On the inside, it's business as usual for Mercedes-Benz. The quality levels are high, the seats are plush, and it's generally just a wonderful place to spend time. In 2020, Mercedes gave the GLC a substantial facelift and included the latest in infotainment. This year, a digital instrument cluster became standard. It's no longer the brand's most modern cabin, but the addition of this driver's display does a lot to bring it closer to more recent Mercedes products. At least there are some great features like power front seats, dual-zone climate control, and a 64-color LED ambient lighting system as standard.
For most families, the GLC's cabin space will be perfect. Front occupants have 40.8 inches of legroom and 37.8 inches of headroom, while rear passengers get 37.3 inches of legroom and 38.5 inches of headroom. The rear center seat is fine for short journeys, but the GLC works best with four people on board - or only kids in the back. Long-haul journeys are a pleasure in this Benz.
One tip, however. Most of the interior color options are dark, making it feel more cramped than it actually is. If you go for one of the darker color options, do yourself a favor and add the $1,500 panorama glass roof. It makes the cabin feel more airy and spacious.
|Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV Trims||AMG GLC 43 4MATIC SUV|
|Headroom Front Seat||37.8 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||38.5 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||40.8 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||37.3 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||57.3 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||56.5 in.|
The only standard no-cost option is black MB-Tex leatherette and microfiber with red stitching. Upgrading to genuine leather costs $1,620, and the available options include Black with red stitching, Black, Saddle Brown, and Cranberry Red/Black. The Saddle Brown adds a dash of elegance to an otherwise somber interior, but for the full racy effect, you need those Cranberry Red seats. While AMG carbon-fiber trim costs $975, all other choices are free. These are Dark Brown Linden wood, Natural Grain Grey Oak wood, Natural Grain Walnut wood, and Natural Grain Black Ash wood combined with aluminum.
To offer rear passengers a large amount of legroom, Mercedes had to make the trunk smaller. Rated at 17.6 cubic feet, it's nowhere near as big as its BMW rival. Having said that, 17.6 cubes is relatively ample space, and you won't be struggling to pack in all the things you need for a weekend away. The rear seats fold down in a 40/20/40 split. Because this is Benz, you don't have to do this manually. You merely push a button, and they fold down automatically. With the rear seats down, the GLC grants you access to a 40.6-cube cargo area.
Interior storage is good. Both rows get large door pockets and dual cupholders. Front passengers also get a large glove compartment and a storage space underneath the center armrest.
The Merc-AMG GLC 43 comes standard with heated power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, remote start via the Mercedes app, a 64-color ambient lighting system, keyless go, illuminated entry, power side mirrors, and a power liftgate. Three-zone climate control, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, wireless charging, and ventilated front seats are optionally available, as is hands-free access.
As is usually the case with Mercedes, it's a bit light on driver assistance features. You do get blind-spot assist, exit warning assist, rear cross-traffic alert, a rearview camera, and active parking assist. There is a long list of optional safety equipment like adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera system, evasive steering, active lane change assist, and more.
As mentioned earlier, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 does not have the latest 12.3-inch version of Merc's infotainment system. It has a 10.25-inch touchscreen interface that does at least come with MBUX software. You get voice control, steering wheel touch controls, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and SiriusXM with a six-month all-access trial. Even this AMG-lite comes with Racetimer which can record lap times on dedicated racing circuits. This year, the previously optional 12.3-inch digital cluster display is standard. Navigation, the AMG Track Pace for MBUX, and in-car Wi-Fi remain on the options list.
A 13-speaker Burmester sound system is also available on the options menu, although a FrontBass system is standard with the base audio setup, and this includes twin under-dash subwoofers.