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Mercedes-Benz GLC Review

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  • Launched in 2015
  • SUV
  • Petrol, Diesel, PHEV
  • Launch year
    2015
  • Body type
    SUV
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel, PHEV

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Versatile premium mid-size SUV

Best bits

  • Spacious interior can accommodate four adults with ease
  • Boot space is competitive with key German rivals
  • More capable than most SUVs when the going gets rough

Not so great

  • Air suspension is needed to get the best ride quality
  • Seemingly endless list of trim levels can be confusing
  • High-performance AMG models have very high running costs

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Overall verdict

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On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"A stylish, highly premium SUV that closely rivals the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 for space and standard equipment. Only a harsh ride detracts from the sumptuous feeling of comfort."

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It’s easy to see why the GLC holds so much appeal, with handsome exterior styling making it look reassuringly expensive. Yet it also manages to appear family-friendly, without the ‘in your face’ attitude of some rivals. Well, so long as you avoid the fearsome AMG performance models. 


The diversity of the GLC range is one of the major strengths of this practical, mid-size SUV. With certain options, it can venture further off-road into the wilderness than many competitors, demonstrating the depth of engineering under its skin. Yet, elsewhere in the same range, the V8-powered AMG GLC 63 is capable of setting SUV lap records on race circuits across the world. 


In the middle of all this is a useful family SUV, one that boasts an upmarket image and an interior packed with modern tech. Features like climate control, electrically adjustable seats and satellite navigation are standard on virtually all models, adding an extra layer of value to the GLC’s repertoire. 


Understanding just what comes standard on each model may take time. Mercedes-Benz has varied the trim levels during the lifetime of the GLC, meaning some optional extras have disappeared or been replaced. 


The list of engines available for the GLC is also lengthy, but means there should be a model to suit most needs. The entry-level four-cylinder diesels deliver economy and respectable pace, while the petrol AMG models bring sports car performance to a practical SUV. 


Just try not to get too carried away enjoying the abilities of the AMG versions with all the family onboard...


All versions use a superb nine-speed automatic gearbox, and every GLC comes fitted with 4Matic four-wheel drive. The wide range of engines also means you can tailor the running costs of the GLC to suit your budget. Buying a diesel will result in better fuel economy on longer trips, while a petrol may be better for those staying closer to home.


Mercedes-Benz also includes a plug-in hybrid GLC 300e as part of the model line-up. This can cover almost 30 miles on battery power alone, and has a regular petrol engine to banish concerns about range anxiety. Just be aware that the battery eats into boot space, making it slightly less practical than other models in the GLC lineup. 


Non-hybrid versions of the GLC can hold 550 litres of luggage with the rear seats up. Curiously, that happens to be the exact same volume that the rival Audi Q5 and BMW X3 can accommodate. A coincidence?


The GLC offers a comprehensive package that should appeal to a wide range of SUV buyers. With so much choice, the greatest challenge may be deciding which GLC works best for you.

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Mercedes-Benz GLC

GLC 63 4Matic+ 5dr MCT

  • 2020
  • 5,784 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Mercedes-Benz of Portsmouth
  • Hampshire, PO35FH
Price:£61,980
PCP: £762.56/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £762.56, Customer Deposit: £9,297.00, Total Deposit: £9,297.00, Optional Final Payment: £34,812.56, Total Charge For Credit: £8,819.16, Total Amount Payable: £70,799.16, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.69%, Excess Mileage Charge: 24ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Mercedes-Benz GLC

GLC 300d 4Matic AMG Line Premium 5dr 9G-Tronic

  • 2021
  • 6,000 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Mercedes-Benz of Grimsby
  • Lincolnshire, DN377LG
Price:£38,900
PCP: £545.94/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £545.94, Customer Deposit: £5,835.00, Total Deposit: £5,835.00, Optional Final Payment: £19,240.00, Total Charge For Credit: £5,282.90, Total Amount Payable: £44,182.90, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.68%, Excess Mileage Charge: 8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Mercedes-Benz GLC right for you?

There are plenty of options available in the SUV marketplace, but owning a Mercedes-Benz always has strong appeal. The three-pointed star conjures up images of luxurious quality, setting it apart from most other manufacturers. 


The GLC delivers on that promise, looking like a high-end product that will impress outside the school gates or in the office car park. It is also practical, being capable of seating four in comfort, and squeezing in an extra rear passenger if needed. 


It can easily serve as a main family vehicle, with the boot more than big enough to swallow all the detritus of modern life. It will also go further off-road than you might imagine (with the right options fitted), opening up a wealth of adventure opportunities. 


So, if a premium SUV is what you want, the GLC delivers the posh badge and all the usefulness to ensure it won’t feel like a compromise.  

What’s the best Mercedes-Benz GLC model/engine to choose?

Buckle up, as the range of model lines and trim combinations available for the Mercedes-Benz GLC can start to feel like a rollercoaster ride. Developments from launch have seen twists and turns, with the AMG Line emerging as the most common version. 


AMG Line brings the features that should appeal to most buyers, such as 19-inch wheels, smart body styling and a decent level of standard specification for the interior. A GLC with the optional air suspension appeals most, as this makes for a more comfortable ride in all conditions. 


Picking an engine is tougher, but the post-2019 facelift diesels hold plenty of appeal. Opting for the most powerful version you can afford makes sense, as the fuel consumption penalty for higher outputs is minimal. 


For sheer excitement, the petrol V8-powered AMG GLC 63 is hard to ignore, but it comes with steep ownership costs. 

What other cars are similar to the Mercedes-Benz GLC?

The premium mid-size SUV market is hugely competitive, meaning there are plenty of rivals for the GLC. 


Both the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 offer similar dimensions, along with identical boot space. The BMW is more engaging to drive on a daily basis, while the Audi benefits from an interior that feels better put together. 


Other options include the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Lexus NX, and the Volvo XC60, leaving buyers with plenty of choice. The Land Rover Discovery Sport offers more room inside, and can also be had with seven seats. 

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On the inside

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Driving

Mercedes GLC central console

How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

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