Before the Mercedes GLC arrived in 2016, many British fans of the marque were in the position of wanting something they couldn’t have. That’s because its GLK predecessor, while popular elsewhere in Europe, wasn’t offered in the UK at all.
With British buyers denied the GLK, Mercedes found itself without an answer to the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Range Rover Evoque, right at the moment that sales of large SUVs began to really take off in the UK. When Mercedes released the GLC, it was fashionably late to the party, but slotted neatly between the smaller GLA and larger GLE in the brand’s model line-up. A sportier-looking GLC Coupe was added later; you can read about that in our separate review.
Facelifted in 2019, the GLC offers a pair of four-cylinder diesels and a single a four-cylinder petrol engine, with a plug-in hybrid due towards the end of the year. If you’re in need of more firepower, the AMG GLC63 gets a mighty 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with up to 503bhp.
Sharing much under the surface with the Mercedes C-Class saloon, the five-seat GLC can’t match the versatility of the seven-seat Land Rover Discovery Sport. It’s only slightly smaller than the X3 inside, though, and has enough space for four tall adults as well as a decent-sized boot for their luggage. Its CO2 emissions are competitive, which help to make the GLC a relatively affordable company car.
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, including which engine, trim and options make the most sense. And if you do want to buy a new GLC, 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.