2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC | New Car Review
* Classy interior fit and finish
* Unjustifiably pricey
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
|Specifications||2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC|
|Engine/ Cylinders||2.0 litre / 4-cyl|
|Max Power |
|211 hp @ 5,500 RPM|
|350 Nm @ 4,000 RPM|
|Tranmission||9 speed automatic|
|Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||7.3 secs|
|Top speed||222 km/h|
|Price||AED 251,000 +|