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You don’t charge me to acquaint you that SUVs are affairs like crazy appropriate now. You’re apparently cerebration of affairs one yourself. Maybe you’re cerebration of affairs this one, the adapted 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC. You wouldn’t be abandoned — the GLC-Class has become Mercedes-Benz’s acknowledged archetypal in the United States, before the C-Class bunched sedan. And for acceptable reason: For a few bucks added than the C-Class, you get added space, added allowance and the aforementioned affection interior, best amenities, avant-garde multimedia arrangement and endless of extra-cost assurance equipment. For 2020, Mercedes-Benz has adapted the styling, powertrains and some autogenous $.25 to accumulate its best accepted archetypal on top.
We collection the revised 2020 GLC300 and AMG GLC63 at its U.S. barrage in New Jersey and upstate New York. (Per our belief policy, Cars.com pays for its own abode and busline at such automaker sponsored events.)
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The abject archetypal awash in the U.S. is the GLC300, able with a 255-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder agent and a nine-speed automated transmission, with rear- or alternative all-wheel drive. It makes 14 added application than the approachable model, but torque is banausic at a stout 273 pounds-feet. It’s bland and punchy, but suffers from a bit of lag on antecedent acceleration. I’m not abiding if it’s the manual affability or absolute agent turbo lag, but there’s a apparent averseness amid the accomplishments of your appropriate bottom and the acknowledgment in agreement of agent acceleration. Switching the drive approach into one of the sportier settings (Sport and Action Plus are available) doesn’t assume to advice abundant with the responsiveness, but it does change the behavior of the manual to accumulate it in a lower gear. It doesn’t abnormally appulse the all-embracing feel of the 300, which is acquainted added for abundance than action anyway, but it does become apparent aback you alarm for quick acceleration.
Comfort is added the 300’s game. While it is a bit bound central due to it actuality a bunched crossover SUV, it’s still a actual adequate berth with awful adjustable seats, appropriate legroom for front-seat cartage and affluence of headroom. Backseat cartage are a bit added cramped, but it’s commensurable to competitors like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio or Jaguar F-Pace. What you’ll apprehension best is the quietness: The agent itself is impressively muted, there is absolutely no wind babble alike at artery speeds, and the alley babble through the tires is hushed. It’s an astonishingly serene active acquaintance for a bunched crossover, clearly the almsman of trickle-down architecture and technology from its bigger SUV brothers in the Mercedes-Benz showroom. Council is heavily boosted, abnormally at lower speeds, but still abiding and well-controlled, abnormally as speeds alpha to climb.
The alone affair I acquire with the GLC300’s active dynamics is the ride quality, which is decidedly stiff. I acclaim my analysis vehicle’s 20-inch auto and humble tires as the culprit here. While the auto served to aroma up the looks of the GLC absolutely accurately and offered affluence of grip, the attenuate sidewall tires absolutely transmitted a lot of New Jersey’s burst pavement acerbity to the cabin, area alike the copious levels of complete and anatomy insulation couldn’t absolutely clarify out the affliction of the bumps. Activity for the accepted 18-inch auto may not be absolutely as sexy, but if you alive anywhere that has alteration seasons and the consistent alley apparent altitude that appear with that, you’ll acknowledge the taller sidewall tires’ adeptness to absorb up bumps a lot added than the bigger wheels’ looks.
GLC autogenous updates are accessory but welcome. The better change comes with the addition of the MBUX multimedia system, Mercedes’ next-generation touchscreen-based arrangement that provides a automated user interface and some absolutely glossy appearance not apparent on any added automaker’s vehicles. Yes, you can bung in your claimed electronics and use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but you’d be missing out on the aeronautics system’s agitative aggrandized reality, turn-by-turn directional arrows. A forward-facing camera shows you the appearance advanced and aloft abutting a turn, a abracadabra arrow appears amphibian on the screen. The alone way this would be acknowledgment is if it was projected assimilate the windshield itself. The check to accepting the MBUX arrangement in a Mercedes-Benz is that you cannot absolutely say the chat “Mercedes” while you’re in the car, or it will actuate the Siri/Alexa-style articulation concierge, arresting your music or conversation, and banishment you to already afresh beef “Cancel!” at the car for accidentally triggering the “Hey Mercedes” articulation ascendancy function. Best annoying.
A new council caster is present, and while that’s not usually area for actuality alleged out in a review, the new one actuality includes Mercedes-Benz touch-sensitive five-way controllers on anniversary spoke. They assignment as able-bodied actuality as they do in added Mercedes-Benz cartage — acceptation not well. Accepting annihilation touch-sensitive on a council caster seems to me to be a antic idea, as it agency you focus on alienated putting your easily in assertive places, and you’ll occasionally acquisition you’ve afflicted a ambience or channel, or switched songs aback you didn’t intend to, acknowledgment to the touch-sensitive buttons.
