Mercedes Benz Mercedes Benz Glc Estate GLC 300 4Matic AMG Line 5dr 9G-Tronic

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Cruise control with speedtronic variable speed limiter
Direct steer speed sensitive steering
Remote boot release
Multi function trip computer
Speed sensitive steering
Service indicator (Active Service System)
Reversing camera
Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone
Attention assist
Collision prevention assist plus
Power opening/closing tailgate
DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
Instrument cluster with 5.5-inch TFT multi-function display
Mercedes connect me with remote online services
ECO start/stop function
Active parking assist with parktronic system
MBUX Interior assistant
Hey Mercedes Voice activation
eCall emergency call system
Easy pack automatic powered tailgate
Outside temperature display, rear seatbelt status indicator
Hard disk navigation
Parktronic system with rear cross traffic alert and drive away assist
4MATIC permanent four wheel drive
66 litre fuel tank
Petrol Particulate Filter (PPF)
Sports suspension tuned for improved handling and driving dynamics
9G TRONIC plus automatic transmission with steering column gear selector, DIRECT SELECT steering wheel gearshift paddles
5 speakers
DAB Digital radio
Frontbass loudspeakers
BUX multimedia system with DAB digital radio and touchpad including satellite navigation
Media display 10.25-inch touchscreen display
USB ports x 2 in centre console
Pre installation for Mercedes Benz Link
MBUX multimedia system with DAB digital radio and touchpad
Rear wiper
Body colour door mirrors
Aluminium roof rails
Tinted glass all round
Electric windows one touch open/close
Variable front intermittent wipers
Rain sensor windscreen wipers
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Body coloured bumpers
Roof spoiler
High level LED brake light
Tinted rear windows
Privacy glass (to rear of B post)
Exhaust tailpipe finisher
Adaptive brake lights
Range adjustable headlights
LED high performance headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights
LED tail lamp
Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation
AMG bodystyling AMG front apron with sporty air intakes and chrome trim element, AMG diffuser-look rear apron with insert in black
Front and rear exterior chrome trim
Two chrome plated tailpipe trim elements
Radiator diamond grille
Privacy glass with dark glass from B pillar backwards
Tinted glass all round with single layer safety glass
Front, side and rear exterior chrome trim
Rear side wing doors
Dividing net - rear
Heated front seats
Leather upholstery
Height/reach adjustable steering column
Front head restraints
Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Black roof lining
Front door sills with Mercedes Benz lettering
Easy-pack load compartment cover
AMG sports seats
Front armrest with storage box
Sports pedals with stainless steel surfaces and rubber studs
Rear top tether child seat ISOFIX attachment
Gearshift paddles
Automatic climate control
2 way rear head restraints
40:20:40 split folding rear seats
Automatic child seat recognition sensor
Artico man-made leather upper dashboard with contrast topstitching
AMG floor mats with edging and embroidered AMG lettering
3-spoke multifunction AMG steering wheel in black nappa leather with flattened bottom section, chrome inserts and perforated leather in grip area
Artico leather with Dinamica microfibre upholstery
Double cup holder in centre console
Illuminated and lockable glove compartment
Front seats with electric adjust (backrest, height and seat cushion inclination) with 4 way electric lumbar support and manual cushion depth adjust
Easy-pack removable load compartment cover
THERMATIC automatic climate control
Steering wheel with touch control buttons
THERMOTRONIC 3 zone automatic climate control
3-spoke multifunction sport AMG steering wheel in black nappa leather with flattened bottom section, chrome insert and perforated leather in grip area
Front passenger seat
Interior lighting pack - GLC
Mirror pack - GLC
Storage pack - GLC
Front passenger seat occupancy sensor
Child proof door locks
Black seat belts
Anti-slip regulation
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Tyre pressure monitoring system
3 rear 3 point seatbelts
Electronic parking brake
Hill hold function
Brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering + perforated brake discs
Active bonnet
Front and rear seatbelt reminder
Adaptive brake system with HOLD function and brake drying in the wet
Electronic stability programme (ESP) with curve dynamic assist and cross wind assist
Dual-stage airbags - driver and front passenger, driver knee bag and window bags for driver, front passenger and rear passengers
Remote central locking
Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
Automatic door locking
KEYLESS-GO starting function
Open pore black ash wood trim
Open pore grey oak trim
Open pore grey oak wood trim
High gloss black with grained aluminium trim
Summer tyres
Tirefit tyre sealant kit
19" AMG 5 twin spoke alloy wheels painted tremolite grey with high sheen finish and tirefit
19" AMG 5 twin spoke alloy wheels painted tremolite grey with high sheen finish
CO2 191
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1991
Compression Ratio 2096
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 675
Gears 9
Transmission Automatic
Combined 33.60
Urban 34.00
Extra Urban 33.20
Badge Engine CC 1991
Badge Power 258.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 6.00
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 6.20
Engine BHP 258.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1730
Engine Torque 370.00
Top Speed 149
Front Tyres 235/55 R19
Rear Tyres 235/55 R19
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 0
Length 4663
Wheel Base 2873
Width 1930
Fuel Tank Size 66.00
Weight 2405
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1730
Towing Weight Unbraked 750
Number Of Seats 5

