Five things you need to know about the Mercedes-Benz GLC
Discover the key features of the Mercedes GLC and why it should be at the top of your list for an SUV.
The mid-sized SUV market is massive, and if you’re shopping for a vehicle in this class you’re faced with a dizzying array of choices. However, at the top of your shopping list should be the Mercedes-Benz GLC because it looks great, has a lovely, spacious interior, and electrified powertrains.
With that in mind, let’s dive a little deeper into why the GLC is top of its class.
Mercedes-Benz has long been praised for its fantastic interiors, bringing premium, luxurious appeal to all of its cars. The GLC is no different, with its high-tech cabin that has a large, tablet-like central screen for the infotainment and a digital instrument panel.
On top of this, it can be controlled through touching the screen, a touchpad, gesture control or voice control. Other technology includes wireless smartphone charging and impressive smartphone integration.
Impressive standard equipment
Being a premium model, the levels of standard equipment on the GLC are very impressive. In fact, it’s only available with variations of the AMG Line specification that would be considered one of the top trims on many Mercedes models.
As such, it gets 19-inch alloy wheels, all of that high-tech infotainment technology, a sporty AMG body kit, automatic climate control and a sports steering wheel.
Plug-in hybrid powertrain
With electrification being the car industry buzzword right now, it’s important to have a hybrid option. With the GLC you actually get a plug-in hybrid variant, which means you can plug it into the mains or a public charger to top the battery up and drive further on electric power.
The GLC hybrid has an electric-only range of about 29 miles, which means most people could complete their commute without ever needing the engine. It also has a favourable benefit-in-kind rate of 11 per cent for company car drivers.
SUV and Coupe body styles
The standard GLC is a typical SUV, but Mercedes has done a great job filling niches, and the GLC Coupe is one such example. It has the same bold looks and high specification as the regular model, but comes with a stylish sloping roof, similar to a coupe.
It’s slightly pricier than the regular model and rear headspace and boot space aren’t quite as impressive, but if those things aren’t too important the trade-off is an even more stylish car.
Drives like a car
Usually, when buying an SUV there are some concessions to be made to driveability. Owing to the fact they have a higher roof and higher driving position - the centre of gravity is higher too - means that these models tend to be less satisfying to drive than an equivalent estate car.
However, countless reviews of the GLC have talked about how great it is to drive, with many noting that it feels more car- than SUV-like behind the wheel. It means you get the benefits of the driving style of a car with the practicality of an SUV.
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Published: August 6, 2021