The Mercedes GLC is the German maker’s rival for the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. Its predecessor was not available with right-hand-drive, which meant its two German rivals have had plenty of opportunity to make hay. While the GLC doesn’t quite have the market presence to match the baby Audi or BMW SUVs over here, it certainly has the style and presence to take them on. Fortunately the handsome Mercedes isn’t just good to look at, as it’s blessed with the dynamic ability, performance and refinement to tackle its highly rated rivals.
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The GLC engine range matches that of the C-Class saloon. There are two versions of the 2.1-litre oil-burner from the C-Class, with 168bhp and 210bhp respectively. They’re not the raciest of options, admittedly, but they’re both very refined and super-efficient. Up to 56.5mpg is claimed for the urban fuel consumption cycle, for which Merc’s standard nine-speed automatic gearbox must take some credit. There’s a V6 diesel in the GLC 350d, while the GLC 43 AMG uses a 367bhp V6 twin-turbo petrol.
The Mercedes is a little different in flavor to the Audi and BMW, as comfort and refinement are placed ahead of sporty dynamics. The exterior is undeniably Mercedes, and the interior has a premium feel too – including a swishy centrally mounted touchscreen system that makes the infotainment offerings of some rivals feel positively retro. The GLC’s packaging is on a par with its chief German rivals, with a roomy cabin and a spacious boot.