As a class, the compact crossover populates every patch of pavement from suburban driveways to urban streets. All the mainstream automakers have one, and drivers of all persuasions seem to want one. Buyers ready to step into the luxury class have some compelling choices, including the solid and efficient Mercedes-Benz GLK250 BlueTEC.
What's New for 2015
The GLK250 BlueTEC receives minor equipment revisions only.
Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz GLK250 BlueTEC
Like other BlueTEC models in the Mercedes lineup, the GLK250 carries an efficient turbodiesel engine. The 2.1-liter four-cylinder generates a relatively modest 200 horsepower, but pours on a stunning 369 pound-feet of torque, more than some engines twice its size can muster. All-wheel drive comes standard, as does a seven-speed automatic transmission with paddles shifters. The GLK250 returns 28 mpg in combined driving, which places it among the most efficient vehicles in its class. Towing capacity comes in at a healthy 3,500 pounds.
Although the GLK250 doesn't offer the same of level of standard equipment the brand's larger crossovers, you do get sufficient luxury such as power front seats with driver memory, LED running lights and Bluetooth phone. From there, you can add a plethora of features that push the GLK250 into full-fledged luxury territory.
Most buyers will consider the Leather package to be essential. In addition to leather upholstery, you get extra lumbar adjustments, passenger memory and upgraded headrests. A power liftgate and panoramic sunroof are included in the Premium package, which is also highly desirable in this class of vehicle.
A navigation system is available as part of the Multimedia package, which also adds a rearview camera, 10GB of audio storage and an upgraded dash display with DVD capability. For safety, there's the Lane Tracking package with blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning.
Outside, you can add the Appearance package, which includes specific 19-inch wheels, aluminum roof rails and a chrome tailgate strip. A different effect can be achieved with the Sport package, which gets AMG-spec wheels and styling details, plus unique LED running lights. The Lighting package outfits the GLK with automatic high beams and adaptive bi-xenon headlamps with washers. There's also an Ambient Lighting package that casts different interior moods.
Popular individual options include an automated parking system, keyless ignition, heated front seats, satellite radio and a premium Harman Kardon sound system.
The GLK250 BlueTEC starts out at a comfortable price point, but can get expensive in a hurry, so you must be judicious when selecting options.