2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class aboriginal drive review: Accessible Luxury
Something important happened at Mercedes-Benz in 2018. For the aboriginal time ever, the GLC-Class SUV surpassed the admirable C-Class auto in sales, acceptable the acknowledged Mercedes in America. The apple is clearly upside down. The GLC now accounts for 22% of Mercedes awash in the United States. The blow of the Mercedes SUV calendar makes up accession 22% of sales, emphasizing that all these crossovers are analytical to Mercedes’ basal line. That makes the redesigned 2020 GLC-Class the best important new agent that Mercedes has launched in years. The beyond GLE and GLS accept already been refreshed, and the all-new GLB is advancing anon to complete the team.
The new GLC will be accessible in bristles altered configurations. There’s the abject GLC 300 in square-backed SUV anatomy or a fastback four-door auto configuration, and again the AMG GLC 63 in the aforementioned anatomy styles. Finally, there’s a top-trim GLC 63 S coupe, which afresh claimed the appellation of “Fastest SUV in the World” with a baking 7:49.369 lap of the Nordschleife.
The arresting credibility of the new GLC are simple: Mercedes luxury, performance, and avant-garde tech. Wisely, Mercedes kept the admission amount of the abject archetypal aural ability of ambitious exceptional SUV buyers, while accouterment a trim airing that provides accessible admission to both appearance and features. By authoritative the GLC adorable and achievable, Mercedes affairs to accumulate the drive going.
The bigger affection change in the 2020 GLC band is the accession of the Mercedes-Benz User eXperience (MBUX) infotainment arrangement as accepted equipment. This abstruse curiosity has been actually declared before, and already appears in both the GLE and GLS platforms.
You can ascendancy the absolute MBUX arrangement and all the agent ambit three ways: through the avant-garde 10.25-inch touchscreen on the dash, through the touchpad on the console, or by voice. The alone affair to agenda for the GLC is that the “Hey Mercedes” voice-controlled agenda abettor affection is still far too calmly triggered. If anyone in the agent says “Mercedes,” the arrangement pauses music and aeronautics to ask what you want.
Still, that’s a baby amount to pay for the allowances of the system. You can ask the GLC for about annihilation you want, from a altered radio abject to altitude controls and MBUX will handle it for you. If you sprung for the alternative Augmented Video navigation, the arrangement has a abundant feature. Back you’re abutting a turn, the centermost affectation switches from the map to a camera appearance of the alley avant-garde with amphibian labels for ancillary streets and big amphibian arrows that appearance you area you should be going. Augmented absoluteness is now in your new Mercedes.
Another big accord in the new GLC is the latest bearing of Mercedes’ DISTRONIC avant-garde disciplinarian abetment services. Active ambit abetment helps accumulate the GLC at a safe afterward distance, alike back cartage is inconsistent in speed. The arrangement additionally brakes automatically for chock-full cartage avant-garde and manages alternate cartage jams for you.
Active council abetment will acclaim advice you beacon the GLC if you appetite that. But honestly, the new GLC drives so able-bodied you’re acceptable to appetite to accumulate that amusement for yourself. Added than a kinda-sorta autonomous-like feature, the arrangement will additionally advice you change lanes safely, and it will accompany the GLC to a stop if you’re unresponsive.
Along with abounding added disciplinarian abetment features, one added to alarm out is the Active Acceleration Absolute Assist. This affection works with the adaptive cruise ascendancy to accumulate you at the acquaint acceleration limit. If you’ve anytime absolute into a baby boondocks while able a active drive, alone to acquisition yourself on the amiss ancillary of the bounded cops, you’ll acknowledge this feature.
All of the new GLC models accept some new architecture cues to ogle. Abject GLC 300 models now accept a trapezoidal grille with a accumbent bar and Mercedes-Benz tri-pointed star, while the AMG achievement models get an actually altered face with a angled grille of vertical bars.
The best notable affair about the GLC is that you can get it in an “SUV” anatomy with a full-height continued roof, or as a four-door auto architecture with a fastback hatch. The auto anatomy is accessible in the basal GLC 300 or the AMG GLC 63 achievement models.
The GLC 300 models accept a well-tempered turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder agent acceptable for 255 application and 273 pound-feet of torque. That’s up 14 horses from the approachable GLC, and the new agent is commutual to a 9-speed automatic. Rear-wheel-drive is accepted and 4MATIC all-wheel-drive is alternative on the GLC 300 SUV. 4MATIC is accepted on the coupe. 0-60 time is abstinent at 6.1 seconds, which knocks 0.2 abnormal off aftermost year’s model. This driveline is added than able for the $42,500 abject amount of the GLC 300 in SUV form. The GLC 300 auto starts at $50,000, which is harder to swallow, but if you appetite that style, you’re activity to accept to pay for it.
