2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe Review
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe Review
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Dan spent many years covering the go-fast, look-good, get-loud corners of the automotive universe. First, he served as editor of enthusiast magazines AutoSound and Honda Tuning, then as executive editor at SEMA News, the publishing arm of the trade group that produces the annual SEMA Show (yes, that show). As a contributor to Edmunds, he now likes to keep the volume low and the speed limit legal, providing expert car-shopping advice to drivers looking for the perfect match.
- Elegant and premium interior design
- Excellent balance between agile handling and a comfortable ride
- Abundant driver safety aids work great
- Four- and six-cylinder engines are fuel-efficient for the class
- Less useful cargo area than in regular GLC
- Infotainment controls aren't always easy to use
- Rear headroom isn't great, especially in the middle
- Minor revisions to feature availability
- Part of the first GLC generation introduced for 2017
The "coupe" distinction was once reserved for cars with two doors. But more recently automakers have been applying the name to describe any vehicle with a tapered roofline. Mercedes-Benz is one of the main contributors of this trend, having launched its fastback-style four-door CLS more than a decade ago.
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Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe GLC 300 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $3.93 per gallon for premium unleaded in Virginia.
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$207/mo for GLC-Class Coupe GLC 300 4MATIC
GLC-Class Coupe GLC 300 4MATIC
Avg. Midsize SUV
Since then, Mercedes has added a coupe label to several models, including SUVs such as the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. Despite its name, the GLC Coupe is a bona fide four-door SUV but with a sleeker and less boxy look than most SUVs. And whatever you might think of the misuse of the nomenclature, the coupe is nearly as easy to live with as its standard GLC counterpart.
Like the standard GLC, the GLC Coupe features a top-notch cabin fitted with soft leather, decorative wood and metal accents, and some of today's most advanced entertainment technology. Tech innovation continues with automated driving features (Mercedes does these better than almost anybody), which are available even on the base trim.
The GLC Coupe also offers a trio of engine choices: a punchy turbo four-cylinder, a heavier-duty V6, and a borderline reckless V8 with more than 500 horsepower. The latter comes with the GLC 63 S, putting it into a league of its own. Few other small SUVs come with such a blistering engine.
The GLC Coupe's downsides mirror those of most four-door sedans and SUVs that pose as coupes. There's less maximum cargo space (49.4 cubic feet in the coupe, 56.5 cubic feet in the standard GLC) and less rear headroom. You also need to consider the coupe's not-insignificant price premium over the regular GLC.
But if you don't mind the compromise in utility and prefer the coupe's sleek looks, the extra cost for the GLC Coupe's comfort, luxury and performance will be worth it.
Edmunds' Expert Rating8.1 / 10
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Coupe (turbo 3.0L V6 | 9-speed automatic | AWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2017, the current GLC Coupe has received some revisions, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Our findings remain applicable to this year's GLC Coupe, however.
|Overall||8.1 / 10|
The GLC 43 — a middle ground between the mainstream GLC 300 Coupe and the hooligan's choice, the GLC 63 — delivers thrilling performance when it counts. It's also agile for its size.
A burly twin-turbo V6 delivers instant acceleration almost anywhere in the engine rpm range. A slightly lazy pedal response in Eco and Comfort modes is a gripe, but it is easily dispensed in either of two Sport modes, although both are too high-strung for extended driving.
Braking force starts smooth and firm, then it gives way to hard and choppy bites as the vehicle slows. It's hard to brake smoothly in city driving, even with diligent pedal pressure. It stops from 60 mph in 105 feet, an excellent result for emergency stops, but it could be better in daily use.
Tight, taut steering, especially in Sport mode, makes the GLC feel smaller than it is. There are exceptional precision and response in curves and excellent on-center feel. Sport mode requires microadjustments that can be fatiguing during extended drives. Save it for fun, open roads.
The GLC is remarkably composed. You won't feel it bobbing or floating until you get on crumbling, undulating pavement. Extra-firm settings in Sport/Sport+ modes create more jostle but also more body control as long as the road is smooth.
It excels at sedate highway travel or quick, spirited driving. Drive modes are actually useful: Comfort is good for day-to-day driving; Sport and Sport+ are suited for deserted, twisty roads. When the GLC's coming to a stop, the transmission shudders subtly, but most passengers won't notice.
The GLC blends high performance with remarkable comfort. Seat comfort is exceptional, and the cushioned ride offers just enough firmness to keep things on the sporting side of the ledger. Road and wind noise is nicely suppressed for a serene cabin experience.
