2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC | New Car Review

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 by
2015 Mercedes-Benz GLC
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AEDAED 251,000 +
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  • 2015 GLC
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  • Last modified: September 29, 2015
  • Exterior
    Editor: 65%
  • Interior
    Editor: 75%
  • Quality
    Editor: 80%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 75%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 70%

Review Summary:

Replacing the GLK in the brand’s line-up, the 2016 is the marque’s answer to the Lexus NX and the Land Rover Discovery Sport. With the Japanese offering being more affordable and the Brit being more capable off-road, the GLC doesn’t have it easy.

Pros

* Classy interior fit and finish

Cons

* Unjustifiably pricey

Looks

Measuring 1,639mm tall, the GLC stands baffled between the smaller GLA and the larger GLE. With a broad, wagon-esque physique, the German doesn’t have a lot going for it aesthetically. Sweeping contours and a carefully crafted countenance come together to inject a dose of flamboyance into its unimaginative design, but it’s still a long way off that of its rivals.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC top

Feels

Based on the segment-redefining C-Class, the GLC benefits from the refinement that is found in the range. The neat, clutter-free dashboard gives the impression of a roomier cabin and welcomes its occupants with the generous use of supple leather and fine materials. The interiors are best described as simple without being bland and stylish without being garish.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC interior

Engineering

With power being delivered to all four corners by the 4MATIC system, 45% to the front and 55% to the rear, grip is never an issue. Regardless of the surface, the 4MATIC system ensures occupants both, increased ride comfort and agility.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC front

What’s on offer?

Under the sculpted hood of the GLC resides a 2.0 litre 4-cylinder engine that produces 211 horsepower at 5,500 RPM and 350 Nm of torque at 1,200 RPM. Mated to a 9 speed automatic transmission, the Compact German hits the 100 km/h mark in 7.3 seconds and runs out of steam at a very respectable 222 km/h.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC interior

Summing it…

The GLC is an interesting offering and one whose existence is constantly questioned. But having got a new lease on life, it’s fair to say that it’s here to stay.  While the Lexus NX will appeal to those on a tighter budget and the Land Rover Discovery Sport to those who enjoy their off-road jaunts, the GLC will find its customers in those looking for a sophisticated urban cruiser. A sizable market in this part of the world…

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC rear

Specifications

Specifications2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC
Engine/ Cylinders2.0 litre / 4-cyl
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
211 hp @ 5,500 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
350 Nm @ 4,000 RPM
Tranmission9 speed automatic
DriveAll Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h7.3 secs
Top speed222 km/h
PriceAED 251,000 +

2 Responses to 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC | New Car Review

  1. Zaran Tarapore

    Zaran Tarapore Reply

    September 30, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Hi Raj,

    Great having you on the site and thank you very much for your kind words. The GLC is a little confused in the lineup and quite frankly with that price tag it’s going to take a lot to convince someone to buy one. Let’s hope the posters around town attract the right crowd.

    Regards,

    Zaran

  2. Raj Reply

    September 30, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Nice thought on words to portray the car & its relevance to the consumer. Am wondering, why the price is too high? when the manufacturer says there is no price difference in base model.

    GLK base model was priced @ AED 160K+, while GLC base model is AED 250K+ !!!!!!!!!!

    As you said, this over engineered masterpiece is poorly priced in this product segment to convince car enthusiast..

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