2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class Evaluate, Rankings, Specs, Costs, and Pictures
Consider the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC as a high-riding C-Class station wagon, and also you received’t be far off. It’s removed from shady, both; the GLC has a equally composed trip and a trio of keen engines.
We price it a 7 right here, primarily based on the GLC300, the best-seller within the household. AMG fashions deal out horsepower like Halloween sweet and screw down the GLC’s dealing with to sedan ranges of grip, in order you may think, our ranking would go larger for these. (Learn extra about how we price vehicles.)
With the GLC300, Mercedes faucets a 2.0-liter turbo-Four with direct injection and cease/begin. With 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, the GLC300 SUV is available in rear- or all-wheel drive, however GLC300 Coupes solely include the latter. Each management energy through a 9-speed computerized.
In any mixture, these base GLCs have robust efficiency. The turbo-Four pumps out its thrust throughout a giant chunk of the accessible powerband, and Benz guarantees 0-60 mph instances of lower than 6.5 seconds. It’s refined although somewhat noisy on the high finish of its vary, and the cease/begin isn’t the smoothest we’ve felt. The 9-speed computerized doles out principally unobtrusive shifts, although it will probably lurch because it picks out and goals for decrease gears. There may be a variety in responsiveness and in shift speeds as the driving force selects Consolation or Sport and even Sport+ drive modes.
The usual all-wheel-drive system ships 55 % of its torque to the rear wheels at launch, however varies the distribution in accordance with dealing with and traction wants. Not like different Benz SUVs, the GLC doesn’t supply a differential lock or a low vary.
Mercedes will match the GLC300 with air springs and adaptive dampers, however even in inventory trim, it will probably sort out some impressively massive bumps with pose. It’s managed and exact, no matter setup, however add on the extras and it’s downright swish, a luxurious car that soaks up street flaws with out float. The steering doesn’t supply a lot info in any respect in base trim, however AMG variations get very intent on speaking with the driver-for good motive.
A GLC350e plug-in hybrid provides restricted battery-only vary and simply 1 mpg in gasoline financial system enchancment; skip it till Benz provides extra critical battery efficiency.
Strap on a twin-turbo engine and screw down the suspension, and the GLC will get to put on AMG initials. In each AMG varieties, the AMG GLC is fascinating as oxygen, however within the AMG GLC43 it’s a bit extra chic.
Within the GLC43, Benz swaps out the turbo-Four for a 362-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 with 384 lb-ft of torque, which peaks at a comparatively low 2,000 rpm. Its on-time arrival helps the GLC43 hit 60 mph in solely 4.Eight seconds. A 9-speed computerized and all-wheel drive include the engine, and the automated will get finer calibration that works higher than the baser model.
All the things concerning the GLC43 will get higher. It delivers a pillowy trip regardless of greater 21-inch wheels due to its commonplace air suspension, and grip improves with a extra pronounced energy break up to the rear wheels. The V-6 thunders to life, and barks out by a sport exhaust that pops and crackles—perhaps somewhat an excessive amount of at larger engine speeds.
The additional trip top and 4,100-pound curb weight grey out a few of the vivid AMG-ness, however the GLC43 handles very effectively and the steering grows extra full of life than within the GLC300. The GLC43 hustles into corners, neatly controlling its physique, and stays particularly flat in sport mode.
Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 and GLC 63S
Go all-out, and the GLC household finds its craziest relative within the GLC63 and GLC63 S. The core is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-Eight with 469 hp 479 lb-ft of torque. Stocked with a 9-speed computerized and all-wheel drive, it shoots to 60 mph in 4.Zero seconds—except it’s a GLC63 S, which blooms to 503 hp and 516 lb-ft, and drops 0-60 mph instances of three.Eight seconds.
Each GLC63 has a limited-slip rear differential, although S fashions have an electronically managed model for faster energy switch. That’s an E63 axle working throughout the rear, which may’t be dangerous in any respect, and a Race mode in its driver controls. We haven’t pushed one but, however we’ll write extra right here as soon as we have now.
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