Introduction

The GLC brings a bit of Mercedes polish to the premium part of the mid-sized SUV segment and this improved post-2019 facelifted version of the first generation model was a significant step forward from the original. The whole of the mainstream engine range was refettled as part of this update and infotainment media connectivity took an equally large step forward. Plus efficiency, refinement and build quality represent other strongpoints. It's a very complete package.

Models

5dr SUV (2.0 diesel [GLC 220d/ GLC 300d] / 2.0 PHEV [GLC 300e/ GLC 300de] / 3.0 petrol [GLC 43 AMG] / 4.0 petrol [GLC 63 AMG)

History

In an era where one in every three Mercedes models sold is an SUV, this GLC is a crucial model for the brand. In mid-2019, four years into its production run, this mid-sized premium model was usefully updated to create the car we're going to look at here. And what an important one it was. These days, outside of the company's front-driven compact models, hardly anything the brand makes now out-sells the GLC. Which makes it incredible that the segment it populates wasn't even competed in by the Stuttgart maker prior to this car's original launch in 2015. That's because its predecessor, the GLK, was never engineered for right hand rive, an oversight that must have cost Mercedes millions in lost sales. Still, the GLC has rapidly been making up this lost ground, helped by an ever-widening portfolio of variants expanded first by Coupe and Mercedes-AMG models. With the revised post-2019 MK1 model line-up, the range was broadened further, with mild hybrid technology, a plug-in variant and (for Europe at least) even a hydrogen-powered Fuel Cell version. This was one of the first Mercedes cars launched with the brand's current naming convention. 'GL' means this car is an SUV, while 'C' refers to its size, this model being based on the same MRA chassis as the fourth generation C-Class. That platform was designed from the outset to accommodate 4WD, which enables all GLC models to offer 4MATIC traction. Beyond those underpinnings, there's plenty else that's shared with the C-Class models that rolled down the same German production line in Bremen. Which is why the GLC benefitted from much the same kind of update package that was visited upon the fourth generation version of that C-Class in 2018. So this update brought the MK1 GLC a smarter LED headlamp and grille combo and inside, infotainment updated with the brand's MBUX media system. Semi-autonomous driving tech made a first appearance, there was the option of a fully-digitalised instrument cluster and, as before, buyers got the chance to add sophisticated air suspension. More important than all of that though, was the fact that the volume 220d diesel variant that almost all GLC buyers chose got a completely fresh 2.0-litre OM654-series engine that offered vast improvements in refinement, efficiency and technology. PHEV tech was introduced in 2020, first with the petrol GLC 300e, then with the diesel GLC 300de. In short, the GLC in all its facelifted forms was much better equipped to take on key direct rivals launched since its original introduction, cars like the third generation BMW X3, the second generation Volvo XC60 and Alfa Romeo's Stelvio, as well as improved versions of established rivals like the Audi Q5 and the Jaguar F-PACE. Time to check the later version of this MK1 GLC out as a used buy.

