Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Mercedes GLK 250 BlueTEC

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Mercedes GLK 250 BlueTEC

One Solid Case for Switching to Diesel

Diesel engines are creeping into well-known vehicles you might never have expected to see harboring an oil burner.

The outlook is slowly changing, but most people will react similarly to news that your latest vehicle purchase involves visiting pumps most would reserve for big, filthy trucks…

“You bought a diesel? Aren’t they dirty? Don’t they have all that black smoke coming out the back,” they’ll all ask?

To which you will reply that modern diesels have mostly abandoned their barbaric past. In fact, they’re often remarkably clean and refined. Not only that, but they can be a lot of fun to drive. Take the Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 BlueTEC as an example. It uses a 2.1-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The tiny mill makes more torque than much larger powerplants.

Diesel, that tricky stinker, is the one to credit with offering such venerable twist. Think again if you’re looking at a gas-burning GLK 350 because you’d be skipping the best version of this trucklet Mercedes ever offered its U.S. buyers. Here are five points on the good and bad of Mercedes’ newcoming: the GLK 250 BlueTEC.