Mercedes-Benz GLC

Mercedes-Benz GLC information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the new mid-sized crossover from Merc. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the GLC car range. 

Background

The GLC is the successor to the GLK - and this one's sold in right-hand drive in the UK. The new naming structure is decoded thus: GL stands for Geländewagen, or an all-terrain vehicle, while the C denotes this is related to the C-class range. You can choose from the regular SUV bodystyle or the Mercedes GLC Coupe, with a more slanted roof for a sporting stance. For more information on the Mercedes GLC family, click on our further stories on the links below.

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This was an inevitable addition to the Mercedes-Benz car range: as the world went soft-roader crazy, it was only a matter of time before Daimler piled into the sector previously dominated by the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. The GLC borrows most of its hardware from the C-class saloon and estate, so there are few surprises in the engineering department. The 220 and 250 diesels - both a rather basic 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel - will be just fine for most buyers, offering a potent cocktail of everyday performance and cheap-ish running costs.

Petrol lovers were initially restricted to the AMG 43 model, which slings in a bi-turbo 3.0 V6 with some proper 300bhp+ punch. The range has now expanded to include the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63, with the pumped-up 4.0-litre turbo V8, while there's a new V6 diesel option in the excellent GLC 350d. All models have all-wheel drive capability, while a decent-sized boot adds a dose of family practicality.

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The one we’d buy

GLC 250d

The one we’d avoid like the plague

A GLC 63 AMG Coupe might get the neighbours gossiping

Rivals to consider

Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lexus NX, Volvo XC60

For

So polished, a decent drive, taps into the zeitgeisty appetite for SUVs perfectly...

Against

Not much, really: think carefully before you plump for a coupe - but if it works for you, why not?

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