The Mercedes GLC is a car that corrects a costly misjudgement on behalf of its maker.
When Mercedes was developing this model's predecessor, the GLK, it decided that it wasn't worth engineering the car for right-hand drive. However, shortly afterwards the market for premium-badged SUVs exploded, and Mercedes found itself without an answer to the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Range Rover Evoque.
It isn't anywhere near as practical as the seven-seat Land Rover 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 decent-sized boot for their luggage.
CO2 emissions undercut the majority of its rivals, too, which help to make the GLC a surprisingly affordable company car, while strong resale values will appeal to those buying privately.
All versions have four-wheel drive, but there are four engines to choose between – two 2.1-litre diesels (GLC 220 d and GLC 250 d), a 3.0-litre V6 diesel (GLC 350 d) and a range-topping 3.0-litre V6 petrol (badged GLC 43 AMG).
Read on over the next few pages for everything you need to know if you're considering a Mercedes GLC, including which engine, trim and options make the most sense.