2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300

Pros: Drivetrain performance; luxurious cabin

Cons: Pricey options drive up bottom line; overly complex infotainment controls

CG Says: The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC replaces Mercedes’ GLK compact SUV. The new GLC is based on the C-Class sedan platform and is slightly larger than the GLK. The GLK’s V6 has been replaced by a 241-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. A 362-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine will be available in the 2017-model year. GLC comes in a choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Standard safety features include collision mitigation, driver-fatigue monitor, and Crosswind assist. The GLC is a refined SUV with firm, but well-controlled, suspension. The interior has a solidly upscale look and feel, although leather upholstery is optional. The GLC’s larger dimensions mean more interior room, although rear-seat legroom is now adequate rather than generous. With the new GLC, Mercedes-Benz has made an attractive and useful luxury SUV for what starts out as an enticing price that can quickly blossom.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices GLC300: $38,950
AWD GLC300: $40,950

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
241
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21-22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4MATIC
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300