Mercedes GLC Coupe review

Category: Coupé

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Across the board, the GLC coupé’s official CO2 emissions are comparable to those of its key rivals without being particularly outstanding. Even the diesels will bring hefty monthly BIK tax payments for company car drivers, like similar rivals, although the plug-in 300e and 300de are much better. Even so, their sub-30 mile electric-only ranges mean they aren’t as cheap as other plug-ins like the X4 30e.

Mercedes as a brand finished a disappointing 26th out of 31 manufacturers in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey, with the GLC finishing mid-table in the large SUV class, below the Audi Q5 but well above the BMW X3. A three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty and three years of breakdown cover are standard, a similar package to that offered by most rivals.

An electric tailgate, heated front seats seats, three-zone climate control and even floor mats are standard on all GLC coupés. AMG Line Premium models are worth considering for their digital dash, aforementioned smartphone mirroring and upgraded stereo, but models higher than this get very expensive so are harder to recommend.

All models also come with a collision prevention system that can automatically apply the brakes if it detects an impending impact with a vehicle in front. There’s also a tyre pressure-monitoring system to alert you to a slow puncture. All editions get seven airbags and a system that can detect if you’re getting drowsy on long journeys, too.

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Overview

The Mercedes GLC coupé might look sporty, thanks to its sloping roofline, but it isn’t as fun to drive as the BMW X4 or Porsche Macan. It’s not particularly comfortable either, with its ride getting easily flustered, especially at slower speeds. We also wish the interior felt as good as it looked, and that you could add a few key options. Ultimately, if you want a coupé SUV, the BMW X4 or Range Rover Velar are better bets.

  • Striking interior
  • Strong performance
  • Generous equipment
  • Compromised practicality
  • Average ride and handling
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto on cheapest version

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