What You Get

Subtle changes mark the revised version of this first generation GLC apart from the original. The fact that it's also available in a separate Coupe body style relieves this standard SUV variant of the need to look too self-consciously sporty, but there's still just enough visual dynamism here to interest someone who might also be considering, say, an Evoque, an F-PACE or an Alfa Stelvio in this segment. The GLC's cabin was always a showroom selling point and with this revised model, thoughtful changes further enhanced it. A smarter three-spoke steering wheel incorporates little touchpads, the left hand one of which can operate the much larger 10.25-inch touchscreen positioned on top of the dash. This much more sophisticated media set-up incorporates the Stuttgart brand's 'MBUX' ('Mercedes-Benz User eXperience') multimedia platform with its clever 'Hey Mercedes' voice-activated functionality. It offers navigation, radio, phone, media, info, apps and store settings you can also flick between using an intuitive touchpad between the seats. Similar options are found in the instrument cluster. Base-spec 'Sport' trim stays with old-tech analogue dials surrounding a central 5.5-inch display, but upper-spec GLC models feature configurable virtual gauges on a 12.3-inch TFT screen. And in the back? Well overall, we think that a couple of adults should be very comfortable here, even if they're six-footers. Try and fit three folk in the rear though and things are far less pleasant, with issues likely to be created by the rather high central transmission tunnel and the fact that the middle seat has a rather firm backrest. Luggage space is accessed via the standard electrically-operated EASY-PACK tailgate. Mercedes obviously benchmarked this car's arch-rivals BMW's X3 and Audi's Q5 here, for the load capacity on offer here (550-litres) matches that you get on those cars exactly.

What You Pay

We'll quote you prices based on the standard SUV body style. Prices for this facelifted version of the first generation GLC start at around £36,300 (around £39,750 retail) for a typical 'AMG Line'-spec 220d diesel, with values rising to around £42,500 (around £47,000 retail) for a later '21-spec car. For the rare GLC 300e petrol Plug-in Hybrid, prices start from around £37,000 (around £42,000 retail) with 'AMG Line' trim on a '20-plate, rising to around £40,100 (around £45,250 retail) for a late '21-plate car. The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC performance model with base spec starts from around £39,500 (around £44,500 retail), with prices rising to around £48,100 (around £54,0000 for a late '21-plate car. The V8 Mercedes-AMG GLC 4MATIC+ with base spec on a '19-plate starts from around £65,100 (around £71,750 retail), with values rising to around £80,500 (around £88,750 retail) for a late '21-plate 'Night Edition' model. All quoted values are sourced through industry experts cap hpi. Click here for a free valuation.

What to Look For

Most GLC owners in our survey were satisfied, but inevitably, there were some who'd experienced problems. The most common problem we came across seems to be an inherent fault with all right hand drive GLCs; if you turn full lock, left or right, the outside tyre skips and jumps. The larger the wheel the noisier it is. This is a basic steering geometry issue and you need to check for it on your test drive. One owner replaced all brake disks due to bad vibration. A month ago the power steering stopped working as he went around a bend and the car had to be towed away prior to a complete replacement steering rack. In another instance, an owner's gearbox failed. Otherwise, it's just the usual stuff. Check for signs of damage to the bodywork and alloy wheels. Even though all GLCs came with parking sensors, there may be some and top-spec variants with wide alloy rims are particularly prone to scratches. Check for uneven panel gaps and paint flaws. Inspect the electrics and the air conditioning functionality - it should blow our really chilled air. Some owners in our survey complained of un-Mercedes-like squeaks and rattles; try the car you have in mind across a bumpy bit of road to try and expose any nasty noises.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2019 GLC 220d - Ex Vat) An air filter is around £32. An fuel filter costs around £60. A pollen filter is around £16. Front brake pads sit in the £26 to £88 bracket for a set, while rear brake pads cost around £25-£72 for a set. Rear brake discs can cost around £70. A headlamp is £170-£300; a saloon tail lamp costs around £180-£216. A clutch kit is around £264; a thermostat is around £88.

