With its recent refresh of the most affordable member of its SUV lineup, Mercedes-Benz has chosen to walk a different path when compared against its Teutonic rivals. Instead of mimicking the more car-like lines of the Audi Q5 or the BMW X3, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class stands firm on with its upright styling that is far more reminiscent of the full-size G-Class truck than a crossover wagon replacement. By doing so, the GLK-Class is able to rise above the fray and present a truly different compact SUV alternative in a segment where design homogeneity often makes it difficult to pick individual models from the crowd.
Of course, it also helps that the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class has also had significant attention paid to its passenger compartment, its drivetrain, and its list of available features, further bolstering its status as an entry-level luxury SUV stand-out. Its looks might not be for everyone, but its affordable entry-level price and the upcoming availability of a new, fuel-efficient turbodiesel engine option make the GLK-Class impossible to ignore.