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Nuts and Bolts: Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 Bluetec

Bottom line: The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 Bluetec is one of the best compact crossover-utility vehicles available. It certainly is one of the most fuel-efficient. It gets a strong “buy” rating here.

Ride, acceleration and handling: Excellent marks in all three.

Head-turning quotient: It is attractive (square-bodied with a sloped nose) without being overstated.

Body style/layout: The 2013 GLK 250 Bluetec is a compact, front-engine, all-wheel-drive, diesel-fueled crossover-utility vehicle. It has four side doors and a rear hatch. Interesting note: This one still uses an electronic key that has to be inserted into the ignition lock. Hey, Mercedes-Benz, when are we going to get a push-button ignition for this one?

Engine/transmission: The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 Bluetec comes standard with a turbocharged, 2-liter inline four-cylinder diesel engine (200 horsepower, 369 pound-feet of torque) linked to a seven-speed automatic transmission that also can be operated manually.

Capacities: There are seats for five people. Cargo capacity is 23.3 cubic feet. The fuel tank holds 15.6 gallons of required ultra-low sulfur (15 parts sulfur per million) diesel fuel. The GLK 250 Bluetec can be equipped to tow up to 3,500 pounds.

Safety: Standard equipment includes front and rear ventilated disc brakes; four-wheel antilock brake protection; emergency braking assistance; electronic brake-force distribution; emergency braking preparation; automatic brake drying; electronic stability and traction control; active parking assistance; side and head air bags.

Pricing: The base price for the 2013 GLK 250 Bluetec is $38,590, with a dealer’s invoice price of $35,889. Price as tested is $47,835, including $8,440 in options (onboard navigation with high-definition backup camera; leather-covered seats; satellite radio and other items) and a $905 manufacturer-to-dealer destination charge. Dealer’s price as tested is $44,551.

— Warren Brown