When it came to the Mercedes-Benz GLC, we ended up splitting hairs as the arguments went on for hours. In the end, the points were totaled and the GLC missed entering our top-five by a whisker – literally!
Based on the C-Class, the GLC is one of those rare beauties that’s also packing plenty of brawn. It combines a striking exterior and luxurious interior with effortless panache. The build quality, craftsmanship, and aluminum knobs and switches in the cabin make the GLC the benchmark in its segment. The big accommodating seats are very inviting, and we were unable to find anything to complain about in the cabin despite looking diligently for a flaw.
The 1,191cc petrol motor produces a meaty 241bhp at 5,500rpm and 370Nm of torque as low as 1,300rpm, which means drivability is extremely good. With that much power on tap, it wasn’t surprising that the GLC was extremely quick around a lap of the BIC. Refinement is on a different level, and the 9-speed transmission is very responsive in manual mode. Ride and handling is exceptional as well, as the GLC behaves unlike any other SUV at the track. Grip levels are good and body roll simply isn’t part of the lexicon. To top it all, the GLC is even pretty good off-road.
So, where does it fall short? Well, many believed that the GLC simply wasn’t extroverted enough – both in terms of how it looks, as well as how much firepower it brings to the table. Others said that the 9-speed box shifts too much – although it’s very refined and completely unobtrusive. If you want a proper SUV, the Discovery Sport would still be your best bet. But if you want the perfect urban runabout, then the GLC could be the perfect choice – it’s comfortable, has more than enough ground clearance, and has an extremely refined drivetrain. It really is very good, but it does fly under the radar somewhat!
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