2014 MercedesBenz GLK250 BlueTEC 4MATIC Test Drive and Review

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The Diesel People’s SUV

2014 GLK250 BlueTEC 4MATIC

Jason Fogelson

Diesel vehicles are common around the but they’re still rare in the States. We’ve always the instant horsepower of the gasoline rather than the steady of a diesel. But technology marches on, and turbo diesels are quieter, efficient, and offer more performance than ever Mercedes-Benz has always been on the of diesel. Relative price has remained the obstacle that has US customers from fully Mercedes-Benz diesels.

The new GLK250 may finally have a chance to that obstacle and become the diesel SUV. The 2014 GLK250 BlueTEC 4MATIC with a base price of ($57,405 as tested), including a basic warranty and EPA fuel estimates of 24 mpg city/33 mpg highway. drive.

Mercedes-Benz has a wide of SUVs, from the military-inspired (Gelandewagen) to the seven-passenger GL-Class to the M-Class to the compact GLK-Class. used to be a seven-passenger R-Class. and there’s an upcoming GLA-Class SUV announced for 2015. It’s the range of SUVs this of Toyota’s (Land Cruiser. 4Runner. Highlander. Venza. FJ RAV4 ), and certainly the broadest of luxury SUVs.

GLK has been in the USA since 2010, and a cosmetic makeover for 2013. For the big news was the new four-cylinder diesel My 2014 model test was equipped with the diesel, we’ll discuss more

Mercedes has carved out a very brand look across the SUV with the exception of the outlier GL-, GLK- and M-Class share a lot of styling cues, the prominent grille with the Mercedes-Benz star emblem to the crisp lines and tall GLK bears up to close inspection, flawless paint, fit and finish. The reliable way to differentiate GLK models is by at the badges. GLK240 BlueTEC splash its diesel status all the place; just where it

In the Driver’s Seat

I appreciate a meme when I encounter a new and GLK’s got one: round chrome trim. Everywhere the M-B designers could repeat the in the GLK cabin, they did so, with results. I especially appreciate the way form follows function some of the best HVAC ever, the four round, units mounted in the GLK’s They make controlling and the airflow in the front cabin a art, a delight for the comfort-oriented.

Putting the GLK into gear require removing your from the steering wheel, as a column-mounted controller snicks the from Park to Drive. the controller up there has the additional of freeing up space in the center a welcome feature in an SUV.

My vehicle was equipped with the Multimedia Package of options, included a 7 display (properly into the top of the center stack), COMAND system with a rearview camera and more all essential equipment for a luxury Additional options on my test included full leather ($1,850) and the Premium Package which covers a few major like the Panorama Sunroof and Liftgate. Seems like the GLK250 doesn’t come too many of the features that consider baseline for luxury. add up quickly, as evidenced by the $18,000-plus of extras on my test vehicle.

GLK’s second row is roomy for two adults and a child, befitting the size and stature. Headroom is and outward visibility from all is superb. Behind the second there’s 23.3 cubic of luggage space. Flop the row flat (easily done), and cubic feet of load is free for junk.

On the Road and Off

we get to the powertrain. I often test out vehicles on my passengers without revealing the fuel type. they’ve been riding with me for a while, I ask them for impressions of the vehicle. I don’t ask any questions, just What do you With the GLK250, not a single guessed that it was a diesel, and all surprise when I revealed it. As a I quickly became enamored of the inline-four cylinder twin-turbo engine and its 200 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. It hooked up to the same seven-speed transmission and 4MATIC all-wheel system that graces the gasoline model (302 lb-ft of torque from a V6). The gas version is faster, no It is capable of scooting from 0 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, while the diesel 7.9 seconds to achieve the same But the gas GLK gulps down fuel at the of 19 mpg city/24 mpg highway, while the diesel rates at 24 mpg city/33 mpg a significant improvement.

Part of the reason that the is slower is because of the way that engines deliver power; of the reason is that the diesel GLK is 250 lbs heavier than that gas I didn’t get a chance to drive the two back-to-back, which I would recommend to any buyer who’s a GLK. My impression of the diesel GLK was it was very well-sorted on the road, very good balance, and handling characteristics for an SUV, and a quiet ride in most conditions.

Journey’s End

The difficulty of apples to oranges has been away in the GLK. No longer do you to decide between saving with a very expensive variant or getting good world performance. The inconvenience of diesel is minor, especially the help of a smartphone or Mercedes-Benz’s system. GLK250 has a 7.9-gallon tank. AdBlue is an aqueous solution also referred to as Exhaust Fluid or DEF. The needs to be replenished about a year or every 10,000 (GLK notifies you via the driver center on the dash) — no big The difference in performance between the gas and GLK variants is a matter of driving and taste. If you’re a conservative you might not ever notice the differential. If you’re a hot rod, probably be disappointed in the gas version

GLK250 BlueTEC’s most competition is probably the Audi Q5 the only other diesel luxury SUV. Other luxury SUVs to consider the Acura RDX. BMW X3. Infiniti Lexus RX and Cadillac SRX .

Really, if you’re considering a GLK, probably deciding between the gas or models. Part of the decision has to be on current market conditions, diesel fuel is slightly expensive than the premium gasoline that GLK350 thus offsetting some of the you could expect from fuel economy. Part has to be on your guess about the of fuel prices — I help you there, except to my belief that fuel will continue to rise for the future. The higher prices the more important efficiency GLK250 represents diesel significant sacrifice, which like a backhanded compliment, but is high praise.

The GLK250 BlueTEC 4MATIC has a base price that is lower than the GLK350 base price, so the decision down to: Gas or diesel?

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