2020 GLC 350e New Car Test Drive
Pick a 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV and you have a choice between a luxury SUV with a traditional roofline or one with a sloped '?Coupe'? roof.
Revisions for the 2019 GLC are relatively minor. Heated front seats and a 115-volt power outlet are now standard. New options include three-zone climate control, plus an Off-Road Engineering Package for the GLC 300 4Matic. New “designo” packages are available with AMG performance seats.
Four versions of the GLC SUV or Coupe are offered. In GLC 300 models, a 2.0-liter turbo-4 makes 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, with either rear- or all-wheel drive. The GLC 300 coupe comes only with all-wheel drive. Both use a 9-speed automatic transmission.
In the AMG GLC 43 SUV and Coupe, a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 develops 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet. A 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 powers AMG GLC 63 models, whipping up 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet. In the AMG GLC 63 S Coupe, the V-8 gets a boost to 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
The GLC 350e plug-in hybrid provides only limited range when running on battery-power alone. An electric motor works with a turbo-4 gas engine, generating 329 combined horsepower. Fuel economy improves slightly, and acceleration to 60 mph is a hair quicker than the GLC 300.
Standard on all but the GLC 300, all-wheel drive initially sends 55 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels, but the proportion varies as handling and traction requirements change. A Low range is not included.
Crash-test data has included a five-star rating from the NHTSA and 'Good'? ratings from the IIHS. Automatic emergency braking is standard, while blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, and a surround-view camera system are options..
Prices do not include $995 destination charge.
GLC 300 SUV ($40,700 with rear-drive, $42,700 with all-wheel drive) comes with the 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine, synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, power driver's seat, keyless start, dual-zone automatic climate control, power liftgate, 18-inch wheels, wood trim, and 7.0-inch infotainment display.
GLC 300 4Matic Coupe ($47,300) has 2.0-liter turbo-4, with coupe-like body. Adaptive braking, a sport-tuned suspension, sunroof, and 19-inch wheels are standard.
AMG GLC 43 4Matic SUV ($57,000) has all-wheel drive with twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6, as well as synthetic leather/suede trim, blind-spot monitors, AMG styling details, and 20-inch wheels. AMG performance upgrades include an adaptive suspension.
AMG GLC 43 4Matic Coupe ($61,200) includes all-wheel drive and twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6, with black exterior trim.
AMG GLC 63 4Matic SUV ($70,800) has twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, plus LED headlights, AMG-exclusive grille, limited-slip differential, Burmester audio, and AMG Speedshift transmission.
AMG GLC 63 4Matic Coupe ($74,100) moves up to 469-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-8.
AMG GLC 63 S 4Matic Coupe ($81,800) gets 503-horsepower version of 4.0-liter V-8, along with electronic limited-slip differential, leather upholstery, aluminum pedals, and heated windshield.
GLC 350e Plug-in Hybrid 4Matic SUV ($50,650) has gasoline/electric powertrain with all-wheel drive, LED headlights and 18-inch wheels..