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Mercedes Benz GLC
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50.4 Lakhs-54.5 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Stylish Demeanour
  • Well-Equipped Variant
  • Value For Money 
  • Good Ride

Weak Areas

  • Small Space
  • Average Performance 
  • Simplistic Design
  • Meek Road Presence  
Mercedes Benz GLC
 
 

Mercedes Benz GLC Expert Review

With ability to drive on any terrain, the Mercedes GLC is a well designed SUV with plenty of road presence and admirable ride quality. It has 4 driving modes and a standard off-road package for India.


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The SUVs and crossovers are in trend and taking a cue from this popularity Mercedes Benz continues to design its cars in line with creative combinations. One of these is the GLC, a coupe styled SUV that comes to take on competitors such as Audi Q5, Volvo XC60 and BMW X3.

As Mercedes Benz has revised its nomenclature, the GLC is actually the new name for GLK. And the GLK was one of the top selling cars in USA. However, it never came to India because a right hand drive configuration could not be materialised. The vacuum has been filled by the new GLC. 
Available in petrol and diesel versions, the GLC is powered by: 

•    2.0 litre petrol engine that generates 241 bhp and 370 Nm of torque 
•    2.1 litre diesel engine that generates 168 bhp and 400 Nm of torque 

Ecardlr brings you a report on its looks, performance and road manners:


The External Impression 

When viewed from the front, the Mercedes GLC appears quite like the C Class sedan. The grille with big three pointed star and the LED lights make these two siblings look akin. Then there are the sharp bonnet lines and a new bumper design that give the GLC its SUV like stance. With the off-road oriented bumper the GLC gets a larger angle of approach and lots of chrome that the Indian buyers prefer. 

The headlamp cluster is what Mercedes terms Intelligent Light System. It comprises automatic cornering functions, changeable low beam as per weather and natural light conditions. The LED modules shift outward by 6 degrees when they need to illuminate more of road area in the off-road mode.

In its side profile, the GLC has a coupe like design and does not look boxy. With this styling factor however it also becomes more of crossover than a conventional SUV. While the international models of GLC have air suspension as standard, the Indian spec version gets it only as an optional add on. At the same time the 20 mm added suspension height which is a part of off-road package is standard for India.

Mercedes GLC gets 18 inch wheel size with 235/60 tyres. These are good for Indian roads and better than globally available 19 and 20 inchers. A panoramic roof top is also part of standard equipment. 
At its rear the GLC is curvy and carries a distinct identity of its own. The split full-LED tail lights are inspired by the design of S-Class’s lights. They have adaptive illumination trait under emergency braking. The rear has also been garnished with a heavy dose of chrome on the lower edge of the bumper and around the dual exhaust tips.


The Cabin 

Inside this coupe SUV it feels like the Mercedes C Class. It has a similar cabin layout with modernistic feel. There are two colour schemes – black with beige; all black. The black looks more suitable for Indian conditions. 

The centre console is dominated by a tablet styled screen but it is not a touchscreen. On its Menu it has options for radio, plugged in / stored music, telephony and navigation.

On the three spoke steering wheel there are multiple buttons to manage the infotainment system. The steering does not get powered adjustment feature. It can be adjusted for rake and reach manually. Paddle shifters and stalk for cruise control is given on the left side of the steering wheel. 

The circular AC vents are outlined by chrome. There are three in the centre and one each on the sides. 
On the command control platform you will see roller buttons for drive select and volume. They have a tactile feel. There are buttons for putting the car in manual mode, switching off the touchscreen, traction control and for park distance control. Using the rotary dial you can navigate through the options and then press the dial to choose a particular option. Using this rotary dial is easier than the other alternative for driving commands – the finger drawn inputs using a pad on the top.

Seats in the GLC have a firm feel and using the powered adjustment, you can choose a seating position you are most comfortable in. The neck restraints and thigh support on the seats can also be manually adjusted. Legroom is lavish and the sunroof also creates a feel of spaciousness in the cabin. 

The door pockets of the front doors are also spacious and can contain at least four 1-litre bottles. This adequate storage has been made possible by shifting the audio speakers to inside of the car.

