It was available in a wide array of body styles from the classic four door, sedan to a sleeker, 2 door, coupe and, of course, the open air convertible version. However, as Americans continue to gravitate toward SUVs, the best selling mercedes benz is now the GLC. A compact crossover that's based off of the c class architecture, also available in two different body styles of for 2020. The company has made some pretty significant changes to the GLC. It'S got a new front. Fascia it's got new styling at the back. It'S got a new interior and it's also got more power underneath the hood for the bass, GLC 300 and the AMG models. So the big question I want to answer, if you guys, are looking to buy a compact crossover SUV as mercedes benz made enough changes to the GLC this year to keep this thing fresh that's over here to find out Music, so mercedes benz is well known for Their luxury but they're also well known for having great engines in their lineup, so for 2020 the GLC actually got some updates underneath the hood. This specifically is the 300 it's the base engine and it got about 15 more horsepower this year, it's still a 2 liter turbocharged direct injection four cylinder than now makes 255 horsepower and 273 pound feet of torque. That is more horsepower and torque versus the closest competitor. The BMW x4, so the Mercedes now has the bragging rights. It all goes out through a nine speed, mercedes benz source automatic transmission, that's one more gear versus the BMW and the company says you should now get to 16 around 6.
2 seconds or for a base engine. This is pretty good numbers now, if you guys want more power, there are basically three different flavors of the AMG version: there's the AMG 43, which now offers up to 385 horsepower from a three liter twin turbo, v6 and then, of course, there's. Two different flavors of the 63, the base 63 and the S remember. This is the coupe model, so it only comes or it's the only one available as the S which offers up to four hundred and sixty nine or 503 horsepower. So this is one of the most powerful compact SUVs that you can buy, so Bravo to Mercedes, of course, with their AMG models. Now, of course, this 300 model is the one that most people buy it's ready to get good gas mileage 21 in the city 20. On the highway premium, gas of course is required and the coupe version comes standard with the company's 4matic all wheel, drive surprisingly, this thing will still tow a maximum of 3500 pounds so still relatively capable in terms of you know, doing SUV things and as this one Sits it's about a hundred pounds heavier than the regular GLC. It weighs just over 4000 pounds. Now, once you shut the hood and look at the styling changes for 2020, you can see there are pretty extensive overhauls this year, which actually, I think, make the GLC much better. Looking crossover versus the pre refreshed models, you can see this coupe model that I'm, showing you basically has the AMG body styling.
So it has the AMG Knight package here. So it adds a black accented grille, with this kind of bullet mesh insert in the grille. The gigantic three pointed star which houses the radar sensor for the adaptive cruise control and the pre collision Assist. Honestly, the star is huge. I think mercedes benz could probably make it a little bit smaller it's a little bit excessive. You can also get that start to illuminate if you'd like for 500 bucks to let everybody know that you drive a big Benz. Looking at the LED headlights here, LED headlights are now finally standard. The preview fresh model actually had those cheap. Looking halogens, you have to pay extra for LEDs. This one here has the upgraded adaptive LEDs, so they swivel, they also have automatic high beams. You have LED daytime running lights and turn signals no fog lights here. Unfortunately, mercedes benz has been come getting rid of than all their newer models. I don't like how there's a bunch of fake grille here at the lower portion. I think they could have gone gone without this, but overall, let me know in the comments below what you think. I think this is a very successful refresh. I especially like it on this seller might gray matte finish paint. This is actually a 2000 option. Please be sure you don't take this to your car wash because this will get scratches. You are only supposed to hand wash this thing, but for 2000 it's actually not as expensive as I thought it would be.
Most manufacturers charge over 10 grand for something like this. Now, looking at the rest of the profile, you can see this one here being the coupe model, has a slanted out or a sloping rear roof line? To give this thing a more aggressive look to it, I actually don't really like the way these coupes look. Bmw started this trend. First, mercedes has offered the coupe version of the GLC since 2017 and in terms of length it still rides on the same 113 inch long, wheelbase, it's still 183 inches long, so they didn't actually make this thing longer versus the regular GLC, but they did make it A little bit wider and a little bit lower, of course, to give it a more coupe like look. My particular one here is supposed to have 20 inch wheels, but, as you can see, they look very small that's because it's the middle of the December here in DC and Mercedes, delivered me this car, with some 18 inch winter tires use of Pirelli winter tires on A smaller wheel, which is nice, but it definitely doesn't, look good with the body of this vehicle. Please be sure to put something like at least a 19 or 20. They just make the cars body lines. Look a little bit too big. Now this one here having the night package also includes blacked out mirrors. You just have a standard sunroof here they don't offer the pano sunroof on the coupe version, which was a little confusing to me and then coming over here to the rear profile.
