2016 Mercedes GLC review: Desirable, competitive but not class best

Introduction

Mercedes joined the lucrative mid-sized premium SUV party late with its GLC, launched in 2015 – long after Audi’s Q5 and BMW’s X3 had hit the market. Despite having to play catch-up, though, the Mercedes is a thoroughly competent machine and the range is simple to understand, being entirely four-wheel drive, in the main made up of diesel models, and offering lots of high-end technology for the money.

 

Body Style: SUV             Seats: 5                  MRP from £36,220 - £51,655

 

Did you know? The GLC is not Mercedes’ first attempt at this size SUV – it was preceded by the boxy GLK, which was never converted to right-hand drive.

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict 7.0 / 10

This handsome SUV actually feels like a more luxurious vehicle than its big brother, the GLE. It's a refined-feeling machine as long as you avoid the loewr-powered 220 diesel model, and emissions are very good. Given the sumptuous-feeling cabin and the assuredly car-like driving manners, it’s easy to see that the GLC is a worthy choice. However, an Audi Q5 or BMW X3 are more practical, handle with more panache and have better standard infotainment.  

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