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Fancy a high-riding SUV but not a fan of their boxy behinds? Well, the Mercedes GLC Coupe combines a lofty driving position with a sleek, fastback styled rump that certainly catches your attention.
Under the surface, it shares components with the firm's C-Class saloon, just like the regular GLC on which it’s based. However, the Coupé is actually lower and slightly longer. Unsurprisingly though, the Coupe’s boot isn’t quite as commodious, owing to its angled rear window. Rear head room also takes a bit of a hit – something worth knowing should you have tall chums.
Facelifted in 2019, the GLC offers a pair of 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engines, along with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and a plug-in hybrid. If you’re in need of more firepower, the GLC43 AMG gets a potent 385bhp turbocharged petrol V6, while at the top of the tree is the GLC63 AMG. It packs a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with up to 503bhp, and we’ve reviewed it separately.
If you’ve an eye on style, you’ll be pleased to hear that all models get aggressive AMG add-ons inside and out, with wheels of at least 19in in diameter. However, jump up to the second trim up and you’ll get whopping 20in wheels as standard.
The GLC Coupe’s arch rival is the BMW X4, the coupe version of the BMW X3. However, we’d argue the Porsche Macan’s shapely rear will also please the image conscious, as will the Range Rover Evoque. We’d also recommend taking a look at the Audi Q5, even if it doesn’t look quite so sporty.
But should you buy one? Read on over the next few pages to find out everything you need to know if you're considering a Mercedes GLC Coupe, including which engine, trim and options make the most sense. And if you do want to buy one, or any other new car, don’t forget to look at the New Car Buying section on our website to see how much money you could save – online, straight away, without the need for any haggling.