Mercedes' typically firm seats result in supreme long-distance comfort. The bolsters are firm but not unyielding, and they keep you in place during hard cornering. The rear seats are just as comfortable and come with optional heating.
It feels tight, controlled and buttoned-down in Comfort mode. Bumps are mostly shrugged off, too, though there is some harshness over broken pavement. Overall, though, it's admirable considering the GLC 43's sport-tuned suspension.
Noise & vibration8.5
There's some road noise over rough pavement and a hint of wind rustle over 65 mph, but otherwise cabin conversation is unaffected by the outside world. The GLC is quieter than most of its competitors. The turbo V6's throaty rumble is enjoyable when you step on the gas.
The center console is home to three orbital vents with controls directly below, and a vent on each end of the dash provides classic design and function. Rear passengers get two vents. On full blast, it'll heat or cool the cabin within a short stoplight wait.
The COMAND tech interface has a steep learning curve but offers many features and adjustable settings. The GLC Coupe's main drawback is the fastback roofline, which compromises rear-seat headroom and visibility out the back.
Ease of use9.0
All controls, switches and interfaces are laid out smartly and efficiently. A small cluster of buttons and icons around the central dial looks a little busy but offers easy access to altering vehicle settings, including drive modes, manual shifting and suspension damping.
Getting in/getting out8.0
The GLC doesn't ride as high as many other SUVs, so that means most occupants will easily slide in. The ample front seat bolsters don't protrude enough to be a problem yet provide superb support. Taller rear passengers may need to duck under the tapered fastback roof, but most others won't notice.
With ample seat adjustability and a power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, the GLC impresses by accommodating drivers of significant height differences. However, adjustable pedals would probably help short drivers who need to sit close.
There's plenty of room everywhere for elbows, legs and shoulders. The back seat is one of the roomiest in the segment, with lots of legroom. But the tapered roofline consumes headroom, even though the back seats are mounted fairly low. Three adults would be very cozy in the back seat.
A short hood and elevated sight lines provide a great view forward. Visibility out of the rear window is limited due to the sloping coupe roof. The small sail windows ahead of the rear pillars help eliminate leaps of faith during lane changes.
The interior of the GLC is built to a high standard of fit and finish, with narrow panel gaps and quality materials. Buttons, dials and switches all have a solid feel and heft. This car's cabin is built to last — a model others should strive to emulate.
If you want maximum utility, get the regular GLC with its traditional SUV roofline. If you want near-max utility with a semblance of style and plenty of performance, choose the GLC 43 Coupe. It gives up some room to its sloping roofline, but it's less than you'd think.
There are numerous places to store small items, including a clamshell center armrest bin and rear-seat armrest with pop-out cupholders. Voluminous door pockets accommodate two bottles larger than 20 ounces each, and a separate cutout will hold loose items such as a phone, wallet and keys.
With 17.6 cubic feet of capacity, the GLC 43 Coupe's cargo area (behind the rear seats) is about the same as the BMW X4's. Folding down the rear seats provides 49.4 cubic feet. The sloping roofline concedes space to the regular GLC but gains style in return.
Child safety seat accommodation8.0
Two pairs of Isofix anchors are easy to access under flip covers and sit at the surface of outboard rear passenger seats.
The GLC 43 Coupe is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds.
The GLC isn't a tour de force of Benz's latest tech — the E-Class is more advanced all around — but it's no slouch either. From its 8.4-inch touchscreen, high-quality sound system and a host of driver safety systems, the GLC 43 packs almost all you need.
Audio & navigation8.5
The premium Burmester surround-sound audio system is exceptional and a bargain for the price. Standard navigation is also top-shelf and beamed to an 8.4-inch display. The menu structure is easy to move through and convenient to operate with the dial controller.
Smartphones integrate via Bluetooth or a USB port. You can stream or play music through the Mercedes audio interface, but the integration isn't quite as good as Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Both are available, but they are incompatible with many of the available safety and tech features.
Mercedes' adaptive cruise control is world-class. It sticks close to the car ahead but maintains a safe following distance and doesn't panic-brake when a vehicle jumps in front. Combined with lane keeping and steering assist, it delivers beautiful semi-automated driving in highway gridlock.
Voice commands work handily to access navigation and music commands, even when connected via Bluetooth. Music commands are fulfilled especially quickly and fluidly.
Which GLC-Class Coupe does Edmunds recommend?
