Key Specs of Mercedes-Benz GLC
|Engine (upto)||1991 cc|
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Mercedes-Benz GLC Variants and Price: The Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV is available in two variants: GLC 200 Progressive (petrol) and GLC 220d 4MATIC Progressive (diesel). The former is priced at Rs 52.75 lakh while the latter is offered at Rs 57.75 lakh (ex-showroom India).
Mercedes-Benz GLC Engine and Transmission: The GLC 200 uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine that makes 197PS and 320Nm of torque. The GLC 200d 4MATIC uses a 2.0-litre diesel engine that churns out 194PS and 400Nm of torque and employs an all-wheel drive system to distribute power. Both engines are available with a 9-speed automatic transmission.
Mercedes-Benz GLC Features: Mercedes-Benz offers the GLC with a panoramic sunroof, a 360-degree camera, the MBUX digital assistant for voice commands, 64 colour ambient lighting, a 225W audio system, and a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster. Safety is taken care of by 7 airbags.
Mercedes-Benz GLC price list (Variants)
|2001991 cc, Automatic, Petrol||Rs.52.75 Lakh*|
|220d 4MATIC1950 cc, Automatic, Diesel||Rs.57.75 Lakh*|
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Mercedes-Benz GLC Review
Merc says the 2019 GLC is smarter, better looking and more powerful than before for a marginal increase in price. But is there a trade off hiding somewhere?
First launched in 2016, the GLC has managed to become the best-selling SUV for Mercedes-Benz in India. It managed to do so by offering a sweet balance of luxury and features for someone looking for a mid-size luxury SUV. The 2019 facelift doesn't alter that formula, instead it gets three major updates - appearance, engines and a whole new infotainment experience. Let's have a closer look at these changes and figure out how they affect the experience of the GLC.
The Mercedes-benz GLC was always a very sweet SUV. What these updates do is keep it in contention with the competition. The BS6 diesel is easier and better to drive, the cosmetic updates make it looks better and the new infotainment add a lot of convenience to the cabin experience. Despite the few missing elements, the GLC feels like a very well-rounded package that can easily be an everyday and go-anywhere car for the family. And at Rs 57.75 lakh for the GLC 220d diesel (ex-showroom, pan-India), you are only paying Rs 1.32 lakh more than the previous model, which more than justifies the updates. So if you are in the market for a comfort-oriented mid-size luxury SUV, you now have compelling reasons to say ‘Hey Mercedes’.
The GLC has a split personality. Look at it from the front and it packs the attitude of an SUV. But from the side, the silhouette is more like an estate. While this design has not changed a bit, there are elements which makes its presence more dominant. The grille still looks similar, but a few new accents refresh it a bit. The headlamps are all new and get the full LED treatment. The DRLs are also more squarish and outline the cluster.
The most prominent and my personal favorite change is on the side - new 19-inch alloy wheels. Going a size up than before, these dual-tone multi-spoke alloys look very stylish and make the stance of the GLC more prominent. These also help the SUV pull off the estate-like roofline with more sportiness. Another bit which adds to the feel good factor is the sturdy aluminium-look step board and the swirling door handles which are natural to hold.
At the back, you now have squarish LED elements in the tail lamps. These look a lot like the ones on the new GLS, which will be launched later next year. Overall, the 2019 GLC isn't much different than the one before, but this one definitely looks more modern.
The basic dashboard layout has been retained by Mercedes but you now have the open-pore wood finish on the centre console. This looks and feels more premium than the piano-black finish before it. The biggest change, however, is the bigger 10.25-inch screen (older one was a 7-inch unit) floating on top of the dashboard. This is part of the latest MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system which has been tuned for our country at Mercedes’ Bangalore facility. The screen now accepts touch inputs and there is a new trackpad as well in the centre console which offers haptic feedback. The steering wheel also gets touchpads for screen inputs that make using the screen while driving a lot easier. The screen gets a beautiful display which is rich in colour and smooth in operation.
But, the party trick is voice commands. The voice assistant gets activated by the term ‘hey Mercedes’ and performs functions like setting climate control temperatures, volume, navigation routes, ambient lighting colours, cabin lights or reading out vehicle details like the expected range seamlessly. The two microphones for the commands are placed on the roof, one for the driver and the other for the passenger. If the command for the climate control is given by the driver, only his side is adjusted. Pretty neat. But, if you are sitting in the back seat, you will have to shout your commands. Also, these commands do not work for navigation or music selection when Android auto or Apple Carplay is connected.
You can even ask the system about the weather, to find you a hotel, coffee shop, hospital or police station. And the commands to these are natural too, like when we said ”hey Mercedes, I am tired’ the system looked up all the 5-star hotels close to us. The voice commands need to be clear and they work eight out 10 times. The system supports multiple languages, none of them Indian at this time. The system also learns our behaviour and will start to adapt by giving you your preferred radio station, or the preferred ambient lighting at different routes or day times.
And there are some commands which you can use to have a bit of fun, or show off to your friends. Like asking the system to tell a joke gets you “sorry, my engineers were German” and saying ‘I love you’ will get u called a creep. And there are multiple replies to each of these queries which keep you entertained.
