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MERCEDES-BENZ GLC DIESEL COUPE

GLC 300d 4Matic AMG Line Prem Plus 5dr 9G-Tronic

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So you want a mid-sized SUV with a prestigious badge; but you'd like a more dynamic-looking one. Something like a BMW X4, a Range Rover Evoque - or perhaps this car, Mercedes' GLC Coupe. Jonathan Crouch looks at the revised version.

Background

A decade ago, the whole idea of an 'SUV coupe' sounded ludicrous. Then BMW came along with their X6 and suddenly, the concept didn't seem quite so silly. And it definitely didn't once the Bavarian brand revealed sales figures that showed that car was striking a resounding chord with better-heeled buyers. So successful was it that in 2014, BMW revealed a smaller X4 model, essential a coupe version of their X3 compact SUV. Mercedes were watching and, having copied the X6 with their GLE Coupe, the Stuttgart brand in 2016 announced its own spin on the X4, the GLC Coupe, a car substantially improved in Spring 2019 to create the car we're going to look at here. This car's opposition extends beyond the X4 of course. Potential buyers will also be looking at style-conscious small SUVs like Range Rover's Evoque - and maybe even at Porsche's Macan. Should they also take this Mercedes into account? Let's see.

Driving Experience

Despite its more dynamic looks, you shouldn't expect a GLC Coupe to be really any more dynamic to drive than its SUV stablemate. As with that car, air suspension can be added at extra cost. This option is desirable. 'AIR BODY CONTROL', as Mercedes call it, promises a cosseting ride when you want luxury or flat, sports car-like handling when you're in a hurry. All models feature 4MATIC 4WD. For highway use, there are now more semi-autonomous driving assistance systems. Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and Active Steer Assist provide even more support to help the driver to steer and to keep a safe distance. Under the bonnet, Mercedes has worked on making the engine range more powerful and more fuel efficient than before and the mainstream part of the line-up is based around four-cylinder units and drive will be supplied through a standard 9-speed automatic gearbox. A 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit features in the 258hp GLC 300, which now uses the Mercedes' EQ 48-volt mild hybrid system. Here, there's an integrated starter/alternator unit that can recover up to 10kW of energy when decelerating, which can then be deployed below 2,500prm to reduce the effort required of the combustion engine. The two main diesel options are the 194hp GLC 220d and the 245hp GLC 300d, which get the brand's latest 2.0-litre diesel, replacing the previous 2.1-litre unit. The GLC 300de diesel plug-in hybrid would be an interesting alternative to diesel power. And at the top of the range sit the sporting Mercedes-AMG models, either the 390hp six cylinder '43' or the eight cylinder '63' flagship variant, offered in either 476hp standard guise or 510hp 'S' form.

Design and Build

The main styling change is the adoption of standard full-LED headlamps. Otherwise, design-wise, things are much as before. As you'd expect, this car's design owes much to that of the standard GLC hatch model, so you get the same sloping roofline, narrow rear window and big tail-lights. The front end is exactly the same as that of the regular GLC but if you get out the tape measure, you'll find that this Coupe is 80mm longer and 40mm wider than its donor model - and slightly longer than a rival BMW X4. Inside, the GLC Coupe now gets the latest version of Mercedes's MBUX infotainment system. This means that the centre-dash display, which has grown from 8.4 inches to 10.25 inches, is now touch sensitive, and can respond to both gesture and more detailed voice commands. A 12.3-inch digital driver's instrument binnacle display is now offered in place of the previous car's analogue gauges, and its three sections can be customised to display different information. These menus can be accessed through the updated steering wheel, which features a mix of physical and touch-sensitive controls first seen on the E-Class. The cabin also features a couple of new material options, including two new wood finishes for the dashboard. Standards of shoulder, elbow and legroom are the same as in an ordinary GLC at the front, but headroom is inevitably a little more restricted at the back, though five folk can still be seated inside. The 491-litre boot loses 59-litres of capacity over the standard GLC and offers a maximum capacity of 1,205 litres with the rear bench folded flat.

