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MERCEDES-BENZ GLC AMG ESTATE

GLC 63 S 4Matic+ Premium Plus 5dr MCT

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The GLC has established Mercedes in the premium part of the mid-sized SUV segment. Now it's been improved. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

It seems strange to think that until the launch of this GLC model, Mercedes had never offered a proper compact SUV. Or at least it'd never offered one in the UK. On the Continent, the Stuttgart brand has always taken on cars like Audi's Q5 and BMW's X3 with its GLK-Class model, but this was never engineered to be produced in right hand drive. Big mistake. It's taken a long time for the Three-Pointed Star to correct that error, but now that it has, this GLC model can take its place in the company's growing SUV line-up. It gets two frugal diesel engines and, unlike the smaller A-Class-based GLA Crossover, is mainly offered with four wheel drive. In other words, it's a proper SUV model.

Driving Experience

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 conventional 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. Mercedes has worked on the suspension too, introducing an updated version of its 'Dynamic Body Control' adaptive damping system which can adjust the rate of control to each of the four wheels. As before, there's also the option of 'AIR BODY CONTROL' air suspension, promising a cosseting ride when you want luxury or flat, sportscar-like handling when you're in a hurry. With an optional 'Off Road Engineering Package', you can even manually adjust ride heights through the infotainment system. 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.

Design and Build

First impressions are that the GLC is most definitely related to the C-Class compact executive model it's based upon. There's the same long nose and gently sloping roofline we've come to recognise, along with similar contouring down the flanks. With this revised model, subtle changes have been made to the grille, the lights and the bumpers. At the front, the re-styled headlamps feature full-LED tech, while the daytime running lights feature an extended 'C' shape. The smarter bumper features reshaped vents to either side of the main intake. At the sides, chrome elements span the length of the lower sills, and smarter alloy wheel designs range from 17 to 20 inches. Around the back, the tail lights - also featuring LED tech - get a smarter lighting signature, and sit above a reprofiled bumper. Inside, the GLC 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. Boot space is up to 580-litres seats up - nearly 100-litres more than the C-Class - while seats down, this becomes a cavernous 1600-litres.

Market and Model

Prices for the mainstream four cylinder models sit mainly in the £40,000 to £58,000 bracket and as a GLC buyer, your first choice will probably be to decide if you need the extra power the pokier 300d model offers over the base 220d variant. As there's very little economy penalty in choosing the faster car and not much of a price difference, the 300d would be our pick. Overall, expect this Mercedes to cost a slight premium over its Audi Q5 and BMW X3 direct rivals. The 220d comes with 'Sport', 'AMG Line' and 'AMG Line Premium' trim; for the 300d, it's 'AMG Line Premium', 'AMG Line Premium Plus' and 'AMG Line Plus Ultimate'. All GLCs 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. 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 running costs - and is. The WLTP-rated running costs of GLC 220d and 300d models are very similar. In the GLC 220d, expect up to 47.9mpg on the combined cycle and up to 156g/km of CO2 (in 'Sport' form). In the GLC 300d, expect up to 44.1mpg on the combined cycle and up to 178g/km of CO2. The GLC 300de diesel plug-in has an WLTP-rated electric driving range of 27 miles while delivering up to 156.9mpg and emitting just 49g/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. All GLCs come with a 3 year warranty and should prove to hold onto their value well. That's provided you don't go mad on the options list of course. 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 included 'Mercedes me' connect services package 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. You can also insure your car through Mercedes, though most company drivers will have this included in their lease cost.

Summary

Image is everything when it comes to premium mid-sized SUVs and on that basis, this improved GLC is a very desirable package. In terms of styling, technology and efficiency, it borrows hugely from other Mercedes models - to very good effect. Plus options like air suspension offer the kind of luxury that used to be limited to much larger luxury SUVs, enabling this car to cross ravines one minute and carve through a set of bends at speed the next. 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 more sharply-handling BMW X3. As an all-rounder though, combining many of the qualities you'll find in both those cars, the GLC is a tempting package.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency22.80mpg
Emissions
Emissions296.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed174mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 360 degree camera
  • Active parking assist with parktronic system
  • AMG track pace
  • 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 with 2 black louvres in outer air intakes
  • AMG bodystyling with rear apron and diffuser fins
  • AMG radiator grille with black vertical louvres and trim strip in high gloss chrome
  • Badging - V8 BITURBO 4MATIC+ lettering on front wings
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric panoramic 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
  • 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 performance seats
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • 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
  • Nappa 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

