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It's all in the family here. The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class may be only the second stepping stone on the brand's crossover and SUV hierarchy (it sits above the decidedly tiny GLA-Class), but its brand identity is strong.
It is worth noting that there are now two flavors of GLC-Class—conventional crossover and what Mercedes calls a "coupe." In our eyes, the coupe is merely a crossover with much of its big item utility lopped off; whether you're willing to accept that compromise is up to you.
From across a parking lot, the GLC looks like it was 3-D-printed from almost the same design as the larger GLE, albeit at 95 percent or so. That’s no put-down; the GLC’s design is part of a concerted move from Mercedes-Benz to harmonize its design among vehicles of the same type.
Up close, the GLC’s slightly different set of proportions become more apparent, and there’s a bit more subtlety—and some voluptuous undertones in the sheet metal—that give the GLC a little more charm from the outside, either compared to the GLE, or to other models in its size class like the BMW X3 or Audi Q5.
At the entry level, the GLC300 offers the choice of rear- or all-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injection inline-4 engine, making 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. In both versions it’s mated to a 9-speed automatic.
It's a strong performer, accelerating quickly and delivering good power all the way across the rev range. Moreover, the 4-cylinder is quiet and refined, although the brand's fuel-saving start/stop system is more noticeable here than in some rivals like the Lincoln MKC.
The 9-speed automatic shifts unobtrusively, although its shift timing varies a lot between the car’s Comfort and Sport+ modes, and if you’ve been driving rapidly or forget that it’s in Sport or Sport+ mode, it can lurch at low speed.
When Mercedes redesigned (and renamed) the GLC's predecessor, the automaker focused much of its attention on improving rear seat room.That makes it one of the most spacious luxury compact crossover, short of true mid-sizers like the Lexus RX and BMW X5, and Acura MDX.
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