2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Buyer's Guide
Starting Price: $41,045 | Price yours
Above Average: Luxury character, excellent driving dynamics
Below Average: Price/value relationship suffers when heavily optioned
Consensus: Style, design and dynamic character make it a standout
The GLC, Mercedes' entry in the compact luxury SUV segment, is an enticing mix of emotional appeal and practicality. It has a beautiful, elegant design, a well-crafted feature-filled interior, and driving characteristics that you would expect from a Mercedes-Benz. Yet it's also sensible, with a roomy cabin, a fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine, and an extensive list of safety equipment. Slotted neatly between the subcompact GLA and midsize GLE, the Mercedes-Benz GLC is based on Mercedes' C-Class sedan, and is a past Kelley Blue Book Luxury SUV Best Buy winner.
"From behind the wheel, the new 2018 Mercedes GLC 300 manages to feel substantial, but also small and maneuverable. The steering is light and quick, and acceleration is strong and steady, if not swift. The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is smooth and has plenty of reserve for passing and climbing, and the 9-speed automatic transmission delivers seamless gear changes." Get more driving impressions in our 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC review.
The GLC's base engine is 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.
If performance is what makes your heart sing, there's a new engine choice for 2017. Both the AMG GLC 43 SUV and the AMG GLC 43 Coupe will be available with a 362-horsepower, 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 backed by a 9-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Mercedes estimates both the AMG GLC 43 and the AMG GLC 43 Coupe will go from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds. If you want more power than that, there's the AMG GLC 63 SUV and Coupe, and the AMG GLC 63 S Coupe. These vehicles use a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V8 that puts out 469 horsepower in the GLC 63, which goes up to 503 horsepower in the GLC 63 S Coupe.
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Build and Price
The GLC starts at just above $41,000, but go all out and you could spend close to $72,000 for a non-AMG model. Build and price your own 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
GLC owner and KBB.com visitor SK has this to say about Mercedes' small SUV: "Handled New England winter with ease with the AWD. Love the Mercedes App thru which I can remote start which keeps the car toasty when I get in. It is a bit noisier than what one would expect at this price range." Read more Mercedes-Benz GLC consumer reviews.
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.
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Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe
The 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.
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