Mercedes-Benz GLC
Mercedes-Benz GLC
Mercedes-Benz GLC

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Pros: Drivetrain performance; luxurious cabin

Cons: Pricey options drive up bottom line; nonlinear brake action

CG Says: The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class gains standard keyless access, park assist, and rear cross-traffic alert. The GLC 63 and all GLC Coupes also get a standard surround-view camera. The GLC 350e plug-in hybrid has been dropped. 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. The base GLC 300 is powered by a 255-horsepower turbo four, while GLC 43 has a by a 362-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. The AMG GLC 63 and AMG GLC 63 Coupe are powered by a 469-hp turbocharged 4.0-liter V8, while an AMG GLC 63 S Coupe has a 503-hp version of that engine. All engines are mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. 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 GLC 300: $44,250
AWD GLC 300: $46,250
AWD GLC 300 Coupe: $52,700
AWD AMG GLC 43: $60,950
AWD AMG GLC 43 Coupe: $65,950
AWD AMG GLC 63: $74,950
AWD AMG GLC 63 Coupe: $77,950
AWD AMG GLC 63 S Coupe: $85,550

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (GLC 300)
Horsepower
255
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21-22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28-29

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (GLC 43)
Horsepower
362
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17-18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24

Optional Engine
turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 (GLC 63, GLC 63 S)
Horsepower
469 (503 in GLC 63 S)
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
15
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
22

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 43
Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 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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