2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC300

Pros: Drivetrain performance; luxurious cabin

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

CG Says: The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC gains new high-performance AMG models and a plug-in hybrid. The AMG GLC63 and AMG GLC63 Coupe are powered by a 469-horsepower turbocharged 4.0-liter V8, while  an AMG GLC63 S Coupe has a 503-hp version of that engine. The GLC 350e plug-in hybrid has a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor for a total of 320 hp. In 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC replaced Mercedes’ GLK premium compact SUV. The GLC is based on the C-Class sedan platform and is available as a conventional SUV or a “Coupe” variation with a sloping rear roofline. GLC300 is powered by a 241-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while GLC43 has a by a 362-horsepowwer turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. All engines are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission—except the 350e hybdrid that has a 7-speed automatic. All GLCs are all-wheel drive except the base GLC 300 which is available with rear-wheel drive. Standard safety features include collision mitigation, driver-fatigue monitor, and Crosswind Assist. Available features include LED headlights, cabin fragrance system, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian recognition, Steering Assist, lane-keep assist, and Cross-Traffic 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 has ample interior room, although rear-seat legroom is adequate rather than generous. With the 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: $41,045
AWD GLC300: $43,045
AWD GLC300 Coupe: $47,595
AWD AMG GLC43: $57,245
AWD AMG GLC43 Coupe: $61,395
AWD AMG GLC63: NA
AWD AMG GLC63 Coupe: NA
AWD AMG GLC63 S Coupe: NA
AWD GLC350e Plug-in Hybrid: $50,985

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (GLC300)
Horsepower
241
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21-22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27-28

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (GLC43)
Horsepower
362
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24

Optional Engine
turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 (GLC63, GLC63 S)
Horsepower
469 (503 in GLC63 S)
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
NA
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
NA

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder/electric (GLC350e )
Horsepower
320
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
NA
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
NA

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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC43 Coupe
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2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC63 S Coupe
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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