Your choice of SUV or coupe. The GLC-Class comes in two body configurations: a standard SUV design or a rakish design with coupe-like elements. Either way, the two are SUVs, although the differences between them are telling.

The SUV features upright roof pillars and distinct hood and hatchback elements. On the other hand, the Coupe has a more aggressive stance with a more pronounced front fascia and a roof line that drops dramatically after the center pillars to its tail for a forceful finish. Both designs feature four doors; it’s just the rear part that diverges with distinction.

Emphasizes comfort. There is nary a Mercedes-Benz model that lacks comfort. It’s part of the brand’s DNA to deliver an all-around solid vehicle that looks great, performs well, and indulges its passengers.

In the GLC-Class, Mercedes-Benz pulled out all the stops. The exterior is simply classy with fine details and embellishments dressing each model. Some may say the body details are a bit overplayed on the Coupe, but they work well. The only negative point is that the rear doors are shorter on the Coupe.

Inside, the cabin includes numerous fetching details, including a band of wood trim across the dashboard, big air vents wrapped in metallic plastic, and a wide-format touchscreen display. The AMG models raise the lavishness to include carbon-fiber and expressive red-leather interiors for a dramatic look. The front seats are amazingly adjustable and comfortable; the rear seat has ample room and is well padded.

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Available AMG performance. There is no weak model in the GLC-Class, but that’s no surprise. Even the base GLC 300 model comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an output of 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Power travels to all four wheels via a smooth-shifting 9-speed automatic transmission. The run up to 60 mph is a cool 6.1 seconds and we have no complaints here.

The performance output begins to rise dramatically with the AMG GLC 43 model. This one comes with a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine with 384 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque. It also hits the performance sweet spot, generating enough power to move this SUV from 0-60 in 4.7 seconds.

The AMG GLC 63 is the performance king here, powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine with a breathtaking 479 or 503 horsepower and 469 pound-feet of torque. Like the two other engine choices, a 9-speed automatic transmission sends power to the wheels. This model moves from 0-60 mph in a blistering 3.8 seconds and grips the pavement with precision.

Generous roster of safety equipment. GLC shoppers may be assured to learn this model comes with the expected driver-assist technologies. The standard equipment list includes automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and active park assist.

The list of upgrades includes such items as active lane control, lane-change assist, and adaptive cruise control. Also available is a surround-view camera system and a head-up display. We recommend the full suite of upgrades, especially with the Coupe to help overcome its massive blind spots. The adaptive full LED headlights are another upgrade we’d consider.

Final thoughts. The GLC-Class in standard guise is the volume seller and by far the most cost-effective of the trio. Your final cost should range between $55-60,000, and that’s with many of the package options taken. Further up the line you’ll pay an extra $17,000 for the AMG 43 and upwards of $100,000 for a fully loaded AMG 63.

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