What is it?
The GLC Coupé is a niche within a niche within a niche. It’s the crossover version of the GLC SUV, which itself is an off-road-orientated iteration of the C-Class saloon. Its 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6, meanwhile, is part of the cod-AMG ‘43’ range of Affalterbach-lite powerplants engineered but not built at Mercedes’ in-house tuning division’s famous factory.
So depending on your perspective, you can see it as a car that neatly cherry-picks the juiciest components from all the conceptual forms it represents – the style of a coupé, the practicality of an estate, the all-terrain ability of an SUV and the response of a sports car – or just a collection of disparate ideas, all lobbed at the wall in the hope that at least some of them will stick.
In statistical terms, the GLC 43 Coupé is the same as the GLC 43 SUV from which it is derived: same 362bhp power output, same 4.9sec 0-62mph sprint, same MPG, same CO2, same weight, same everything, in fact. But Mercedes says it has worked hard on the all-round air suspension to give the car a feel of its own: firmer, more controlled and dynamic. More fun, in other words.