2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 BlueTEC 

  • $39k
  • 2.1L Diesel
  • 24 city 33 hwy
7.7 Out of 10
$38,590
 
Being both a four-cylinder and a diesel, the GLK250 is easy to tell from the V-6 350 on startup.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 2012)
The seven-speed automatic transmission features an engine stop-start system, lower-slip torque converter, and new fluid to improve efficiency.
by MotorTrend

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Affordability

Will it break the bank?

GLK250 BlueTEC
7.8
Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

GLK250 BlueTEC
8.3
Fuelly MPG and EPA highway mileage

Air quality

Help the world breathe easier with higher scores.

GLK250 BlueTEC
8.0
EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

GLK250 BlueTEC
6.5
combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

7.7

RideNerd Score

Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

GLK250 BlueTEC
7.7

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

GLK250 BlueTEC
6
BMW M3
5

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

GLK250 BlueTEC
$9,857
BMW M3
$15,384

Average MPG of Fuelly Users Owners report actual MPG based on their experience.

GLK250 BlueTEC
37 MPG
BMW M3
18 MPG

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

GLK250 BlueTEC
$2,139
BMW M3
$3,364
RX 350
$2,684

Reviews Word on the street for the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

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Powertrain

After having driven and tested the fuel-sipping 2014 GLK250 BlueTec 4Matic, we're sure the torque-rich, fuel-sipping diesel engine will broaden the compact SUV's appeal even further.
by MotorTrend
Its quiet rumble is refined enough to fit well in a luxury vehicle, but the muted sound still reminds you it isn't a gas engine.
by MotorTrend
Engine geeks ought to be thrilled by its tech-stuffed 2.1-liter, Benz’s first four-hole diesel in the U.S. since the naturally aspirated one in the 1985 190D.
by Car and Driver (Sep, 2013)

Engine

A twin-turbo setup combines a small high-pressure (HP) turbo mounted at the exhaust manifold and a large low-pressure (LP) turbo mounted downstream for better throttle delivery.
by MotorTrend
Mercedes says the twin-turbo setup reduces lag, quickens throttle response, and provides a broad torque curve across the rpm range.
by MotorTrend
Added to the list of new or coming diesels from Deutschland is the face-lifted 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK, which will be available here as the GLK250 BlueTec 4MATIC with a 2.1-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder, as well as the GLK350 with its 3.5-liter V-6.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 2012)

Performance

What's more, the torque thrust is delivered at just 1,600 rpm in the BlueTEC, compared to 3,500 rpm in the GLK350.
by AutoBlog (May, 2013)
Back then, life was more leisurely with just 72 horsepower and 96 pound-feet underfoot—the GLK250 gives 200 horsepower at 3800 rpm and 369 pound-feet at 1600 rpm.
by Car and Driver (Sep, 2013)
As advertised, the max of 369 lb-ft torque is available nearly instantly (from 1600 rpm to 3000 rpm), and the GLK250 pulls away from a stop with the kind of assertive, confident thrust that we’ve come to expect from modern turbo-diesels.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 2012)

Interior

The interior is quite functional, too, with spacious rear accommodations and up to 54.7 cubic feet of storage with the bench folded flat.
by AutoBlog (May, 2013)
The interior of this GLK is as nice as it ever was.
by AutoBlog (May, 2013)
The diesel offering and the overhaul of the interior make this vehicle more competitive than it ever has been before - as long as the price remains in line with the competition.
by MotorTrend

Handling

The all-wheel-drive-only turbodiesel model is EPA rated 24/33/28 mpg city/highway/combined, while the GLK350 earns an EPA rating of 19/24-25/21 mpg for all-wheel and rear-drive models. Based on the EPA rating for combined mpg, the diesel-powered model has about a 122-mile range advantage over the gas model and.
by MotorTrend
The chassis wasn’t tweaked much beyond adding more driver-assistance programs, so the GLK behaves the same as before and offers great forward sightlines, obedient steering, controlled body motions, and a planted feel.
by Car and Driver (Sep, 2013)
That said, the suspension is extremely well-sorted for a small luxury CUV application, providing just the right amount of feedback without ever being too abrasive, even on these large 19-inch wheels wrapped in 235/50R19 Continental 4x4 Contact tires.
by AutoBlog (May, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Mercedes-Benz
Model year 2013
City range 417 miles
Highway range 574 miles
MSRP $39k
Annual cost $9,857

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 7.37 m³
CO2 per car made 1.06 metric ton
Energy per car made 4,858 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 32.84 kg

power & handling

Max torque 369 ft-lb @ 1,600 RPM
Max HP 200 HP @ 3,800 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 22.01 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.7 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 6 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume No
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio Optional, $460
Entertainment system N/A

features

Cruise control Standard
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C Standard
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof Optional
Navigation system Optional, $0
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard

emissions

EPA smog score 6
EPA GHG score 6
Combined CO2/mile 367 g
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 56 tons

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.1L
Air compressor None
Fuel Diesel
Cylinders I4
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 7-speed Automatic 4x4

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link
Front brakes 12.99 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 11.81 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 235 mm
Front wheel diameter 19 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 50

safety features

Active head restraints Yes
Airbags
  1. Head curtain
  2. Knee
  3. Driver
  4. Passenger
  5. Side
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor Optional, $970
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 74.2 in
Front track width 60.1 in
Height 66.9 in
Ground clearance 7.9 in
Length 178.3 in
Wheelbase 108.5 in
Curb weight 4,402 lb
GVWR 5,467 pounds
Tow weight 3,500 pounds
Has a rear spoiler No
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 53 ft³
Rear seat room 45 ft³
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