What's the used Mercedes GLC estate like?
Mercedes-Benz’s large SUV to rival the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Land Rover Discovery Sport is the GLC, which sits in the firm’s range between the smaller GLA and the enormous GLE. Built on adapted C-Class underpinnings, the GLC is the only full-sized SUV in Mercedes’ line-up produced in Europe.
Under the GLC’s bonnet, British buyers can choose between two versions of the same four-cylinder 2.1-litre diesel engine. The 220d produces 168bhp and the 250d pumps out 201bhp. You can also opt for the 350d, which comes with a powerful yet smooth V6 diesel engine that helps the GLC waft where the four-cylinder engines can only growl.
The petrol options on offer are the 43 and the 63 and 63 S models. These have been tweaked by Mercedes’ AMG division and rank speed above economy. The twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 in the 43 produces 361bhp and comes fitted with an AMG bodykit, alloys and decals inside and out, while the V8 engine in the 63 and 63 S models ups the power output even further and makes the GLC amazingly quick.
Power is transmitted on all GLC models via a standard nine-speed automatic gearbox through a permanent four-wheel drive system, with a 45% front to 55% rear apportioning of power.
Inside, the GLC scores over its closest rivals with a well-built, eye-catching and high-quality interior, featuring a giant gloss-black centre console and some contrasting metal highlights sprinkled across the dashboard. The driving position is raised and comfortable, visibility is good and there’s a 7.0in colour screen mounted up high, controlled via a rotary dial further down the console. Space in the front and rear is plentiful. The boot is comparable to those of its rivals and is accessed via an electronic tailgate.
On top of all that, the GLC comes with a whole raft of bang-up-to-date safety and security equipment and scores a full five stars in Euro NCAP's crash tests.
So the GLC is a good all-rounder, if not an outstanding car in any particular area. For family buyers in the market for a used car in this class, it has many desirable features and is certainly well worth a look.