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Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Review

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  • Launched in 2016
  • Crossover
  • Petrol, Diesel, PHEV
  • Launch year
    2016
  • Body type
    Crossover
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel, PHEV

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Crossover coupe with fashion appeal

Best bits

  • Still a practical family car
  • Impressive handling on sports suspension
  • Luxurious interior with plenty of standard equipment

Not so great

  • SUV coupes have a divisive image
  • Agile handling results in a stiffer ride 
  • Poor rear visibility due to sloping roofline

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Overall verdict

"The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe performs well against its direct competitors, with generous technology and a feelgood interior. But you pay a premium over the more practical GLC SUV model solely in the pursuit of style."

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With SUVs seemingly now on every suburban street, it can feel hard to stand out from the crowd. But if you cannot live without an elevated driving position, and want something with a unique look, perhaps an SUV coupe will deliver the goods?


The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe follows the path taken by its larger GLE Coupe brother. Starting with the already attractive GLC SUV, the boxy rear roofline is tapered down to leave a sleek coupe shape. The end result is a Mercedes that retains a raised ride height, but with more individual looks. 


Styling is a matter of personal preference, and the GLC Coupe will not appeal to all. However, the Mercedes is arguably one of the more successful coupe conversions on sale.


A key part of creating the GLC Coupe was also making it feel sportier to drive. Mercedes has fitted stiffer suspension and lowered it closer to the ground, both in search of improved handling. It certainly feels sharper than the regular SUV version of the GLC, with an additional tautness and more immediate responses. While you might not be chasing sports cars behind the wheel of the GLC Coupe, it does feel mildly more engaging to drive.


This does come with a downside, though. Stiffer suspension means a harder ride, especially given the bigger alloy wheels the GLC Coupe wears. Potholes and bumps in the road will be more noticeable compared to the SUV version. Air suspension is the solution to the problem, but can only be found on top-end models or as an expensive optional extra.


Mercedes-Benz has at least been generous with standard equipment on the GLC Coupe. Features such as climate control, LED headlights, satellite navigation and heated seats can be found in every model. Later versions gain upgraded multimedia systems, including the ability to give voice commands by saying “Hey, Mercedes” – like the voice activation on your smartphone. 


All of this is wrapped up in an interior that, barring a few flimsy pieces of trim, looks and feels well worth the money. Just be aware that those sitting in the back of the GLC Coupe will have less headroom than in the GLC SUV, and that the central fifth seat is only suitable for short journeys. Boot space has also been reduced in the coupe conversion, but remains a useful 500 litres for all but the plug-in hybrid.


Engine choices range from respectable and economical diesels right through to fire-breathing turbocharged petrol V8s. The diesel engines will be preferred by those with longer commutes, but do not mean missing out on performance. All GLC Coupes come with 4Matic four-wheel drive, while an excellent nine-speed automatic gearbox is standard across the range. 


The GLC Coupe is more than style over substance, with the transition to a more shapely design only having a limited impact on everyday usability. A bigger question is whether buyers are willing to pay a premium over the equivalent GLC SUV, solely for the benefit of that body shape.


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GLC 220d 4Matic AMG Line 5dr 9G-Tronic

  • 2017
  • 22,137 miles
  • Drive Vauxhall Darlington
  • Durham, DL11RJ
Price:£32,335
PCP: £592.58/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £592.58, Customer Deposit: £4,850.00, Total Deposit: £4,850.25, Optional Final Payment: £13,850.00, Total Charge For Credit: £7,105.55, Total Amount Payable: £39,440.55, Representative APR: 11.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 11.3%, Excess Mileage Charge: 9ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

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GLC 63 S 4Matic Premium 5dr 9G-Tronic

  • 2018
  • 17,200 miles
  • Mercedes-Benz of Poole
  • Dorset, BH152BD
Price:£69,995
HP: £1,904.95/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £1,904.95, Customer Deposit: £10,499.00, Total Deposit: £10,499.25, Total Charge For Credit: £9,092.45, Total Amount Payable: £79,087.45, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.47%

Is the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe right for you?

If you think that normal SUVs with their upright looks are just too common outside the school gates, the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe could be for you. 


Combining the effective four-wheel-drive setup of the existing GLC SUV, but chopping away the square rear end results in this Coupe model. It certainly looks different to most off-roaders, and is arguably more attractive than rivals like the BMW X4. 


Being a fashionista does come at cost, both financially and practically. New GLC Coupes command a substantial premium over their conventional cousins. In addition, rear headroom and luggage space in the boot are reduced versus the GLC SUV. It will still prove to be usable for most families, but you need to sacrifice some space for style if the looks of the GLC Coupe really appeal. 


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

The Mercedes GLC Coupe shares engines and trim options with the GLC SUV. This means a somewhat overwhelming range to choose from, but there should be a model to suit all needs. 


For pre-2019 facelift models, AMG Line offers a decent blend of value and features such as 19-inch wheels and AMG body styling. After the facelift, AMG Line Premium added an impressive digital dashboard, Apple CarPlay connectivity and an upgraded sound system.


If you regularly travel long distances, the GLC 300d diesel will offer pace and economy. Should you stick to the suburbs, a petrol GLC 300 will be rewarding to drive and not too costly to run. 


Finding a GLC Coupe with the desirable Air Body Control air suspension is worthwhile. This reduces the otherwise stiff ride, and still maintains decent handling in line with the car’s sporty image.

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

BMW’s smaller X4 is the most obvious competitor for the Mercedes GLC Coupe, being based on the regular BMW X3.


Keen drivers will find the X4 more rewarding, and it also manages to be marginally more spacious inside. However, the interior of the X4 is not as luxurious as the GLC, and the ride can be harsh on M Sport models. 


Other rivals include the Range Rover Velar and Porsche Macan, plus larger SUV coupes like the Mercedes GLE. However, the closest competitor is perhaps the regular Mercedes GLC. It has all the same engines and interior equipment, and offers better value for money.


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Prices, versions and specification

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