What is it?
When the facelifted GLC arrived on the Continent earlier this year, diesel options were limited to the more potent 300d - but it’s this latest addition that's almost certain to become the darling of the range here in the UK.
With the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder OM654 engine, which can also be found powering the current A-Class and E-Class, the 220d is only slightly less potent. It has 192bhp to the 300d’s 241bhp but delivers a significant 295lb ft of twist, enough to propel the near-two-tonne SUV to 62mph in a tenth under eight seconds.
Power is sent to all four wheels through the now familiar nine-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox, with our entry-level Sport variant riding on standard coil springs and adaptive dampers.
Sport models all include Mercedes’ latest MBUX infotainment system but eschew the digital instrument cluster seen on high-end AMG Premium cars.