Market and Model

You're looking at a premium of around £3,000 to own a GLC Coupe over the standard GLC hatch. That means pricing that starts at just over £45,000 for the entry-level GLC Coupe 220d. 'AMG Line' is standard trim, then there are 'AMG Premium', 'AMG Premium Plus' and 'AMG Ultimate' options. There's a choice of two diesel variants in the mainstream range - the 220d and the 300d - plus a GLC 300 2.0-litre petrol model and a GLC 300de diesel plug-in hybrid. All GLC Coupes receive a 9-speed automatic gearbox, four wheel drive, the 'COMAND' infotainment system, 'DYNAMIC SELECT' handling control with adjustable dampers, plus all the usual niceties you'd expect from a Mercedes of this price. If you can stretch to the sporting Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 (V6) or GLC 63 (V8) variants (priced from around £53,000), there's a choice of standard, 'Premium' or 'Premium Plus' trim levels. Standard equipment on all variants includes a navigation system, Active Park Assist and a keyless start system. Buyers can also expect to find a reversing camera, LED Performance head lights, heated front seats, sports suspension, an electrically operated tailgate and a 'Mirror package' consisting of electrically operated and automatically dimming mirrors. Safety-wise, there's a full rosta of electronic shields that scan the road ahead and prevent you from having an accident. Things like the 'COLLISON PREVENTION PLUS' system, plus the 'Crosswind Assist' set-up and the 'ATTENTION ASSIST' system. Optional is the 'DISTRONIC PLUS' radar cruise control system - with 'STEERING ASSIST' to keep you in lane and a 'Stop & Go' feature that'll slow the car automatically and start it off again if you come across a motorway tailback.

Cost of Ownership

This GLC has to be competitive when it comes to WLTP running costs - and is. The running costs of GLC Coupe 220d and 300d models are similar. The range starts with the GLC 220d which delivers 48.7mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and up to 167g/km of CO2. The GLC 300d achieves up to 44.1mpg and up to 182g/km. For the petrol GLC 300, the figures are up to 34.9mpg and up to 196g/km. The GLC 30d0e petrol plug-in has an WLTP-rated electric driving range of 27 miles while delivering up to 148.7mpg and emitting just 50g/km of CO2. The 13.5 kW battery and 7.4kw on-board charger means the GLC 300de can be charged via a 7.4 kW wallbox in under two hours. What else? Well, we'll tell you that the comprehensive three year unlimited mileage warranty is built upon by Mercedes' Mobilo scheme which delivers breakdown cover for up to thirty years, as long as you continue to have your car serviced at a Mercedes main dealer. And it's worth knowing that your maintenance outlay can be kept a little in check by going for the optional Service Care package that takes care of routine maintenance, spreading the cost of regular servicing. There's also an ASSYST dashboard service indicator that monitors engine use and tells you exactly when a garage visit is due. It's also worth mentioning that the 'Mercedes me' remote online services package that comes as part of the 'COMMAND Online' infotainment system includes remote self-diagnostic capability, enabling your GLC to monitor wear and tear items and alert your local dealer to let you know if something needs seeing to.

Summary

On paper, you'd have to wonder why anyone would need a mid-sized SUV coupe. In practice though, it's a very enticing formula indeed, especially in the improved guise that Mercedes has provided us with here. Some may feel that there are still more dynamic choices to make in this segment: the trendier-looking Range Rover Evoque for example. Or the sharper-handling BMW X4. As an all-rounder though, combining many of the qualities you'll find in both those cars, the GLC Coupe is a tempting package.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency47.10mpg
Emissions
Emissions184.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed145mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 360 degree camera
  • Active parking assist with parktronic system
  • Attention assist
  • Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone
  • Collision prevention assist plus
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
  • Easy pack automatic powered tailgate
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Hey Mercedes Voice activation
  • Instrument cluster with12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display. High esolution instrument cluster screen with choice of three display styles
  • MBUX augmented reality for navigation
  • MBUX Interior assistant
  • Mercedes connect me with remote online services
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Outside temperature display, rear seatbelt status indicator
  • Remote boot release
  • Service indicator (ASSYST)
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Traffic sign assist
  • Wireless charging

