Parkers overall rating: 3.6 out of 5 3.6

2022 Mercedes GLC dash

  • Cabin is laid out logically
  • Infotainment system easy to use
  • Quality not as good as it first seems

How is the quality and layout?

The GLC’s interior is one of Mercedes’ oldest offerings and it’s starting to show. With the C-Class and S-Class’s portrait-oriented central display pointing towards the brand’s future, the GLC’s infotainment system perched on top of the dashboard and traditional instrument binnacle look a couple of generations old. That shouldn’t be a surprise as it is.

The good news is that you’ll find plenty of physical switches, dials and buttons to control everything. This approach doesn’t look as flash as multiple touchscreens, but it’s much easier to operate on the move and is far easier to navigate by feel alone.

Glance around and it’s easy to be taken in by the GLC’s leather seats, glossy trims and sot plastics. Investigate a little more and you’ll find the dash itself is a little flimsy, an Audi Q5 or BMW X3 both feel more solidly constructed.

2022 Mercedes GLC infotainment

Infotainment and tech

All GLCs get a 10.25-inch infotainment screen tacked onto the top of the dash. Its position means you don’t have to look far from the road and there are four ways of controlling it. You can operate it like a normal touchscreen, use a trackpad between the seats or another on the left-hand spoke of the steering wheel. If that’s not convenient enough, voice control is also standard.

The graphics are sharp and software responsive, while the menus aren’t too hard to fathom. However, while all models get sat nav as standard, you frustratingly have to jump up to AMG Line Premium if you want Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. Considering this is standard on many cheap cars now, it’s a bit cheeky not including it on all GLCs.

If you do opt for AMG Line Premium, traditional analogue dials are replaced by a full digital 12.3-inch driver’s display. It can display a useful amount of information but isn’t as configurable as Mercedes’ smaller GLB or the Audi Q5 when fitted with the virtual cockpit digital dials.

2022 Mercedes GLC trackpad

Comfort

  • Firm but comfortable and supportive seats
  • Slightly offset driving position irks
  • Could do with more space for the driver’s left foot

Even basic GLCs get part electric leather sports seats that are heated. They’re decently supportive in bends although some may find them a touch firm. If you want full electric adjustment with memory, you’ll need AMG Line Premium Plus trim.

More of an issue is the GLCs slightly offset driving position, with the driver’s seat, steering wheel and pedals not quite in line with each other. Those with big feet may also wish there was more space for their left foot, too.