The Mercedes GLC is a five-seat SUV that rivals the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Land Rover Discovery Sport. It slots neatly between the smaller GLA and the larger GLE in Mercedes’ model line-up.
The GLC isn’t anywhere as practical as the rival Discovery Sport, but it’s only slightly smaller than the X3 inside, and it has enough space for four tall adults as well as a decently sized boot. CO2 emissions undercut the majority of its rivals, which help to make the Mercedes a surprisingly affordable company car, while strong resale values will appeal to those buying privately.
All versions have four-wheel drive, but there are two engines to choose between – both are 2.1-litre diesels. The less powerful (220 d) will prove adequate for most buyers, although the more powerful 250 d is considerably punchier and not much pricier so is our preferred choice. A nine-speed automatic gearbox comes as standard.
SE and Sport models ride on softer suspension than the range-topping AMG Line. You would expect the cheaper versions to ride more comfortably as a result, but, surprisingly, the firmer AMG Line is actually more settled on most roads. Optional air suspension could prove even better, but we’ve yet to try this in the UK.