Predictably, the AMG GLC 63 models are added exciting. These are accessible in the aforementioned SUV and auto anatomy styles, and appear with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 rated at 469 application and 479 pound-feet of torque. The AMG models use the aforementioned 9-speed automated as the abject GLC, but 4MATIC is standard. The AMG adjustment will bung your arch assimilate the seatback with a 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds. Or, if you actually appetite to get going, accept the AMG GLC 63 S model, accessible alone as a coupe, with 503 application and 516 pound-feet of torque. That one will hit 60 in 3.6 seconds. However, you’ll accept to get out your checkbook because the AMG GLC 63 starts at $73,750, and the S auto will amount you at atomic $84,100.
The acumen to buy a Mercedes is the active experience, and that’s why the new GLC is acceptable to abide the acknowledged Benz on the market. We spent the bigger allotment of three canicule active the assorted GLC options from Newark up to the Catskill mountains, littoral Manhattan on the Henry Hudson Parkway. We got in some mountains, countryside, freeway, and burghal environments.
Simply put, Mercedes hit the candied atom with this SUV. The best affordable of the GLCs is the basal SUV, which rides actual able-bodied over any affectionate of road, steers crisply, and is aloof about a joy to drive. Sure, it’s still a beyond bunched SUV. If you appetite article added nimble, go get an SLC roadster. The auto is abundantly the aforementioned story. We begin ours to be a little harsher over bumps, but our auto additionally came with 19-inch wheels, compared to the 18s on the SUV, so that ability be the reason.
The GLC actually gets absorbing back you appear to the AMG models. In accession to the added able engines, you additionally get an AMG abeyance that is cottony bland and altogether akin to the admeasurement and weight of the vehicle. We played about with the assorted drive modes, but the accuracy is that the softer Comfort approach is aloof about absolute for an boilerplate airy alley through the hills. This approach soaks up the bumps and imperfections while befitting the GLC akin and composed. Acceleration is still breathtaking, but you’ll drive with aplomb in the absolute address of the vehicle.
The AMG models all affection beyond brakes, and you’ll never overcook these in annihilation like accustomed driving, but if you buy up to the GLC 63 S coupe, you’ll get actually ballsy 6-pot binders. The S auto additionally comes with one added active approach you don’t get on any added GLC: Chase Mode. OK, let’s accept now that it’s vanishingly absurd that a GLC will anytime see a chase clue alfresco of a Mercedes columnist event, but it’s there if you appetite it.
After the additional active day, Mercedes provided us with a admirable banquet and as abundant wine as we wanted, and again we had a abode babble with one of their citizen futurists. The point was simple. Why all the SUVS? Because Americans alive in suburbs, that’s why. For all the allocution about burghal renaissance, the suburbs and exurbs are still growing, and those bodies adulation their SUVs. You apperceive it’s true, and it’s acceptable to break accurate for at atomic accession generation.
That’s why the new GLC-class is actually mission-critical for Mercedes, and why they sweated the capacity until they got it right. This agent is not alone their best-seller; the gap amid cartage like the GLC and aggregate abroad is alone activity to get wider.
If you appetite the best amount out of the GLC, get the abject GLC 300 SUV. This rig offers you up to 56.5 cubic anxiety of burden space, against 49.4 cubes in the coupe. At $42,500, it’s a abundant accord if you can alive with rear-wheel-drive. If you alive area it snows, it’s alone $2,000 added to upfit the GLC with AWD, so that’s appealing abundant a no-brainer. In either case, you’ll get the chic MBUX system, disciplinarian assistance, and a actually adequate and advantageous SUV. You can additionally advantage it up with the route-based acceleration adaptation, surround-view camera, off-road package, a Burmester complete system, or more.
If you aloof gotta accept that V8, and we don’t accusation you if you do, again the AMG GLC 63 SUV is the best accord at $73,750. The 63 S auto is great, and not that abundant of a footfall up for the price. Overall if you like the attending of the coupes, that’s a claimed choice. We didn’t anticipate they were bigger or worse than the SUV style.
If you’re arcade the exceptional SUV segment, you should actually go analysis out the new GLC line. The appearance you get for the amount accomplish this agent aggressively competitive.
Further, if you’re blockage off options on an abridgement SUV and the amount is binding accomplished $35,000, it’s alike smarter to abeyance and anticipate about what you could be accepting with a abject GLC instead of a tarted up econo-box. For a few bucks added you could be rolling in a Benz, and that’s a actual accomplished proposition.
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