2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

Buyer's Guide

It's a year of minor changes for Mercedes-Benz's entry-level crossover model, the GLC-Class. This is a relatively new name for this model, having replaced the GLK badge when Benz redesigned this compact utility in 2016.

The GLC's basics are carried over into this year's GLC 300, GLC 350e and GLC 43 variants. All three trims are available in a traditional SUV body style, while the sportier GLC Coupe leaves out the mid-range plug-in hybrid model. The changes are instead found in the lists of standard and optional equipment and are intended to better align the features in each with the sedan and coupe versions of the C-Class.

In the standard GLC 300, a backup camera becomes standard instead of being part of the optional premium package. Both the premium and premium plus packages have been revised, and there's also a new LED lighting package.

The backup camera is now also standard in the AMG GLC 43 model, along with a panoramic sunroof, both items again having been shifted out of the premium package, which gains a raft of other items in their place. The GLC 43 loses its premium plus package, there are new AMG driver and LED lighting packages and the AMG night package is now a stand-alone extra.

In the GLC 300 Coupe, there are no new standard features. The premium package has been pared down but draws in a couple of features from last year's premium plus group, which in turn gains a couple of new features.

Illuminated door sills are now standard in the GLC 43 Coupe, and the premium package now includes more than twice as many extras as last year. As in the standard GLC 43, the premium package is gone, replaced by the AMG Driver's and LED lighting packages.

The GLC and GLC Coupe models share two engines: GLC 300 models get a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, while the GLC 43 uses a turbo 3.0L V6 good for 362 hp and 384 lb-ft; both motors come with a nine-speed automatic transmission and Benz's 4Matic AWD system. Unique to the GLC is a plug-in hybrid 350e trim that pairs the four-cylinder with an electric motor for a total of 315 hp and 413 lb-ft; on a full charge, it's also capable of a little more than 30 km of all-electric driving.

It's tough to make an SUV look attractive, but we think Mercedes has done a particularly good job here with a design that's clearly tied to that of its sedans without looking tacked on to the GLC's taller body. We're still not sure we see the point of the crossover coupe as a concept (a coupe only has two doors!), but like the BMW X4, the GLC Coupe proves the look works better in a smaller package than the mid-size GLE Coupe.

Among the GLC's standard features are 19-inch wheels (18s on the 350e), power-folding side mirrors, automatic climate control, power heated front seats, push-button start, rain-sensing wipers. The GLC 43 adds 20-inch wheels, panoramic sunroof and a flat-bottom steering wheel.

The GLC Coupe is similarly equipped, but adds a sunroof to both 300 and 43 models, with the latter also getting ambient interior lighting.

It's in the options lists you'll find niceties like a power tailgate (which can be further optioned with a hands-free function), 360-degree camera, LED headlights and the expected assortment of active safety features.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Specifications

There are 7 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $45,900 MSRP
N/A
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
241 hp @5500 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Body style SUV
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
GLC 300 4MATIC SUV $45,900 5 SUV
GLC 300 4MATIC SUV 241 hp @5500 rpm 273 ft-lb @1300 rpm 9-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
GLC 300 4MATIC SUV 183.3" 74.4" 64.7" 113.1"
GLC 300 4MATIC SUV
GLC 300 4MATIC SUV N/A
GLC 300 4MATIC SUV
GLC 300 4MATIC SUV
GLC 300 4MATIC Coupe $50,300 5 SUV
GLC 300 4MATIC Coupe 241 hp @5500 rpm 273 ft-lb @1300 rpm 9-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
GLC 300 4MATIC Coupe 186.3" 74.4" 63.1" 113.1"
GLC 300 4MATIC Coupe
GLC 300 4MATIC Coupe N/A
GLC 300 4MATIC Coupe
GLC 300 4MATIC Coupe
GLC 350e 4MATIC SUV $59,900 5 SUV
GLC 350e 4MATIC SUV 315 hp @5000 rpm 413 ft-lb @1200 rpm 7-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
GLC 350e 4MATIC SUV 183.3" 74.4" 65.5" 113.1"
GLC 350e 4MATIC SUV
GLC 350e 4MATIC SUV N/A
GLC 350e 4MATIC SUV
GLC 350e 4MATIC SUV
AMG GLC 43 4MATIC SUV $62,200 5 SUV
AMG GLC 43 4MATIC SUV 385 hp @0 rpm 384 ft-lb @0 rpm 9-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AMG GLC 43 4MATIC SUV 183.5" 76" 64.1" 113.1"
AMG GLC 43 4MATIC SUV
AMG GLC 43 4MATIC SUV N/A
AMG GLC 43 4MATIC SUV
AMG GLC 43 4MATIC SUV
AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe $63,800 5 SUV
AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe 385 hp @0 rpm 384 ft-lb @0 rpm 9-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe 186.1" 76" 62.4" 113.1"
AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe
AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe N/A
AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe
AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe
AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC SUV $89,700 5 SUV
AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC SUV 503 hp @5500 rpm 516 ft-lb @1750 rpm 9-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC SUV 184.2" 82.5" 64.1" 113.1"
AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC SUV
AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC SUV N/A
AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC SUV
AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC SUV
AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC Coupe $91,500 5 SUV
AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC Coupe 503 hp @5500 rpm 516 ft-lb @1750 rpm 9-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC Coupe 186.9" 82.5" 62.4" 113.1"
AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC Coupe
AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC Coupe Leather Seats
AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC Coupe
AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC Coupe

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