Mercedes GLK: More Rugged Than It Looks

Don't let the pretty face of the new Mercedes GLK-Class fool you. This compact SUV is ready with some clever tricks for off-road adventures

I felt bemused as I settled into the leather driver's seat of a Mercedes GLK-Class SUV for an off-road test drive in a wooded area of Germany's Ruhr Valley. Let's face it, I thought, Mercedes (DAI) is not aiming at the rod-and-gun crowd with a $53,000 car that you can order in white with tinted windows and two-tone upholstery. Promotional materials even show a fashionable woman loading her designer luggage into the back. Britney Spears may buy this car to evade the paparazzi, but you won't see many bass fishermen kicking the tires.

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