On the Road

This facelifted MK1 GLC was rejuvenated beneath the bonnet, the key update being the introduction of the 2.0-litre 'OM654'-series diesel unit in the GLC 220d variant that most buyers of this car in our market chose. This engine is far more refined than the rumbly 2.1-unit it replaced - and quite a bit more frugal too, in this 194hp derivative capable of up to 47.9mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 137g/km of NEDC-rated CO2. The same powerplant also features in the alternative '300d' model in an uprated 245hp state of tune. Both engines are mated to a package that as in all GLCs, includes 4MATIC on-demand 4WD and a 9G-TRONIC PLUS 9-speed auto gearbox, which works with the usual 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes that alter drive response, steering feel and ESP settings. Shortly after this facelift, Mercedes also offered GLC buyers a slice of electrified technology. The brand's 48 volt EQ Boost mild hybrid tech features in the 258hp mainstream 2.0-litre petrol unit you'll find in the GLC 300. Or you can opt for a plug-in variant, the GLC 300e, which mates a 2.0-litre petrol unit with a 90kW electric motor to create a 320hp total output from a powertrain that when fully charged is able to achieve up to 27 miles of WLTP-rated all-electric driving. This was quickly replaced by a GLC 300de diesel PHEV variant using the same technology. If on the other hand, speed is everything from your petrol-powered GLC, you'll want the barnstorming V6 and V8 Mercedes-AMG petrol performance models that sit at the top of the range. The GLC 43 uses a 390hp 3.0-litre V6, while the top GLC 63 features a charismatic 4.0-litre V8, offered in either 476 or 510hp states of tune. Off roading won't be on the agenda for these variants (or indeed for any GLC model in normal use), but should it ever be necessary, light tracks are well within this car's remit - and you'll be able to attempt more than that should you opt for the priciest 'AMG Line Ultimate' trim level that gives you the brand's variable-height 'AIR BODY CONTROL' air suspension system.

Overall

Image is everything when it comes to premium mid-sized SUVs and on that basis, this improved MK1 GLC proved to be a very desirable package. In terms of styling, technology and efficiency, it borrows hugely from other Mercedes models - to very good effect. Of course, this car's two closest arch-rivals, the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 have strong followings. And beyond those cars, there are trendier-looking options from the 2019-2022 period - a Range Rover Evoque or an Alfa Romeo Stelvio for instance. Others may want the seven-seat capacity of a comparable Land Rover Discovery Sport. As an all-rounder though, combining many of the qualities you'll find in all of those cars, the GLC remains a tempting package. A segment benchmark? You'd have to say so.

