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Mercedes-Benz likes to describe the compact GLK as a modern SUV with the genes of a G-Class, their largest SUV. Priced at around 176,000AED, the special edition comes with a panoramic sunroof, twin electric blinds, 20-inch alloy wheels, footplates, new front bumper with LED fog lights and a new diffuser-look rear apron with integrated exhausts.

On the inside, the GLK Grand Edition comes with a multifunction steering wheel with gear shifter paddles, a new look instrument cluster, aluminium trim, ambient lighting and Nappa leather trim on the steering wheel and gear lever.

Included with the Grand Edition is an interior sports package that consists of a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with column gear-change paddles, a silver coloured tube type instrument cluster, aluminium trim, an interior light package and ‘Nappa’ leather trim on the steering wheel and gear lever.

The drive was comfortable, although I found the steering on the light side. For a compact SUV, this little baby G sure has a lot of head-room. I drove around wearing a top hat the whole time. Why, you ask? Because I could.

"The new GLK is part of our successful SUV family of the ML-Class, GL-Class, G-Class and offers typical Mercedes- Benz attributes such as refinement, dynamism and safety in a compact format,” said Frank Bernthaler, Director, Sales and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Middle East & Levant. “We raised the segment bar with the GLK and are raising it yet again with the Grand Edition.”

So, a comfortable ride, deceptively spacious interior for a compact SUV. Just one small thing to ask… please move the fire extinguisher from under the drivers seat. I caught my achilles heel on it three times and it made me feel a little bit cross.

Working in conjunction with the onboard electronic control systems, the variable 4MATIC four-wheel drive ensures apparently ensures well-balanced offroad capabilities. I confess that I didn’t put these to the test, preferring to leave that one to our editor. He is currently out in Jordan with Mercedes, putting the SUVs through their paces off-road, so we’ll get back to you on that!


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