Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé review

Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Across the board, the GLC Coupé’s official CO2 emissions are comparable to those of its key rivals without being particularly outstanding. It is worth bearing in mind that the diesel engines are RDE2 compliant so won’t face the 4% diesel Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax surcharge for company car users until at least 2021, however. Claimed fuel economy doesn’t stand out compared to its rivals either.

Mercedes as a brand finished a disappointing 24 out of 31 manufacturers in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, with the GLC finishing mid-table in the large SUV class, below the Audi Q5 but well above the BMW X3. A three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty and three years of breakdown cover are standard, a similar package to that offered by most rivals.

LED headlights, an electric tailgate, heated faux leather seats with adjustable lumbar support, a reversing camera, climate control and even floor mats are standard on all GLC Coupés. AMG Line Premium models are worth considering for their digital dash, real leather seats and upgraded stereo, but models higher than this get very expensive so are harder to recommend.

All models also come with a collision prevention system that can automatically apply the brakes if it detects an impending impact with a vehicle in front. There’s also a tyre pressure-monitoring system to alert you to a slow puncture. All editions get seven airbags and a system that can detect if you’re getting drowsy on long journeys, too.

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The Mercedes GLC Coupé might look sporty, thanks to its sloping roofline, but it isn’t as fun to drive as the BMW X4 or Porsche Macan. It’s not particularly comfortable either, with its ride getting easily flustered, especially at slower speeds. We also wish the interior felt as good as it looked, and that you could add a few key options. Ultimately, if you want a Coupé SUV, the BMW X4 or Range Rover Velar are better bets.

  • Striking interior
  • Strong performance
  • Generous equipment
  • Compromised practicality
  • Average ride and handling
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto on cheapest version