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Cruise control with speedtronic variable speed limiter
Direct steer speed sensitive steering
Remote boot release
Multi function trip computer
Speed sensitive steering
Service indicator (Active Service System)
Reversing camera
Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone
Attention assist
Collision prevention assist plus
Power opening/closing tailgate
DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
Instrument cluster with 5.5-inch TFT multi-function display
Mercedes connect me with remote online services
ECO start/stop function
Active parking assist with parktronic system
MBUX Interior assistant
Hey Mercedes Voice activation
eCall emergency call system
Easy pack automatic powered tailgate
Outside temperature display, rear seatbelt status indicator
Hard disk navigation
Parktronic system with rear cross traffic alert and drive away assist
4MATIC permanent four wheel drive
66 litre fuel tank
Petrol Particulate Filter (PPF)
Sports suspension tuned for improved handling and driving dynamics
9G TRONIC plus automatic transmission with steering column gear selector, DIRECT SELECT steering wheel gearshift paddles
5 speakers
DAB Digital radio
Frontbass loudspeakers
BUX multimedia system with DAB digital radio and touchpad including satellite navigation
Media display 10.25-inch touchscreen display
USB ports x 2 in centre console
Pre installation for Mercedes Benz Link
MBUX multimedia system with DAB digital radio and touchpad
Rear wiper
Body colour door mirrors
Aluminium roof rails
Tinted glass all round
Electric windows one touch open/close
Variable front intermittent wipers
Rain sensor windscreen wipers
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Body coloured bumpers
Roof spoiler
High level LED brake light
Tinted rear windows
Privacy glass (to rear of B post)
Exhaust tailpipe finisher
Adaptive brake lights
Range adjustable headlights
LED high performance headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights
LED tail lamp
Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation
AMG bodystyling AMG front apron with sporty air intakes and chrome trim element, AMG diffuser-look rear apron with insert in black
Front and rear exterior chrome trim
Two chrome plated tailpipe trim elements
Radiator diamond grille
Privacy glass with dark glass from B pillar backwards
Tinted glass all round with single layer safety glass
Front, side and rear exterior chrome trim
Rear side wing doors
Dividing net - rear
Heated front seats
Leather upholstery
Height/reach adjustable steering column
Front head restraints
Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Black roof lining
Front door sills with Mercedes Benz lettering
Easy-pack load compartment cover
AMG sports seats
Front armrest with storage box
Sports pedals with stainless steel surfaces and rubber studs
Rear top tether child seat ISOFIX attachment
Gearshift paddles
Automatic climate control
2 way rear head restraints
40:20:40 split folding rear seats
Automatic child seat recognition sensor
Artico man-made leather upper dashboard with contrast topstitching
AMG floor mats with edging and embroidered AMG lettering
3-spoke multifunction AMG steering wheel in black nappa leather with flattened bottom section, chrome inserts and perforated leather in grip area
Artico leather with Dinamica microfibre upholstery
Double cup holder in centre console
Illuminated and lockable glove compartment
Front seats with electric adjust (backrest, height and seat cushion inclination) with 4 way electric lumbar support and manual cushion depth adjust
Easy-pack removable load compartment cover
THERMATIC automatic climate control
Steering wheel with touch control buttons
THERMOTRONIC 3 zone automatic climate control
3-spoke multifunction sport AMG steering wheel in black nappa leather with flattened bottom section, chrome insert and perforated leather in grip area
Front passenger seat
Interior lighting pack - GLC
Mirror pack - GLC
Storage pack - GLC
Front passenger seat occupancy sensor
Child proof door locks
Black seat belts
Anti-slip regulation
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Tyre pressure monitoring system
3 rear 3 point seatbelts
Electronic parking brake
Hill hold function
Brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering + perforated brake discs
Active bonnet
Front and rear seatbelt reminder
Adaptive brake system with HOLD function and brake drying in the wet
Electronic stability programme (ESP) with curve dynamic assist and cross wind assist
Dual-stage airbags - driver and front passenger, driver knee bag and window bags for driver, front passenger and rear passengers
Remote central locking
Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
Automatic door locking
KEYLESS-GO starting function
Open pore black ash wood trim
Open pore grey oak trim
Open pore grey oak wood trim
High gloss black with grained aluminium trim
Summer tyres
Tirefit tyre sealant kit
19" AMG 5 twin spoke alloy wheels painted tremolite grey with high sheen finish and tirefit
19" AMG 5 twin spoke alloy wheels painted tremolite grey with high sheen finish
CO2 191
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1991
Compression Ratio 2096
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 675
Gears 9
Transmission Automatic
Combined 33.60
Urban 34.00
Extra Urban 33.20
Badge Engine CC 1991
Badge Power 258.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 6.00
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 6.20
Engine BHP 258.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1730
Engine Torque 370.00
Top Speed 149
Front Tyres 235/55 R19
Rear Tyres 235/55 R19
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 0
Length 4663
Wheel Base 2873
Width 1930
Fuel Tank Size 66.00
Weight 2405
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1730
Towing Weight Unbraked 750
Number Of Seats 5

Introduction

The GLC brings a bit of Mercedes polish to the premium part of the mid-sized SUV segment and this improved post-2019 facelifted version of the first generation model was a significant step forward from the original. The whole of the mainstream engine range was refettled as part of this update and infotainment media connectivity took an equally large step forward. Plus efficiency, refinement and build quality represent other strongpoints. It's a very complete package.

Models

5dr SUV (2.0 diesel [GLC 220d/ GLC 300d] / 2.0 PHEV [GLC 300e/ GLC 300de] / 3.0 petrol [GLC 43 AMG] / 4.0 petrol [GLC 63 AMG)