Obviously, you've got this sloping area which will take into the space a lot of people actually really like the design of this, because it looks different it's, just different versus all the regular crossovers that you know, everyone else is driving, especially as this segment continues to get A hot now, looking at the rear end you've got completely refreshed, LED tail lights. I don't particularly love the chrome strip above the tail light. I just think it could have just done without it now, as you can see looking down here at the lower fascia, there is a nicely integrated, rear. Dual exhaust outlet here there's a rear, diffuser area, because this has the AMG Sport Package and then, if you want to look at the cargo area, it's kind of like a Volkswagen, you push up on the three pointed star emblem and because obviously this one here has The sloping roofline it does eat into your space a little bit with the second row seats up, you're gon na get around seventeen and a half cubic feet of space that's around a reduction of two cubic feet over the regular one. And then, if you fold everything down which you can do from these little buttons right here, Mercedes says you get around forty nine point. Five cubic feet of space, that is about 7 cubic feet, less versus what you get in the regular GLC and about one cubic feet less than what you get in the x4.
This vehicles main competitor, so obviously Mercedes made a lot of changes to the exterior of the GLC for 2020, but let's hop into the interior and see all the changes they've made this year. Here'S the current key fob that I've shown you on other Mercedes products. This one here has their keyless go with push button start intelligent access key. So basically, as you approach the vehicle, if the key fob is on, you just touch this little area here. Once you touch that area, the vehicle locks, the mirrors, will fold in electrically and when you want to unlock the door, just touch the back of the handle and that unlocks the door for you now. Looking at my particular tester here, it's, a really nice color combination with the grey matte finish paint and this red leather, this cranberry two tone red interior it's, like a 1500 hour extra charge. If you guys want this two tone combination, it does include three person memory seats, which is again kind of an optional extra mine. Also has 3 level heated seats, no ventilated seats. You can see there's a button here, that's missing. If you guys want the ventilated seats, you can't get this seat. Color combination for some reason it doesn't have any holes or perforation than it so that's. The reason why Mercedes does not offer it with ventilated seats, their seat controls here they adjust in like 16 different ways, it's all controlled on this seat over here.
Even the headrests here is power adjustable, which is nice. Overall. This cabin was very impressive. Back in 2016. Still very impressive: today you can clearly see the changes they made with the new gauge cluster. The new larger 10 inch display now stepping inside this interior, you can see the Stefan height is a nice height. Remember this is an SUV and I mean you want to shut the door. It has a nice solid bunk to it remember European cars. They typically have really impressive, build quality. Now, when you want to start the vehicle up, you guys know how to do this. Put your final brake push that button there to fire up the engine. As you can see here, my sister has the optional 12 inch LCD display here for the instrument you can actually customize those gauges. This is the progressive look to the gauge cluster, which looks really nice. The engine itself is just a 2 liter turbo four cylinder. It doesn't really sound like much, although when you switch it over to sport mode, it does have some sound enhancing technologies, so it gets a little bit throw tear which we'll talk about later on in the test drive now, as you can see here, this new 10.2 5 inch display looks great. It doesn't have the two layouts that i've shown you on the new, a class or CLA or GLB, for example, but I think this looks that looks very modern still looks very classy and elegant.
This now has MBU X, so it has that voice command thing where you can say something like hey Mercedes, which doesn't want to work right now, but it annoyingly will work later on. When I ever I say Mercedes, but for some reason it's not working. So hey that's, fine, you can't actually turn that feature on and off, but you like the rest of this interior. As you can see, there's the mb tex stitching here on this upper portion of the dash, which is nice, you have real aluminum. You have this dark ash gray, wood, which also looks fantastic. You can also change this out to carbon fiber. I like the dash vents here, the three vents across the center stack, which look really high quality. They also feel really expensive whenever you're just adjusting these vents. You have your dual zone: climate control. Here you have actual separate hard buttons here to control this screen, which, by the way, this screen is a touch screen, which is nice, but it also is controlled via the touch pad on the steering wheel. Here, if you use the touch pad on this wheel, you can basically cycle to what you want, and you can also use the little pad here on this portion, so there's, multiple ways and the voice commands so there's four different ways you can interact with this screen. I think it's a little excessive, most people – I imagine – will probably just use the touch aspect or I found myself using this.
