Mercedes Benz GLC-Class review

Opening

The GLC-Class is a new model. In June 2015, Mercedes-Benz unveiled a new automobile in Germany. For those who are unaware, Mercedes-GLC-Class Benz’s is the successor to the GLK-Class (X204) that was sold internationally from 2008 forward. When the next-generation GLK, codenamed the X205, was ready for production in 2015, Mercedes changed the name from GLK to GLC-Class in accordance with the brand’s updated nomenclature. A quick glance at Mercedes’ model lineup reveals that the GLC-Class will sit between the GLA and GLE models, competing with the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Land Rover Discovery Sport. We took the GLC-Class on a spin in Coorg to get a sense of what to expect from this eagerly anticipated three-pointed star.

Exterior Appearance

This SUV is based on the current-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W205), but it is longer and wider. In fact, the GLC’s 4759mm length and 2873mm wheelbase are the best in its class. Overall, this vehicle has a more modest appearance, resembling a crossover rather than a full-fledged SUV. A massive twin-slat grille with a prominent Mercedes emblem dominates the front end. The fascia is modern because of the hood creases, the recognisable headlamps, and the conspicuous silver scuff plate bordered by two huge air-dams.

As you get to the flanks, you’ll notice the gentle curving contours that make this an appealing SUV. Two creases run down the centre of the side profile between the wheel arches, highlighting the design language’s athletic inclination. The rear quarter glass rakes toward the C-pillar to provide additional glass space for the driver’s sight while backing up. The smaller rear window, the strong shoulder line that supports the well-designed tail lamps, and the broad chrome strip right above the well-detailed tail pipes draw the most attention in the back.

Interior appearance

Once you’re sat in the GLC, you’ll see how similar it is to the C-Class cabin. The dashboard, door pads, buttons, steering, and a tablet-style floating screen, among other things, are all the same. Everything in the cabin is made of high-quality materials and exudes the sense of refinement that this sector has become known for. The visibility from the driver’s seat is reasonable, and the seats, particularly the backrest, feature numerous curves. They provide personal support as well as electrically adjustable thigh support, however lateral support for those spirited twisty road encounters should have been greater. Long rides in these seats should be avoided at all costs. The centre console, as well as the door pads, have lots of storage space for your knickknacks and possessions.

There’s adequate space and legroom for three people in the back of the GLC’s cabin. The tall protruding transmission tunnel, on the other hand, tends to muck up the legs of the middle passenger. In addition, passengers in the back will appreciate the comfortable seats with a decent rake angle for the backrest. However, on longer rides, the seat base could have been constructed with a little more thigh support. There’s little doubt that occupants in the GLC will feel spacious, and this is mostly due to the extra headroom provided by the internal cabin design.
However, don’t expect much boot room because the spare wheel is centred in the middle of the vehicle at standard luggage height. This implies that the only option to fill the boot to the brim is to use one of the numerous configurations of the 60:40:60 folding rear seats. However, this is only true if there aren’t enough people on the trip. However, after the seats are flipped over, the loading space is quite flat, which makes things a little easier.

Panorama sunroof, parking assist with reversing camera, motorised tailgate, 4MATIC (permanent four-wheel-drive), and an instrument cluster with a 5.5-inch multi-function display will all come standard on the ‘Edition One’ version of the GLC. Three-zone climate control, power front seats, an LED intelligent light system with cornering lights, ambient lighting, adaptive brake lights, and seven airbags are all possible options. You also get a touchpad with an integrated media interface, as well as an audio player with a high-resolution seven-inch multimedia colour display. A Bluetooth interface is also available, which allows for hands-free telephony and audio streaming.

Driven by Results

The GLC will be available in two models in India: the GLC220d and the GLC300. The GLC comes with Merc’s ‘Dynamic Select,’ which has five preset modes for changing the mapping, steering weight, and gear shift responses. These modes, which are referred to as Comfort, Eco, Sport, Sport+, and Individual, provide different driving characteristics depending on the situation. The GLC220d will be equipped with a 2143cc four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 170bhp at 3000-4200rpm. It also produces 400Nm of torque between 1400 and 2800 rpm and transfers power to the wheels via a new nine-speed automated transmission. Paddle shifts allow you to control gearshifts when and how you choose. The 220d, according to Mercedes, can accelerate from a standstill to 100 kilometres per hour in 8.3 seconds before reaching a top speed of 210 kilometres per hour. Mercedes has decided to go with the 220d for the time being in order to keep costs down, but the more powerful 250d could be considered later after the market response is assessed. On the road, the 220d appears to be more than capable of meeting the majority of requirements for driving within city boundaries and on the highway. While power is linear, the surge is most noticeable at 3500rpm, and it pulls cleanly until the redline of 4600rpm. The new Mercedes-Benz nine-speed transmission deserves special note. Unlike the C220d, it makes better use of the motor’s output, thanks to the more gears that are accessible across the same power range.

The GLC300, on the other hand, will be equipped with a 1,991cc gasoline engine that produces 245bhp at 5,500rpm and 370Nm of torque at 1,400rpm. The top speed is stated to be 222kmph, and the 0-100kmph barrier is smashed in under 6.5 seconds. The petrol 300 felt like it was on steroids after driving the 220d. It has a high rev limit and only responds to throttle commands after 2200rpm. You must keep downshifting to get the most out of this powerplant. It leaves you with an audible motor that sounds far from refined at the boundaries of each gear. True road performance necessitates running the engine through its power range all the way to 6100rpm, which includes routine overtaking. The nine-speed gearbox is always working to keep you in the power band’s peak. We thought the 300 could need more real-world performance than the 245bhp it currently produces.

On both GLCs, we experienced the winding roads from Coorg to Mangalore and decided that the ride quality was sufficient for most terrains. Only when we passed across unleveled and damaged lengths of concrete did we feel a little uneasy. But, for the most part, the GLC made its passengers feel at ease. When you drive the 220d through bends, you’ll note that it has a propensity to roll a little, which is to be expected given the vehicle’s size. However, due to the lighter body mass of the 300, it is significantly lower. We also discovered that steering feedback at the limit is often ambiguous. However, this has no bearing on the outcome of the driving intention, as the automobile will turn in the direction in which it is guided. The steering of the 300 felt lighter than the 220d’s. However, the brakes on both cars performed admirably, but they could have provided more good feedback in the process.

Conclusion

With the addition of the GLC to Mercedes’ Indian lineup, the company can now actively compete against the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Discovery Sport. Pricing will, of course, be critical in the early stages as competitors establish themselves in our industry. Merc, on the other hand, will have the advantage of being the most recent entrant and the most fresh face on the playground. The brand will have to turn the initial curiosity in the product into potential sales. We don’t believe it should be an issue given the three-pointed star fan base.

Leave a Comment