  • AMG Driver's package - GLC
  • 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
  • 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
  • Seat belts in Crystal grey
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

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

Technical

  • 66 litre fuel tank
  • Air body control air suspension for front and rear axles with continuously adjustable damping
  • AMG electronic rear axle limited slip differential lock
  • AMG performance 4MATIC+
  • AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9 speed automatic sports transmission steering wheel gearshift paddles and RACE START function, silver aluminium gear shift paddles
  • Petrol Particulate Filter (PPF)

Wheels

  • Tirefit tyre sealant kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.461
  • CO2 (g/km)
    282
  • HC
    0.028
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    71
  • NOx
    0.021
  • Particles
    0.0002
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    296

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    3982
  • Compression Ratio
    10.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    V8
  • Cylinders
    8
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    92
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO INJECTION
  • Gears
    9 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    32
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    22.8
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    28.8
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    16.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    13.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    13.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    13
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    11.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    10.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    22.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    12.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    21.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    21.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    21.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    23.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    26.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    12.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    22.2

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    4.0
  • Badge Power
    510
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    4Matic+
  • Coin Series
    AMG S Premium
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    47E
  • 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)
    3.8
  • Engine Power - BHP
    510
  • Engine Power - KW
    375
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    516
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    71.4
  • Engine Torque - NM
    700
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1750
  • Top Speed
    174

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    265/45 R20
  • Tyre Size Rear
    295/40 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare
    RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Style
    5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    20" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1625
  • Length
    4682
  • Wheelbase
    2873
  • Width
    1930
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2096

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    66
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2580
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1600
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    550
  • Max. Loading Weight
    630
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1950
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    12.1
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Customer Reviews

   
Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"2 months ago"

Alun Davies

Alun Davies

"When I started looking to get a new (personal) lease car I contacted a number of leasing companies. Silverstone were by far the most responsive and helpful. They were able to order exactly the model of car I wanted at an excellent price. Every aspect of their service from setting up the lease contract to overseeing the delivery of the car was exemplary. They were attentive and responsive but never 'pushy'. Thouroughly recommended. A big thank you to all the Silverstone team, especially Holly who dealt with all my enquiries quickly and efficiently."

"4 months ago"

Dan Jones

Dan Jones

"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

"5 months ago"

Susan Frampton

Susan Frampton

"I cannot fault the service received from Silverstone Fleet Management, for Start to finish it was seamless. I was regularly kept in the loop with information and what was required from myself to proceed. Holly Palmer who is one of the SFM Sales Support Executive was very prompt in responding to my emails and sending me anything that I needed to complete for the process and acknowledging anything that I returned. Tom Bailey who is one of the SFM Account Managers was very prompt at sending me the original quotes and adapting them to suit my needs and alongside Holly keeping me informed at every point during the start to end process. The whole process took at the most 3 weeks from quoting, ordering to the delivery/collection. although I appreciate this was a stock vehicle and not ordered purposely for my requirements. I had to go and collect the vehicle in the end as there were no available drivers to deliver for the date that I needed the vehicle, but this was not a fault of SFM, who tried their best to get the vehicle to me for the requested date, but had I not needed the vehicle to go on holiday then I would only have had to wait a couple more days for delivery. I would totally recommend SFM to my family and friends and hopefully I will be able to put people/business their way. When my lease is up I would not hesitate to use SFM again and hopefully this review will persuade others to take a leap of faith in SFM as they really do deliver the fantastic service that they advertise"

"a month ago"

Madeline Biggs

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"Received my car this week and I cannot recommend this company enough!! They helped me find my perfect car and then helped every step of the way till it's delivery. Even after that they checked to see if I was happy. They went above and beyond and I have already been recommending them to my family and friends. Thanks to all the the team at Silverstone Fleet Management - car leasing in Northampton"

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