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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

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2018 Base GLC 300 4dr 4x2
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Price:   -  From $40,050
2018 Base GLC 300 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MATIC Price:   -  From $42,050
2018 Base GLC 300 Coupe 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MATIC Price:   -  From $46,600
2018 Base GLC 350e 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MATIC Price:   -  From $49,990
2018 Base AMG GLC 43 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MATIC Price:   -  From $56,250
2018 Base AMG GLC 43 Coupe 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MATIC Price:   -  From $60,400
2018 Base AMG GLC 63 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MATIC Price:   -  From $69,900
2018 Base AMG GLC 63 Coupe 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MATIC Price:   -  From $73,150
2018 S AMG GLC 63 Coupe 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MATIC Price:   -  From $80,750
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Overview

Getting the recipe right to stand out of an ever-growing crowd is becoming even harder for automakers. But Mercedes-Benz has figured out the perfect recipe for a premium crossover with the GLC-Class, tempting consumers with luxurious features, incredible performance, and unique styling.

What's New for 2018

The GLC-Class, which is available as both a regular GLC crossover and a GLC Coupe, gets one major change for 2018 – the addition of a new high-performance variant. Both the crossover and coupe body styles add a GLC63 AMG trim to their lineups, while the Coupe variant gets an even more hardcore GLC63 S AMG variant as well.

The new GLC63 AMG uses a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 to generate 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. The GLC63 S AMG Coupe ups the ante with even more power, as the same V8 has been massaged to put out 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

In addition to the new high-performance variants, the Exterior Sport Package and the Interior Sport Package have merged into the AMG line, the Storage Package and Entrance Lamps are now part of the GLC-Class’ standard features, and, lastly, the AMG lineup has an available Sport Exhaust System.

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

Like the rest of Mercedes-Benz’s lineup, figuring out which body style works for you is the first step to finding the perfect GLC-Class. The standard GLC continues to be offered in the traditional, two-box, five-door crossover blueprint, while the GLC Coupe has a more aggressive design that cuts into the vehicle’s rear cargo space. Mercedes hasn’t officially stated just how much cargo space the coupe-like roofline takes away from the vehicle, but we’re certain that it’s a noticeable amount.

The engines carry over from last year with both the GLC300 and GLC300 Coupe being powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine that makes 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. It's paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission as standard with power going down to the rear wheels or through the automaker’s 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.

GLC43 AMG models still pair the same 362-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine with AMG’s nine-speed automatic transmission for an impressive amount of performance. And for those wanting even power, the new GLC63 AMG, GLC63 AMG Coupe, and GLC63 S AMG Coupe will surely impress.

The GLC-Class comes in five different models to choose from:

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

GLC300

The entry-level GLC300 starts at $41,045, including the destination fee, and only comes in the traditional crossover body style. Standard features on the GLC300 include an Eco Start/Stop system, a multimode drive program selector, 18-inch wheels, a multifunction steering wheel, natural grain brown ash wood trim, LED taillights, a rearview camera, Crosswind Assist, adaptive brakes, automatic emergency braking, a 14-way power driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-folding exterior mirrors, a power liftgate, passive entry with push-button start, a seven-inch color display, and more.

Despite being well-equipped as a base model, the GLC300 has numerous packages for consumers to choose from. The Leather Seating Package ($2,050) adds leather upholstery and a 14-way power passenger seat with a memory function. The Smartphone Integration Package ($350) includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The Advanced Lighting Package ($1,900) brings active LED headlights, adaptive highbeam assist, multicolor LED ambient lighting, and illuminated front door sills to the crossover.

The AMG Line Package ($1,600) adds AMG body styling, 19-inch AMG wheels, a sport brake system, an AMG Line interior, a sport steering wheel, and brushed aluminum wheels. The Night Package ($1,900) includes the AMG Line Package, gloss black exterior accents, and 19-inch AMG wheels. The Air Balance Package ($350) attaches a cabin fragrance system and a cabin-air purification system on the vehicle.

There are also multiple premium packages to choose from, including the Premium Package ($1,350) that adds blind-spot monitoring, passive entry, a 115-volt power outlet, and SiriusXM Radio. The Premium Driver Assistance Package ($3,150) brings everything from the Premium Package and adds radar-based adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and Speed Limit Assist.

