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At first look, there’s absolutely no doubt that it’s all in the family. The GLK has followed a form that’s considerably boxier than the larger M-Class (now called the GLE); but with the new 2016 GLC, Mercedes-Benz moves to a somewhat more rounded profile and softer details—yet a front-end design that’s far more striking.
From across the parking lot, the GLC looks like it was 3-D-printed from almost the same design, 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. While we have to admit we’re going to miss the GLK’s earnest, chiseled lines, the GLC takes a step upmarket, and it now closely resembles the GLE-Class—to the degree that if you don’t see it next to one, you might be left wondering which one you’re seeing.
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.
For 2016, there are essentially just two versions of the GLC-Class, performance-wise: the rear-wheel-drive GLC300, and the all-wheel-drive GLC300 4Matic. Both pack 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 new 9-speed automatic.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC is nearly 5 inches longer and 2 inches wider than its predecessor, the GLK, and that dimensional gain (including a 5-inch boost in wheelbase) goes right where it’s best used: the back seat.
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. Next to the segment leader on the comfort-oriented side, the RX, the GLC is 9 inches shorter, but feels nearly as spacious. *This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program.