2018 GLC 350e New Car Test Drive
The Mercedes-Benz GLC comes in a choice of distinctive bodies: conventional SUV and Coupe. Like many vehicles adopting the latter designation, that low-roofed body style isn't really a coupe, but it's designed to render a sportier look.
Four distinct powertrain possibilities are offered: four-cylinder GLC 300, AMG GLC 43 with V6, and V8-powered AMG GLC 63, plus a more potent S version of the latter.
The V8-powered Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 editions debuted during the 2018 model year. AMG models get a newly optional performance exhaust, as well as a Track Pace App.
The GLC 300 comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with direct injection that makes 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, driving a 9-speed automatic transmission. It comes with either rear- or all-wheel drive.
Mercedes-AMG models come standard with all-wheel drive. All three AMG versions use the same transmission. In the AMG GLC 43, a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 develops 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Because peak torque arrives at low speed (2000 rpm), 0-60 mph acceleration takes just 4.8 seconds.
A 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, generating 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet, powers the AMG GLC 63, shrinking 0-60 time near 4 seconds. In GLC 63 S form, the V8 whips up 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet. The S version comes only in Coupe guise; other models are offered in both body styles. Every GLC 63 has a limited-slip rear differential, but the S model's is electronically controlled.
All GLCs come with a rearview camera and forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking. A safety group includes adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and automatic LED headlights. A head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, rear-seat airbags, surround-view cameras, and Active Parking Assist are available. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named GLC a Top Safety Pick Plus, with Good crash-test ratings all around (including small overlap).
GLC 300 SUV ($40,050) has rear-drive, a four-cylinder engine, synthetic leather upholstery, power driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, 18-inch wheels, wood trim, and a 7.0-inch infotainment display. Leather and navigation are options. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $995 destination charge.)
4MATIC all-wheel drive adds $2,000.
GLC 300 Coupe ($46,600) has a lower roofline and comes standard with all-wheel drive.
AMG GLC 43 SUV ($56,250) and AMG GLC 43 Coupe ($60,400) get V6 power and all-wheel drive, along with synthetic leather/suede upholstery and 20-inch wheels.
AMG GLC 63 SUV ($69,900) and AMG GLC 63 Coupe ($73,150) boast a 4.0-liter, 469-horsepower V8 engine and all-wheel drive. AMG GLC 63 S Coupe ($80,750) features a 503-horsepower version of the V8 engine.