The old GLK-Class was a good little luxury SUV, however it was never ever fairly sure of itself. Its boxy design didn’t truly gel along with the rest of the Mercedes-Benz SUV lineup, along with the feasible exception of the forever unrelated G-Wagen. It was originally marketed to Sex and the City supporters however after that switched targets and went after the outdoorsy types as opposed to Manhattanites. Its replacement, the all-brand-new GLC-Class, suffers no such confusions.
Based on the C-Class architecture, from which it draws its brand-new GLC moniker, the brand-new one is confidently aimed at upper-middle-class urban and suburbanites. It’s sleek and attractive, spacious, quiet, and efficient. Sure, it could go off-road if you wanted to, however you don’t. Our AWD model is surprisingly capable, however the $2,000 option is mostly there to make folks feel much better concerning driving in the snow.
As they’ll mostly be driving it on the day-to-day commute, they’ll most frequently feel much better concerning the fuel economy. Downsizing from a naturally aspirated V-6 to a turbocharged inline-four while simultaneously upsizing the transmission to nine gears has actually improved city and highway fuel economy by 2 mpg each to 21/28 city/highway. Driving it the means we do, almost entirely in Sport mode, it returned 20 mpg at the pump. (genuine MPG testing was not available because of scheduling conflicts.)
The lead-footed might be disappointed (though most likely not surprised) to learn the turbo-four is a bit slower. On the clock, the GLC300 calls for 6.3 seconds to hit 60 mph to the GLK350’s 5.8 seconds, and it’s the same story at the drag strip: 14.4 seconds at 96.4 mph for the 302-hp GLK, 14.9 seconds at 90.7 mph for the 241-hp GLC.
It’s worth pausing a moment here to think about those numbers a little much more closely. The GLC is down 61 hp from the GLK however makes an identical 273 lb-ft of torque. This in portion explains why the GLC is only 0.5 second behind. It’s got the torque to get hold of it moving, however it doesn’t have actually the horsepower to sustain up. The GLC likewise gets a slight gearing advantage and a weight bonus, saving 100 pounds over its predecessor.
The actual driving experience is much more nuanced still. The throttle pedal is mostly unresponsive at tip-in unless you’re in Sport mode, and there’s a small quantity of turbo lag. Put both together, and the GLC feels sluggish leaving a stop unless you truly put your boot in it. Once you’re moving, though, the problem forever disappears. From a roll, acceleration is solid and immediate, however that lazy throttle tuning means you’ll have to be assertive along with it to access all of the power. It’s there. You simply have actually to be willing to use it. The transmission, for its part, is buttery smooth and constantly in the right gear.
The brakes are far much less specious, delivering the two on the test monitor and in the genuine world. In a controlled environment, the GLC knocks a whopping 9 feet off the GLK’s 60-0 stopping distance, halting the car in 112 feet. On the road, the pedal is responsive and linear along with simply enough bite for some seriously aggressive driving if you’re late for a meeting downtown.
The chassis is also up for a wind sprint. The physique regulate is excellent, illustrated by surprisingly flat cornering for a tall vehicle. The shock damping is likewise great provided the weight and capability at hand, rapidly dispensing along with bumps free of any type of drama. Even the big ones don’t toss your head about or jiggle your gut much. The steering doesn’t offer any type of road feel (no surprise), however it’s responsive and simply quick enough along with the right quantity of weight to make a corner fun.
Objective testing backs all of that subjective observation. The brand-new GLC pulls 0.82 g standard on the skidpad to the old GLK’s 0.76. It’s a blowout on the figure eight, as well, along with the GLC clocking a 26.6-second lap at 0.66 standard g to the GLK’s leisurely 28.5-second lap at 0.55 standard g.
The GLC has actually various other quantifiable advantages over the GLK, too. As a result of its better dimensions, the GLC offers much more legroom front and rear as well as much more cargo space. Turning the spacious spine seat in to much more cargo space is as straightforward as hitting a switch on the panel simply inside the door next to the seat, which drops them instantly.
Up front, it’s all of C-Class along with the familiar waterfall focus console and floating infotainment screen. COMAND is still COMAND, a rather good user interface in an industry along with some greats and much more compared to a few terribles. Our biggest complaint up here is purely aesthetic: It’s dark in here. Our tester’s interior was practically monochromatic inside, all of dark wood and darker plastics. Thankfully, you can easily and ought to option up some much more interesting and colorful trim. On the plus side, everything’s earned from rather nice contents and feels rich.
Regardless of where you’re sitting, you’ll appreciate simply exactly how quiet it is inside the GLC. The engine emits a mild growl at best, and you’ll have actually to locate some rather poor pavement to drive on to elicit noticeable noise from the tires, and even that needs freeway speeds. Similar requirements if you hope to hear a whisper of wind noise.
Then there’s the matter of price. The starting rate remains effectively the same as the last GLK at near-as-makes-no-difference $40,000. Adding an additional 50 percent to that figure, though, isn’t hard at all. Our well-equipped-but-not-loaded tester rang in at simply an Andrew Jackson/Harriet Tubman under $60,000, and it didn’t have actually the 360-degree camera. Even though that is competitive along with various other vehicles in the segment, it’s still a lot of cash for an ostensibly small SUV.
If your budget allows for it, you’ll locate the all-brand-new GLC300 a rather compelling offer. In general, Mercedes-Benz has actually provided you much more of just what you requirement and much less of just what you don’t, and in this case, it’s a recipe for sales.
|2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4Matic|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$59,980|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV|
|ENGINE||2.0L/241-hp/273-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||4,083 lb (53/47%)|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||183.3 x 74.4 x 64.5 in|
|0-60 MPH||6.3 sec|
|QUARTER MILE||14.9 sec @ 90.7 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||112 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.82 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||26.6 sec @ 0.66 g (avg)|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||21/28/24 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY||160/120 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||0.82 lb/mile|