I’m the beforehand adolescent in my family, and the best. That’s admitting not accepting a amount in all-embracing law and alive for the United Nations extenuative lives like my adolescent sister, or actuality a high-flying accountant like my added sister, or alive a architecture bureau in Germany like my added sister.
But actuality aboriginal and best like me is the barring to the aphorism because commonly aboriginal versions of annihilation aren’t as acceptable as they can be – like the Mercedes-Benz GLC aback it fabricated its admission in 2015. Now the adapted adaptation has accustomed and it’s better, abundant better… in some ways.
Yes, the GLC is the best accepted Mercedes-Benz archetypal in this country. It is actually the C-Class of the brand’s SUV agency (which has changed, too).
There’s no best a diesel, but there’s a amalgam instead, although that won’t admission until 2020 forth with the hardcore AMG versions.
Which is why at the Australian barrage in October, 2019, I was alone accustomed the GLC 200 and 300 to ascend all over and drive. So, while neither I nor anybody abroad piloted all of the types of GLCs you can buy, here’s aggregate you charge to apperceive about them.
There are eight associates in the GLC family. Best affordable is the GLC 200 with its account amount of $66,100, again the 300 at $77,700 and a 300e constituent petrol-electric amalgam for $80,400.
Then there are the Mercedes-AMGs – the GLC 43 at $109,900 and the 63 S for $161,000. These can be had in Auto form, too: $117,400 for the 43 and $168,100 for the 63 S.
Want the Auto anatomy appearance and AMG-look after the amount tag? Well, there’s a GLC 300 coupe, too, for $87,700.
Standard appearance on the GLC 200 accommodate ‘Artico’ upholstery (think covering but not leather), atramentous ash accessible pore copse trim, leather-clad council caster and dual-zone altitude control.
There’s additionally a 12.3-inch agenda apparatus cluster, 10.25-inch media affectation with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, ‘Hey Mercedes’ MBUX abettor function, sat nav and a five-speaker complete system.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto comes accepted with the GLC range.
Then there are the 19-inch admixture wheels, roof racks, activity ascendancy abeyance (see alive section), ability tailgate and LED headlights.
The GLC 300 adds wireless charging for your smartphone, 20-inch alloys, aloofness rear glass, adjacency unlocking, multi-beam LED headlights with adaptive aerial beams and the ‘Driver Assistance’ amalgamation (see the assurance section).
The GLC 300e has the aforementioned appearance as its petrol-only accompanying but adds air suspension, and pre-entry altitude control, while the 300 Auto arise accepted with the ‘AMG Line’ autogenous and exoteric packages.
The Mercedes-AMG 43 SUV and Auto are actively loaded up with equipment. Accepted is covering upholstery, Burmester complete system, a head-up display, acrimonious avant-garde seats, Artico dashboard, across-the-board sunroof (in the SUV and a bottle sunroof in the Coupe), AMG ‘Night Package’, AMG 20-inch alloys, sports brakes, AMG grille and atramentous roof rails.
The candied atom of the ambit is the GLC 300.
The full-fat Mercedes-AMG 63 S SUV and Auto footfall up accession akin with 21-inch AMG admixture auto and an AMG anatomy kit complete with avant-garde apron, addle-brain lip and rear apron.
There’s an AMG achievement bankrupt system, additional calefaction and babble careful glass. Coming accepted central is the AMG achievement council wheel, nappa covering upholstery and three-zone altitude control.
Is it acceptable value? Bigger amount than the antecedent model, that’s for sure, what with the admission in berth tech, but the candied atom of the ambit is the GLC 300.
The GLC’s rivals accommodate Audi’s Q5 which lists from $65,900, the BMW X3 starting at $63,900, and Volvo’s XC60 from $62,990.
If you’re advertent a Porsche Macan again $81,800 is the start-price there.
Auto ambit from 19- to 21-inch alloys, depending on your variant.
I’ve formed it out: Mercedes-Benz’s designers accept aloof addled the grille of the antecedent archetypal upside down. No, they haven’t, but the new face of the GLC looks added resolved, broader and bent than the 2015 car.
Along with the grille and bumper, the headlights accept been restyled and now arise added elegant, while the inlays in the tail-lights now accept a amphibian square-shaped design.
Changes to the autogenous may assume minimal, but alone from a actual and trim perspective, the advancement in technology is big. There’s the new affectation screen, the agenda apparatus cluster, the council caster and blow pad controller, and new upholstery colours.
There are 17 upholstery colours and combinations. Atramentous is accepted beyond the agency in Artico and leather, while ‘Silk Beige’ and ‘Magma Grey’ are no-cost options on GLC 200 and 300 SUVs.
The new face of the GLC looks added resolved, broader and bent than the 2015 car.
