This luxury off-road crossover features the excellent interior and exterior of its sedan sibling. No matter which Mercedes-Benz car is, if you drive one on these, you will be automatically at another level in terms of comfort, cutting-edge features, incredible handling, performance, and safety. Due to the high-quality and excellent top-notch materials holding in these cars, they are so desirable.
In this release, the aesthetic, the performance and the functionality is noticeable when you approach the car. Vast storage abilities, luxury, and comfort are the highlights on this model. This year, the SUV is 200pounds lighter than the outgoing and feels heavier, but in a good way because feels more solid and opulent than ever. The increased size of the SUV is also remarkable, which is 5-inches longer than the outgoing and 2-inch wider, with more curves.
Powertrain and Performance
Under the hood, there are a plenty of options, but at least in the U.S, the 2016 GLC300 is equipped with a twin-turbocharged 2.0 L direct-injected 4-cylinder petrol engine, capable of developing up to 241 hp at 5500 rpm and 273 lb-ft of maximum torque at 1300 rpm. This model will be paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles to feed either the rear wheels or the 4Matic all-wheel drive system. The acceleration is quite decent for its range and segment. Nothing too fast and near to the average, standstill to 60 mph in 7.53 seconds. The fuel economy hasn’t been released yet, but it is rated with an estimate of 23 mpg in city and 29 mpg in the highway.
The GLC models have Mercedes-Benz’s Drive mode selector, allowing the driver to customize the torque vectoring in different variations: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus are available. This SUV’s performance is incredible both off-road and on-road. Since the Comfort and Eco mode reduces the response of the throttle response and climate control for a boost in fuel efficiency, the Sport and Sport Plus enhance the overall performance of the SUV, enhancing the engine and the transmission to emphasize in performance terms. The 4matic all-wheel drive system has been reengineered for the GLC and features a 45/55 front-to-rear torque split and grants an incredibly smooth and comfort ride off-road and on-road.
Design Line and Interior
The exterior look it’s a legacy for Mercedes-Benz, and the typical aesthetic design, sharp and well-designed front fascia featuring a huge star logo is back as expected. The grille is also highly distinctive from the German car maker. The side panels feature a curve and sharp design with a nice and solid rear.
The interior is well proportionated with plenty of space anywhere. Even 3 adults can fit up in the back row easily. The materials and the detailing are tremendous. The seats are like sit on a cloud. Are comfortable and full of amenities. The steering wheel is ergonomic and good looking.
Tech features are plenty as well. 7.0-inch infotainment screen with the touch-pad writing surface, a power driver’s seat, and collision mitigation are found. Driver seat has a 14-way power seat with memory, dual-zone automatic climate control, power folding side mirrors, power liftgate, dual high-resolution screens, Bluetooth audio streaming, dual USB audio ports and so much more is onboard, just to mentioned a few.
The Bottom Line for the GLC300
The 2016 GLS300 4Matic is well packaged from outside to inside. Perhaps the only flaw about this model is the lack of speed requested by some people, and definitely is not a sporty SUV. This car is just about comfort, flexibility, incredible cargo space and pure elegance.
Starting price at US$41.875.