2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Buyer's Guide

By Allyson Harwood on October 19, 2016 2:39 PM

The big new thing in small luxury SUVs is a Kelley Blue Book Best Buy

When the all-new GLC replaced the GLK-Class last year, it brought with it an extensive list of improvements. The GLC is a bit larger outside, measurably roomier inside, and infinitely more appealing on just about every level. The look is attractive and substantial, the interior is gorgeous, and the driving experience is worthy of the three-pointed star. Slotted neatly between the subcompact GLA and midsize GLE, the GLC is based on Mercedes' latest C-Class sedan, a two-time Kelley Blue Book Luxury Car Best Buy. The GLC has also joined the club, earning the title of Luxury SUV Best Buy for 2017.

Driving It

"From behind the wheel, it’s not hard to feel a big dose of the C-Class in the GLC300’s ride and handling characteristics. Acceleration is strong and steady, if not swift, and the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine has plenty of reserve for passing and climbing. We were pleased with the seamless way in which the 9-speed transmission handled its job, although when the Dynamic Select Mode was set to Sport or Sport+, those same shifts became much more noticeable." Get more driving impressions in our 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC review.

New for 2017: Sportier Coupe Version


The new GLC Coupe has the same foundation as the GLC, but with a sleek, sportier bodyline. It joins a growing list of SUVs that trade varying amounts of passenger and cargo roominess for a sportier, more distinctive silhouette.  

Efficient Options

When the GLC first went on sale, its sole engine choice was a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder matched with a 9-speed automatic transmission. This duo nets fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway in two-wheel-drive models -- better mileage around town than the BMW X3, Lexus RX and Audi Q5. The GLC lineup will eventually grow to include a choice of plug-in hybrid or diesel powertrains.

Performance Options

If performance is what makes your heart sing, there's a new engine choice for 2017. Both the AMG GLC43 SUV and the AMG GLC43 Coupe will be available with a 362-horsepower, 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 backed by a 9-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Both vehicles come with AMG Dynamic Select, offering Eco/Comfort/Sport/Sport+/Manual modes that modify transmission, throttle, suspension and steering responses. Mercedes estimates both the AMG GLC43 and the AMG GLC43 Coupe will go from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds.

Build and Price

The GLC starts at just above $40,000, but go all out and you could spend close to $72,000 for a non-AMG model. Build and price your own 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Consumer Review

GLC owner and KBB.com visitor Bos GLC Fan has this to say about Mercedes' small SUV: "I considered the Lexus NX and Audi Q5 as well. All appeared to be good options, however the new GLC has really overtaken the competition on fit and finishes...The multimedia / Burmester stereo is great but, like others, I found it overly complicated. I had read elsewhere that the factory headlights were average, so I ordered the lighting package and as a person who wears glasses and has had issues with night visibility when driving other vehicles, I find this GLC upgraded lighting option to be excellent. The leather power seats are the best/most comfortable I have owned, and the MB-Tech dashboard is a beautiful add-on to complement the leather seats and wood grains on the dash." Read more Mercedes-Benz GLC consumer reviews.

Comparison Test

The Mercedes-Benz GLC was one of four luxury SUVs we drove 500 roundtrip miles from Southern California to Paso Robles, California, as part of our most recent Small Luxury SUV Comparison Test.

More Small Luxury SUVs

This popular segment has grown to more than 10 vehicles strong, with each of the entries appealing on a variety of levels. Visit our Compact Luxury SUV Buyer's Guide to have a look at all your options.


Photo Gallery: Mercedes-Benz GLC Inside and Out



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