There are 10 acrylic hues to accept from with ‘Polar White’ (non-metallic) actuality a no-cost colour beyond the ambit and ‘Iridium Silver Metallic’ accepted on the GLC 63 S SUV and Coupe.
Optional colours include: ‘Hyacinth Red’, ‘Brilliant Blue’ and what seems like 50 shades of blah with names like ‘Selenite Grey’, ‘Mojave Silver’ and ‘Obsidian Black.’
Do the grades alter in their look? Yep, you can acquaint you’re attractive at a GLC 300 and not a 200 by the 20-inch admixture wheels, alive boards and rear aloofness glass.
The GLC 300 Auto could be mistaken for a absolute AMG archetypal acknowledgment to its AMG Line anatomy kit including 20-inch wheels, while the berth is additionally outfitted with the AMG Line autogenous amalgamation abacus aluminum sports pedals, flat-bottomed council caster and AMG attic mats.
There are 10 acrylic hues to accept from, including ‘Selenite Grey’, ‘Mojave Silver’ and ‘Obsidian Black.’
As for the AMG grades the GLC 63 S looks added hardcore than its 43 ‘lite’ affinity acknowledgment to the 21-inch rims, ‘jet-wing’ architecture avant-garde apron, flared guards, finned diffuser, addle-brain lip and AMG achievement bankrupt system.
All interiors, behindhand of the grade, are stunning. Alike the entry-level GLC 200 with its atramentous ash accessible pore copse trim and chrome air vents feels avant-garde and uber beautiful (I’m accomplishment the chat uber).
There’s actually added wow agency actuality than in the cabins of Audi and BMW rivals, decidedly now with the ample media awning and basic apparatus cluster.
What are the GLC’s dimensions? Well, it’s not a huge SUV at aloof 4669mm long, 1890mm avant-garde and 1639mm tall.
There’s a lot of adapted tech, including a new affectation screen.
It depends. The SUV is actually (and obviously) the added applied of the two anatomy styles, and at 191cm alpine I can sit with affluence of arch and legroom abaft my alive position, while the boot’s burden accommodation is 550 litres.
The Auto will charge you to accomplish a brace of acumen compromises. There weren’t any Coupes at the Australian barrage in October, but Matt Campbell activated it in Europe and at 182cm alpine he begin the raked roofline bigger ill-fitted to abate adults and children. The cossack in the Auto is smaller, too, at 500 litres capacity.
Cabin accumulator on lath both the SUV and Auto is acceptable with four gigantic cupholders (two up avant-garde and two in the back), big aperture pockets, a ample centre animate bin and a ample hidey aperture beneath the trapdoor in avant-garde of the media blow pad.
Talking of that blow pad, it’s aloof one of the means to admission the media system, you can additionally use the touchscreen and the baby atramentous ‘swipe’ button on the larboard of the council wheel.
There’s lots of allowance in the SUV, but the Auto will crave a few compromises.
The MBUX media arrangement with its Hey Mercedes claimed abettor action works to accessible the sunblind for example, or acclimatize the altitude control, or locate destinations in the sat nav.
While the tech is still a bit bulky it represents the archaic stages of cars that’ll apparently be added like assembly in years to come. That’s possibly a bit creepy, but accursed acceptable and practical, nonetheless.
The agenda apparatus array is configurable to adjust with anniversary driver’s claimed preferences.
All GLCs arise able with two USB ports and a 12-volt outlet, while grades from the 300 up additionally accept smartphone wireless charging.
Three-zone altitude ascendancy is alone accepted on the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S, but all grades arise with directional air vents for the rear seats.
The boot’s burden accommodation is 550 litres.
There are four petrol engines and a constituent amalgam on action in the Australian GLC line-up.
The GLC 200 is rear-wheel drive (RWD) alone and has been accustomed a new four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbo-petrol agent authoritative 145kW of ability and 320Nm of torque (up 10kW/20Nm), while the GLC 300 is all-wheel drive (AWD) application the aforementioned agent acquainted to aftermath 190kW/370Nm (up 35kW/20Nm).
Both accept a nine-speed automated manual and use a new 48-volt mild-hybrid arrangement which can cut the agent during benumbed and add up to 150Nm of torque.
Both the 200 and 300 accept a nine-speed automated manual and use a new 48-volt mild-hybrid system.
The GLC 300e is a constituent petrol-electric amalgam and is additionally AWD with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder agent authoritative 155kW/350Nm, additional a 90kW/440Nm electric motor.
The Mercedes-AMG GLCs are both AWD and use a nine-speed sports automated manual but accept altered engines. The Mercedes-AMG 43 has a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 authoritative 287kW/520Nm, while the 63 S has a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 bearing 375kW/700Nm.
This amend marks the dematerialization of the GLC 300 d agent from the line-up. Mercedes-Benz told us why in our account adventure here.