History

In an era where one in every three Mercedes models sold is an SUV, this GLC is a crucial model for the brand. In mid-2019, four years into its production run, this mid-sized premium model was usefully updated to create the car we're going to look at here. And what an important one it was. These days, outside of the company's front-driven compact models, hardly anything the brand makes now out-sells the GLC. Which makes it incredible that the segment it populates wasn't even competed in by the Stuttgart maker prior to this car's original launch in 2015. That's because its predecessor, the GLK, was never engineered for right hand rive, an oversight that must have cost Mercedes millions in lost sales. Still, the GLC has rapidly been making up this lost ground, helped by an ever-widening portfolio of variants expanded first by Coupe and Mercedes-AMG models. With the revised post-2019 MK1 model line-up, the range was broadened further, with mild hybrid technology, a plug-in variant and (for Europe at least) even a hydrogen-powered Fuel Cell version. This was one of the first Mercedes cars launched with the brand's current naming convention. 'GL' means this car is an SUV, while 'C' refers to its size, this model being based on the same MRA chassis as the fourth generation C-Class. That platform was designed from the outset to accommodate 4WD, which enables all GLC models to offer 4MATIC traction. Beyond those underpinnings, there's plenty else that's shared with the C-Class models that rolled down the same German production line in Bremen. Which is why the GLC benefitted from much the same kind of update package that was visited upon the fourth generation version of that C-Class in 2018. So this update brought the MK1 GLC a smarter LED headlamp and grille combo and inside, infotainment updated with the brand's MBUX media system. Semi-autonomous driving tech made a first appearance, there was the option of a fully-digitalised instrument cluster and, as before, buyers got the chance to add sophisticated air suspension. More important than all of that though, was the fact that the volume 220d diesel variant that almost all GLC buyers chose got a completely fresh 2.0-litre OM654-series engine that offered vast improvements in refinement, efficiency and technology. PHEV tech was introduced in 2020, first with the petrol GLC 300e, then with the diesel GLC 300de. In short, the GLC in all its facelifted forms was much better equipped to take on key direct rivals launched since its original introduction, cars like the third generation BMW X3, the second generation Volvo XC60 and Alfa Romeo's Stelvio, as well as improved versions of established rivals like the Audi Q5 and the Jaguar F-PACE. Time to check the later version of this MK1 GLC out as a used buy.

What You Get

Subtle changes mark the revised version of this first generation GLC apart from the original. The fact that it's also available in a separate Coupe body style relieves this standard SUV variant of the need to look too self-consciously sporty, but there's still just enough visual dynamism here to interest someone who might also be considering, say, an Evoque, an F-PACE or an Alfa Stelvio in this segment. The GLC's cabin was always a showroom selling point and with this revised model, thoughtful changes further enhanced it. A smarter three-spoke steering wheel incorporates little touchpads, the left hand one of which can operate the much larger 10.25-inch touchscreen positioned on top of the dash. This much more sophisticated media set-up incorporates the Stuttgart brand's 'MBUX' ('Mercedes-Benz User eXperience') multimedia platform with its clever 'Hey Mercedes' voice-activated functionality. It offers navigation, radio, phone, media, info, apps and store settings you can also flick between using an intuitive touchpad between the seats. Similar options are found in the instrument cluster. Base-spec 'Sport' trim stays with old-tech analogue dials surrounding a central 5.5-inch display, but upper-spec GLC models feature configurable virtual gauges on a 12.3-inch TFT screen. And in the back? Well overall, we think that a couple of adults should be very comfortable here, even if they're six-footers. Try and fit three folk in the rear though and things are far less pleasant, with issues likely to be created by the rather high central transmission tunnel and the fact that the middle seat has a rather firm backrest. Luggage space is accessed via the standard electrically-operated EASY-PACK tailgate. Mercedes obviously benchmarked this car's arch-rivals BMW's X3 and Audi's Q5 here, for the load capacity on offer here (550-litres) matches that you get on those cars exactly.

What You Pay

We'll quote you prices based on the standard SUV body style. Prices for this facelifted version of the first generation GLC start at around £36,300 (around £39,750 retail) for a typical 'AMG Line'-spec 220d diesel, with values rising to around £42,500 (around £47,000 retail) for a later '21-spec car. For the rare GLC 300e petrol Plug-in Hybrid, prices start from around £37,000 (around £42,000 retail) with 'AMG Line' trim on a '20-plate, rising to around £40,100 (around £45,250 retail) for a late '21-plate car. The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC performance model with base spec starts from around £39,500 (around £44,500 retail), with prices rising to around £48,100 (around £54,0000 for a late '21-plate car. The V8 Mercedes-AMG GLC 4MATIC+ with base spec on a '19-plate starts from around £65,100 (around £71,750 retail), with values rising to around £80,500 (around £88,750 retail) for a late '21-plate 'Night Edition' model. All quoted values are sourced through industry experts cap hpi. Click here for a free valuation.

