Fine Cars sales consultant Brian Bortolotti shows off the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class. Photo by Scott Haddow

There’s a reason the Mercedes-Benz GLK 4MATIC is the best-selling company brand SUV in northern Ontario and the Greater Sudbury area. It makes sense to people. 

A stand-out design, pure performance, rugged off-road capability, a long list of quality standard features, tons of interior space, superior safety features and effective pricing makes for an impressive package and a vehicle worth driving. Starting at $43,800, the GLK is making a big bang for the buck. 

“This is no cookie-cutter vehicle,” Sudbury Fine Cars sales consultant Brian Bortolotti said. “The GLK stands out from everything else out there. It is unique and dynamic.

“People looking for a vehicle in this price range, after looking elsewhere, come to us and see a superior-built product with a lot of standard features and it is an easy decision for them to make. The GLK is our best-selling Mercedes-Benz SUV in the north.”

Now for the meat and potatoes of the GLK 350 4MATIC. Pushing this SUV through city streets and over rough back-country roads is a 3.5-litre, V6 engine. This mechanical heart pumps out 268-horsepower and 258-lb-ft of torque. From 0 to 100-km/h, it takes a scant 6.5 seconds. Needless to say, power and performance generated by the GLK will not leave owners with sour faces when they put their foot down on the accelerator pedal. 

Keeping it all running flawlessly is the standard 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission, which allows shorter shifts and no perceptible interruption of power flow. The GLK isn’t the biggest gas gulper despite its size, capability and performance. It uses 13.2-litres/100-km city and 9 litres/100-km highway driving. Keeping it all grounded firmly to the pavement are 20-inch twin-spoke wheel rims. 

Inside, the GLK is what any Mercedes-Benz vehicle should be: elegant, packed with technology and seamlessly blended with style and distinction. There are standard eight-way, power-adjustable, heated front seats, handmade Artico leather upholstery, telescopic steering column, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual automatic climate control, cruise control and heated mirrors and power windows. 

Music lovers will rejoice thanks to the sound system with in-dash MP3 compatible CD changer. The wood trim is real Burl walnut or dark ash. The GLK has 450-litres of cargo space, with the seats up, making sure owners have plenty of room to stow their gear. 

Outside, the GLK flexes its styling muscles with a distinct and engaging design. 

The GLK has no qualms about getting its nose dirty and can handle the rough stuff on back roads and tough obstacles. 

It has a maximum gradient climbing ability up to 70 per cent, maximum fording depth of 300-mm and ground clearance of up to 201-mm. Regardless of the adventure, the GLK has the ability to deliver owners to their destinations, no matter how remote they may be. 

With superior and intelligent measures, the GLK Class has the bases covered when it comes to safety. If trouble comes looking for the GLK, it will never flinch when the driver needs it most thanks to an electronic stability program, electronic traction system, brake assist and all-wheel drive (4-MATIC).

There are also numerous passive safety systems such as two-stage airbags, driver’s knee airbag, pelvic airbags, front side airbags, side-window curtain airbags and a passenger safety cell. 

The GLK is ready for test drives at Sudbury Fine Cars, at 2097 Long Lake Rd. All through the month of May, the dealership is having a special deal on the GLK 350 4MATIC. There is 1.9-per-cent purchase financing or a 2.9-per-cent lease rate. 

“The GLK is a vehicle for anyone,” Bortolotti said. “It fits so many lifestyles, and that is what makes it popular.”

Posted by Laurel Myers