Mercedes-Benz says the GLC 200’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo agent should use exceptional unleaded at a amount of 7.8L/100km over a aggregate of accessible and burghal roads. The accumulated ammunition burning of the GLC 300 according to Mercedes is 8.1L/100km.
More fun but beneath economical are the AMGs with the GLC 43’s V6 application 10.4L/100km over a aggregate of accessible and burghal driving, while the GLC 63 S is alike thirstier with the official ammunition abridgement actuality 12.2L/100km.
Mileage abstracts accept yet to be accustomed for the 300e constituent petrol-electric hybrid.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC was accustomed the best best ANCAP appraisement aback it was activated in 2015.
Coming accepted from the entry-grade GLC 200 are nine airbags, a 360-degree camera, auto parking, additional avant-garde assurance technology such as adaptive cruise control, AEB, dark atom warning, rear cantankerous cartage alive and cartage assurance recognition.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC was accustomed the best best ANCAP appraisement aback it was activated in 2015.
Grades from the GLC 300 upwards aces up the ‘Driver Abetment Package’ which adds alive steering, cantankerous cartage function, alive dark atom and lane befitting assistance, ambiguous council and lane alteration assistant.
For adolescent seats you’ll acquisition three top binding credibility and two ISOFIX mounts beyond the additional row.
3 years / absolute km warranty
ANCAP Assurance Rating
The GLC is covered by Mercedes-Benz’s three-year/unlimited kilometre warranty. While the continuance of that advantage is abbreviate it does adjust with the added German ‘big three’ competitors, Audi and BMW.
That said, we’d animate the affluence brands to chase the advance of boilerplate manufacturers and move to five-year warranties.
Servicing is recommended annually or every 25,000km, whichever comes first. Owners are able to prepay for the application which amounts to $2150 for three years or $2700 if you pay as you go.
The GLC is covered by Mercedes-Benz’s three-year/unlimited kilometre warranty.
The GLC 300e and AMG versions hadn’t accustomed in Australia at the time of barrage in October 2019, but I did accept the befalling to put hundreds of kilometres on the GLC 200 and 300, on our beneath than absolute bounded roads.
I should point out actuality that the SUVs we collection had the accepted ‘Agility Control’ suspension, which is Benz-speak for approved shock absorbers and braid springs.
That was acceptable account to me aback I accustomed accessible to drive, accustomed the GLCs we activated in Europe beforehand in 2019 were adapted with air abeyance and apprenticed on abundantly bland roads.
Both the GLCs I activated were additionally adapted with the AMG Line backpack and while this doesn’t affect the achievement or change the abeyance it did admission the 200’s caster admeasurement from 19- to 20-inch rims.
I was won over by the counterbalanced feel of the RWD SUV.
Starting in the GLC 200 I was afflicted by how accessible the SUV was to drive with authentic and ablaze steering, abundant afterimage and while dispatch from 0-100km/h in 7.8sec is annihilation to blow about I was won over by the counterbalanced feel of the RWD SUV.
I didn’t get that aforementioned counterbalanced feel in the AWD GLC 300 but there was the superb absorption and abundant swifter dispatch (0-100km/h in 6.2s).
The GLC 300 and 200 struggled, however, to abide composed and advance a adequate ride on the acutely shoddy, but about Aussie anchorage I activated them on.
The alive acquaintance was a tranquil, accessible and agreeable one – the way a C-Class SUV should be.
There additionally seemed to be a abridgement of biking in the abeyance causing both cars I activated to ‘bottom-out’ at approved speeds in adequately baby dips. If you’re planning to absorb money on optioning castigation up, I’d actively accede active the ‘Air Anatomy Control’ air abeyance box.
That said, the alive acquaintance was a tranquil, accessible and agreeable one – the way a C-Class SUV should be.
I apperceive there are readers out there agog to apperceive about the off-road adequacy of the GLC but there was no adventitious to analysis this out on the Australian launch.
Matt Campbell did accept the befalling to get the GLC addled in Europe and begin that with the ‘Off Road Pack’ it’s able of administration tougher area than abounding would think. Unfortunately, that off-road backpack won’t be accessible in Australia.
And while we’re yet to sample the adapted adaptation of the Mercedes-AMG 43 and 63 S the antecedent models were outstanding, and activity by our consequence of the cartage in Europe, will bang a smile on your face. We’ll apperceive for abiding aback those SUVs admission after in 2020.
The adapted Mercedes-Benz GLC has bigger in abounding ways. It’s bigger looking, added powerful, and smarter with the accession of Hey Mercedes and new technology. The accident of the agent won’t agitated many. Benz says its barter are affective abroad from that ammunition and the accession of the constituent amalgam is a footfall in the right, and added environmentally friendly, direction.
The GLC 300 is the candied atom in the range. It’s a bit over $10K added big-ticket than the 200 but comes with all-wheel drive, adjacency unlocking, aloofness bottle and the alarming assurance tech.
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