I never used this really because it's just not intuitive to use while you're driving I'm coming over to the door panels. There'S also the same stitching here for the mb tex. The windows have these really expensive high quality windows switches which are trimmed in metal they're, also OneTouch for all for this down here is even soft, that's plastic. So, even though this is more of the base render the Mercedes lineup, it still offers a good amount of you know, luxury and technology and features. My tester also has a heads up display for a thousand bucks extra. It is very bright it's customizable. What that basically makes this thing feel even more high fact when you put the vehicle to reverse this, one also has a parking tech package that includes a full 360 top down view. When you put it in Drive, you can see it'll even show you what's on the front camera. One of the best cameras in the business makes driving this thing parking it very nice which is good when you backup, because the view out of the back is not very good with the two door or with the coupe version, it's, not really a two door. Looking at the rest of this center stack, you can see it does include apple carplay, eye and android auto, but annoyingly. It doesn't actually allow you to take up the entire screen here. The smaller displays here have a slightly smaller screen, which I wish allowed you to take up the entire display, but annoyingly you have to get the bigger 12 inch displays to kind of get that feature.
This apple carplay here is from, is basically grafted in when you guys installed the USBC port there's, no regular, USB C's in this car. If you have to get a USB C dongle, which I had to go out and buy, there is a wireless charging pad over here, which is an extra 250 cupholders over here. This is all, of course, well hidden if you guys want to put your if you want to close the slid over here, you can see there's your volume knob over here, which is nice. You have your traditional buttons here for your stability control off your camera system. Your auto start stop parking sensors. This controls your drive mode, selector, of course, which has five different drive modes. You can choose from an individual mode which we'll go into later on with a test, drive open this up and you can see there's two more USB ports. A good amount of storage as well. This is a nice and padded area right here and then the seats are very comfortable when you open up the glove compartment here, you can see it's, actually a pretty big size, it's, damped and it's lined with felt so that's. Very nice and then above me, just a standard size. Sunroof mercedes does not offer a pay, no sunroof, which is a little bit annoying that they do offer on the regular GLC, but overall they've definitely made some nice improvements to the cabin for this vehicle.
I think it's one of the nicest cabins in the business really great tech, but this is basically what you expect from Mercedes. The BER mr. sound system also on my tester, sounds great, and this is not the old, the outrageous 6000 BER mr. system, Mercedes only charges. You a bargain 850 for it which, by the way there she comes right there as soon as I say, Mercedes so pop up and say how may I help you, you can turn that off. You guys don't want that thing to constantly annoy you now getting into the backseat of the GLC coupe. You guys are probably wondering how is the Headroom been compromised because they slanted that roofline now getting back here, Mercedes actually says: they've only reduced the Headroom by 0.2 inches versus the standard model. Now, once I get back here, I actually do find that I have good amount of space but I'm only 5 foot 7. I did have to Crane my neck a little bit to get in here because of the sloping roofline, but I think they've actually carved him out a good amount of space. I think there's a reason why they don't offer the pay no sunroof on the coupe, because it would eat into the Headroom space a little bit more, but the rest of the backseat here you can see, has the same legroom as the standard GL see you have Around 37 and a half inches of legroom that's about two inches more than what you get in the x4.
So this has a bigger backseat versus the x4. You can see in terms of features. You'Ve got rear, seat. Air vents, you've got heated back seats back here. Then you have your own set of climate controls, which is nice to map pockets, there's a hump here that does compete on the centre passenger, so the centre passenger doesn't really have as much space, but the two outboard seats are pretty nice fold. This down. You can see there's a nice armrest here with some storage, and then you have two cupholders. So overall, the back seat is pretty usable for mostly just two people. If you want to squeeze three in here, it's a little bit of a pinch. So surprisingly, I actually haven't shown you guys a review of just the regular GLC 300 I've shown you guys the 43 and the 63, and I actually haven't driven the coupe version of this platform. Yet coupe is, of course, a relative term, but because this is supposedly the sporty er version I'm going to expect this one drives a little bit sporty ER. So I have it in Sport Plus mode right now. This one has about 15 more horsepower than the previous generation let's put our foot down here: Music, okay, I wasn't expecting it to leap off the line that quickly. This is a surprisingly fast and fun car to drive for just a base engine. I have to admit. I am genuinely surprised, I mean sure it doesn't have the the pull and sound of the AMG s with the new Biturbo v6 or Biturbo v8, but for a car that it gets.
You know almost 30 mpg. This is a surprisingly good amount of power. Mercedes says: zero to 16 around 6.2 seconds. It feels quicker than that, because the nine speed auto in this car is so snappy. It feels like it gets off the line, really quick and you should be able to break the six second mark. So I think, for a base engine, this is very impressive. A lot more impressive than I thought, and basically on par with the base engine that's in the BMW is the last x3. You know 30. I that I last drove this car also handles surprisingly well, although I will say that I wish this had. The 20 inch wheels that it's supposed to come with the 18 inch tires on this particular one. You can feel there's less grip, also the fact that they are just winter tires because we're here in the middle of December, but I do want to try out just a standing start acceleration here. It see if it has any launch control turn the stability control off we'll add a little brake torque to it. Oh I mean that aren't very impressive. It doesn't sound. All that great I mean you can hear in Sport, it's kind of amplifying the noise a little bit, I'll switch over to comfort and there's a little bit less of a growl here, which is fine, because I think that the Augmented noise is a little bit too Much for me, I don't particularly love it in comfort.