What to Look For

Most GLC owners in our survey were satisfied, but inevitably, there were some who'd experienced problems. The most common problem we came across seems to be an inherent fault with all right hand drive GLCs; if you turn full lock, left or right, the outside tyre skips and jumps. The larger the wheel the noisier it is. This is a basic steering geometry issue and you need to check for it on your test drive. One owner replaced all brake disks due to bad vibration. A month ago the power steering stopped working as he went around a bend and the car had to be towed away prior to a complete replacement steering rack. In another instance, an owner's gearbox failed. Otherwise, it's just the usual stuff. Check for signs of damage to the bodywork and alloy wheels. Even though all GLCs came with parking sensors, there may be some and top-spec variants with wide alloy rims are particularly prone to scratches. Check for uneven panel gaps and paint flaws. Inspect the electrics and the air conditioning functionality - it should blow our really chilled air. Some owners in our survey complained of un-Mercedes-like squeaks and rattles; try the car you have in mind across a bumpy bit of road to try and expose any nasty noises.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2019 GLC 220d - Ex Vat) An air filter is around £32. An fuel filter costs around £60. A pollen filter is around £16. Front brake pads sit in the £26 to £88 bracket for a set, while rear brake pads cost around £25-£72 for a set. Rear brake discs can cost around £70. A headlamp is £170-£300; a saloon tail lamp costs around £180-£216. A clutch kit is around £264; a thermostat is around £88.

On the Road

This facelifted MK1 GLC was rejuvenated beneath the bonnet, the key update being the introduction of the 2.0-litre 'OM654'-series diesel unit in the GLC 220d variant that most buyers of this car in our market chose. This engine is far more refined than the rumbly 2.1-unit it replaced - and quite a bit more frugal too, in this 194hp derivative capable of up to 47.9mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 137g/km of NEDC-rated CO2. The same powerplant also features in the alternative '300d' model in an uprated 245hp state of tune. Both engines are mated to a package that as in all GLCs, includes 4MATIC on-demand 4WD and a 9G-TRONIC PLUS 9-speed auto gearbox, which works with the usual 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes that alter drive response, steering feel and ESP settings. Shortly after this facelift, Mercedes also offered GLC buyers a slice of electrified technology. The brand's 48 volt EQ Boost mild hybrid tech features in the 258hp mainstream 2.0-litre petrol unit you'll find in the GLC 300. Or you can opt for a plug-in variant, the GLC 300e, which mates a 2.0-litre petrol unit with a 90kW electric motor to create a 320hp total output from a powertrain that when fully charged is able to achieve up to 27 miles of WLTP-rated all-electric driving. This was quickly replaced by a GLC 300de diesel PHEV variant using the same technology. If on the other hand, speed is everything from your petrol-powered GLC, you'll want the barnstorming V6 and V8 Mercedes-AMG petrol performance models that sit at the top of the range. The GLC 43 uses a 390hp 3.0-litre V6, while the top GLC 63 features a charismatic 4.0-litre V8, offered in either 476 or 510hp states of tune. Off roading won't be on the agenda for these variants (or indeed for any GLC model in normal use), but should it ever be necessary, light tracks are well within this car's remit - and you'll be able to attempt more than that should you opt for the priciest 'AMG Line Ultimate' trim level that gives you the brand's variable-height 'AIR BODY CONTROL' air suspension system.

Overall

Image is everything when it comes to premium mid-sized SUVs and on that basis, this improved MK1 GLC proved to be a very desirable package. In terms of styling, technology and efficiency, it borrows hugely from other Mercedes models - to very good effect. Of course, this car's two closest arch-rivals, the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 have strong followings. And beyond those cars, there are trendier-looking options from the 2019-2022 period - a Range Rover Evoque or an Alfa Romeo Stelvio for instance. Others may want the seven-seat capacity of a comparable Land Rover Discovery Sport. As an all-rounder though, combining many of the qualities you'll find in all of those cars, the GLC remains a tempting package. A segment benchmark? You'd have to say so.

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