The mid-sized Mercedes GLC offers comfort and decent running costs in the competitive premium SUV sector

The Mercedes GLC has the styling, tech and driver appeal to win buyers, and it will definitely go some way into stealing sales from BMW and Audi. The four-cylinder diesels offer all the performance, economy and refinement you could ask for, while the high-performance AMG models add serious punch. In terms of practicality, the GLC is pretty much a match the X3 and Q5 for passenger and boot space, although the Jaguar F-Pace is slightly more spacious in the boot.

The AMG GLC 43 offers the exclusivity of an AMG with plenty of practicality, while the AMG 63 models are stupendously quick. While these models will be lightning-quick in a straight line, they can’t match quite the Porsche Macan for handling, which does a better job of hiding its SUV mass.

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Mercedes GLC 220 d Sport

It was later to market than most rivals, but the Mercedes GLC and GLC Coupe have made up for lost time by being among the front-runners for sale in the premium compact SUV class. There are a wide range of models, and whether you buy or lease a GLC, you'll be getting a high-class car with plenty of appeal.

It needs to be classy to help it take on rivals in the premium SUV class, and shares much of its DNA with the C-Class saloon. The main opponents are the Volvo XC60, BMW X3 and Jaguar F-Pace, but there are a number of other cars it must face. This includes the Audi Q5, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Lexus NX and Porsche Macan.

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The GLC range was overhauled in 2019, with the compact SUV gaining some mild styling revisions, updated infotainment tech and a range of updated engines, some of which now benefit from mild hybrid tech.

Excellent body control and a refined motorway cruiser, but ride can be fidgety on big wheels
Standard nine-speed automatic gearbox keeps running costs down and on par with rivals
Cabin is lifted straight out of the C-Class, but looks classy and is premium in feel
The GLC is smaller than an F-Pace, but rear passenger and boot space is reasonable
A huge amount of safety kit and strong Driver Power rankings should make the GLC hassle-free to run

The GLC can take on this range of rivals because it has a broad model line-up, from the GLC 220 d and GLC 300 machines all the way up to the storming AMG GLC 63 variants. As a result, prices range from around £38,500 to a heady £72,000-.

Trims comprise of Sport and AMG Line line models, with the latter available with Premium, Premium Plus and Premium PLus ultimate sub-trims, each with increasing levels of equipment and cost. The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 (and even faster 63 S) are considered separate models in their own right. The Sport is only offered with the entry-level 220 d but you’ll need to step up to the AMG Line to get the best of the in-car tech, 18-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, heated front seats and a reversing camera.

All cars feature 4MATIC four-wheel drive and Mercedes' smooth shifting 9G-Tronic Plus nine speed auto gearbox. The top spec Ultimate trim comes with air suspension.

Last updated: 
31 Jul, 2019