Mercedes Benz GLC Class Hatchback First Look Review


Mercedes Benz GLC Class Overview

Mercedes, among the leading luxury carmakers in India, has always had a rather gaping hole in its product portfolio. In the space between the GLE and the GLA, the German giant has had nothing to offer Indian buyers. It’s not like the carmaker hasn’t had a model that would fit here – there was the GLK, which had been on sale in international markets since 2008. However, this car was never made for right-hand- drive markets.But now, all that is about to change with the new GLC. This new SUV will compete against rivals like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. But is it up to the challenge? We got behind the wheel to investigate.

The GLC is based on the same set of mechanical bits as the C-class and the distance between the front and rear wheels has been stretched by 33mm. It’s a tall car with a wide grille protruding from the bonnet and it has plenty of presence due to the clean flanks, bulging wheel arches and the raked rear screen. It turns quite a few heads.Inside, the GLC is very similar to the C-class and that’s a good thing, given how impressive the sedan’s interiors are. There’s lots of wood, double-stitched leather, chrome and metal finish used all over the cabin. It looks good and feels well built.

Mercedes Benz GLC Class Style

Mercedes Benz is taking curves and creases quite seriously and the GLC is a true example of the new design language. The most prominent feature of them all is the rear which swank away the beautifully shaped tail lamps which are much reminiscent of the astonishing Mercedes S63 AMG coupe. They are sleek and beautifully crafted hosting a bunch of super bright LEDs to brighten up the face of the driver behind you to red.The overall proportions of the GLC are prodigious, and when seen from a distance it gives an impression of car larger than its size giving that sense of authority. I like the way the twin exhaust tips are unified into a thick chrome plated diffuser making your exit off the hotel porch richer. The alloy wheel design is a take away from the C class reminding me the foundation of the GLC. But it is anything but a C class to be honest.

Moving to the front, it looks like the modern Mercedes Benz affair with twin pod LED headlamps that look like a predator’s eyeball accompanied by curved streak of LED day time running lamps. Oh well, there is also the huge grill with twin slats and a dish sized Three Pointed star in the middle of it like most Mercedes Benz cars with an add-on chrome splashed onto the bottom of the front bumper which looks cohesive with the rear design.There is nice chunk of plastic claddings at the end of the painted surface to protect it front chipping away while you cross a river bed on a fine weekend getaway. Compliment that weekend getaway with a full glass roof being a window to the star trails missing in the city.

Mercedes Benz GLC Class Space

On the inside, GLC mirrors the C-Class. Everything is the same from the dash to the centre console detailing. Some elements are different on the GLC and these differ as per the body colours in which the GLC is offered. To start with, there is the three spoke steering wheel that bulges out on the horn bit and a twin dial instrument cluster that comes with driver information system at the centre. The centre console resembles the C-Class with a seven-inch screen. Check for Mercedes Benz GLC price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

The COMAND system comes with 2 USB ports, 1 SD card slot, bluetooth connectivity and even Garmin maps. Space on the GLC is sufficient in both the rows with good enough support for thighs and back in the first row. The front seats have an extension for thigh support. At the rear, the knee room is more than enough even for tall people. A rear AC vents even get the control for the blower speed. The boot space is at 550 litres, good enough for a family to carry luggage for an entire weekend. However, for India the spare tyre eats up some of the space.

Mercedes Benz GLC Class Gearbox

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC is offered with petrol and diesel engines. We had a go in the petrol variant. The GLC 300 badging suggests that there is a 3.0-litre engine under the hood but it actually is a 4-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol powerplant that belts out 245 HP of power and 370 Nm of twisting force. The engine is mated to the new 9G-TRONIC gearbox instead of the older 7-speed unit. The new gearbox churns out better performance and is also more efficient.

The petrol engine feels very eager to drive and power is distributed across the RPM range very generously. Turbo lag feels very well-contained and power is built up in a very linear fashion. The engine redlines at 6500 RPM and while the mid-range isn’t that peppy, the fun builds up as the RPMs increase. The engine packs a punch right up to the redline and the paddle shifters are also a joy to use. 0-100 km/hr comes up in a claimed 6.5 seconds. The petrol engine will definitely be a choice for those who love to have some fun behind the wheel.

The GLC 220 comes powered by a 2.2-litre diesel oil-burner which belts out 170 HP and 400 Nm of torque. It too is mated to the same 9-speed transmission an does a 0-100 kn/hr run in 8.3 seconds. The diesel version strikes a good balance between fuel efficiency and performance. The Mercedes GLC comes with 4 driving modes on offer – Comfort, Eco, Sport and Sport+. Eco mode reduces performance slightly in order to churn out marginally better fuel efficiency. Gear shifts also happen very quickly, much before the rev-limit. Comfort mode is best suited for relaxed driving while Sport and Sport + mode will come in useful when you want a spirited drive.To know more information on Mercedes Benz GLC visit Tony-allen

Mercedes Benz GLC Class Riding

The GLC drives like a jacked-up C-class and strikes a good balance between ride and handling. The pliant suspension and relatively tall 60-profile tyres smoothen out sharp edges remarkably well. In fact, the supple and refined nature of the suspension makes the GLC the most comfortable SUV in its class. At high speeds on undulating surfaces, the softly sprung GLC does move around a fair bit – it tends to pitch quite a lot at the rear and there’s even a side-to-side rocking motion when the road is really uneven. The ride may not be as flat or controlled as in the C-class sedan but it’s not to the point of truly unsettling the passengers.

The GLC’s steering really stands out for its very progressive and linear feel reminiscent of the old hydraulically powered units. Mercedes has got the on-centre feel spot on; there’s no dead zone around the straight ahead position and neither is it too quick off centre to make the GLC nervous at speed. It’s not particularly quick or very direct but for relaxed yet fast driving, it instills a lot of confidence, especially at high speeds.

Mercedes Benz GLC Class Safety

You can expect an exhaustive range of safety facilities, seeing as this is a brand that meets very stringent safety standards across the world. It is going to come with ABS and EBD, which together cement safety during the drive by preventing mishaps. Also to be present is an Adaptive brake system, which further boosts the quality of braking. Electronic stability control would help to keep the vehicle in a balanced field when driving, and at the same time, we’re sure it eases the burden of handling for the driver as well. Also present would be conventional parameters such as seatbelts, airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchors, a remote boot release system, and perhaps even an electric parking brake

Mercedes Benz GLC Class Cost in Bangalore

Mercedes Benz GLC On Road Price is 61,26,455/- and Ex-showroom Price is 48,10,302/- in Bangalore. Mercedes Benz GLC comes in 6 colours, namely Iridium Silver,Diamond White Bright,Hyacinth Red Metallic,Obsidian Black,Citrine Brown,Designo Hyacinth Red. Mercedes Benz GLC comes with AWD with 2143 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 170 bhp@3000-4200 rpm and Peak Torque 400 Nm@1400-2800 rpm DRIVE TRAIN AWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 8.3 seconds . Mercedes Benz GLC comes with Automatic Transmission with AWD .

Mercedes Benz GLC Class Final Thought

With the advent of the GLC in Mercedes’ squadron in India, the brand can actively corner those with the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and the Discovery Sport. It goes without saying that pricing will be crucial in the beginning as the rivals have established themselves in our market. Merc will however have the edge of being the latest entrant and the freshest face on the playground. The brand will need to convert the initial interest generated by the product into prospective sales. With the three-pointed star fan-base out there, we don’t think it should be a concern.

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