Now With More Power. The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class and GLC-Class Coupe are nearly identical to one another except in one way: the range-topping AMG 63 S was reserved for the coupe body style. That changes for 2022, as Mercedes now offers the GLC 63 S in both SUV and coupe variants. In total, the GLC is now available with five different engines, meaning there’s a choice out there for everyone.

The GLC 300 starts out with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 255 horsepower. It’s not a powerhouse of an engine, but it’s an ample amount of power for most people. It’s quick enough and has enough juice to overtake on the highway.

But for consumers that want some extra grunt, the AMG models are the way to go. The AMG lineup starts off with the AMG 43, which comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. It produces 385 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. It’s a large boost over the standard engine and has more than enough power to satisfy most shoppers’ needs.

Of course, AMG is known for its V8 engines and the GLC has an excellent V8 in two states of tune. The AMG 63 and AMG 63 S models come with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that starts off with 469 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque and goes up to 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The AMG 63 S models can get to 60 mph in a blistering 3.6 seconds.

If your budget is large enough for the AMG 63 S models, there’s nothing quite like having sports car performance in a compact SUV.

Swanky, High-End Interior. Mercedes has some of the best interiors in the industry. While the GLC’s cabin isn’t as nice as the interiors in the E-Class or GLS-Class, it still has an upscale look and feel. With premium materials, a quiet cabin, and a design that fits in with the luxury segment, the GLC feels like it’s worth every penny of its starting price.

The seats in the GLC are supportive and comfortable with a wide range of adjustments for those sitting in the front. In the back, the GLC offers a good amount of interior space as long as you get the regular SUV body style. Opt for the sportier coupe and the amount of space in the back shrinks considerably. The GLC Coupe’s rear seats feel cramped because of the roofline.

While the GLC’s interior impresses, the compact SUV’s cargo space is below average for the segment. The SUV body style offers up to 56.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the coupe’s cargo area being able to hold up to 49.4 cubic feet of cargo space. Unless you’re in love with the GLC Coupe’s design, we recommend avoiding the model because of its cramped rear seats and small cargo area.

Ride Comfort Takes Priority. First and foremost, the GLC is a comfortable compact SUV with a smooth ride. Even over rough roads, the GLC’s ride remains compliant. The SUV’s suspension absorbs bumps and hides passengers from cracks and smaller road imperfections. For a compact SUV, the GLC impresses with its refined ride.

Even the sporty AMG models have a comfortable ride that makes them perfectly fine for daily use. Mercedes fits the AMG-badged GLCs with adaptive air suspension that gives drivers the ability to choose between having a firm ride or a buttery smooth one.

Great List Of Tech. The GLC may have come out in 2016, but the compact SUV has been updated over the years to have the automaker’s latest technology. Every GLC comes with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, as well as front and rear USB ports. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is also included as standard equipment. Mercedes offers the GLC with some impressive optional tech features. Augmented-reality navigation, a 13-speaker Burmester audio system, a wireless charging pad, a head-up display, and gesture control.

When it comes to safety, the GLC offers an impressive roster of standard equipment. Despite the lengthy list of standard features, we still recommend springing for a few packages, as they bring equipment that’s worth having.

The GLC comes standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, driver attention monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic parking assist, safe exit assist, and automatic high-beam assist. Optional safety features include traffic sign recognition, a surround-view camera, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic lane changing, front cross-traffic alert, lane centering assist, evasive steering assist, and more.

Final Thoughts. In the packed compact class, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLC Coupe have a lot to offer to consumers, even in their base guises. With the standard engine, the GLC and GLC Coupe put luxury, comfort, and tech over everything else, while the AMG models bring some serious firepower to the party. They’re the ones to have, though they require a lot more money over the base trims.

The BMW X3 is the natural competitor to the GLC. It has similarly powerful engines, comparable tech features, and an interior with a similar amount of space. The X3 has slightly sharper handling.

The Porsche Macan is hardly a versatile compact SUV, as it has cramped rear seats and a small cargo area, but it delivers athletic handling that mirrors a sports car. It’s also available with powerful engines.

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