A few snaps from the super-fun Mercedes-Benz 2014 GLK test drive I did in Vancouver. Stay tuned for a video of the day, coming this Friday!
I am so excited to share with everyone a video that myself and my fellow Social Reporter, Chelsea filmed. We got to test drive new Mercedes-Benz vehicles in our respective cities.
I must admit it felt pretty cool to have a videographer fly in from Toronto just to shoot little ol’ me! I got all dolled up with the help of the always fabulousBloBar who opened up just for me in the early morning (thanks ladies!).
I arrived in the morning to the Mercedes-Benz Vancouver dealership (which is the same place I picked up my beloved B250, I call Black Betty).
The familiar faces at the dealership greeted me, valeted my car and even washed her while I was filming!
Corey Adams, the sales manager, introduced me to the 2014 GLK, which is a mid-size SUV.
I immediately noticed how similar the interior in the GLK is to my B250. Corey explained to me how Mercedes-Benz has tried to make the interior of their cars similar enough so that if you buy another Mercedes-Benz vehicle it is an easy transition. I think it’s a brilliant idea because I always find it a bit of an adjustment whenever I first drive a car that I’m not familiar with. In keeping with the theme of familiarity, my iPod synced up automatically with the GLK as it does in my B250, which is a feature that I love, and use every single day. Hope Corey didn’t mind listening to the new Beyoncé album ;)
We drove around Vancouver and tested all of the features of GLK. I was surprised to learn that the GLK that I was driving had a BlueTEC diesel engine. I’ve always thought of a diesel as a big boys’ truck that blows a cloud of smoke out of the loud engine, but this wasn’t the case at all. The GLK was as quiet as a kitten and I really never would have thought that the GLK was a diesel if Corey hadn’t told me.
A stand out features to me was the 360o camera system which makes parallel parking and backing up the easiest thing ever! There are four cameras that are displayed on the dashboard screen and it even shows you which direction to steer your wheels when parking. The coolest thing about the GLK for me was the PARKTRONIC with Active Parking Assist which allowed me to park hands free. I’ve always wanted to try doing this and it was actually a lot of fun. I had a big smile on my face while Corey talked me through the steps of my first time using this feature.
I felt comfortable driving this mid-size SUV throughout the city. It was kind of like the story of Goldilocks and the three bears because the GLK was just the right size - not too big and not too small. I would be absolutely confident driving the GLK on the Coquihalla and up to Sun Peaks or Whistler for the weekend.
After my test drive, Corey and I drove back to the dealership where my B250, Black Betty, was gleaming after a wash and waiting for me to drive her back home.