Entertainment

  • Burmester surround sound system
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Hard disk navigation
  • MBUX multimedia system
  • Media display 10.25-inch touchscreen display
  • Pre installation for Mercedes Benz Link
  • USB ports x 2 in centre console

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • AMG bodystyling AMG front apron with sporty air intakes and chrome trim element, AMG diffuser-look rear apron with insert in black
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric sliding glass sunroof
  • Electric windows one touch open/close
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Front and rear exterior chrome trim
  • Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation
  • LED tail lamp
  • Multi beam LED headlamps with 84 indiviually control LED,daytime running lamps,Active Light,cornering light,enhanced fog lamp,adaptive Highbeam Assist
  • Privacy glass with dark glass from B pillar backwards
  • Radiator diamond grille
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Range adjustable headlights
  • Rear wiper
  • Running boards
  • Tinted glass all round with single layer safety glass
  • Two chrome plated tailpipe trim elements

Interior Features

  • 2 way rear head restraints
  • 3-spoke multifunction AMG steering wheel in black nappa leather with flattened bottom section, chrome inserts and perforated leather in grip area
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Ambient lighting
  • AMG floor mats with edging and embroidered AMG lettering
  • AMG sports seats
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • Black roof lining
  • Dividing net - rear
  • Double cup holder in centre console
  • Easy-pack load compartment cover
  • Front armrest with storage box
  • Front door sills with Mercedes benz lettering
  • Front head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • Illuminated and lockable glove compartment
  • Leather upholstery
  • Rear top tether child seat ISOFIX attachment
  • Sports pedals with stainless steel surfaces and rubber studs
  • Steering wheel with touch control buttons
  • THERMATIC automatic climate control

Packs

  • Interior lighting pack - GLC
  • Keyless Go comfort pack - GLC
  • Memory pack - GLC
  • Mirror pack - GLC
  • Storage pack - GLC

Safety

  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Active bonnet
  • Adaptive Brake System with HOLD function and brake drying in the wet
  • ASR
  • Black seat belts
  • Brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering + perforated brake discs
  • Child proof door locks
  • Dual-stage airbags - driver and front passenger, driver knee bag and window bags for driver, front passenger and rear passengers
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Electronic stability programme (ESP) with curve dynamic assist and cross wind assist
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front passenger seat occupancy sensor
  • Hill hold function
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
  • Automatic door locking
  • Remote central locking

Technical

  • 4MATIC permanent four wheel drive
  • 50 litre fuel tank
  • 9G TRONIC plus automatic transmission with steering column gear selector, DIRECT SELECT steering wheel gearshift paddles
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Sports suspension tuned for improved handling and driving dynamics

Trim

  • Open pore black ash wood trim

Wheels

  • 20" AMG 5 twin spoke alloy wheels painted in titanium grey with high sheen finish and tirefit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.104
  • CO2 (g/km)
    159
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    0.042
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    68
  • NOx
    0.031
  • Particles
    0.0009
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    184

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1950
  • Compression Ratio
    15.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    92.3
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Gears
    9 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    47.1
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    52.3
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    41.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    7.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    31.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    38.7

General

  • AdBlue
    Yes
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    245
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    d 4Matic
  • Coin Series
    AMG Line Prem Plus
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    38E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    30
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    83
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    6.6
  • Engine Power - BHP
    245
  • Engine Power - KW
    180
  • Engine Power - RPM
    4200
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    369
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    51
  • Engine Torque - NM
    500
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1600
  • Top Speed
    145

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    255/45 R20
  • Tyre Size Rear
    285/40 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    AMG 5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    20" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1586
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4729
  • Wheelbase
    2873
  • Width
    1930
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2096

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    66
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2530
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1400
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    500
  • Max. Loading Weight
    730
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1800
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.8
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Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

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