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Mercedes Benz GLC 300 & 220d - An IBB Review

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GLK Successor - GLC 300 & 220d

Mercedes is bringing the GLK successor, the GLC in India. Mercedes-Benz couldn’t offer a car in the compact premium SUV segment dominated by the Audi and BMW in India, as the able GLK was not having a right-hand drive model. Hence, with the introduction of GLC, Mercedes-Benz will have the Q5 and the X3 on its radar.

Mercedes Benz GLC - Exterior

Styling

As the name suggest, GLC is the SUV version of the Benz C class. Also like its sedan sibling, GLC will be bridging the gap between the smaller GLA and the large GLS in the Mercedes-Benz SUV lineup. The car is based on the C-class platform. However, the stretched wheelbase and the tall cabin makes it look much larger than the sedan counterpart. The front end is dominated by the signature grill with a big Mercedes Benz logo bang at the center. The car combines muscle with grace. The side profile has muscles and creases to give an unmistakable SUV look. The rear is a mix of a fastback and an estate.

Interiors

Mercedes Benz GLC Rear

GLC shares the interior theme and styling of the C-Class sedan. The layered dash looks the best in class with an interesting wedge at the top. The customers can choose between a brown + beige or an all-black interior theme.  The car has a large panoramic roof to invite a sunny day or a star-studded night inside the fantastically laid down GLC cabin. All the knobs are knurl finished and operate with great feel and perfection. The infotainment system is a non-touch screen one and has an outdated interface. The front seats are pretty big and comfortable.

Mercedes Benz GLC Front

The driver gets a comfortable and commanding driving position. The cabin is very well insulated from the mechanical as we all as external noises. The rear seat has sufficient legroom and shoulder room. You can also squeeze in a third passenger at the rear. A little more under-thigh support would have been welcome.

Engine and Performance

Mercedes-Benz offers both petrol and diesel engines for the GLC. The GLC 300 petrol is powered by a 2.0 Liter Petrol (1991 CC) turbo petrol which churns out 245 bhp@5500 rpm and a peak torque of 370 Nm@ 1400-2800 rpm. The transmission duties are carried out by a 9-speed G-tronic auto gearbox with paddle shifts, which sends power to all the wheels via the 4-MATIC all-wheel drive system. The petrol engine feels matured and doesn't expect a sudden adrenaline rush on tap. It is not a slouch either, the 1.8 ton SUV breaches the 100 kmph in an impressive 7.5 seconds. The GLC 220 d is powered by a 2.0 Liter Diesel (2143 CC) turbo diesel dispensing 170 bhp@3000-4200 rpm and a high torque of 400 Nm@1400-2800 rpm. The diesel GLC touches 100 kmph mark in 8.3 seconds. This engine is definitely quicker than the competition. The 220 d has a fine balance giving ample torque and power in the lower revv range for the city and meaty mid-range for the long highway jaunts.

Mercedes Benz GLC Engine

Both the petrol and diesel variants get the DYNAMIC SELECT feature. The car has the following three drive modes which alter the parameters of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering characteristics depending on the driver need and mood.

  • Comfort: The default setting, which is well balanced and gives the maximum fuel efficiency.
  • Sport: The Sport mode offers added agility and dynamism with a more progressive steering characteristic curve, sporty and spontaneous throttle response and modded shift points for the G-Tronic gear box.
  • Sport+: This mode further enhances the sporty character of the car.

Handling and Comfort

The GLC is undoubtedly sprung for comfort rather than for razor sharp handling. The car has a fair amount of body-roll. The tires have pretty good grip but protest with squeals when going thru high demanding twisties and switchbacks. As the change into Sport and Sport + doesn’t change the spring characteristics of the suspension (doesn’t add stiffness to the spring), the car’s handling doesn’t change much with a comparatively aggressive output from the engine in the sporty modes. The soft suspension gives the front and rear passengers with a soft and pliant ride.

Price

  • Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 – INR 56.01 Lacs (Ex-showroom Delhi)
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC 220 d –  INR 56.21 Lacs (Ex-showroom Delhi)

Features

Mercedes Benz GLC Interior Dashboard

The car has a lot of interesting and useful tech, features and gizmos:

  • Satellite Navigation
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Automatic panoramic sliding sunroof
  • Driver and passenger seats with memory
  • THERNOTRONIC 3-zone climate control
  • Attention Assist
  • Adaptive Brake
  • PRE-SAFE occupant protection system
  • Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC

Mercedes Benz GLC Techincal Data

IBB Verdict

It is not a sharp and enthusiastic car. However, GLC offers you a practical, comfortable and luxury car loaded with a lot of features. GLC is the only car to offer a petrol engine in the compact premium SUV segment. With the GLC, Mercedes now has a capable offering against the likes of the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.

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