In 2015 Mercedes-Benz launched the second generation of its compact class SUV. The manufacturer re-badged the GLK as a GLC, but the differences were bigger than a name change. The GLC represented a departure from its ancestor – the G-Class - and added more comfort and better on-road capabilities. If you’re the type of person who looks at a Mercedes-Benz C Class and thinks ‘I wish that were a bit taller and more off-roady’ then the new Mercedes-Benz GLC may just be for you. Curvaceous styling, active and passive safety, refinement and 4x4 capability are the reasons why Mercedes is hoping you’ll opt for the GLC.
Built on adapted C-Class underpinnings, the GLC is a full-size SUV that offers three petrol engines and two diesels. All versions are fitted with 4-Matic AWD and an automatic gearbox. Unlike the C Class saloon and estate, the GLC has the newer MBUX infotainment system which we have seen on the A-Class and B Class and is a big improvement over the older Command system.
Compact luxury SUVs have a tough assignment. They need to address all the practical needs of SUV buyers - ample cargo space, passenger room, safety features, even towing ability - while impressing with comfort, interior quality and high-tech features. Luckily, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC does all this with ease. Its rivals consist of other premium SUVs such as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, BMW X3 and Audi Q5.
In such a group of small luxury all-stars such as these, the Mercedes-Benz GLC remains a benchmark. Progress happens fast in this class, but the GLC's enhancements for 2020, particularly the MBUX infotainment, keep it one step ahead.
“The GLC Coupe combines the merits of an SUV and a coupe. Sportier and more cutting-edge than ever.”