The Multimedia Package ($2,200) includes an 8.4-inch screen with navigation, a touchpad controller, three years of updates for the navigation system, voice control, and fives years of SiriusXM traffic and weather. Lastly, the Advanced Parking Assist package ($1,290) adds a Surround View System, hands-free access, and Active Parking Assist.

The rest of the GLC-Class shares the same list of optional packages as the base GLC300.

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

GLC300 4Matic

Mercedes-Benz offers 4Matic all-wheel drive alongside its base powertrain, with resultant model serving as the starter for the GLC-Class Coupe line. Prices start at $43,045 for the regular crossover and $47,595 for the coupe. The regular GLC300 4Matic shares a lot of the same features as the rear-wheel-drive model, while the GLC300 4Matic Coupe gets an air suspension system, 19-inch wheels, a sunroof, LED headlights and taillights, heated windshield washers, and a media interface, as standard. That makes its higher price a little easier to justify.

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GLC43 AMG

The GLC43 AMG has a price tag of $57,245, while the GLC43 AMG Coupe starts at $61,395. Both vehicles come with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that’s matched to an AMG-enhanced nine-speed automatic transmission.

Standard features on the GLC43 AMG include an all-wheel-drive system, an AMG Performance Braking System, an AMG Sport Exhaust System, variable steering ratio, AMG Sport Suspension, AMG body styling, 20-inch wheels, a sport steering wheel, brushed aluminum pedals, red seat belts, and heated front seats.

The GLC43 AMG and GLC43 AMG Coupe have many of the same available packages as the lower trims.

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

GLC63 AMG

The GLC63 AMG is one of the latest additions to the lineup, and information on the vehicle, including its price, standard features, and available packages, hasn’t been made available yet. The GLC63 AMG and GLC63 AMG Coupe utilize a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 469 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to an AMG nine-speed automatic transmission that helps send the power down to all four wheels through an AMG-tuned 4Maticall-wheel-drive system. With all of these AMG performance goodies, the GLC63 AMG models can get to 60 miles per hour from a standstill in just 3.7 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

GLC63 S AMG

The range-topping GLC63 S AMG Coupe is only available in the coupe-like body style and while it shares its engine with the GLC63 AMG models, power output has been increased to 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. With even more power on hand, the GLC63 S AMG Coupe gets from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Pricing, standard features, and available packages for the GLC63 S AMG haven't been announced yet.

CarsDirect Tip

Unless performance is a necessity, skip the AMG models. But for consumers that are looking to blow the doors off of sports cars, the GLC63 AMG in either the regular crossover or the coupe body style is the way to go. The GLC300 4Matic, though, is a great place to start. And since Mercedes scatters its popular features around in different packages, the Premium Driver Assistance and Multimedia Packages are the only ones that are worth considering.

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Expert Review

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Mercedes-Benz, long a trendsetter in the luxury car segment, also flexes its muscles in the luxury SUV segment. The GLC-Class may be the most popular of the SUV models it sells, offering both traditional and coupe-like body styles, an affordable four-cylinder model, a thrifty plug-in, and some furious AMG variants. No matter the chosen design, the GLC-Class delivers a smooth and quiet ride, a lavish interior, and top tech features.

Best Value

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class comes as a standard four-door SUV or one with four doors and a coupe-like body. We think the first choice is the most practical of the two as the coupe sacrifices too much rear headroom, costs more, and is limited in the number of powertrain configurations it offers.

Mercedes-Benz offers the standard-body GLC in three trims: GLC 300 (in both rear- and all-wheel-drive varieties), the plug-in-hybrid GLC350e, and the speedy AMG GLC43. The GLC Coupe is only available in all-wheel drive and with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder from the GLC300 or the twin-turbocharged V6 from the GLC43.

Our recommendation is to take the base GLC 300 with the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system and the traditional SUV body. Standard equipment includes 18-inch wheels, heated side mirrors, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, leatherette seats, and dual-zone climate control. Grab the real leather upholstery package, the Premium Package, smartphone integration (which adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, providing navigation for far less than the optional Multimedia Package), and heated and ventilated front seats. All told, you'll escape your local dealer with a new GLC for just under $50,000.

