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2013 Mercedes GLK-Class GLK250 BLUETEC SUV

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class Review

(0 Stars)  New engines breathe new life into this ute.

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New For 2013
The GLK benefits from a much-needed freshening for 2013. The V-6 engine is replaced with a more powerful unit, and a 2.1-liter diesel four-cylinder is a new offering in the U.S. The update brings the small Benz’s interior in line with our expectations. All the GLK needs now is to trade its dowdy look for some more stylish duds.
Overview
Although the German home market gets to enjoy the C-class in wagon form, Mercedes-Benz has wisely chosen a small SUV to take on the role of a compact utility vehicle here in the U.S. The GLK-class looks nothing like the C-class on which it’s based, of course. The boxy, upright exterior is a departure from its carlike competitors (chiefly, the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5) and gives the GLK an advantage in passenger and cargo space and in outward visibility. The rear seat is roomy, and the driver reaps the benefits of a redesigned interior with a more stylish dashboard and instrument cluster. We don’t, however, count the flimsy gear selector on the steering column as an improvement. It’s all good under the hood, though, where there are two new engines. The 3.5-liter V-6 is a polished, powerful mill with the ability to save fuel by automatically shutting down when the car comes to a stop. Those seeking even greater efficiency will want to opt for the new diesel four-cylinder. Sold as the GLK250 BlueTec, the 2.1-liter engine is suitably lively and well mannered to serve in this $38,000 luxury crossover. The GLK rides comfortably on standard nineteen-inch wheels, but it exhibits too much body roll in corners. The X3 and the Q5 offer better handling and a sporty character that is absent in the Mercedes.

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2013 GLK250 BLUETEC SUV Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 2.1L BlueTEC® in-line 4 DOHC
Diesel fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 24 MPG city, 33 MPG highway, 28 MPG combined and 487 mi. range
Diesel direct fuel injection
17.4gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 200 hp @ 3,800 rpm; 369 ft lb of torque @ 1,600 rpm

'13 Mercedes GLK250 BLUETEC SUV Reviews

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'13 Mercedes GLK250 BLUETEC SUV Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Fog Lights
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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