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A leader in the burgeoning compact, premium crossover SUV market, the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class covers a wide range of price and performance points while offering some of the same luxury appointments as pricier models in this prestigious German family.

What's New for 2017

The GLC follows the unfortunate trend set by the BMW X6, complementing a traditional form factor with a slant-roofed four-door coupe – the so-called GLC-Class Coupe mirrors the standard model's trim walk. Also new is a GLC63 AMG, for crossover SUV buyers that need to get somewhere in a really big hurry.

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Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

Like the C-Class, consumers need to figure out which body style is for them. The standard GLC-Class maintains a traditional five-door, two-box design with plenty of cargo space and second-row headroom.

We don't know how much cargo space the avant garde GLC-Class Coupe will sacrifice, since Mercedes hasn't published those figures yet, but it's likely to be substantial. That second row will also be more difficult to access, owing to the plunging roofline, so if you'll routinely carry older children or adults in back, maybe go with the standard GLC.

The main optional extra is the GLC's group of Premium Packages. There are only three available, priced at $1,250 and $3,600 each, but they add a lot of desirable gear. The Premium 1 Package adds blind-spot monitoring, push-button start, and SiriusXM satellite radio, while the Premium 2 Package includes all that plus navigation and LED ambient lighting, to name a few things. Premium 3 includes the first two packages and adds nearly every active safety feature in the Mercedes-Benz portfolio. At $7,200, it's a worthy upgrade.

Standalone options include a Burmester stereo, head-up display, heated and vented front seats, LED headlamps, a panoramic sunroof, and a healthy array of optional wheels, upholstery, and trims.

GLC300

Like most of Mercedes' 300-badged models, the GLC300 uses a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard on both the GLC and GLC Coupe, although only the latter includes 4Matic all-wheel drive as standard – the standard-bodied GLC300 starts life with rear-wheel drive.

The GLC300 returns an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon city, 28 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined. Adding 4Matic all-wheel drive to the standard body sacrifices a single mile per gallon in the city, although the highway and combined figures are identical. The slinky Coupe body style, meanwhile, returns 22 mpg in the city, 27 on the highway, and 24 combined.

Prices for the GLC300 start at $40,145 (including a $995 destination charge). Add $2,000 to that for 4Matic all-wheel drive. As for the GLC300 Coupe, expect to pony up $46,495.

GLC43 AMG

For those that need the extra firepower of a V6, the GLC43 AMG is the most affordable way to go. Like the rest of Mercedes' AMG base models, the GLC43 uses a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 to generate 362 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque, allowing this compact bruiser to hit 60 miles per hour in just 4.8 seconds, regardless of body style.

The bigger engine drops the GLC's EPA-estimated fuel economy to 18 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 20 combined. Those figures are identical regardless of body style.

The GLC43 AMG starts at $55,895, while the GLC43 AMG Coupe starts at $59,650.

GLC63 AMG

Recently announced, information like the price and fuel economy for the GLC63 AMG isn't available yet. We do know that it packs the same 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 as the C63 AMG and is available with two different power levels.

The base GLC63 packs 469 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to hit 60 just 3.9 seconds. Going for the GLC63 S increases the output to 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque and drops the run to 60 to just 3.7 seconds. Like the C-Class, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic increases shift speed and ferocity to better suit the more potent engine and includes a more dynamically tuned 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.

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