Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - January 21, 2020

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class OVERVIEW

What's New

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class gets a refresh for the model year. The compact crossover's exterior design gets a slight tweak thanks to new front and rear fascias, reshaped headlights and taillights, as well as a new double-slatted front grille.

On the inside, the GLC gets a dramatic makeover with more tech featuring the brand’s Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system, a 10.25-inch display, and a 12.3-inch display in the instrument cluster.

In addition to the new design, the GLC gets a boost in performance. It gets a 255-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The AMG GLC 43 and its 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 also gets a bump in power.

Mercedes has also made changes to the GLC 350e plug-in hybrid, fitting it with a larger battery pack, a new nine-speed automatic transmission, and a more powerful electric motor.

Thanks to the changes, the new GLC retains its position as the benchmark at the top of the class.

Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

The GLC-Class is available in five trims: GLC 300, GLC 350e, AMG GLC 43, AMG GLC 63, and AMG GLC 63 S. Prices start at $43,495 including destination for the base GLC 300 and go up to $85,095 for the AMG GLC 63 S.

The AMG GLC 63 S is only available in coupe form. The GLC 300, AMG GLC 43, and AMG GLC 63 are also available in the sportier coupe body style for $2,750 to $5,500 over their standard counterparts, depending on the trim.

Engine Choices

There are four available powertrain options for the Mercedes GLC. There is the base turbo four-cylinder, the plug-in hybrid, a twin-turbo V6, and two versions of a twin-turbo V8.

Engine TypeTrim LevelHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L Turbo 4-CylinderGLC 300255 hp273 lb-ft24 mpg
2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder Plug-In HybridGLC 350e315 hp413 lb-ftNot Yet Rated
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6AMD GLC 43385 hp384 lb-ft21 mpg
4.0L Twin-Turbo V8AMG GLC 63469 hp479 lb-ft18 mpg
4.0L Twin-Turbo V8AMG GLC 63 S503 hp516 lb-ft18 mpg

All GLC models come with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard for the base GLC 300, but all-wheel drive is available for $2,000. AWD is standard on every other trim, including the coupe version of the GLC 300.

Mercedes hasn’t released U.S. specifications for the GLC 350e yet, but the improvements the automaker made should make it more appealing. The hybrid now comes with a 13.5-kWh battery pack that should increase range, but the EPA hasn't released official figures yet.

With more power than before, the AMG GLC 43 model should have wider appeal to those that don’t find the base model to have enough power, but the AMG GLC 63 and 63 S to have too much power.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The five-seat GLC has below average cargo capacity for the segment. Behind the rear seat, the crossover has 19.4 cubic feet of cargo space, or 56.5 with it folded down. These figures are less than the BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace, and INFINITI QX50.

The standard AMG models only feature 17.6 cubic feet behind the rear seat, while the AMG GLC 63 only gets 40.6 cubic feet with it folded down. The coupe models feature 17.6 and 49.4 cubic feet, respectively, and that further drops to 36.1 cubic feet behind the rear seat in the AMG GLC 63 and 63 S coupe.

Safety Features

Standard safety features on the Mercedes GLC include automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and a driver attention monitor.

To further boost safety, there are two packages available across the lineup. The Driver Assistance Package ($1,700) adds adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, speed limit assist, and more. The Parking Assistance Package ($1,290) includes rear cross-traffic alert, automated park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and a hands-free tailgate.

A head-up display is a $1,100 standalone option.


Every GLC model comes with a 10.25-inch touchscreen display, MBUX infotainment, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, HD radio, and dual USB ports. Satellite radio is added at the AMG GLC 43 level, while the same goes for navigation on the AMG GLC 63. The GLC 300 coupe gets satellite radio.

On lower models, the Multimedia Package ($1,250) bundles the navigation system, live traffic information, and speed limit assist. A wireless charging pad is a $200 option.

GLC 300 - From $43,495

The GLC 300 comes with 18-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, power-front seats, a power liftgate, and synthetic leather upholstery. Leather is an extra $1,620, while Nappa leather is $3,800.

Ventilated front seats are an additional $450, and if you want heated rear seats it’s an extra $580. A heated steering wheel is reasonably priced at $250. Three-zone climate control costs $760, while a panorama roof is $1,500.

GLC 350e - Pricing Not Yet Announced

We're still waiting on several details from Mercedes on the GLC 350e, including the price. Last year's model starting at $51,645 as a reference. IT does get MBUX, LED headlights and taillights, and all of the safety features the other trims get.

AMG GLC 43 - From $60,495

The AMG GLC 43 gets a more powerful V6 engine as standard, 20-inch wheels, a Nappa leather steering wheel, brushed aluminum pedals, 64-color ambient lighting, remote keyless entry, microsuede seat inserts, and a universal garage door opener.

The AMG Performance Seat Package adds sporty, racing-inspired seats for $2,500.

AMG GLC 63 - From $74,745

Power for the AMG GLC 63 comes from a twin-turbo V8 engine. Other high-performance parts include an exhaust system, braking system, and adaptive air suspension. The inside gets a Burmester audio system.

AMG GLC 63 S - From $85,095

The coupe-only AMG GLC 63 S adds the more powerful version of the twin-turbo V8, dynamic cornering assist, and a RACE mode feature for days at the track. The inside gets Nappa leather trim and silver seat belts.

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CarsDirect Tip

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