Although the AMG GLC 43 costs significantly more than the GLC 300, the price includes a few of the GLC 300's optional extras, not to mention a powerful V6 engine that catapults the GLC from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. We think it's worth it. There are multiple options to choose from, but one of the most frustrating restrictions is that you'll need to choose between Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality and the Multimedia and Driver Assistance packages. You can't have them both.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe models
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe is a compact luxury SUV offered in four trim levels: GLC 300, AMG GLC 43, AMG GLC 63 and AMG GLC 63 S.
The base GLC 300 starts with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine (241 horsepower, 273 pound-feet of torque), nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Standard features include 19-inch wheels, adaptive suspension damping, a power liftgate, a sunroof, LED headlights and keyless ignition.
Inside is a power-adjustable driver's seat with memory settings, heated front seats, 40/20/40-split power-folding rear seats, simulated-leather upholstery, a rearview camera, dual-zone climate control, a 115-volt household-style power outlet, a 7-inch central display screen, Mbrace Connect (includes smartphone app integration), and an eight-speaker sound system with HD radio and two USB ports. An optional Premium package adds blind-spot monitoring, keyless entry and satellite radio.
The AMG GLC 43 boosts the performance factor with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (362 hp, 384 lb-ft), 20-inch wheels, a sport-tuned air suspension, and upgraded brakes. Interior and convenience upgrades include the GLC 300's Premium package, a power-adjustable front passenger seat and steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles.
The AMG GLC 63 blends versatility and high performance with a turbocharged V8 (469 hp, 479 lb-ft), a sport-tuned transmission and all-wheel-drive system. While the GLC 63 is mostly a performance upgrade from the GLC 43, a notable interior upgrade is the premium 14-speaker Burmester surround-sound system.
The AMG GLC 63 S pushes performance to the limit with a higher-output V8 (503 hp and 516 lb-ft) and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential.
Many option packages are available for all trim levels. Safety-minded buyers might consider the Driver Assistance package, which adds adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert with automatic braking, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. The Parking Assistance package includes a top-down parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors, an automated parking system and a hands-free liftgate.
For the techies out there, a Multimedia package is offered with a navigation system, touchpad controller and an 8.4-inch central display screen. There's also an option that bundles Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but note that it's incompatible with the Multimedia and Driver Assistance packages.
A few of the features in the above packages can be ordered as stand-alone options. There are a number of separate items that buyers might want to add. Styling upgrades include 21-inch wheels and AMG Night and Optics packages. Luxury enhancements are also available, such as a cabin fragrance and air purification system, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, sport front seats, heated rear seats, rear climate control, rear side-window shades, various trim accents, and multiple premium leather upholsteries.
4.8 out of 5 stars
Most helpful consumer reviews
5 out of 5 stars
Love my GLC Coupe
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe GLC 300 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)
Edit: Now approaching 27k miles and being 4 months away from 5 years of ownership, I still love this car. The only problem I’ve encountered was a clogged sunroof drain, which was taken care of easily. It has practically worn through the Goodyear tires that it came with so those will be replaced soon. Otherwise, all is good here! I bought my GLC Coupe about a year and a half ago and … still love every moment in it! When I tell people what I have they often have no idea what it looks like, giving it a sense of rarity. I love the exterior and interior styling, and the infotainment setup is pretty easy to use. I look forward to keeping this car for at least 10 years and hope it’s good to me!
5 out of 5 stars
First SUV ever!
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe GLC 300 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)
So, I am used to driving luxury sedans. This is my first SUV and I must say the transition was seamless. I love the coupe version of the GLC. It fits my style, but I have the utility when needed. I love long road trips, beaches etc. so I am looking forward to doing things like that in this SUV. It is super sporty. Although the engine is only a 4 cylinder, this things has some … power! You also have the ability to use the dynamic select options to firm the dampers, steering etc. The seats are chair height so ingress and egress is super easy. You have a commanding view, but with the sportiness of a sedan. Now, having said all of that, I don't haul big items, so that has never been an issue for me. I drove both the GLC wagon and the coupe, and both were wonderful SUVs. Just the coupe seems more buttoned down and has more direct steering. I have not regretted my purchase so far. The interior of this car is amazing, as well as its quiet demeanor. The stereo is amazing and having driven Mercedes products for years, the column electronic shifter and the COMAND system is like an old friend. LOL. I actually like both systems. I added the level 3 package which added all of the safety aids, and they work wonderfully! The active lane assist is amazing, distronic plus is very useful during bumper to bumper traffic, as it will drive the car for you. The cabin fragrance system is also a good option. They are not over sensitive or overbearing.
