Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Let’s be honest, you’re not going to buy a GLC 63 if you’re looking to save the planet or money. Both the SUV and Coupe have five-figure prices that begin with a seven and both are in the top bracket for Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) company car tax. As for the more powerful S version; its price begins with an eight.
Then there’s the fuel economy, both achieve less than 23mpg on the official cycle although you might actually get a little more than that if you pretend the accelerator pedal is made of dry pasta.
Mercedes as a brand finished a disappointing 26 out of 31 manufacturers in the 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey, although the GLC itself didn’t feature in the rankings. A three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty and three years of breakdown cover are standard, a similar package to that offered by most rivals.
As you’d hope for the price, you get plenty of equipment as standard. This includes air suspension, 19in alloy wheels, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control and an electronically locking rear differential. S models add 20in wheels, red brake calipers, racier seats and a nappa leather steering wheel.
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 early if you lose pressure in your tyres. All editions get seven airbags and a system that can detect if you’re getting drowsy on a long journeys, too.