Mercedes-Benz's Audi Q5 rival will go on sale in the UK this autumn, with prices starting from £34,950
Matt Burt
15 September 2015

This is our first official look at the Mercedes-Benz GLC, which will do battle against the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 when it goes on sale this autumn.

The GLC’s predecessor, the GLK, was never engineered for right-hand drive, costing Mercedes valuable sales in a burgeoning area of the market as a result.

We put the Mercedes-Benz GLC crossover through its paces in our full review

The new car will fill that gap. It’s based on the latest C-Class platform - Merc’s Modular Rear Architecture - but features a longer wheelbase than the small executive saloon. The GLC’s chief target is clearly the X3, with Merc’s offering being just 1mm shorter than the BMW, and 9mm wider. It is considerably lower, though.

Despite their similar lengths, the GLC’s wheelbase is 60mm longer than the X3’s. You notice this in the rear cabin, where there’s enough space for four grown-ups to sit in comfort. Headroom and legroom are especially ample.

The GLC will be offered with two diesel engines to start off with, badged GLC 220d and GLC 250d. They’re actually differently tuned versions of the same motor - in this case, Merc’s M274 2.1-litre unit. The more modest version will have 168bhp, while the 250d will offer 201bhp. As they are both based on the same engine, they also claim the same economy and emissions rating. They both produce 129g/km of CO2 and claim an average of 56.5mpg.

Unsurprisingly the 250d is the faster of the two, with 0-62mph coming in 7.6 seconds, and a top speed of 138mph. The 220d manages 0-62mph in 8.3sec, and has a top speed of 130mph.

The standard gearbox across the regular GLC range will be a nine-speed automatic - no manual transmissions will be offered. Four-wheel drive will be standard on all editions of the car, too.

A plug-in hybrid version will follow soon after launch. Badged 350e, it will mix the 208bhp petrol engine with a 114bhp electric motor, and feature a seven-speed automatic gearbox. Merc sources say it should be able to drive on electric power alone for about 20 miles, and will emit “less than 60g/km” of CO2.

Merc will offer the GLC with two conventionally sprung chassis set-ups: Comfort and a stiffer Sport. The car maker expects many customers to choose the optional air suspension. It can be combined with an off-road pack that adds selectable ride heights, lifting the GLC by an additional 30mm and 50mm, or lowering it by 15mm. This feature also adds an extra data page to the GLC’s infotainment system.

The GLC will get a performance version but, initially at least, it won’t be a full-house AMG V8. Instead, the GLC 450 AMG Sport will use a twin-turbocharged V6 petrol, producing around 360bhp. We expect it to arrive in the first half of 2016.

The GLC order books are open now, although first deliveries to UK customers aren’t due until November. Prices start at £34,950 for the GLC 220d 4Matic, and rise to £36,105 for the GLC 250d 4Matic.

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289

28 August 2014
I just knew that M-B would 'sell-out' and go down the popularist route, so now it will blend in with all the other mid size MPV's. Inevitably it will mean practicality and interior space will be compromised. The existing GLK was a great mid- size SUV - square jawed looks and great interior space. It was also quite competent off road. Its only issue was being limited to LHD.
If this Autocar rendering is correct this car will have more 'flame' surfaces and angles than the worst of the Bangle era BMW Frankenstein's.
I have to admit, after being a Mercedes-Benz man for 25 years, I find myself increasingly alienated by their current designs forcing me to make uncomfortable decisions over replacements. Too blingy, too many weird unnecessary angles, reduced vision through smaller windows, too much chrome. The only positive is the improved quality.
Thrilled to see the return to straight sixes though, big improvement.

A34

26 February 2015
Let's see: modern styling likely to be more aerodynamic (good), longitudinal rather than transverse engines compromising interior space vs size (bad), thirsty straight-6 (bad)...
Will be interesting to see if it compares to Q5 / Macan / X3 though. Not sure the new Freelandovery Sport is in the same class though.

26 February 2015
My last BMW, an E39 528SE, at least looked good when I picked it up new from a German Autohaus. But it turned out to be a complete lemon from the first trip onwards.

Malo Mori Quam Foedari

12 June 2015
289 wrote:

I just knew that M-B would 'sell-out' and go down the popularist route, so now it will blend in with all the other mid size MPV's. Inevitably it will mean practicality and interior space will be compromised. The existing GLK was a great mid- size SUV - square jawed looks and great interior space. It was also quite competent off road. Its only issue was being limited to LHD.
If this Autocar rendering is correct this car will have more 'flame' surfaces and angles than the worst of the Bangle era BMW Frankenstein's.
I have to admit, after being a Mercedes-Benz man for 25 years, I find myself increasingly alienated by their current designs forcing me to make uncomfortable decisions over replacements. Too blingy, too many weird unnecessary angles, reduced vision through smaller windows, too much chrome. The only positive is the improved quality.
Thrilled to see the return to straight sixes though, big improvement.

Completely agree with you. I am struggling to replace my 2009 C250. The new C-class just look sods from the back, like a dog pooling. It has a nice interior, great even, but those exterior looks put me off.

28 August 2014
Can't wait for the LRT!

289

26 February 2015
I just don't get why you would want an aerodynamic SUV.
It just ends up as a severely compromised workhorse or a blingy anachronism. Wouldn't a 4wd estate serve the aerodynamic issue better.
I don't think the new straight sixes will be uneconomic...no manufacturer would be able to develop something like this these days.
For my part I would never buy a Mercedes-Benz with a transverse engine, leave that to the VW group products and all the Japanese/Korean offerings.

26 February 2015
The streets of Bucharest are full of them. Versatile, Practical, Utility vehicle - whereas most SUVs are lacking on the Utility side.

Sad that the replacement is built for the city and not the countryside.

Malo Mori Quam Foedari

9 March 2015
Nice to see Mercedes keeping up with the times by apparently dispensing with any indicators, after all, these - they flash orange, for those of you who've never seen one when it's switched on - seem to be seldom used by motorists today, preferring the use of some telepathic app on their iphones which us old gits are apparently completely unable to access. Bring back trafficators; at least you couldn't see that they weren't on. Not sure about the panel/bumper quality, though - all looks a bit wobbly to me, front and rear, like they're made out of a bit of wobbly cloth, presumably a weight saving over wobbly plastic?

17 March 2015
Is this is the replacement for the LTI Taxi, disguised with Mercedes Badges?

25 May 2015
Looks quite a horrid machine i.m.o. not something to drool over.

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