The changes on the Suv bring new life to it
What is it?
Even in swoopy Coupé form and sporting AMG Line trim, the Mercedes-Benz GLC excels in refinement over dynamism, particularly thanks to its well-equipped, luxurious interior.
This latest 300 4Matic model is equipped with a trendy lightweight hybrid powertrain with a 48V belt-driven starter generator of 48 hp. It supports a 255-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine. With this engine, the car has excellent fuel economy.
The reworked engine ties in with a general mid-life facelift for the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 rival, and while the exterior updates are subtle, particular attention has been paid to upgrading the on-board technology. The GLC has gained the latest version of Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system and a number of new driver assistance features.
What’s it like?
Other versions of the GLC have also been refreshed with an extremely comfortable interior. The controls are well laid out, visibility is good and it all feels as premium as you’d expect from a Mercedes SUV of this size.
The most remarkable and remarkable feature is the large clear 10.3-inch screen and intuitive and easy-to-use MBUX operating system. Through the touch screen, you control the functions faster. Steering wheel-mounted controls, a trackpad and surprisingly effective voice control.
The engine fitted to the GLC is also very good, the light hybrid transmission is also good. The two motors are well integrated and the electric unit does a good job of smoothing out the acceleration of the combustion engine at low speeds. On the motorway, the engine-off coasting is virtually seamless when it cuts in, enabling progress with a calm comfort that befits the interior.
The GLC 300 has an official fuel economy start of 29.4mpg in the WLTP cycle. This shows that it is also not the best fuel-efficient vehicle.
Should I buy one?
This version of GLC 300 is an attractive option for those who like its size. If your time is likely to be spent on longer journeys on motorways and A-roads, the similarly priced 300d offers better performance at a lower cost. And if you’re really seeking to make a step into the world of electrification, it would be worth looking at the plug-in hybrid 300e.
- Price £46,860 On sale Now
- Engine 4cyls, 1991cc, turbocharged, petrol
- Power 255bhp at 5800-6100rpm, plus 14bhp electric motor
- Torque 273lb ft at 1800-4000rpm
- Gearbox 9-spd automatic
- Kerb weight 1805kg Top speed 149mph 0-62mph 6.2sec
- Fuel economy 29.4-34.4mpg
- CO2 170g/km