What is it?
It’s the all-new, BMW X3-rivalling Mercedes GLC, driven in the UK for the first time. Its predecessor, the GLK, was only available with left-hand drive, so this really is new territory for Mercedes in Britain.
We’ve already tried the lesser-powered GLC 220 d, which uses a 168bhp version of the same 2.1-litre twin-turbodiesel four-pot, on foreign soil. That car used the adaptive damping that’s standard on SE and Sport models, and also the optional air suspension, but our 201bhp test car’s AMG Line trim brings a firmer passive set-up with coil springs.
AMG Line spec also means more aggressive front and rear bumpers, new side skirts, 19in alloys and interior touches such as AMG steering wheel, pedals and carpet trim.