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2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK

midsize luxury SUV / 4-door SUV

2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK 4-door SUV

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2011-15 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350 4-door 4wd

The Mercedes-Benz GLK was introduced in the 2010 model year. Beginning with 2011 models, a driver knee airbag was added to improve occupant protection in frontal crashes.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the B-pillar during rebound. Head acceleration from this hit was low.

Although intrusion into the driver's space was minimal and the knee airbag deployed as intended, forces on the lower right leg were just high enough to indicate the possibility of injuries.

Side

Rating applies to 2011-15 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350 4-door 4wd with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Mercedes-Benz GLK was introduced in the 2010 model year. Beginning with 2011 models, the side torso airbags were modified to improve occupant protection in frontal crashes.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbags.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2010-15 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,157 lbs
Peak force 26,647 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 6.41

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2010-15 models

Seat type: Power leather seats AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry