What's the used Mercedes GLC estate like?
Mercedes-Benz’s large SUV to rival the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Land Rover Discovery Sport is the GLC, which sits in the firm’s range between the smaller GLA and the enormous GLE. Built on adapted C-Class underpinnings, the GLC is the only full-sized SUV in Mercedes’ line-up to be produced in Europe.
Most used examples will have a diesel engine lurking under the bonnet. There are two versions of the same four-cylinder 2.1-litre diesel engine: a 220d producing 168bhp and a 250d that pumps out 201bhp. You can also opt for a 350d, which comes with a powerful yet smooth V6 diesel engine that helps the GLC waft where the four-cylinder engines can only growl.
Early GLC's only had a couple of high-performance petrol options on offer. The 43 and the 63 and 63 S models were all tweaked by Mercedes’ AMG division and prioritise speed over economy. The twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 in the 43 produces 361bhp and comes fitted with an AMG bodykit, alloys and decals inside and out, while the V8 engine in the 63 and 63 S models ups the power output even further and makes the GLC amazingly quick. From 2018 onwards a more sensible 211bhp, four-cylinder, 250 petrol was brought in to cater for the demands of customers.
Power is transmitted on all GLC models via a standard nine-speed automatic gearbox through a permanent four-wheel drive system, with a 45% front to 55% rear apportioning of power.
Inside, the GLC scores over its closest rivals with a well-built, eye-catching and high-quality interior, featuring a giant gloss-black centre console and contrasting metal highlights sprinkled across the dashboard. The driving position is raised and comfortable, while visibility is good. All models get a reversing camera as well to aid you when parking.
Standard equipment on SE models includes a 7.0in colour infotainment screen that controlled via a rotary dial further down the console, 17in alloy wheels, an electric tailgate, part electric front seats and climate control. Sport models have a few more luxuries, such as heated front seats, parking sensors, a Garmin sourced sat nav system and LED headlights, while top-of-the-range AMG Line trim gives you bigger 19in alloys and sports suspension.
Space in the front and rear is plentiful. The boot is comparable to those of its rivals and is accessed via an electronic tailgate. On top of all that, the GLC comes with a whole raft of bang-up-to-date safety and security equipment and scores a full five stars in Euro NCAP's crash tests.
The GLC was substantially facelifted in 2019, and from this date forward offered a pair of four-cylinder 220d and 300d diesels and a single four-cylinder 300 petrol engine, with a plug-in hybrid 300de for those who want to go green.
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