  • Model: 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4Matic
  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbo I4 engine
  • Output: 241 hp/273 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • MPG: 22 City / 28 Hwy
  • Options: Leather Seating Package ($2,050, leather upholstery, power front passenger seat with memory), Premium Package ($1,350, blind spot monitoring, keyless entry, a 115-volt power outlet, and SiriusXM satellite radio), Smartphone Integration Package ($350, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility), heated and ventilated front seats ($1,030)
  • Base Price: $43,045 (plus $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$49,395

Performance

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

The GLC300's power is strong across the rev range with a smooth, pleasant note all along the way, although the start/stop system shudders awake in a clearly noticeable way. The nine-speed automatic transmission is nicely tuned, working more smoothly than similar units offered by other manufacturers.

That said, shift quality can jerk through the lower gears before evening out as you build speed. The gearbox's behavior is influenced by the current drive mode – Comfort, Sport and Sport+ – although we recommend simply leaving it in Comfort for the smoothest, most relaxed shifts.

The ride is smooth and quiet, allowing the GLC to swallow up big bumps with ease. Steering feedback is numb, but this SUV competently carries out its primary task of delivering a comfortable ride.

Style

Why offer one body style when you can present two? Mercedes-Benz takes an unusual approach to the GLC model line by doing just that. Both the standard SUV and the Coupe body styles offer beautiful lines, subtle curves, and a big Mercedes star on the grille. It's all very pleasant.

Inside, the cabin is roomy, supplying space for five. Sweeping lines and dazzling shapes deliver eye candy. Mercedes-Benz adds beautiful wood and real metal trim with a matte finish, underscoring this SUV’s elegance. The result is arguably the best cabin in this class in terms of material quality.

The seats are quite comfortable and wrapped in imitation leather with the look and feel of the real thing. The real leather is a pricey option, but a worthwhile one – we wholeheartedly recommend the upgrade. The second-row seats are suitable for a pair of adults on even a lengthy journey, although adding a third to the mix is only tolerable on short stints. The cargo hold is capacious, with a wide aperture, which is pretty much the norm for this segment.

The Best and Worst Things

Mercedes-Benz delivers beautiful and lavishly crafted cabins and the GLC is no exception. Handsome, rich materials abound, even in the base model. If you value a nice interior, the GLC is the way to go.

It's a German car, so naturally, the GLC nickels and dimes its customers. That you have to pay for smartphone integration separately is not merely an annoyance, but an example of how extra costs routinely come your way. Nevertheless, we think most consumers want Android Auto or Apple CarPlay and that is why we recommended the package.

Right For? Wrong For?

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

Consumers wanting to make a statement about their position in life naturally choose brands such as Mercedes-Benz. Its heritage and continued excellence are two traits which attract buyers.

The GLC is a premium vehicle and it's priced accordingly. It almost goes without saying, but frugal shoppers or those that aren't willing to spoil themselves should consider a mainstream crossover instead.

The Bottom Line

Two body choices give consumers much to consider with the Mercedes-Benz GLC. By carefully selecting your goodies, a well-equipped model with an out-the-door price of under $50,000 is an easy thing to find.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 241 HP / 273 ft.lbs.
Transmission
9-spd TouchShift w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 28 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 241 HP / 273 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 28 / 25 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Multi-link
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
17.4 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$66
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
56.5 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
183.3 "
Exterior Width
74.4 "
Exterior Height
64.5 "
Front Headroom
41.9 "
Rear Headroom
38.5 "
Front Legroom
40.8 "
Rear Legroom
37.3 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.3 "
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,891 Lbs.
Wheel Base
113 "
Turning Radius
19.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Amg Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Amg Aluminum / 18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " / 19.0 " Silver W/painted Accents Amg Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Matte Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Bumpers
Body-colored / Front Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Chrome / Black W/chrome Accents
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish / Stainless Steel With Dark Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Mb-tex Leatherette / Leather / Nappa Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(10-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
10-way (8-way Power) / (10-way Power)
Front Armrests
(10-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center / Center With Pass-thru And Skibag
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Comand Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Comand Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6 / 14 Burmester
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt / Power Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Thermatic
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Collision Prevention Assist Plus Forward Collision Mitigation / Forward Collision Mitigation / Active Brake Assist With Cross-traffic Function Forward Collision Mitigation W/left Turn Assist / Pre-safe Plus Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Active Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot / Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Active Lane Keeping Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Distronic Plus With Steering Assist Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Presafe Brake With Pedestrian Recognition Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam / Adaptive Highbeam Assist Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Parktronic W/active Parking Assist Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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