No matter how far we think we've evolved, there's no denying that so many of our day-to-day interactions in this world depend on first impressions. Which is why we think it's perfectly understandable that a car buyer would gravitate to a set of wheels that looks as sleek as the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe.
Based on the German automaker's GLC-Class compact luxury crossover, the GLC-Class Coupe takes that model's basic structure and adds a swept-back roofline to create a four-door with a more rakish profile. The result is a classy vehicle that combines muscular good looks with the practical qualities that attract people to the crossover body style in the first place. A new AMG GLC 43 Coupe will also be on offer for those who want a version with the serious performance potential to back up the vehicle's racy good looks.
While the GLC-Class Coupe has its strengths — not the least of which are responsive handling and a comfortable, upscale interior — buyers need to be aware of the shortcomings inherent in its design. Rear-seat legroom is adequate, but headroom and cargo space can be in relatively short supply because of the sloping rear roofline. And while the entry-level version comes equipped with a host of desirable standard features, adding upgraded interior materials and a long list of available technology can inflate the price tag.
With all that in mind, we still think the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe offers something that can be hard to come by in this world. Namely the chance to make that all-important strong first impression.
Current Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe
As of this writing, the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe is offered in a single trim level, officially dubbed the GLC 300 4Matic.
The list of standard equipment starts with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, automatic wipers, power-folding mirrors, a sunroof and a power liftgate. Inside you'll find dual-zone climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, a power driver seat, driver-seat memory settings, 40/20/40-split power-folding rear seats, a rearview camera, the Mercedes' COMAND interface (which includes a 7-inch infotainment display, touchpad and knob controller), Bluetooth connectivity, Mbrace Connect (includes smartphone app integration) and an eight-speaker sound system.
Many of the most desirable options are grouped into packages, dubbed Premium 1, 2 and 3. Premium 1 offers keyless ignition and entry, heated front seats, blind-spot monitoring, satellite radio and a 115-volt, household-style power outlet.
The Premium 2 options package adds an 8.4-inch center screen, a navigation system, voice controls and illuminated doorsill kickplates. Spring for the Premium 3 package and you get adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and mitigation (with automatic braking), enhanced blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning and intervention, plus adaptive full-LED headlights, automatic high-beam control, a cabin fragrance and air purification system, and cargo area storage accessories.
Other noteworthy options include the Advanced Parking Assist package (which bundles hands-free liftgate access, front and rear parking sensors, an automated parking system and a top-down, 360-degree camera system), an adaptive air suspension (known in Mercedes-speak as Air Body Control), a head-up display, tri-zone climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, rear side-window sun-shades, those upgraded leather upholsteries and a 14-speaker Burmester premium sound system.
Moving all these luxury and high-tech trappings down the road is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic and all-wheel drive (aka 4Matic) round out the GLC 300's powertrain details. EPA fuel economy estimates stand at 24 mpg combined (22 city/27 highway). The high-performance AMG GLC 43 Coupe 4Matic is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that puts out 362 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. Official EPA estimates for this setup come in at 20 mpg combined (18 city/24 highway).
From behind the steering wheel, the GLC 300 Coupe 4Matic is a pleasure to drive, with sharp handling for a vehicle its size. The GLC 300's standard turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and nine-speed automatic transmission deliver remarkably sprightly acceleration, so the AMG model's significantly more powerful 3.0-liter V6 will probably prove to be overkill for most buyers.
Used Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe Models
The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe is an all-new model for 2017.
Read the most recent 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe page.