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Mercedes-Benz GLC review

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31 Jul 2016 09:41 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 14:45

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Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

Mercedes-Benz GLC estate driving position

You sit suitably high up, even though the driver’s seat isn’t as far from the road as it is in some large SUVs.

You shouldn’t have much bother finding a comfortable driving position, either, because all GLCs have fully electric front seats, including four-way adjustable lumbar support, to help keep your posture good on longer journeys. There’s a good range of steering wheel movement, although the pedals are offset a little too far to the right.

The Premium Package adds memory seats, which can remember exactly where everything was and reposition it for you automatically after someone else has been driving.

Mercedes-Benz GLC estate visibility

You’re treated to a commanding view of the road ahead, although the fact the windscreen pillars are angled back more than in many SUVs means visibility out of junctions is a bit restricted.

Over-the-shoulder vision is perfectly adequate by the standards of the class, and all models come with a reversing camera. Sport and AMG Line trims add front and rear parking sensors and even a self-parking system, so you’ll have no excuses if you manage to dent the bumper.

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Mercedes-Benz GLC estate infotainment

Every Mercedes GLC gets a 7in colour screen mounted high up on the dashboard, which is controlled using a rotary dial and touchpad between the front seats. You’re better off sticking with the dial most of the time; it’s quicker and easier to use on the move than the gimmicky touchpad.

SE models miss out on sat-nav, but are 'pre-wired' so it can be installed easily at a later date. Meanwhile, Sport and AMG Line models come with a Garmin-based navigation system as standard, which does the job but in a rather clunky fashion.

The optional (and very expensive) Comand system is easier to use and slicker, and brings a larger, higher-resolution display. However, the menu system still isn’t particularly easy to fathom compared with BMW’s excellent iDrive; some simple tasks take longer than they should – even when you’ve learnt the system’s quirks.

Mercedes-Benz GLC estate build quality

For sheer wow-factor, the GLC’s interior beats all of its rivals thanks to a giant gloss black (or matt black wood) centre console and eye-catching metal highlights sprinkled across the dashboard. True, prod some of the fixtures (including the aforementioned centre console) and you’ll notice unwelcome creaks, but overall the GLC edges rivals such as the BMW X3 and Land Rover Discovery Sport, although not the class-leading Audi Q5.

Whichever trim you choose, you’ll get seats trimmed in something Mercedes calls Artico. This looks like leather but is actually a manmade substitute, although it doesn’t feel too plasticky. The real stuff is available if you’re prepared to pay extra.

 

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