5 out of 5 stars
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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe GLC 300 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)
This is the most incredible vehicle I have ever owned. Anyone who does not give this car at least a 9 out of ten either isn't paying attention, or works for a competitor. Sure, it would be better with 50 more HP. Show me a car that would not be. The good news is that, with most German cars, you can pay more to get more power without changing the overall personality of the car. But, it is … a stylish, versatile, comfortable and satisfying car, by any measure. It is smooth and quiet. The entertainment system makes the cabin feel like a concert hall. I am one of those people who felt Mercedes took a downturn during the Daimler-Chrysler years. But, what ever happened in those days is not happening anymore. This is true Mercedes-Benz in the tradition of the best cars the company has ever made. Is the technology a bit complicated? Yes! But, it has multiple layers of control, meaning many functions can be controlled in several ways. So, once you find your preferences, it becomes very uncomplicated. I wish the car had Apple/Android car play, like my Porsche. But, it does everything else so well that the system's absence is hardly noticeable. The comfort is amazing. The MB-Tex seats are firm, yet not obnoxious. They look and feel like leather, but they will never stretch out, wrinkle or crack. In this day of cheap and annoying CVT transmissions, Mercedes specifies a silky-smooth 9-Speed automatic. Shifts are hardly noticeable. The car has a suite of safety features that protect the driver and keep he or she aware of what is going on. If this car has a weakness, it might be rear visibility from the driver's seat. But, the advanced camera package takes care of that. The car is just the right size. And, I love the styling, even in base trim. I saw it at the NY Auto Show and immediately bought one. I could not see any car on the floor that would meet the needs of a car enthusiast who can't just look at performance. When the seats are folded down, the cargo space is cavernous. While you may sacrifice some space with the fastback design, it isn't that much. And, when you buy a GLC Couple, you probably aren't looking for a truck. The added style carries with it a cost, in terms of reduced cargo space. But, is not a big factor. Comparing this car to a BMW X-4 is not even fair. The X-4 is a great car. But, it is more expensive, and lacks refinement. It is also not as comfortable. I have owned a 188 cars since 1970. Lots of premium logos. And, I would bet that this Mercedes will prove to be my favorite. You can listen to the so-called experts nit-pick the car. But, get in one and drive it for a few weeks and you will agree that this car is destined to be one of Mercedes Benz best ideas ever. It is the kind of premium car that should have been built 20 years ago. I love Audis, BMW's and Porsches. But, I would choose this over any of their highly competent SUV's or SAV's. Style and character still go a long way with me. The Mercedes-Benz GLC300C4 is a competent vehicle that does more things better than any car I have owned. Let's just hope the reliability factor is in sync with the obvious build quality of this car.
5 out of 5 stars
After my grin settles
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe AMG GLC 43 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A)
This is our first Mercedes. We drove a SRT Jeep and Porsche Macaan prior to the purchase. We have owned for just under a year and about 15k. The car is still as exciting as it was when we drove it off the lot. The engine and exhaust note this car produces makes the incredible sound system seem like a waste of money. There are zero complaints about the car. The sitting position in both … the front and rear along with comfort made it the better option over the Porsche. The engineering, fit and finish leave very little to complain about. Gas mileage of course depends on driving habits. High side is mid 20's low side is mid teens. We have the coupe. We have not seen another glc43 coupe since purchase. It has been and continues to be a thrill. I did drive a glc300 when we had or 10k service. The AMG package takes the platform to a well engineered car to a exhilarating experience. The air suspension is a great feature as well.
We have a limited number of reviews for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe, so we've included reviews for other years of the GLC-Class Coupe since its last redesign.
2019 GLC-Class Coupe Highlights
|Combined MPG||23 MPG|
|Cost to Drive||$207/month|
|Cargo Capacity |
All Seats In Place
|Drivetrain||all wheel drive|
|Warranty||4 years / 50,000 miles|
Our experts like the GLC-Class Coupe models:
- Active Lane Keeping Assist
- Warns you when you're drifting over the lane lines on the highway and can help steer you back into your lane.
- Parktronic with Active Parking Assist
- Guides the GLC Coupe into a parking spot with minimal driver assistance.
- Pre-Safe Brake with Pedestrian Recognition
- Alerts the driver if a front collision is imminent; can apply the brakes automatically to lessen the impact. Can also identify pedestrians.