by John Tallodi
The GLC Coupe is a new entrant into the crowded compact luxury crossover market and follows in the footsteps of the X4 Coupe in basically being a hatchback version of one of its more traditional SUVs. That said, the GLC Coupe is a handsome looking thing and while it may be the answer to a question that was never asked it adds a dash of style to the range
Mercedes-Benz has been on a roll lately with its interiors and the GLC Coupe is no exception, it shares its dashboard and the majority of its switchgear with the GLC SUV which is no bad thing. The COMAND interface sits stuck to the dash as if glued there as an afterthought but the optional touchpad controller is easy to use and the system is intuitive. Inevitably the more sharply sculpted rear end means less cargo space and headroom for rear passengers but the GLC Coupe manages to feel less cramped than its X4 rival.
The GLC Coupe has an air of sportiness about its dimensions and this translates into an equally dynamic drive on the road. It may not be the last word in handling finesse but that applies to the majority of its competitors and its limits are unlikely to be troubled on even the most enthusiastic morning commute. The Coupe absorbs rough road surfaces better than most and if you opt for the adaptive suspension option things only get better.
There is currently one trim option on offer, namely the GLC 300 4MATIC. It comes equipped with a modern 241 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 which provides strong performance and seamless acceleration through the gears, thanks in part to the smooth 9-speed automatic transmission. Shift paddles come standard as does permanent all-wheel drive and the 0-60mph time of 6.4-seconds places it firmly at the pointy end of the grid. Overtaking performance is strong too, aided by 273 lb-ft of torque which is doled out over a broad rev-range.
The standard equipment list is decent if not overly-generous and notable features are 18-inch wheels, power liftgate, mirrors and driver seat as well as a rearview camera, 7-inch COMAND interface and Mbrace Connect. This last feature gives you mobile connectivity to the car and its services include remote diagnostics, vehicle finder, remote starting and unlocking amongst a whole host of additional features. Basic safety is taken care of by forward collision warning, drowsy driver warning and crosswind assistance.
The options list currently includes 9 packages excluding the AMG line and mBrace offerings and can keep one occupied for days trying to choose the right ones. We recommend simplifying things by picking a few must haves like the Multimedia package which includes the larger 8.4-inch COMAND system with hard-drive navigation, touchpad controller and 3-years of map updates. Another worthwhile option is the Premium driver assistance package which adds a range of safety features such as DISTRONIC PLUS with steering assist, active blind spot assist and active lane keeping assist. Finally, the smart phone integration package also adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality and rounds off a nicely optioned car.
Those wanting a sportier look and feel can place a tick next to the box marked AMG Line, this adds various AMG styled bodywork and interior touches as well as 20-inch wheels and uprated brakes. Air body control adds adaptive air suspension and you may as well add a head-up display and the sport exhaust option to create your very own AMG-lite GLC Coupe.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe come across as a competent all-rounder and those willing to sacrifice some practicality for the sake of style will not be disappointed. That the GLC Coupe is sharp looking, good in the bends and offers strong performance may be a more important consideration in this market anyway.