Quite apart from the plush, refined cabin we’ve already described, the GLC makes a strong case for itself here.

On list price, the car occupies a position familiar to Mercedes, being marginally above its nearest rivals, but strong residual values, competitive dealer finance offerings and low CO2 emissions should combine to make it a financially competitive prospect to run.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

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The GLC’s residual values should leave it in better shape than its rivals

On the latter front, the GLC 250d benefits in particular, being rated with the same 129g/km CO2 score as the GLC 220d and priced at a premium of less than £1200, which explains why Mercedes expects the 250d to be the bigger part of the UK volume mix. However, if you opt for the 20in alloys, as our test car was, the CO2 output increases to 143g/km, which is another reason to choose one of the smaller wheel sizes.

Standard kit levels are reasonably generous, although buyers will be well advised to consider Mercedes’ Premium and Premium Plus option packs, which will probably count towards enhanced resale values for most contract hire payers. In the latter case, it includes the desirable Comand Online infotainment and Burmester surround audio systems.

If we were specc’ing a Mercedes-Benz GLC, we would opt for a 250d in Sport trim, which equips the car with LED headlights, 18in alloy wheels and parking sensors as standard, and then add the £2995 option of the Premium Plus pack too.

Our 250d test car recorded a 39.3mpg average for our True MPG testers – more good news, since it betters the equivalent Discovery Sport and X3 while approaching that of the Volvo XC60

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