You consul feel the suspension gets a little bit softer it's got adjustable dampers the steering it's a little bit lighter, so obviously on these curvier roads I'm going to want to in Sport Plus – and this is where the GLC surprises you I mean. Obviously, this is an SUV. It sits up higher, which is strange to be hustling. Something like this on the corners, but Mercedes is no longer the you know, model that's, all about comfort. I mean they still very much are comfort but they've also added some sportiness to this car, which really is going to be appreciated for the enthusiasts you know, looking to have a little bit of fun, I mean. Obviously the enthusiast is going to pick the SUV or the AMG models more, but then you can, if you can't, afford the AMG versions. Obviously the base engine will get it out of its all the way really nicely. I mean I'm genuinely having fun driving this car. Only 255 horsepower I mean this punches above its numbers easily, and you know what it's Sport, Plus it has a decent growl. I just think that you know for with the 43 model available its twin turbo v6. I just it would be hard to not go for it, but if you never drive it that's, the problem is I've, driven it if you've never driven the v6 bi turbo. This will have plenty of power for you now in terms of everything else.
Visibility out of the front is good. The view out of the back is not the best. This car has the driver assistance stuff, so it has the full speed range adaptive cruise control. Actually, lane change or change lanes for you automatically whenever you signal left to right on the interstate, Mercedes and tests are the only vehicles that actually do that for you, as you can see the keeps coming up and talking every time I'm saying the brand name. So I just stop saying that and say Benz and stead. The steering in this car also has some knife, nice heft to it. It is definitely number you can just feel it adds some weight to it. When you start switching the drive modes here, the seats also hold you in place nicely. So these are the upgraded seats and they actually have some nice bolstering to it, but they also are comfortable and supportive, so that's good, so really the whole package with this car. You feel like you've bought a Benz. Basically it feels you know. It'S very high tech and it's plenty of power. It'S comfortable, it's, quiet, it's, luxurious on the inside. Most of the tech is relatively easy to use, but some of you may find there is a little bit of a learning curve. But overall this gets me excited to drive the 63s again because the v8 model will get to 16 under like around three three and a half seconds with all wheel.
Drive, of course is standard, but I am genuinely impressed. This is a remarkable based powertrain. That should please a lot of people, so when the first generation GLC came out back in 2016, it quickly stole the show in the luxury compact SUV space, because it easily had the nicest interior in the segment and honestly, it was a very strong car right off. The bat and Mercedes didn't really need to make changes for the car, but they did for 2020 and I'm happy to report that they made very good changes this year. I really especially like the styling on the outside and on the interior. They'Ve updated the cabin with their MBU exit voting system, the larger infotainment screen and more power underneath the hood I'm still not entirely sure I'm in love with the coupe version of this car. Just like I don't like the BMW, coupe versions, I just think they are unnecessary. I would rather have the regular version with more practicality and more cargo space, but if you guys want something different, I much prefer the GLC coupe over the x4, simply because it has a nicer interior. It drives nearly as sporty and as you guys saw, the base engine in this car surprisingly has a really good pep. Now, of course, for enthusiasts out there, there are several flavors of the AMG model. I would probably still go for the 63 version because I'm power hungry and I want the most power available, but this thing is definitely comfortable to drive luxurious on the inside relatively practical for something that's.
A coupe, and the only problem that I have with the GLC is the fact that it's Mercedes, because it's price, this is one expensive proposition. If you guys are looking to buy one of these and put it in your driveway. The coupe version of this car starts 5500 higher versus the regular GLC for Less practicality. This car starts at 50000, even plus destination. 4Matic. All wheel drive is standard, of course, on the Coopers now from there on. My particular tester here has about 17000 in options 17000. In options the most expensive option being the AMG body styling package for 2400 – I could probably take it or leave it. The Dolomites or the seller might gray. Matte finish. Paint is also 2000. The problem with mercedes benz is the fact that there's a lot of ala, carte options in here: the burster audio, the heated front, seats, the heat rear seats, the heat stir and while the heads up display that stuff should be rolled into a Premium Package really and Be charged like a are given a discount, especially here in the American market, because all that stuff is like 700 extra 1000 extra. It all adds up to make this thing. 67000. I said, which i think is too much money for something that doesn't have an AMG badge on it, but again the mercedes benz badge certainly means something to a lot of people. So if you guys are looking for a GL CA, compact luxury crossover and you want something that's a little bit different versus the regular GLC that's in your neighbor's driveway, be sure to put this one at the top of your list as well.
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