Review Mercedes-Benz GLC
I am the oldest child in the family and the best child. That despite not having an international law degree and working for the United Nations to save lives like my sister, or a high-flying accountant like my other sister, or running a design company in Germany like my sister.
But being the first and the best like me is the exception to the rule because usually the first version of things is not as good as they can be – like the Mercedes-Benz GLC when it came out in 2015. Now Updated versions have appeared and it’s much better, much better … in some ways.
Yes, GLC is the most popular Mercedes-Benz model in this country. It is truly the C-Class of the brand’s SUV product line (has also changed).
There, the Elephant is no longer a diesel but instead a hybrid, although the victory came in 2020 with fastidious AMG versions.
That’s why in Australia launched in October 2019, I was only given the GLC 200 and 300 to climb all over and drive. So while I and anyone else have driven all sorts of GLC you can buy, here, everything you need to know about them.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 7/10
There are eight members of the GLC family. The most affordable is the GLC 200 with a list price of $ 66,100, then 300 at $ 77,700 and a 300e plug-in petrol engine for $ 80,400.
Then there’s the Mercedes-AMG – GLC 43 for $ 109,900 and 63 S for $ 161,000. They can also be available as Coupes: $ 117,400 for 43 and $ 168,100 for 63 S.
You want Coupe body style and AMG style without price? Well, there’s also a GLC 300 coupe, for $ 87,700.
Standard features on the GLC 200 include ‘Artico’ upholstery (thought to be leather but not leather), ash-trimmed black wood trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel and dual-zone climate control.
There is also a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.25-inch media screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an MBUX assistant function of ‘Hey Mercedes’, a sat nav and a five-speaker audio system. .
Then there’s 19-inch alloy wheels, roof racks, agile control suspension (see driving section), electric tail light and LED headlights.
The GLC 300 adds wireless charging to your smartphone, 20-inch alloys, privacy rear glass, proximity lock, multi-beam LED headlights with adaptive high beam and ‘Driver assistance’ package. (see the safety section).
The GLC 300e has the same features as a gasoline-only twin engine but adds air suspension and climate control before entry, while the 300 Coupe comes standard with ‘Line and interior packages. Line’.
The SUV and Coupe of Mercedes-AMG 43 are seriously equipped with equipment. Standard is leather upholstery, Burmester audio system, head-up display, heated front seats, Artico dashboard, panoramic sunroof (in SUV and glass sunroof in Coupe), AMG ‘Night Pack ‘, AMG 20-inch alloys, sports brakes, AMG grille and black roof rails.
The Mercedes-AMG 63 S’s full-fat SUV and Coupe take it to another level with 21-inch AMG alloy wheels and a complete body kit with front apron, spoiler and rear apron.
There’s an AMG performance exhaust system, plus insulated and noise-proof glass. Standard inside is the AMG performance steering wheel, nappa leather upholstery and three-zone climate control.
Is it good value? Better value than the previous model, sure, with the increase of cabin technology, but the appeal of the range is the GLC 300.
GLC rivals, including the Q5-era Audi, cost $ 65,900, the BMW X3 starts at $ 63,900 and the Volvo-like XC60 starts from $ 62,990.
If you’re admiring a Porsche Macan, then $ 81,800 is the starting price there.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 8/10
I did that: Mercedes-Benz designers, just flipped the grille of the previous model upside down. No, they are paradise, but the new face of the GLC looks more determined, wider and more assertive than the 2015 car.
Along with the grille and front bumper, the headlights have been redesigned and now look more elegant, while the taillights in the taillights now have a floating square design.
Changes in the interior may seem minimal, but only from a material and decoration perspective, the upgrade in technology is big. There, new display displays, digital instrument cluster, steering wheel and touch controller and new upholstery colors.
There are 17 colors wrapped and combined. Black is standard across the Artico and leather lineup, while ‘Silk Beige’ and ‘Magma Gray’ are free options on the GLC 200 and 300 SUV.
There are 10 paint colors to choose from with ‘Polar White’ (non-metallic) which is the free color on the range and the ‘Iridium Silver Metal’ standard on the GLC 63 S SUV and Coupe.
Optional colors include: ‘Hyacinth Red’, ‘Brilliant Blue’ and it looks like 50 shades of gray with names like ‘Selenite Gray’, ‘Mojave Silver’ and ‘Obsidian Black.’
Are the classes different in their look? Yes, you can tell you that you’re looking at the GLC 300 rather than 200 because of the 20-inch alloy wheels, running boards and security glass on the back.
The GLC 300 Coupe can be mistaken for an all-round AMG model thanks to the AMG Line body kit that includes 20-inch wheels, while the cabin is also equipped with an AMG Line interior package with aluminum sports pedals, a bottom steering wheel. Flat and AMG floor mats.
For the AMG versions, the GLC 63 S looks sturdier than its 43-year-old cousin thanks to the 21-inch rims, apron design front of the jet wing, flared guard, fin diffuser, lip spoiler and AMG performance exhaust system.
All interiors, regardless of class, are gorgeous. Even the entry-level GLC 200 with black wood trim edges and chrome vents creates a modern and stylish feel (Ioppum gets back from uber).
There are a lot more astonishing factors here than in the cabins of rivals Audi and BMW, especially now with large media screens and virtual instrument cluster.
What is your GLC size? Well, it’s not a giant SUV that’s only 4669mm long, 1890mm wide and 1639mm tall.
How realistic is the inner space? 7/10
It depends. The SUV is completely (and obviously) more practical in two body types, and with a height of 191cm, I can sit with more head and legroom behind my driving position, while cargo capacity The boot is 550 liters.
The Coupe will need you to make some realistic compromises. There was a certain Coupe at its Australian launch in October, but Matt Campbell tried it in Europe and was 182cm tall, he found the rugged roof more suitable for adults and smaller children. The boot in the Coupe is also smaller, with a capacity of 500 liters.
The cabin storage on both the SUV and Coupe is good with four huge cups (two front and two at the back), large door pockets, a large center console and a decent-sized hiding hole under the trap door. Front touch media pad.
Speaking of that touch keyboard, it’s just one of the ways to access the media system, you can also use the touch screen and the ‘small black swipe” button to the left of the steering wheel.
The MBUX vehicle system with its Hey Mercedes personal assistant function works to open the sun visors, either adjust climate control or locate destinations in sat navigation.
Although the technology is still a bit messy, it represents the primitive stages of the cars that will probably resemble companions in the coming years. However, that might be a bit scary, but it’s convenient and practical.
The cluster of digital tools can be configured to suit each driver’s personal preference.
All GLCs are equipped with two USB ports and a 12-volt outlet, while grades 300 and above also feature smartphone wireless charging.
Three-zone climate control is only standard on the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S, but all grades come with directional air vents for the rear seats.