Mercedes GLC 2019 facelift rear seats

Mercedes-Benz GLC review

Passenger & boot space

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Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

Front space

The GLC’s front seats slide back a very long way, so even seriously tall drivers won’t complain about the amount of leg room on offer. There’s plenty of front head room to accommodate anyone long in the body, too, although the panoramic glass sunroof fitted to AMG Line Premium Plus models does reduce this by a few centimetres.

Storage space is suitably generous with wide door pockets easily big enough to swallow a large bottle of water, while opening a lid on the centre console reveals two good-sized cupholders. The glovebox could be more capacious, mind.

Rear space

Despite its relatively sporty styling, the GLC has plenty of space in the back to accommodate a couple of six-footers. Rear leg room is on a par with the rival Audi Q5, and although rear head room is slightly less impressive (particularly if you’ve opted for a panoramic roof) only those long in the body are likely to be bothered by this.

As in many rivals, there’s a chunky transmission tunnel on the floor that middle seat passengers have to straddle, so the GLC isn’t the best choice if you need to carry three adults in the back on a regular basis. Good-sized door pockets provide enough space to stow a couple of small bottles of water. Unlike the Discovery Sport, no seven-seat option is available.

Mercedes GLC 2019 facelift rear seats

Seat folding and flexibility

Folding down the GLC’s rear seats is really easy; you flick a switch in the boot (or another in the rear passenger compartment) and the seatbacks drop down automatically. The rear seatbacks also split 40/20/40, rather than the usual 60/40 arrangement, which means two rear passengers can enjoy full-size seats while you carry a long, narrow cargo, such as a pair of skis, for example.

The GLC isn’t available with sliding or reclining rear seats, but all versions have an electrically adjustable front passenger seat including four-way lumbar adjustment.

Boot space

The GLC's load bay is widest at the very back of the car, which means you can slot in long, narrow items, such as a set of golf clubs, easily enough. Folding down the rear seats leaves a virtually flat extended load bay with no annoying steps or ridges.

All models come with powered tailgate, retaining nets on the boot floor and a lockable compartment under the floor itself. Well-appointed as it is, though, the GLC’s boot is smaller than many of its key rivals. The Audi Q5, BMW X5 and Land Rover Discovery Sport all have bigger boots that will prove more practical than the GLC’s.

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