the main one
Until last year, the GLC was Mercedes’ best-selling car worldwide, having sold more than 2.6 million units in seven years. Not surprisingly, the second generation of this SUV builds on the strengths of this bestseller. First contact with an entry-level diesel that gets mild hybridization.
Hybrid. No one can escape that, and so not this second-generation GLC, which has all its engines, petrol, diesel and of course quick-rechargeable, more or less electrified. But the adjective perfectly fits the image of this giant ambassador of the Mercedes brand…
In the profile, we consider a break (lowered by 4 mm and extended by 6 cm); from the rear, it reflects an adventurous look with body-colored bumper, shield and dual exhaust outlets (dummy); from the front, its star-studded grille is almost sports car-like, with an AMG Line finish, with gorgeous air intakes on either side of the valance; finally, inside we find ourselves in the living room of a limousine. The phrase “you can’t please everyone” doesn’t apply to him. Its broad appeal can appeal to customers with very different wants and needs, provided they can afford the entry ticket.
An almost religious silence
In the controls of the diesel we discovered “GLC II”, we almost want to check that we have not taken the wrong assembly. Powered by an alternator-starter, this four-cylinder with “fuel” injection and supercharging runs in almost religious silence. It is difficult to find better than a winter retreat in the cell of an Aragonese monastery or in one of the peaceful rooms of Torre del Marques on the Catalan borders. You have to insist, clearly push past 3,000rpm and prioritize brutal acceleration to summon the soundtrack into the cabin. A little experience in Eco mode, when you don’t want it, when you get off your feet, the engine turns off completely and resumes its functions with complete discretion as soon as the road requires, without the slightest signal. The system, like block vigilance, actively campaigns for controlled consumption.
If you liked the interior of the new C-class, you will not be disappointed, the dashboard of the SUV is practically the same. Behind the steering wheel is the now familiar 11.9-inch touch panel and a fully digital phone (12.3 inches). With a little practice, they ended up “converting” the pages of this monumental database very neatly.
The pleasure of going off the beaten track
The GLC is also distinguished by its dynamic qualities, and it is not surprising. If you have four-wheel steering (steering angle 4.5°) and air shock absorbers (the €3,400 dynamic package is a must) you’ll be surprised at the comfort, dare we say ‘agility’. despite two tons of animals. Since tar sometimes disappears in certain corners of our beautiful planet, know that the star SUV of the German house goes from civilization to the roads of the past without the slightest hesitation. With just one click, you can raise the body about fifteen millimeters and the integral 4Matic function follows you. The vast majority of delivered GLCs won’t spend most of their time plugging holes and eating rocks, but you should know that they can immediately accept such a diet with the same appetite as the idea of a spin for a few thousand terminals on the highway. as long as his autonomy allows it.
More equipped than the basic version (richer than many high-end products from other manufacturers …), it retains all the qualities of its predecessor, benefiting from the latest technological follies. He is already on the road to success.
Length: 4716 mm
Width: 1890/2076 mm
Height: 1640 mm
Wheelbase: 2888 mm
Ground clearance: 180 mm
Luggage volume: 620/1680 liters
Tank volume: 62 liters
Weight: 2020 kg
Number of seats: 5
Power: diesel, mild hybridization
Motorization: 4 cylinders
Power: 197 hp
Space capacity: 1993 cm³
Starter alternator: 23 hp/200 Nm
Maximum speed: 219 km/h
0 – 100 km/h: 8”
Maximum torque: 440 Nm
Transmission: permanent all-wheel drive
Gearbox: 9G-Tronic automatic
Combined consumption: 5.2-5.9 l/100 km
CO2 emissions: 136 g/km
Fiscal horsepower: 11 CV
– What can I see!
– (Big) Bird’s appetite
– Royal comfort
– Uncritical behavior
– High fashion finish
– Exceptional sound insulation
– Impressive turning radius thanks to steerable rear wheels
– the seat does not slide
– weight … anyway
– the most advanced driving aids available as an option
– the complexity of the menus, it takes time to navigate comfortably…
620> Liters. This is the size of the body and is clearly one of the benchmarks in the segment. The bench seat still doesn’t slide (that must be too complicated!), but the back space is changed effortlessly via buttons that allow the files to be folded down. On arrival, a perfectly flat floor that can accommodate a random realistic movement. Despite the hybrid system, the favorite SUV of “Merco” customers offers an additional sixty liters. Admirable.
Diesel plug-in hybrid. Must be the most sought after in the French market. Already available with this mild hybrid diesel engine, the GLC will soon be joined by the 300 de, 335 hp diesel plug-in hybrid (the 300 e and 400 e petrol plug-ins develop 313 and 381 hp). but very socket. This diesel promises record fuel consumption, which is of great interest for the big cylinders. It was announced in the spring at a price of €73,050.
€65,500 (from €60,700)