New 2017 Mercedes‑Benz GLC Coupe SUV
Mercedes‑Benz GLC Coupe SUV
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe puts the "sport" in "sport utility," with its sleek roofline favoring form over function.
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The Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV is already one of our favorite luxury SUVs, offering a level of refinement, comfort, poise and quality that exceeds even the expectations set by the 3-point star on its nose. But we're aware that some people want more, or in this case, less, and thus there's the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. By "less" we mean less cargo space and less rear-seat headroom, both traded for a sleeker roofline and sportier look. It's a direct response to the similarly styled BMW X4, both of which target those who put an emphasis on the "sport" part of their sport-utility vehicles. If you prefer form over function, then the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 Coupe and Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe are for you.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you want the expanded cargo area and high-riding driver position of an SUV, but don't want to drive something that looks like a car’s shipping crate, then the 2017 GLC Coupe might be the right call for you.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you think an SUV should have good rear-seat headroom and ample tall cargo space, then the GLC Coupe's plunging roofline won't be your cup of tea. Luckily, alternatives include the standard GLC SUV, or the BMW X3, Cadillac XT5, Lexus RX, Audi Q5...you get the picture.
What's New for 2017
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe is all-new this year, its swooping roofline designed to appeal to those who want more sport in their SUV and don't care about compromises in passenger or cargo space.
Based as it is on the GLC SUV, it's not surprising that the GLC Coupe drives very similarly. The biggest difference between the two from a mechanical standpoint is that the GLC Coupe comes standard with 4Matic all-wheel drive; it's optional on the GLC SUV. Otherwise, it's very similar. The standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine provides a satisfying thrust, better than you might think from 241 horsepower. The sure-footed all-wheel-drive system makes short work of foul weather and provides cornering confidence as well. Mercedes-Benz notes it is off-road capable, but, seriously, nobody's going to do that. More likely, drivers will experiment with driving modes that include Sport and Sport+, both of which firm up shifts and sharpen throttle response. In the AMG model, you get more power, an adjustable air suspension with sport modes, and surprisingly nimble handling for such a large vehicle.
The GLC43 Coupe is a mid-step between the standard GLC300 Coupe and the GLC63 Coupe coming for the 2018 model year. Its twin-turbo V6 offers up 362 horsepower and a satisfying growl, the adjustable suspension firms up considerably in Sport+, yet the price remains reasonable, at least for an AMG-badged vehicle.
AIR BODY CONTROL
The air suspension on the 2017 GLC Coupe is just cool. You can lower the suspension for better access to the cargo area, and the Dynamic Select also alters suspension height depending on whether you're going for economy, sport or just comfort.
The GLC Coupe's dash is a dead ringer for the GLC SUV, which shouldn't surprise anybody. This is a good thing though, as the GLC Coupe continues the SUV's standard of offering more than you expect, even at this luxury price point. Materials inside are beyond reproach, with the leather, wood, and metal trim all exceeding the plastics you'll find in competing SUVs. However, while the styling is similar, the function changes drastically, especially in the rear. The sloping roofline takes a bite out of headroom, and cargo room shrinks significantly. Hit up the Designo options list for more luxurious interior appointments.
Exterior styling is where the GLC Coupe really struts its stuff compared to the SUV. "Coupe" is a misnomer of course -- it has four passenger doors -- but the sloping roofline is undoubtedly coupe-like in its appearance, thus the name. Yet it's still an SUV, and like its BMW X4 competitor, there's a certain amount of little-body-on-big-wheels awkwardness from some angles. AMG versions offer bigger wheels and tires, deeper front air vents, unique wheels, and a diamond-pattern grille, and an overall more aggressive appearance.
Notable Standard Equipment
The GLC Coupe comes standard with 4Matic all-wheel drive, an important distinction from the SUV. Additionally, it comes standard with LED headlights and a power sunroof, both optional on the SUV. Other premium standard features include a rearview camera, power liftgate, power folding mirrors, and 19-inch alloy wheels. Inside you'll find keyless ignition, a 7-inch color infotainment display, MB-Tex faux-leather upholstery and wood trim. Collision prevention and pre-safe are also standard. In addition to the AMG performance upgrades, a GLC43 comes standard with Air Body Control suspension, keyless entry, heated front seats, and AMG-specific steering wheel and black exterior trim.
Notable Optional Equipment
Most features are bundled in packages, and the easiest bundle is the Premium 3 Package, which adds blind-spot assist, lane-keeping assist, speed-limit assist, a cabin fragrance system, active LED headlights, active cruise control, navigation, and just about anything else you could want. An Advanced Parking Assist package adds a self-parking mode and around-view camera. Individual options include various paint colors and interior trim, wheel and tire packages, and cool gadgets like a head-up display, excellent Burmester sound system, and leather upholstery. The GLC300 can get an AMG look thanks to a sport package.
Under the Hood
The 2017 GLC300 Coupe comes with a 241-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder, connected to all four wheels through a 9-speed automatic transmission. It's a stout little engine, scooting the GLC Coupe from a standstill to 60 mph in about 6.4 seconds. The 273 lb-ft of torque available from 1,300-4,000 rpm means you have good throttle response at any speed. If you want more, the twin-turbo V6 puts out 362 horsepower in the GLC43 Coupe. Also driving all four wheels through a 9-speed automatic, its additional power shaves about 1.5 seconds off that 0-60-mph time, and it sounds pretty great doing it, especially in Sport+ where the exhaust pops a bit when you're off the throttle. Fuel economy for both is decent, peaking at 27 mpg in the GLC300.
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
241 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
273 lb-ft of torque @ 1,300-4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/27 mpg
3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6
362 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
384 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/24 mpg
Note: Due to changes in EPA testing to more effectively reflect real-world conditions, some 2017 models show slightly lower fuel-economy scores than their 2016 versions.
The starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 Coupe starts at about $46,900, including the $925 destination charge. That's more expensive than the GLC SUV's base price, but the Coupe comes standard with all-wheel drive, a sunroof, and other goodies that are optional on the SUV. Power costs money, and the more powerful GLC43 AMG ups the entry price to about $60,600. Remember, these are base prices, and once you select options, you can quickly add tens of thousands to the price tag. Still, none of this is out of line for the Mercedes-Benz brand, nor is the roughly $5,000 premium over its primary rival, the BMW X4. Before buying, be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying. As for resale value, it's too soon to tell for the 2017 GLC Coupe.
Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Consumer Reviews
February 11, 2018
I have over 6000 mi on my GLS. As expected it is a great car for both highway and city driving. I also took it to the mountains -...
January 13, 2018
Basically a SUV Sportscar
Decided to try this car while I waited to order the new Porsche Cayenne in Fall 2016. Ordered virtually every option without regret. ...
December 11, 2017
Just beautiful. Not only do I love it but my wife adores it. Finally, the real test is 4 teenage boys drove it/sat in it for a long ride...
March 19, 2017
best vehicle ever
looked and drove all the competitive SUVs, BMW, Lexus etc. none compared to the Benz
February 10, 2017
Have owned 5 SUVs, this is my favorite, not close
Researched this purchase for 3 months, comparing it to smaller lux SUVs. Ordered the vehicle from the factory in order to get the exact...
January 25, 2017
I love my GLC!
I love everything about this car now that I know how to use it.
October 13, 2016
Best car we've ever owned.
Looked at Audi and BMW. Traded an Acura we only had for 10 months. Have had Lexus and MB E-series in the past. The CLG 300 4 Matic is...
July 31, 2016
10,000 miles and 8 months - has been easy, fun, and comfortable ride- highly recommend it
July 20, 2016
When looking for a new car to replace my 2010 Lexus GX 460, I thought I was dead set on getting the new Acura RDX. Although the Acura...
Bos GLC Fan
May 24, 2016
Glad I made the move to GLC
I switched from a sporty luxury sedan due to the weather challenges I often drive in. I considered the Lexus NT and Audi Q5 as well. ...
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