The Mercedes-Benz GLC has been a favourite of many ever since it came into the limelight for the 2016 model year. There’s no shortage of superlatives to be shared about this SUV, so keep reading. While its predecessor, the GLK, was a car with some issues, the Mercedes-Benz GLC has been a triumph since its introduction in 2016. The new name links the GLC to the C-Class sedan, and the similarities are remarkable. In terms of parts, the C and the GLC are about 70% identical which explains much of the GLC’s styling and characteristics. There is no shortage of good qualities when it comes to the Mercedes-Benz GLC: be it the interior, the space inside, or the way it goes down the road, this is a very impressive SUV. Here’s what you need to know.
Getting Down To Basics
There are three models of the Mercedes-Benz GLC to choose from, depending on how much power and performance you’re looking for. The standard model has everything you really need while an array of packages and stand-alone options mean you can add on to your heart’s content. Within those options, Mercedes have included features such as as adaptive air suspension, good-quality leather upholstery, and a state-of-the-art stereo system. The base GLC 300 comes equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine (241 horsepower, 273 lb.-ft. of torque). For the more environmentally conscious, the GLC 350e offers a plug-in hybrid, electric motor and battery pack which can be paired to the four-cylinder for increased torque and horsepower. The AMG GLC 43 is quite different from the above two trims. In addition to a potent turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 (362 horsepower, 384 lb.-ft.), the GLC 43 is further equipped with 20-inch wheels, a sport-tuned air suspension, a sport steering wheel, the contents of the GLC 300's Premium package. The AMG GLC 63offersr the most exciting option with its turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 (469 horsepower, 479 lb.-ft.), LED headlights, and upgraded brakes, to name just a few of its plethora of added extras.
No Weak Points At All
A great SUV to drive, this vehicle is a confidence-inspiring workhorse. Though the GLC-Class have the more powerful engines, the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder doesn't disappoint. Although it takes a bit of getting used to, the COMAND tech interface is a delight once mastered. Overall, the GLC is compact, sensible, and an excellent option for a family. There is ample room for both driver and passengers and even those in the rear seats can stretch out and enjoy the ride. In terms of storage, the GLC offers a nice, wide area for carrying your gear and is perfect for golf clubs. The squared-off roofline also makes it more versatile for transporting large items.
In A Nutshell
Drivers and passengers travelling in the Mercedes-Benz GLC will feel cocooned from the outside world, nestled in a luxurious cabin, cruising smoothly and serenely through life. The optional air suspension does an even better job of wrapping you in comfort, giving the driver the choice between a smoother ride or more intuitive handling. The GLC300 is particularly responsive, thanks to its turbocharged V6 engine. Add to that more than sufficient tech features to keep any passenger entertained no matter the length of the trip, as well as the fact that there’s a three-pointed star emblem on the hood, and it becomes clear that this car represents one of the better financial decisions any driver could make.