Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe (2016) Review
Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe (2016) At A Glance
Insurance Groups are between 40–44
On average it achieves 87% of the official MPG figure
The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe exists to offer a sleeker alternative to traditional upright SUV styling. Beneath a swooping roofline, it shares most components with the SUV version of the GLC, meaning the benefits of impressive engines and strong technology remain unaltered. What has changed is the driving experience. A sportier suspension setup is intended to make the GLC Coupe handle corners better, but also means a stiffer ride. Engine options range from diesel (mild) to V8 petrol (wild), and all come with four-wheel drive. The biggest question is whether, for you, the coupe styling is worth a price premium over the excellent GLC SUV.
Coupe versions of mid-size SUVs are a growing trend, and Mercedes-Benz has readily joined the party. The GLC Coupe applies a similar approach seen with the larger GLE Coupe, adding a curving roofline to typically boxy SUV bodywork. If you need to stand out from others at the school gates, but still want that elevated driving position, this could be the answer.
Looks are a subjective matter in the car styling world. Coupe versions of SUVs have their share of detractors, with not everyone impressed by the concept. However, with the GLC, Mercedes has created one of the more handsome and complete coupe conversions. It’s certainly less polarising than the rival BMW X4, for instance.
Creating the Coupe has not only involved tapering the GLC’s usually bluff rear styling. Mercedes-Benz has worked hard to give the Coupe model a genuinely sportier driving experience compared with the SUV model. This has been achieved through stiffer suspension settings, and lowering the body of the GLC Coupe closer to the ground.
With sharper steering responses, and a reduction in body-roll, the GLC Coupe certainly feels more dynamic than the SUV. Calling it a sports car would be a stretch, but time behind the wheel will feel more engaging than in the normal GLC.
The only drawback is a stiffer ride, which borders on becoming uncomfortable in GLCs with bigger wheels. Cars fitted with air suspension fare better, but this is only available on certain models.
Less restricted are the endless trim level options for the GLC Coupe. All are generous with their specification, however, with satellite navigation, LED headlights and climate control standard across the range.
The interior itself also feels generally well made, and helps justify the GLC Coupe’s premium price tag. Space in the front is virtually unaltered, but those in the rear will have less headroom compared with the GLC SUV. The difference is marginal, as is the reduction in boot size from the Coupe conversion. A boot capacity of 500 litres should still be sufficient for everyday life, though.
Four-wheel drive is fitted to all GLC Coupes, as is an impressive nine-speed automatic gearbox. This just leaves picking an engine from the varied range available. The diesels are economical but powerful, while the AMG performance petrols deliver serious ability.
A top speed of 174mph in the AMG GLC 63 S is a demonstration of the firepower on offer. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Mercedes also sells the diesel plug-in hybrid GLC 300 de, officially capable of up to 148.7mpg.
It all comes down to whether you prefer the looks, and image, of the GLC Coupe enough to justify spending more than for the already impressive SUV model.