It's been more than a year since we first saw the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 Bluetec unveiled at the 2012 New York Auto Show, but it looks like the compact diesel crossover is finally starting to roll into dealerships. Those wanting to buy a diesel GLK will only have to pony up an extra $1,500 over a base, gas-powered GLK350, as the GLK250's starting price is listed at $38,590 (*not including $905 destination charge).

The turbocharged 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel produces 200 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, and Mercedes-Benz has also provided some fuel economy numbers for this model, with claimed EPA estimates of 24 miles per gallon city and 33 mpg highway. There is no listing for the GLK250 on the EPA's website yet, but the figures represent significant increase over the GLK350's lackluster 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway figures, which are for the rear-wheel drive model. The GLK250 comes standard with the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system – a $2,000 option on GLK350 – meaning that if you want an all-wheel-drive version of the 2013 GLK, it's actually cheaper to opt for the diesel model. Head over to the Mercedes-Benz site for the full 2013 GLK-Class configurator.


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      Paul P.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, if you're buying an AWD GLK it looks like the diesel is the way to go. $500 cheaper, cheaper fuel (Diesel vs. Premium gas), and 25-30% better fuel economy.
        J
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Paul P.
        I don't think diesel is generally cheaper than premium (I know it's not around here). The difference isn't great, though so the diesel mpg probably makes up for it.
          J
          • 1 Year Ago
          @J
          According to AAA, diesel is 3 cents cheaper on average than premium right now (though it's still over than 40 cents more than regular). So, I stand corrected. I wonder why my area is so different.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @J
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          Mike Pulsifer
          • 1 Year Ago
          @J
          In the eastern panhandle of WV, Premium is 10 cents cheaper. However, the better MPG will have you saving hundreds even in the first year.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      those aren't great numbers for a 4 cylinder diesel, but I'm guessing the car's box-like shape doesn't help much.
        Hello, Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        The EPA test is notorious for underestimating the mileage for diesels.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Hello, Brian
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      turkeythundergod
      • 1 Year Ago
      I\'m going to go out on a limb and guess that this vehicle is going to be a HUGE success. Cheaper than a 4Matic 350, MUCH better fuel economy, and lots of driveable torque. Some people want a more masculine and boxy CUV, and this appeals to them. Personally, I find this to be a handsome CUV, probably one of the best looking in its class. I think the GLA is going to make a good companion for the GLK. All those \"stylish\" CUVs have crap for cargo space. Some of us want to have room to put dogs, bikes, big TVs, etc. inside the vehicle, and so having cargo space rather than a stylish sloped rear is a plus to us. So I think you\'ll see some people buy GLAs over GLKs, but I think sales of GLK will still remain strong when GLA is added. Plus, GLA is going to be a lot smaller, it will be more X1 sized than X3.
      ijardine
      • 1 Year Ago
      Decent SUV but depends how much those "pesky" options cost.
      Koenigsegg
      • 1 Year Ago
      whoever buys this is stupid
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        Let me guess, they are stupid because they didn't buy a Tesla? All of your comments are moronic.
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh for fûcks sake. Enough with this crap. This vehicle does not get 33 MPG. Its bad enough when shady ass dealerships only advertise the highway fuel economy rating to inflate the efficiency of the cars they sell. But we do not now need (seemingly) legit websites pulling the same crap now. If you are going to display ONE number, then it should be its combined mileage number - which is a good deal lower at 28.5 Combined. Or better yet, display BOTH its city and highway numbers. This is why people end us suing automakers because their car didn't get the mileage it was advertised it would get - because the entire industry is trying to fool itself by only looking at the far higher highway number and disregarding that most people drive a 50/50 split.
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        It will easily get 33MPG. My fathers ML350 Bluetec will get over 32MPG on the highway and 26 mixed.
          Hello, Brian
          • 1 Year Ago
          @NightFlight
          Yeah. The EPA test just doesn\'t show diesels in their best light.
          TMoody
          • 1 Year Ago
          @NightFlight
          You're not reading his comment. He is correct. This post title - like most commercials these days - highlights the Highway rating to the exclusion of City and Combined ratings. At a glance, dopey people think "Gee that's great 33mpg" when in reality in their overall driving experience will yield significantly less because they don't drive exclusively on highways. It's not about whether it can get 33mpg on the Highway, or whatever in the City. As has been pointed out the EPA tests usually under rate diesels, so it's possible the GLK can exceed both of its ratings. Again, that is not the issue here. The issue here is that AB is highlighting the Highway rating as if it were the overall rating. Misleading at best. Sloppy too.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @NightFlight
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          montoym
          • 1 Year Ago
          @NightFlight
          @ TMoody: Agreed, but why focus the hate on this diesel GLK? Every manufacturer boasts about the highway figure for virtually every single one of their models (unless it's a hybrid since their city numbers are generally better). So, why only complaining about this vehicle? Could it be because it's a diesel??
        May
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        People are suing automakers when it's impossible to get close to EPA number no matter where and how they drive.
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Meh: 24 miles per gallon city
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Diesel cars are always underrated.
        Snark McGee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Even for lighter cute-utes, this isn't bad. The CR-V gets 22mpg city. city mpg almost always sucks for any car unless it can harvest braking energy a la hybrids.
          addm
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Snark McGee
          Much smaller than CRV and less practical
      luigi.tony
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wait till the owners get oil change sticker shock.
        Hello, Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luigi.tony
        Never take a M-B to the dealer for maintenance service if you are cost conscious. You can always find a M-B trained and certified mechanic much cheaper.
      desinerd1
      • 1 Year Ago
      $40K for a slow barge with plastic seats and an outline that matches Honda Element? I'll pass.
      wickedme91
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pricing of this should embarrass Jeep for the $4500 for diesel on GC.
      Jai302
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hard to believe that both this and the new s-class are made by the same company. The S is so damn classy, beautiful and elegant while this looks like a turd
        vi_per
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jai302
        You're a nut that's too easy to crack. I'm loving it, you simpleton.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jai302
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          Jai302
          • 1 Year Ago
          I'm glad you do. The car itself is a good deal I just wish they used the GLA's design on this too
        Feurig
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jai302
        Jai ho!
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        stumpy
        • 1 Year Ago
        no comparison between this and an A7... i wouldn't worry too much, you made the right choice
          • 1 Year Ago
          @stumpy
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