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Mercedes GLC sacrifices room and practicality in the name of style

Making the jump from concept to production, the GLC Coupe is the latest in Mercedes' fast-growing SUV stable
Making the jump from concept to production, the GLC Coupe is the latest in Mercedes' fast-growing SUV stable
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Mercedes has focused on style rather than practicality for its new GLC Coupe
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Mercedes has focused on style rather than practicality for its new GLC Coupe
The car's rear end has been designed to look low and wide
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The car's rear end has been designed to look low and wide
The GLC Coupe's interior is almost identical to the C-Class and GLC's interiors
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The GLC Coupe's interior is almost identical to the C-Class and GLC's interiors
Mercedes has joined VW and BMW in using fancy hinged badges to discreetly fit reversing cameras
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Mercedes has joined VW and BMW in using fancy hinged badges to discreetly fit reversing cameras
The car's interior can be customized to within an inch of its life
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The car's interior can be customized to within an inch of its life
We're big fans of the way the new interior looks, although it will be familiar to anyone who has spent time in a C-Class or GLC
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We're big fans of the way the new interior looks, although it will be familiar to anyone who has spent time in a C-Class or GLC
The GLC's proportions appear slightly awkward to us
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The GLC's proportions appear slightly awkward to us
There are a wide range of wheel options available, but going bigger generally ruins the ride comfort
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There are a wide range of wheel options available, but going bigger generally ruins the ride comfort
The GLC follows the GLE's lead in offering SUV ride height with a coupe windowline
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The GLC follows the GLE's lead in offering SUV ride height with a coupe windowline
The car's rear lights are wide and slim to accentuate its width on the road
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The car's rear lights are wide and slim to accentuate its width on the road
We're not sure why you'd want an SUV with less rear cargo space and visibility, but that's what the GLC offers
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We're not sure why you'd want an SUV with less rear cargo space and visibility, but that's what the GLC offers
Making the jump from concept to production, the GLC Coupe is the latest in Mercedes' fast-growing SUV stable
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Making the jump from concept to production, the GLC Coupe is the latest in Mercedes' fast-growing SUV stable
Very few owners are likely to take their GLC Coupe off road, but it's nice to see Mercedes has tried
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Very few owners are likely to take their GLC Coupe off road, but it's nice to see Mercedes has tried
The Mercedes GLC will be offered with three different engines
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The Mercedes GLC will be offered with three different engines
The new Mercedes GLC Coupe joins the GLE Coupe in offering less headroom but more style
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The new Mercedes GLC Coupe joins the GLE Coupe in offering less headroom but more style

It seems Mercedes has forgotten about the middle letter in SUV. Certainly, the designers of the three-pointed star's latest four-wheel drive didn't seem overly concerned with utility when they cut into rear-seat headroom, bootspace and visibility to create the GLC Coupe, which takes a sensible family soft-roader and turns it into a high-riding, BMW X4-style couple for buyers apparently more concerned with form than function.

The GLC Coupe, which debuted in concept form at the Shanghai International Auto Show last year, is a car designed, primarily, with style in mind, so that's where we're going to start. Mercedes has tried to make the car's rear end look sportier by giving it broad shoulders, a diffuser-style rear bumper and narrow, slit-like taillights, while the front end looks very similar to the regular GLC.

The biggest change is the new roof and window line, which works with a 4 cm (1.6 in) drop in ride height to make the Coupe look sportier and more purposeful than its more mundane brethren. While we think this best-of-both worlds philosophy works on the bigger GLE, we're not so sure about the GLC Coupe's slightly awkward proportions. Maybe, like the BMW X6, it will look better in person.

There are a wide range of wheel options available, but going bigger generally ruins the ride comfort
There are a wide range of wheel options available, but going bigger generally ruins the ride comfort

Thankfully, there's more to the big Mercedes' sporting makeover than a coupe roofline. As is becoming more common in performance cars, the GLC Coupe's character can be tweaked from Eco, through Comfort and Sport modes into a Sport Plus setting that stiffens and lowers the suspension by 15 mm (0.59 in). If you aren't worried about carving corners, Comfort mode relaxes the air suspension, although the car can still stiffen the suspension if the driver swerves suddenly.

Under the hood, there's a choice between two four-cylinder diesel engines or a four-cylinder gasoline motor. The range kicks off with the diesel-powered GLC 220d and GLC 250d, which generate 125 kW (170 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque and 150 kW (204 hp) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque, respectively. Both share an impressive 5.0 l/100 km (47 mpg) fuel economyfigure, while the 250d hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.6 seconds, which is 0.7 seconds quicker than the entry level 220d model.

There is almost no benefit for speccing a GLC Coupe with a gasoline engine unless you're stumping for the GLC 43 AMG, because the only other engine on offer makes just 155 kW (211 hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft), while returning 7.0 l/100km (34 mpg).

The GLC Coupe's interior is almost identical to the C-Class and GLC's interiors
The GLC Coupe's interior is almost identical to the C-Class and GLC's interiors

As is standard for a German luxury car, there are plenty of options available for GLC Coupe buyers. Although the car is fitted with plenty of kit as standard, buyers can choose from a range of 19- and 20-inch wheels to complement the exterior styling. There's also the usual suite of leather and trim options for the interior.

Mercedes is yet to release pricing details, but you can expect to pay a small premium over the GLC the Coupe is based on.

Source: Daimler

3 comments
dugnology
This is now the second stupidest looking car ever made. The BMW x-4 still is a little dumber. So now you made a car that is neither sporty, handles well, gets good mileage, fits lots of stuff .....can we go on?
Mike Donovan
no pictures of the rear seat area? must be pretty bad back there
Riaanh
Jip, just as ugly as the X4 and X6.