2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC: New Car Review
The GLC is one of Mercedes best selling cars despite only being in the company’s line up since 2016. The Mercedes GLC was essentially introduced to replace the GLK sold between the 2010 and 2015 model years. The 2019 model has undergone some significant changes to stay in competition with its rivals like the Audi Q5 andthe BMW X3.
Exterior features of the Mercedes GLC
The Mercedes GLC has a really handsome, eye-catching profile with quite streamlined shapes. It is a luxury-crossover that looks really sporty and feels very high-end. Upfront, the chrome grille is the same, however it still looks very stylish and sleek. The standout exterior feature is undoubtedly the standard size 18-inch alloy wheels that goes up to 20-inches. Out of all the compact luxury-crossovers in its class, the Mercedes GLC is arguably one of the most visually aesthetic cars that looks good from every perspective, regardless of what lighting it is under.
For customers who like to customise their car, you can get the Mercedes GLC in a range of different colours, including Cardinal Red, Brilliant Blue, Obsidian Black, Polar white, Iridium Silver Metalic, Cavensite Blue Metalic, Mojave Silver Metalic, Selenite Grey Metalic, designo Hyacinth Red metallic, designo Selenite Grey MAGNO (matte) and designo Diamond White metallic.
Mercedes GLC Colour Scheme
Safety Mechanism of the GLC
The Mercedes GLC boasts a range of impressive safety mechanism, such as the brake assist. Ultimately, that means there is a radar sensing in the front of the vehicle and will detect either slower moving or stationary vehicles. If another vehicle or someone is coming towards you, it will warn you and automatically stop the vehicle, which is a very handy feature. As such, automatic emergency braking, forward collision monitoring, crosswind assist and attention assist are standard on all models. Customers can choose to upgrade for blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and rear-cross traffic alert.
Inside the Mercedes GLC: interior and tech features
Inside, there is great attention to detail. Everything from the materials, the physical buttons, to the infotainment systems and the overall spaciousness of the car, all feels very high-end! However, the feature that everybody was highly anticipating is the arrival of the ‘Mercedes Me.’ it’s like a built-in concierge that couples up to an app on your mobile phone device. It allows you to check your fuel level, lock your car with your smartphone, check where your car is at any given moment(which is extremely handy for when you’ve forgotten where you’ve parked your car in a shopping center, for example), book service appointments, etc. Ultimately, the idea behind the ‘Mercedes Me’ is to help make drivers journeys easier by providing a comprehensive range of services. This feature is available across the Mercedes range as standard.
As for the interior, theMercedes GLC provides enough space for a family of 5. There is seating for three adults in the back seats. However, there is not much space between the backseat and front seats, which means legroom is not at its maximum. It is the same upfront for the passenger car seat, as there is very little legroom between the passenger and the glove box compartment.
Moving towards the back of the cabin, it does take some time for the boot to rise fully to the top. However, once it’s completely raised and out of your way, there is approximately 550 litres of boot space, which puts it right on par with some of its rivals namely the Audi Q5 (60.4) and the Volvo XC60 (63.3). There’s a generous amount of storage under the lockable boot floor — so you can hide away lots of small items out of sight. If you’re after even more room, then you can fold down the rear seats at the push of a button, which leaves you a very useable, flat cabin space.
Mercedes GLC Trim Levels
The usual trim levels for the Mercedes GLC is the GLC 300/GLC 300 4 Matic, GLC 350e 4Matic, AMG GLC 43 and AMG GLC 63. Rear wheel drive is standard on the GLC 300 while all-wheel drive is optional. On the GLC 350e, GLC 43 and GLC 63 models, all wheel-drive is standard. More examples of standard features found at each trim level can be seen in the table below;
|GLC 300/GLC 300 4Matic
|GLC 350e 4Matic (PHEV)
|AMG GLC 43
|AMG GLC 63
|Drive mode selector with four settings
|Sports Exhaust System
|18-inch alloy wheels
|AMG-tuned air suspension
|Heated steering wheel
|Dual-zone climate control
|20-inch alloy wheels
|Burmester Sound System
|performance -minded all-wheel-drive system
|14-way power adjustable driver’s seats
|Heated front and rear seats
|Leatherette and suede-like upholstery
|Two USB ports
Optional features include;
- Adaptive LED headlights
- 8.4-inch touchscreen navigation
- A performance exhaust system (GLC 63 only)
- Alloys wheels up to 21 inches in diameter, wood or carbon fiber trim,
- Panoramic sunroof
- Ventilated front seats
- Leather upholstery
- Hands-free power liftgate
- head-up display
- Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Adaptive air suspension (GLC 300 and GLC 350e)
Mercedes GLC Performance
The Mercedes GLC offers a range of different engine options. The base Mercedes GLC 300 comes with a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque to either the rear of all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission. It has 22 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the motorway. The Mercedes GLC 350e takes the same 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder and combines it with an electric motor for a total output of 320hp and 413 lb-ft.
Next in line is the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 with its twin-turbocharged 3.0 litre V6 producing 362hp and 348 lb-ft of torque and the GLC 63, which has a 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8 with 469 hp and 479 lb-ft. Fuel economy for the Mercedes-AMG GLC sits at 18/24 city/motorway mpg. It can travel up to 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, making it a very fast and appealing option for customers, especially for speed demons.
The nine-speed automatic transmission comes as standard on all models except the GLC 350e, which is powered by a seven-speed automatic transmission.