2016 GLC-Class New Car Test Drive
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 is an all-new small crossover utility vehicle. In addition to being redesigned for 2016, it has been renamed, having formerly been called the GLK.
The GLC is now more closely related to the C-Class sedan, built on that chassis, with a similar interior.
Indeed, the GLC feels like a wagon version of the C-Class sedan. It's agile and responsive like a compact car, but with the high driving position. Its class includes the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.
This latest GLC has the stance of an SUV, but it's 5 inches longer and 2 inches taller than the previous version, with 2.2 inches more legroom in the rear, and more cargo space. In spite of being larger than before, it is 176 pounds lighter, breaking the under-two-ton barrier.
The 2016 GLC comes in two models, the rear-wheel-drive GLC 300 and all-wheel-drive GLC 300 4MATIC, each powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with direct injection, making 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The torque comes at a very low 1300 rpm, giving it early oomph like a diesel engine.
The engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission, and with standard Dynamic Select there are five driving modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Individual, controlling the traction, steering, and suspension. The Eco mode is tuned to allow the car to coast farther, in the chase for fuel mileage. The Sport+ mode lowers the chassis on the springs nearly an inch.
The GLC300 ($39,875) and the GLC300 4MATIC ($41,875) offer many options, including five different wheel designs. We like the sound of 19-inch Himalaya Grey wheels with the Night Package. There's an Off-Road Appearance Package that we'll pass on. We want the real Off-Road Package with mechanical upgrades, only available in Europe. All models come with a long list of active and passive safety features.
Options include heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, head-up display, parking assist, Burmester concert-hall sound, and a scent stolen from the S-Class: a fragrancing system.