Parkers overall rating: 3.7 out of 5 3.7

Parkers verdict symbol for the BMW 3 Series Touring (2019-on)Should you buy a Mercedes-Benz GLC?

The Mercedes-Benz GLC hits all the buttons that buyers in this class are looking for – a premium badge, refined driving environment, plenty of high-tech equipment and a big dose of prestige. It’s not class-leading in terms of dynamics or space, but it’s more than adequate and unlikely to turn off buyers.

Ride comfort isn’t the best on regular models, and though the off-road package adds some capability the GLC isn’t a serious mud-plugger like a Land Rover. Unrefined diesel engines and a cramped driving environment are also negatives worth noting.

We wouldn’t shy away from recommending the Mercedes-Benz GLC – especially the incredible AMG models. However, it’s not a class-leader, and before buying you should carefully cross-shop the Merc against its main rivals. The BMW X3 and Audi Q5 are obvious choices, but the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Lexus NX or even top-end versions of the Volkswagen Tiguan are all worth a look.

As with many Mercedes models, it’s well worth opting for one of the mid-range engine options, which offer competitive performance and running costs without too high of a purchase price. Do watch the list of optional kit, though – items can be expensive and are usually best chosen in good value ‘packs’ rather than individually.

Company car buyers will be best served by the entry-level GLC 220 d, which has impressively low CO2 emissions making for the lowest BIK in the range. Performance freaks, meanwhile, will find the ballistic AMG GLC 63 and its Nurburgring track record impossible to resist.

The Mercedes dealership experience should be a decent one, the previous model has proven relatively reliable and there’s more than enough space on offer to keep family buyers happy. It’s likely, therefore, that life with the GLC will be a happy one, and as a result it’s well worth putting on your shortlist.

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