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Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 AT Special Series

2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 BlueTEC

Cars by Todd Bianco, Hollywood, California

It’s more than twenty since Mercedes-Benz offered a cylinder diesel engine in the US The new 2.1L biturbo-diesel engine in the GLK 250 BlueTEC compact crossover is so that it’s bound to win even some of the die-hard haters.

2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK 250

The detail of the taillight of the redesigned for GLK shows more depth and of design. A nice touch.

except inside the fuel door and in the driver’s handbook you see the word “diesel” on the new GLK 250.

the fact that the Three-Pointed has been making diesel for over a century and despite strong popularity around the Mercedes’ US marketing arm would to reintroduce Americans to the charms of power without mentioning the so powerful is the American public’s dislike of the noisy, dirty, doggedly-slow diesels of yore.

The badging of the 2014 Mercedes GLK 250 doesn’t have a “diesel” In the “old days” this car have been badged GLK and the word “diesel” or “turbo-diesel” may appeared on the opposite side.

Twist the key of the $39,495 GLK 250 BlueTEC have to pay $650 if you want the convenience of Keyless Go) and the engine right up. Common-rail direct injection banishes any lingering of glow plugs and waiting for a to go out before you could start the From inside, there is evidence of a noisy diesel Even outside the cabin, you to listen carefully to hear the low-revving churns.

The 2.1L diesel engine in the 2014 GLK 250

Also relegated to the dustbin of is any whiff of diesel fumes or clouds of particulates. Mercedes’ system scrubs diesel with a series of steps a catalytic converter, a particulate and a squirt of a urea and water The result is exhaust clean to meet California’s stringent which do not distinguish between or gasoline engine emissions. In a 50-state legal diesel

The rewards are a compact crossover top tier fuel economy. The EPA the 2014 Mercedes GLK250 at 24 city 33 highway 28 combined. beats almost all the competition at for now. Only the BMW X1 xDrive28 the GLK for highway fuel economy. brand crossovers like the popular Honda CR-V or highly-touted Escape with a EcoBoost engine can’t the diesel for sheer economy.

The GLK, first introduced in the US for the model year, was thoroughly and reworked for the 2013 model While I love Kim Cattrall as on Sex in the City . showing her loading up a GLK on Drive in the 2008 film make me rush out to buy one.

My drive of the GLK 350 (previously the only available) was less than mostly because I couldn’t get the horribly cheap interior and styling that I didn’t worked.

Fast forward to and I’m a convert. That was properly laser-sculpted and is now much fluid and mature. While still not a sexy kitten the Audi A4 Allroad, the GLK just more comfortable in its sheet

The double-bar grille is more and the front fascia and new headlamps more organically.

More is the quantum leap in interior and ambiance The steering column are now up-to-date. Plastics feel thick and soft, where Switch gear remains Mercedes parts bin.

The interior of the 2014 GLK 250 is more focused with the re-positioning of the 7 navigation screen and the center mouse-like controller.

The leather-wrapped steering wheel is small in and almost sporty although at pounds curb weight, you can’t call the GLK sporty.

The panel and steering wheel properly upscale and very which is a good thing.

I like the four round air with the aluminum-look bezels and They really elevate and overall premium look. leather in the door inserts add a of luxury and the wood accents are

You sit quite upright in the cabin so that almost any other car on the I found the position as well as the Mercedes seats quite and leg and shoulder room more adequate. The GKL has real cup holders that you will appreciate you realize that BMW forgot to put ones in the X1.

The 60/40 split seats fold flat in the There isn’t a ton of space, but all well tailored and properly

Of course, for me, what sealed the was that sweet little While it won’t win any speed 369 pound-feet of torque at only rpms more than up for having only 200 ponies. standard in-house 7-speed is flawless.

The 4Matic all-wheel drive standard on the GLK 250 BlueTEC, has a rear-drive and doesn’t shave much a fairly tight turning of 37.7 feet (a full shorter than the 2013 Escape). I found the electronic steering tracked straight a light feel more passable for a small crossover no sporting intentions. It’s a cry from the recirculating ball of my 1988 190E.

Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 AT Special Series

Like all cars these days, you to add pricey options to get them to the of options you’d expect on a car. For example, the rear of the GLK isn’t great, so you would be to look for a rearview camera. standard on the base $23,000 CR-V, but on the GLK, you have to opt for the Multimedia Package, which COMAND hard-drive navigation on a color display, 10GB Register, SiriusXM Traffic and and Enhanced Voice Control.

You can’t get the handy power by itself, you have to buy it as part of the Premium 1 Package which a Panorama roof, SiriusXM Radio, Auto-dimming rear and view mirrors with a compass and garage door No unbundling! Heated front are a $750 stand-alone option.

The panorama glass sunroof is of the Premium 1 Package. I wish it be unbundled.

Needless to say, all quickly adds up to something of $50,000. The GLK 250 4Matic is $1,500 than the rear-drive GLK 350 but $500 than the 4Matic version.

If the for the car doesn’t confuse you, is the issue of the price of diesel It routinely fluctuates from regular grade gasoline to than premium. However, you are to use premium gasoline in the GLK 350. For me, the price is a push and the increased you get out of every gallon of diesel than repays any price at the pump.

The interior of the new GLK looks a nice place to spend Road trip anyone?

diesel power makes for people who do most of their on the highway. Simple Google will tell you that drivers routinely get better EPA estimates on long trips and the GLK 250 has a road trip-friendly range of than 500 miles.

The best is that the GLK now feels like a Mercedes-Benz and I have confidence in than 100 years of diesel experience. Still, nothing a car like 369 lb-ft of torque every push of the pedal.

Try it and I think you’ll be hooked

For many years, Todd Bianco has written about and Los Angeles on his website acarisnotarefrigerator.com his West Hollywood base.

Mr. focuses on the car biz and cars as they with us here in WeHo and Los not in Detroit.

He covers subjects as as hybrid hype, the influence of the in So Cal, trends, etc.

Mr. had a weekly radio show on Out-Q for a year, and appeared on The McMullen Show on KNEWS AM 870 * * 1250 knewsradio.com .


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