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SUV with a whiff of style over substance

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe (16 on) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £45,585 - £90,965
Lease from new From £401 p/m View lease deals
Used price £21,450 - £70,300
Fuel Economy 21.9 - 148.7 mpg
Road tax cost £150 - £475
Insurance group 29 - 49 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Purposeful stance
  • Sporty handling
  • Roomy, quality cabin

CONS

  • Restricted engine range
  • High boot lip and floor
  • A case of style over substance

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe rivals

BMW
X4
3.5 out of 5 3.5
Lexus
NX
4.5 out of 5 4.5

Written by Keith WR Jones on

The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe was one of the first SUV/coupe mash-ups to hit the market when it was launched back in 2016. In simple terms, it's a variation of the GLC SUV that features a lower, more swooping roofline – as you'd expect on a coupe – and a sportier attitude.

Unlike most traditional two-door coupes, this one doubles up convincingly as a family car. There’s almost as much room in the back of the GLC Coupe as there is in the regular, more upright Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV. Of course, in reality, it’s less of a coupe and more of a hatchback.

There are few direct rivals for the Mercedes-Benz to battle against – its primary opponent is the BMW X4, itself a coupe version of the X3, while the Range Rover Velar arrived on the scene later to throw a spanner in the works for the German pairing. If you're wanting something sportier that's still vaguely SUV shaped, the Porsche Macan is definitely worth a closer look.

Sporty, family-friendly coupe

Buyers with children or grandkids tend to shun regular two- and three-door coupes due to their inherent lack of practicality – alternatives such as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe remain ‘personal cars’, the rear seats of which will barely be used.

Because it's focused on families being the primary purchasers of SUVs, the GLC Coupe remains a largely sensible proposition, with five doors and just about enough rear headroom for a six-foot tall adult.

Raise the large electric tailgate for greater evidence of how the coupe-ing process has limited the GLC’s practicality. On paper, it only loses out to the tune of 50 litres of boot space to its SUV sibling, but the Coupe’s loading lip and boot floor are very high in comparison. The floor lifts to reveal a deep well, almost as large as the carpeted area above, and is lockable for greater security.

Familiar high-quality interior

If you’ve spent time inside any of the C-Class family lately, the Mercedes GLC Coupe’s cabin won’t feel remotely disorienting. That’s no bad thing as the dashboard is one of the most stylish – and well-built – in the SUV segment, with a variety of colour and applique options depending upon the trim level chosen.

Two levels of specification are available: Sport and AMG Line. But it's not quite that simple, as the AMG Line comes in Premium, Premium Plus and Ultimate forms. They are all well-appointed, but in traditional Mercedes-Benz style there’s a raft of optional equipment to tailor the GLC Coupe to your tastes – we would recommend the air suspension system being top of your list of extra-cost equipment.

Diesels, petrols and hybrids on offer

New for 2020 is the plug-in hybrid 300 e which significantly widens the appeal of the GLC Coupe. The headline news is a battery-only range of up to 27 miles and a claimed Combined 117.7mpg on the WLTP real-world fuel consumption test – not bad considering a maximum power of 320hp and a 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds.

Despite their declining popularity, Britons still buy diesel-engined Mercedes-Benz cars in significant numbers and the GLC Coupe reflects this, with only one petrol-powered derivative available. The C 300 boasts 262hp, which gives it ample performance.

The diesel range consists of two derivatives, both based on the same 2.0-litre diesel installed: the GLC 220 d packs 194hp while the GLC 300 d has 245hp available. Both are equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmission and direct power to all four wheels via Mercedes’ 4Matic system.

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe rivals

BMW
X4
3.5 out of 5 3.5
Lexus
NX
4.5 out of 5 4.5

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