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Car Reviews | The Drives / 09-19-18

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

Is the GLC a worthy successor of the GLK?


By Nicolas A. Calanoc

 

There have been 2 trends brewing a few years ago that companies have perfected this time around: crossovers and everyday usability. Cars have been getting more difficult to classify because of the need to please different wants of customers in one package. If you were to mix all these trends together, you would end up with something that resembles the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class.

Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 Exclusive

The GLC-Class is a crossover based on the C-Class, which is the right size for something personal yet practical. Its interior space gets a better score though thanks to its SUV qualities versus a sedan. This time around, the GLC gets its styling cues right by balancing proportions instead of oversizing and raising a sedan like its predecessor, the GLK, back in its day.

 

Mercedes-Benz GLC 220d AMG

This car is practical thanks to its SUV qualities. It has a cargo trunk that can fit as much as any sedan could, but with the vertical advantage. If need be, the rear passenger seats fold to create a flatbed that accommodates long cargo. And finally: the GLC 200 Exclusive has a ground clearance of 180mm, while the GLC 220d 4Matic AMG gets a ground clearance of 160mm, both of which tackle rough roads with ease.

 

Inside is a completely different story. If the exterior and form is all about practicality, stepping inside reminds you that you are in a Mercedes-Benz with all the gadgets and gizmos. The front seats, for starters, can be configured to the smallest detail. The steering and engine have different settings, which one will surely fit to your liking. The connectivity to the phone was easy as well, making you play your tunes in no time with the use of the Burmester® surround sound system. And for the ones who are techy, both GLCs have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. All in all, you can customize the GLC to make it feel like your own.

 

The GLC-Class comes in 2 trims, the gasoline version called the GLC 200 Exclusive and the diesel version called the GLC 220d 4MATIC AMG. The GLC 200 Exclusive is powered by a turbocharged 2.0L gasoline engine with an output of 184 bhp of power and 221 lb ft of torque, while the GLC 220d AMG gets a turbocharged 2.2L diesel engine with an output of 170 bhp of power and 295 lb ft of torque.

 

They also different drivetrains, with the GLC 200 being a rear-wheel drive while the GLC 220d AMG being an all-wheel drive. The results are two similar driving experiences. The GLC 200 feels a lot smoother on the road with its fatter tires and direct power delivery. The GLC 220d on the other hand has a more athletic and explosive drive, making it desirable for those who want that confident pull when overtaking. Collectively, they drive as if they are C-Classes. They don’t feel huge to drive. They both feel connected to the road. They both can take a bad road without a sweat. When going off-road though with mud involved, you must know what your up against with the GLC 200 while the GLC 220d AMG provides the tools you need to get out of a bad situation.

 

Whichever one you get, the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is the answer to what the market looks for in a vehicle wrapped in the Silver Arrow’s finesse.  For those who want the fully loaded vehicle end to end while having the capability of going off-road with confidence, there is the GLC 220d AMG. But for those looking at practicality and know very well that the chances of going off-road are very slim, the GLC 200 Exclusive is a choice that is hard to argue with.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 Exclusive
Engine: Inline-4, 1911 cc, dohc, 16V, VVT, 9-speed automatic transmission
Max Power (bhp @ rpm): 184 bhp @ 5500 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm): 221 lb/ft @ 1200 – 4000 rpm
0-100 km/h [or 0-62 mph](sec):  8.3 sec.
Top Speed (km/h):  212 km/h (132 mph)
Fuel Milage (km/L):  14.1 km/L Combined
Price as Tested (PhP):  PhP 3,990,000.00
What’s Great + A bargain in its class, comfortable to drive, can be enjoyed 7 days a week
What’s Not So – Not All-Wheel Drive
C! Editors Rating 9.5 / 10

Mercedes-Benz GLC 220d AMG
Engine: Inline-4, 2143 cc, dohc, 16V, CDi, 9-speed automatic transmission
Max Power (bhp @ rpm): 184 bhp @ 3000 – 4200 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm): 221 lb/ft @ 1400 – 2800 rpm
0-100 km/h [or 0-62 mph](sec):  8.3 sec.
Top Speed (km/h):  210 km/h (131 mph)
Fuel Milage (km/L):  20.0 km/L Combined
Price as Tested (PhP):  PoA
What’s Great + Athletic, All-Wheel Drive, AMG kit
What’s Not So – Closely priced with its competitors
C! Editors Rating 9.0 / 10

Specifications