2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC300

Pros: Drivetrain performance; luxurious cabin

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

CG Says: The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class gains a new “Coupe” variation that adds a sloping rear roofline to the regular GLC. There are also new AMG CLC43 models powered by a 362-horsepowwer turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. The base GLC300 is unchanged. In 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC replaced Mercedes’ GLK premium compact SUV. The GLC is based on the C-Class sedan platform and is slightly larger than Mercedes’ GLK. GLC300 is powered by a 241-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Both GLC300 and GLC43 engines are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. 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. 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: $38,950
AWD GLC300: $40,950
AWD GLC300 Coupe: $45,950
AWD AMG GLC43: $54,900
AWD AMG GLC43 Coupe: $59,650

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