Mercedes-Benz seems to have figured out how to be successful in the luxury compact SUV segment.
It has to do with their ability to offer their customers a comfortable vehicle with solid handling, and a starting price that’s cheaper than their competition, along with several options in terms of equipment and engines.
With the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 4Matic Bluetec, the German manufacturer scored big, especially with buyers in Canada. Diesel vehicles have always been popular in Quebec, and Mercedes-Benz can attest to that.
By making their Bluetec models more economical at the pump as well as at the dealership, the German manufacturer made the choice easy for consumers. Customers then find themselves with a vehicle that meets their expectations in terms of luxury and performance, yet also offers impressive fuel economy.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 4Matic Bluetec is available from $43,500 before taxes. This is $2,000 less than the GLK 350 V6. In addition, the average displayed fuel consumption for the GLK 250 Bluetec is 7.2 L/100km compared to 9.7 L/100 km for the GLK 350.
Presently, the cost of diesel per liter is a few cents below the price of premium gasoline (required for the GLK 350), but even as the price is similar, you will save about $3.50 per 100 km. Spread it over a full year and the savings add up.
That being said, it should be noted that the GLK 350 model is equipped with the standard Sport Package, which includes an aerodynamic AMG package, 20-inch rims and a sportier interior. This package is worth $1,100 as an option on the 2014 GLK 250 Bluetec. Basically, there is a $900 difference between the two models, plus the money you will save when fueling-up.
Inside the Mercedes-Benz, the GLK 250 Bluetec offers a cockpit that displays some elements from the old C-Class, and the new CLA 250. The retro-style ventilation nozzles can be found on most Mercedes-Benz models, while the center console will not disorient you if you’ve driven other models from this German automaker in the past. However, if this is your first Benz, keep in mind that the console is dotted with a variety of commands that will take you a few days or even weeks to be perfectly comfortable with how it all operates.
On the road
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 Bluetec is powered by a 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine that generates 200-horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. This may seem low compared to the 302 hp of the GLK 350, but the torque from the GLK 250 is much more abundant (GLK 350 offers 273 lb-ft), which ensures that when driving in the city, the difference in power between the two models is not very noticeable. In addition, when passing through a red light, or passing another car in general, the torque output from the GLK 250 Bluetec responds more sharply than in the 6-cylinder engine model.
That being said, the Audi Q5 TDI is better in terms of performance with its V6 diesel engine of 240 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque. It is, however, more expensive (starting from $48,700), and a tad less economical than the GLK 250 Bluetec.
Speaking of the price, the moment you purchase the Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 Bluetec, be careful when selecting the options. Like any good German vehicle, they have a well-stocked catalog of options, which can easily tip the price of your bill to over $60,000 with tax.
Furthermore, we find it deceiving that you will have to pay an extra $1,000 for the bi-xenon headlights, and if you want the power tailgate or parking assist, you will have to pay $3,600 for the premium package that includes the panoramic sunroof and satellite radio, among others. In short, the many options available on the 2014 GLK 250 will likely be the source of contention between the sales representatives, and the consumers at the Mercedes-Benz dealerships.
If you’re looking for an affordble, luxury compact SUV, there isn’t exactly a legion of choice out there. In reality, there is only the 2014 Audi Q5 TDI that is in the same price range as the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 Bluetec, and then some. That being said, we recommend that you try these two models before finalizing your choice. If you opt for the GLK 250 Bluetec, you’ll have a comfortable and efficient vehicle, but it requires some compromise in terms of space.
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