At the rear the bench seat can be split in 40:20:20 ratio. There are neck restraints for all three occupants and a broad centre armrest with storage space.

The boot has a volume of 550 litres. However, this space is significantly occupied by the spare wheel. And it does take over a minute to remove the tyre from its usual position in the centre of the boot. 

With fully foldable rear seats, the cargo space can be increased. And folding of seats needs only a press of button given inside the boot. The 40:20:40 configuration options for the rear seats make different sitting + storing combinations possible. The seats also have cargo bars to alter seating angle for adding 30 litres more to luggage space.


Engine, Transmission and Performance 

For this review we drove the petrol version of GLC. It has 1991 cc, inline 4 cylinder motor that churns out 241 bhp at 5500 rpm and 370 Nm of torque at 1300-1400 rpm. It is mated to 9 speed automatic transmission.

If compared to the diesel model, this version is 83 kg lighter; it has 73 additional bhp and does the 0-100 km/hr acceleration feat faster. While the diesel completes this in 8.3 seconds, the petrol GLC takes only 6.5 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km/hour. 

On starting up the engine it sounds very refined and takes off well. The power delivery is linear. This petrol engine in combination with the automatic gearbox makes the GLC easy to drive in the city. It has a pleasant sound after 3000 rpm and is rev-friendly. 

Getting on the highways, you can rev it right up to the red line and it responds well to throttle inputs. In 6th and 7th gear in Comfort mode it is a mile muncher. 

There is no ‘push back in the seat’ feeling in any other mode except the Sports + mode. The car accelerates and changes its gears in a linear and refined way.

With a range spread over 9 gears, Mercedes GLC stays in power band most of the times. Turbo lag is negligible. The petrol model also scores high on the NVH factor. There is hardly any road or wind noise heard inside the cabin.

The auto gear shifts are smooth and particularly the downshifts are pretty responsive. They just felt a little jerky in the Sports + mode.  The 7th gear was engaged only in comfort mode but the GLC never feels underpowered at any stage. At 120 km/hour on the open roads, the engine takes up 7th gear. Speeding up in 9th is too risky in Indian conditions. 


Here’s more about the specific drive modes: 

Economy mode – The GLC feels somewhat lethargic here (as compared to the other modes). It is good for chauffeur driven.

Comfort mode – The power delivery in here is modest but the vehicle feels wallowy on curves and floaty on open straight line roads.

Sport – The steering is firmer in this mode and engine more responsive. This is the best mode to drive in, for enthusiastic drivers. 

Sport + - Not really useful! This SUV feels too wild in that mode. 


Ride and Handling 

Mercedes GLC gives you a wonderful ride experience with its planted control on the tarmac. Small bumps and rumble strips on roads dismissed with aplomb. It goes over the pot holes with ease. The curves and corners on the highways can be taken confidently at usual speeds. 

The steering response is direct. It is less than BMW X3’s but effectively enables the car to go where it is intended.

Handling is neutral but somewhat inclined towards understeer. The suspension is on the former side but feels very good at highway speeds.

Brakes of this car have a short travel range. They are firm and very responsive. A host of security features optimise the braking and the GLC can come to a halt sans drama under sudden braking.


Price and Verdict 

The GLC 220 and GLC 300 are priced at Rs 51.73 lakh and Rs 52.13 lakh (ex showroom Delhi). 
The neat design and wonderful road presence attract attention instantly. The quality of cabin craftsmanship is also at par with competitors. It exudes a premium feel throughout. There are some downers. One is the compromised luggage space (occupied by the spare wheel) and some controls do not feel user-friendly. Fuel economy as you’d expect is really low especially in sporty driving. The max you can expect is 11.5 km/litre. However, the GLC with its standard off-road package and 5 driving modes gives the experience expected from a German luxury SUV. 

It also has a 5 star NCAP rating and has a generous set of safety attributes – 7 airbags, ABS, ESP, park assist and more.

If you are looking for a petrol off-roader in this price range, go for this new model of the German carmaker. 

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