Parkers overall rating: 3.7 out of 5 3.7
  • Plenty of room and storage space up front  
  • Transmission tunnels robs middle rear seat legroom
  • Competitive bootspace with easy-to-fold rear seats

There’s bags of space in the front of the GLC, with seats that slide far back and plenty of headroom – although the latter does suffer a little when the optional panoramic glass sunroof is fitted. Storage space up front is impressive, with large, capacious door pockets, good-sized central cupholders, plenty of room under the armrest and in the glovebox.

Hop into the back seats and you’ll find more than enough room for two average sized adults with plentiful head and legroom comparable to the GLC’s main rivals. Like those sitting in front, the optional panoramic sunroof does pinch headroom when fitted but it shouldn’t be restrictive for all but the tallest adults.

One thing worth bearing in mind is the chunky transmission tunnel that seriously restricts the amount of legroom on offer for middle seat passengers. That said, the GLC’s rivals also have the same issue.

Based on the same platform as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the GLC will feel like a sizeable car if you’re hopping out of an average sized family hatchback. However, its width, length and height pale in comparison to larger models in the Mercedes-Benz range.

Sport models upwards come with Active Parking Assist with Parktronic, allowing the car to automatically navigate its way into a space with minimal input from the driver. Meanwhile, Urban Edition cars are fitted with front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera as standard.

Safety

  • Five-star Euro NCAP safety rating
  • Plenty of hi-tech safety kit
  • Two Isofix points as standard

The Mercedes-Benz GLC was awarded a maximum five-star safety by European safety regulators Euro NCAP, with particular praise given to the car’s adult and child occupant protection.

Such an impressive rating is partly down to the GLC borrowing much of its safety technology from other cars in the Mercedes-Benz range, such as the C-Class, E-Class and even the top of the range S-Class.

Should it all go completely wrong there’s seven airbags dispersed throughout the car, while eCall makes contact with local emergency services on the occupant’s behalf should they be unable to do so. 

There’s Collision Prevention Assist Plus which uses a camera-based system to detect the threat of a rear-end crash and issues the driver with a visual, then audible warning and can determine the correct amount of braking pressure required to avoid the collision and boost brake pedal pressure.

Should the driver fail to react at all, the system will brake the car to a halt – preventing a rear-end collision completely with no driver intervention at speeds up to 25mph.

Distronic Plus is Mercedes’ name for adaptive cruise control, keeping the GLC a safe distance back from the vehicle in front when cruise control is set, while Steering Assist helps the driver maintain their position within a clearly marked lane. It’s not quite autonomous driving, as the latter only works with certain severities of bends and the driver must keep their hands on the wheel at all times.

Brake Assist Plus (BAS) with Cross-Traffic Assist helps you avoid accidents at junctions – normally by applying the brakes if it detects you’re about to pull out in front of on-coming traffic. The Mercedes GLC also has pedestrian detection built into its safety systems and by applying the brakes automatically the car can entirely avoid impacts with pedestrians at up to speeds of 31mph.

There’s Isofix fittings on the outer rear seats to make installation of a child’s seat easier, too.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • ABS
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • DVD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

AMG equipment

AMG standard equipment
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
AMG optional equipment
  • ABS
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • DVD
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim

AMG Line equipment

AMG Line standard equipment
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
AMG Line optional equipment
  • ABS
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • DVD
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support

AMG Line Premium equipment

AMG Line Premium standard equipment
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
AMG Line Premium optional equipment
None available

AMG Line Premium Plus equipment

AMG Line Premium Plus standard equipment
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
AMG Line Premium Plus optional equipment
None available

AMG Line Ultimate equipment

AMG Line Ultimate standard equipment
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
AMG Line Ultimate optional equipment
None available

AMG S equipment

AMG S standard equipment
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
AMG S optional equipment
  • ABS
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • DVD
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support

AMG S Edition 1 equipment

AMG S Edition 1 standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • DVD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
AMG S Edition 1 optional equipment
  • Headlight washers

Night Edition equipment

Night Edition standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Night Edition optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
SE optional equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Sat Nav

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Sat Nav
Sport optional equipment
  • ABS
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • DVD
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support

Urban Edition equipment

Urban Edition standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
Urban Edition optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sports seats

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class was tested by Euro NCAP in 2015 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2015
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 95%
Child Occupant: 89%
Vulnerable Road Users: 82%
Safety Assist: 71%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.