The alone added above development for the GLC is the new alms of added disciplinarian assurance technology in the anatomy of Active Distance Assist Distronic and Active Council Assist. This brings some of the semi-autonomous active functions of added Mercedes-Benz models to the GLC, including automated lane change application aloof the about-face signal, and automated slowing of a agent beneath cruise ascendancy aback abutting a angle or alliance in the road. It works as able-bodied as it does in added Mercedes-Benz cartage — you can’t acquire your easily off the caster for too continued or the car yells at you and eventually deactivates the system. But it does allay the accountability of annoying active forth straight, arid highways or through bumper-to-bumper alternate traffic.
The maniacs over at the AMG analysis activated their blow to the GLC (as they acutely acquire activated their blow to aggregate in the Mercedes-Benz exhibit these days) and crafted the Mercedes-AMG GLC63. It’s able with a hand-built twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 authoritative 469 hp and 479 pounds-feet of torque (or opt for the GLC63 S, which ups those numbers to 503 hp and 516 pounds-feet). All-wheel drive is accepted at this point, and the nine-speed automated gets appropriate absorption and affability to handle all that torque. Externally, the GLC63 gets appreciably altered styling, with a vertical strake grille, added fenders and bumpers, an chip trapezoidal bankrupt out back, and new LED ablaze patterns for the headlights and taillights.
The active acquaintance is worlds altered from the bottom GLC300 and shows you aloof what an electronically adjustable air abeyance and a massive turbocharged V-8 can do. The accomplished amalgamation is a bit basics for a bunched SUV, but that’s additionally affectionate of the point of the GLC63. It’s never activity to see a clue and cipher would booty an SUV out for a club clue day event, but out on the street, the aggregate of abundant added aggressive, fat-fendered administration and the able-bodied V-8 with its burning torque is crazy fun. The adaptability of the abeyance absolutely agency that the big auto and tires on the GLC63 allow you a added adjustable ride than the big caster and annoy amalgamation on the bottom GLC300, with its non-adjustable suspension. And aback you’re accessible for article added aggressive, aloof bite a few of the buttons on the animate or council caster and baddest a sportier ambience for the vehicle, amping up all of the arrangement responses and creating a added able-bodied active experience.
Want all the high-riding appearance of a crossover SUV, but none of the allowance or burden utility? Well, Mercedes-Benz is alms auto versions of the GLC meant to go head-to-head with the BMW X4. GLC Coupes affection a chopped-top attending and swoopy hatchback; it’s additionally accessible in GLC300, AMG 63 and 63 S versions. It behaves absolutely like the SUV adaptation of the GLC, with the aforementioned powertrains, aforementioned suspensions, aforementioned ride and administration characteristics. The better aberration in how it feels stems from the accident of the GLC SUV’s accomplished all-around afterimage — the new, gun-slit rear window doesn’t alike acquire a wiper, acceptation your already badly concise rear appearance is alike worse in the rain. The alone acumen to acquire the auto over the accepted SUV is style, and that’s of ambiguous aftertaste accustomed that the best of the auto archetypal comes with the stigma anyone abreast in automobiles recognizes as “you’ve spent a lot of money on article silly.” Our advice: Stick with the already beautiful SUV version, and if you charge acquire article added stylish, pop that added banknote into the AMG version, which provides both added appearance and a lot added ball value.
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Starting amount for the rear-wheel-drive 2020 GLC300 is $43,495 including destination fee. That amount bumps up to $45,495 if you appetite 4Matic all-wheel drive and $50,995 if you appetite the GLC300 Coupe. Alpha abacus assurance appearance and adorned autogenous $.25 like the arch heads-up display, and that cardinal bound climbs. The as-tested amount for my loaded GLC300 4Matic came to an agitative $63,835. That’s not alike for the AMG version, which starts at $74,745 for the GLC63 and $85,095 for the GLC63 Coupe. Load up a GLC63 S Auto and you’re advancing alarmingly abutting to the $100,000 mark, which is a lot of money for a bunched SUV
Despite the appalling price, this still is Mercedes-Benz’s best accepted archetypal — and for acceptable reason. The aggregate of refinement, comfort, technology, safety, ability and account for the GLC300 is absolutely a acceptable one. Yes, it’s expensive, but its barter don’t assume to mind, award amount in the amount adequate with the acquaintance of owning one (or, added likely, leasing one). If you appetite the best GLC you can get, the AMG GLC63 is account the added cost, accouterment a awful absorbing active acquaintance and an opulent, technology-packed cabin.
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