The system also comes with connected features. The e-SIM in the console helps you make emergency calls and share your location with the authorities for a quick response. It also enables over the air updates to the system. Plus, you also have a smartphone application from which you can lock/unlock or start the car for cooling/heating the cabin. Also, the voice commands or the app functions don't let you open the windows for safety reasons.
The other screen is a 5.5-inch MID which gives you a lot of information about the drive, as well as the infotainment. It is also controlled by the touchpad on the right side of the steering wheel which makes it very easy to operate while driving. But having a full digital instrument cluster in place of the analogue one could have made the cabin feel more up-to-date with rivals. Also missing are radar-based safety features which you get in the Volvo XC60. Both of these are available in the international-spec GLC. Also, and this is clearly a nitpick, but the door-lock bars are made of tacky plastics, and not the machined aluminium ones we have seen on other Mercedes cars.
Other features in the cabin include dual-zone climate control, wireless charger, five USB type-C ports, 9-speaker sound system, ambient lighting, sunblinds in rear doors, and a sunroof. A 360 degree camera, however, is missing. The quality is exactly what you’d expect from the three-pointed star and there is plenty of space for rear passengers as well.
The boot of the GLC is one of its biggest highlights. With A cargo volume of 550-litres, and expandable to 1600-litres by folding the seats, the GLC can hold pretty much anything you can pick up and keep in it. And this time around, you also get a powered tailgate as well. The seats fold with the touch of a button which further increases convenience. The spare wheel, unlike the last model, is now tucked away under the boot and you also get a 12V socket to plug in accessories.
The GLC now comes with two new 2.0-litre BS6 engine options. The petrol is now the less powerful GLC 200 which makes 197PS of power and 320Nm of torque (GLC 300 made 245PS/400Nm). But the one we are driving is the 220 d diesel previously seen on the E-Class and C-Class sedans. It makes 194PS of power and 400Nm of torque (the older 220d made 170PS/400N). An AdBlue tank has been added to meet BS6 norms.
Enough with the numbers. Crank the engine and the first thing you will appreciate is the refinement of this motor. Be it idling, city driving or highway cruising, the engine never gets loud or crude. While the same engine in the E-Class feels a lot quieter, but It’s a lot better than the older diesel, so you won't have much to complain about.
Get moving and the power delivery is nice and smooth. It never catches you by surprise even with a heavy throttle. Even in the Sport drive mode, the power never feels overwhelming. This makes driving the GLC 220 d a breeze, no matter what car you're upgrading from. At the same time, you are never left wanting for more power either. Even while cruising on the highway or going for quick overtakes in the city in the Eco mode, the 9-speed transmission is quick and precise to downshift and get you going quickly. The claimed 0-100kmph time stands at 7.9 seconds, and will be put to the test in our road test. The four drive modes on offer - Individual, Sport, Comfort and Eco, alter the throttle response, gear-shift logic and the steering weight to adapt to your driving mood.
Overall, the GLC is an easy and effortless SUV to drive for all practical conditions and the refinement of the new diesel just makes the experience much better than the previous one.
Ride and handling
The GLC’s springs were always focused on keeping its occupants comfortable. And even with the bigger 19-inch wheels, the same has been retained. Go over a pothole, speedbreaker or a broken patch of road, the GLC laughs it away. The occupants barely ever feel the harshness of the surface and the SUV just glides over. It’s super quiet too. Even while going over a broken road, the suspension makes no sound and keeps the ambiance of the cabin very quiet. The only downside to this is that it takes a while to settle after the undulation. Whit this doesn't make the ride bouncy, it is noticed in the cabin. A bit more rebound damping would have dialled in a lot more sophistication into the ride.
The steering weighs up well as the speeds increase, but there is a disconnect from the wheels - like most luxury cars. Hence only in spirited driving will you be left wanting more feedback. Also, with a suspension focused on comfort, don't expect the GLC to handle like the C.
But what is really surprising here is how it controls body roll despite the softer setup. Plus, you get the four wheel drive to give you extra grip in corners so even if there isn’t much feeling though the wheel, you still have peace of mind. Overall, it does what its built for - keep the occupants comfortable at all times.
Pros & Cons of Mercedes-Benz GLC
Things We Like
- Smart and convenient infotainment system
- Refined and easy to drive diesel engine
- Comfortable ride quality ideal for the Indian roads
Things We Don't Like
- Missing features like 360 degree camera and digital instrument cluster
- Suspension takes a while to settle after a bump
- Drive is not exciting
Stand Out Features
Voice commandsVoice commands
10.25-inch touchscreen10.25-inch touchscreen
Trackpad with haptic feedbackTrackpad with haptic feedback
Ambient lightingAmbient lighting
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Mercedes-Benz GLC Price in India
|Mumbai||Rs. 52.75 - 57.75 Lakh|
|Bangalore||Rs. 52.75 - 57.75 Lakh|
|Chennai||Rs. 52.75 - 57.75 Lakh|
|Hyderabad||Rs. 52.75 - 57.75 Lakh|
|Pune||Rs. 52.75 - 57.75 Lakh|
|Kolkata||Rs. 52.75 - 57.75 Lakh|
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