The technology progression of the diesel engine is astounding. Seems like just a few years ago they were noisy, stinky, expensive things that were found in mostly full-size pickup trucks. Now diesels are finding their way into mainstream SUVs and small passenger cars, and rightfully so, they're becoming quiet, economical, and efficient.
The diesel powerplant inside the Mercedes-Benz GL350 Bluetec is fantastic, providing the power and grunt of a truck with the usual luxury and refinement we've come to expect from Mercedes-Benz. The 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel pumps out a respectable 400 lb-ft of torque at a scant 1600 rpm, giving you max torque basically off idle.
The GL350 Bluetec's base price of $60,825 makes it the least expensive GL you can buy (undercutting the GL450 and GL550), and it gets the best fuel mileage to boot.
Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator