New 2019 Mercedes‑Benz GLC SUV
Mercedes‑Benz GLC SUV
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class brings traditional luxury values as well as modern technology to the premium-compact-crossover-SUV world.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC Pricing
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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC KBB Expert Review
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class really accentuates the “premium” in premium-compact-crossover SUV. Even among illustrious rivals like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, the luxury factor of the GLC-Class puts it in its own little niche. Using the current C-Class platform as its foundation, the GLC-Class benefits from that built-in refinement, then seals the deal with a plush cabin and unruffled ride. In this review, we’re concentrating on the GLC300/GLC300 4Matic and the GLC350e plug-in hybrid. They’re the least expensive, but far from basic. The wider 2019 GLC-Class range also incorporates the AMG GLC43, GLC63 and 4-door “coupe” variants that forsake some practicality in the service of style, but those have separate reviews.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you want class, prestige and the option of all-wheel drive, this could be the Mercedes-Benz for you. The 2019 GLC300 has each of those virtues. We would expect nothing less from a company that has been building beautiful and phenomenally well-engineered cars for decades.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If cargo space is a big concern, keep looking. With a maximum area of 56.5 cubic feet behind the front seats, the GLC is not as capacious as the BMW X3, which has 62.7 cubic feet. Alternatively, look into the next size up, like the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class or BMW X5.
What's New for 2019
Heated front seats and a 115-volt power outlet become standard equipment. New options are tri-zone automatic climate control, Off-Road Engineering package for all-wheel-drive versions, a couple of new exterior paint colors, and a new design of 20-inch alloy wheels for the 2019 GLC350e plug-in hybrid.
Easy. That’s how the GLC-Class feels to drive. It seems smaller than it really is, because turning and maneuvering are accomplished with light and quick steering that’s nevertheless quite precise. The GLC300’s engine might be even more powerful than its 241-horsepower rating. It’s certainly strong and linear in its delivery, with plenty in reserve for overtaking or uphill stretches. The 9-speed automatic transmission complements the engine with a similar smoothness. Among the driving modes (known collectively as Dynamic Select) are Sport and Sport+ settings. These have more noticeable shift actions, which is how it should be. The fuel-saving engine stop/start feature could be less apparent, and less wind noise around the side mirrors at freeway speeds would be welcome, but overall, the GLC is agreeable enough.
These are a set of driving modes that cover Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual. That last one is left open for the driver to customize. They tailor the responses of the engine, transmission, steering and (where applicable) the suspension, effectively changing the character of the GLC-Class. Dynamic Select is standard throughout.
It would be deeply upsetting and probably quite expensive to put a dent in a lovely new 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. Among a comprehensive array of active- and passive-safety systems, this clever feature brings a 360-degree picture and a bird’s-eye view to make parking and maneuvering much easier.
Here is one of the finest cabins in its class. The interior of the GLC-Class is welcoming yet simultaneously modern. The qualities of the (optional) leathers and wood trims are clearly apparent, with everything fashioned into an elegant yet well-considered layout. Finding the ideal driving position is accomplished easily, even for shorter drivers, while outward vision is excellent. There’s room enough for five occupants in total and, as well as the comfortable seats, they’ll enjoy plenty of storage areas like the large glove box, generous door pockets and a cubby in the center console. Behind the rear seats is 20.5 cubic feet of luggage space.
There’s a corresponding elegance to the exterior of the GLC-Class that wraps a roomy package in quite streamlined shapes, while retaining a definite road presence. Of the three main German premium-compact-crossover SUVs, this is arguably the most aesthetically pleasing from virtually every angle. The finishing touches are the alloy wheels, starting with a standard size of 18 inches and going up to 20 inches. The Designo line of optional cosmetic touches also brings matte-paint finishes.
Notable Standard Equipment
German marques haven’t always been so lavish with their standard equipment, but the 2019 GLC-Class doesn’t follow that old formula. It has a 14-way-power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory settings, an infotainment system with a 7-inch screen and a touch pad, dual-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing/heated wipers, self-dimming mirrors, forward-collision mitigation, Crosswind Assist (we’ve tested it; it works), and power-folding rear seats. The standard-issue simulated leather upholstery is actually quite good.
Notable Optional Equipment
There are many ways to personalize the GLC-Class. The aforementioned Designo range brings diamond-stitched leather upholstery, sleek wood veneers and special paintwork. The AMG line adds the appearance of sportiness. A Multimedia package brings an 8.4-inch display and voice-controlled navigation.
Owners may also upgrade to a 14-speaker Burmester audio system. Extra driver aids include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, head-up display, and a self-parking feature. More convenience comes in the form of a power/hands-free tailgate and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration. Comfort is enhanced by an air suspension and heated rear seats. Naturally, all-wheel drive (4Matic) is also available in the GLC300.
Under the Hood
The 2019 GLC300 is propelled by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine developing 241 horsepower. A 9-speed automatic transmission sends that energy to either the rear wheels (RWD) as the default setup, or all four (AWD) when the 4Matic system is installed. Fuel consumption is bearable rather than remarkable. The GLC350e 4Matic plug-in hybrid augments its 2.0-liter turbo-4 with an electric motor for a total of 320 horsepower. Electric-only range is up to nine miles. A 7-speed automatic is deployed here. Mercedes-Benz says the GLC is capable of going off-road, with appropriate settings in Dynamic Select. But a lack of low-range gearing will limit how far into the wild a driver would feel comfortable venturing.
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (GLC300)
241 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
273 lb-ft of torque @ 1,300-4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/27 mpg
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 w/85-kW electric motor (GLC350e)
320 combined horsepower
413 combined lb-ft of torque
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/27 mpg; 56 MPGe combined (AWD)
In entry-level form, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $40,550 plus a $995 destination charge, making $41,545 for the rear-drive GLC300. All-wheel drive is another $2,000. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC350e 4Matic plug-in hybrid starts at $51,645, but federal and state tax credits will eventually reduce that. The usual warning about options applies: Be discerning. Even after careful consideration of extras, the final amount could easily reach $60,000. We’d advise adding driver aids first and seeing what else is financially possible after that.
These prices are in line with the Audi Q5 and BMW X3; all three are higher than the Lexus NX. Check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area paid for their new GLC-Class. Regarding resale values, the GLC fares better than its German competition, but not usually as well as Lexus.
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Mercedes-Benz GLC Consumer Reviews
February 18, 2018
Best Mercedes we have had
We have had this car for nearly two years and it has fulfilled every need. Snappy style and size, great carrying capacity, excellent...
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...
July 23, 2017
great SUV, refined styling and fun ride
Have owned it for 7 months and I am a happy owner. Handled NewEngland winter with ease with the AWD. Love the Merc App thru which I can...
March 19, 2017
best vehicle ever
looked and drove all the competitive SUVs, BMW, Lexus etc. none compared to the Benz
March 16, 2017
Have over 10,000 miles and everything has been super. Love to drive this car. Has all the room one needs for a load of groceries or...
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...
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