2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Review

  • Balance of comfort and performance makes it an appealing daily driver
  • Elegant design gives it a true luxury appearance
  • Plenty of room for adult passengers in back
  • Solid fuel economy from the standard four-cylinder engine
  • Less cargo space and towing capacity than competition
  • Warranty coverage lags the rest of the class
  • GLC 350e, the plug-in hybrid, has been discontinued
  • Minor revisions to feature availability
  • Part of the first GLC generation introduced for 2016

As with athletes, CEOs and world leaders, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC embodies an age-old maxim: Getting to the top is easier than staying there. The GLC helped create today's small luxury SUV class when it first arrived as the GLK for the 2010 model year. Since then, Mercedes' regular tinkering with the classic mix of comfort, performance, utility and technology has landed the GLC atop our small luxury SUV rankings, outpacing the half-dozen competitors that have arrived in its wake.

With ample cabin space, the GLC handles office shuttles or soccer practice with equal ease, and an array of tech and safety features mitigate the road's daily hazards. The GLC lineup also ranges from mild to wild, so you'll find a suitable version whatever your threshold for thrills. Even after more than a decade, the GLC continues to pace its nearest rivals including the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60. Interested? Check out our Expert Rating below to learn more and get our in-depth evaluation on the 2021 GLC.

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The Mercedes-Benz GLC is all about smoothness and refinement. It treats you with serene comfort, a high-quality cabin, and impressive technology and safety features. In a group of small luxury all-stars such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Porsche Macan and Volvo XC60, the Mercedes-Benz GLC remains a benchmark.
We tested the GLC 300. It has plenty of power for merging onto a highway or making a quick pass on two-lane roads. In our testing, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph took just 5.8 seconds. That's quicker than average for a small luxury SUV with a base four-cylinder engine. (For comparison, an Audi Q5 did 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds.) The GLC's nine-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and quickly.

Maneuverability is another strong point. The steering is light and responsive for around-town purposes. Switch into Sport or Sport+ mode and the steering gains a little more heft, but never at the cost of comfort. Composed suspension tuning and strong brakes round out the GLC's road manners.
The GLC has outstanding ride comfort. It ably absorbs bumps and cracks in the road and gives you a feeling of stability and control. This is as refined as it gets for an SUV of this size. The front seats are also quite comfortable and have a wide range of adjustability.

Very little outside noise makes its way inside the cabin, and our test GLC had no creaks or audible rattles. It all contributes to a serene driving experience made extra comfortable by climate control that's quick to activate and easy to control. You can even easily adjust it using your voice through the MBUX infotainment system.
You'll find the GLC's interior quite roomy. Most of the controls are within reach thanks to a wide range of adjustability in the driver's seat. Getting in and out is easy as well. Rear passengers will be comfortable since there is plenty of space even behind tall drivers. The rear doors don't open as wide as the fronts, however, so access isn't quite as open.

The standard MBUX infotainment system has helpful menus and controls for nearly every function of the vehicle. You can control the system by touchscreen, with a touchpad, with scroll keys on the steering wheel, or even through voice activation. All of these interfaces respond quickly.
The 10.25-inch MBUX center screen has vibrant-looking graphics and menus. Integrated navigation and the digital information cluster display cost extra but are perfect complements. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility comes standard, and both boot up quickly. The range and accuracy of the voice control system make this one of the few worth using.

The GLC also has excellent driver assistance features. The adaptive cruise control, for example, maintains a safe yet close following distance from the vehicle ahead and doesn't panic-brake when a vehicle cuts in front of you. This system, combined with the lane keeping system, provides impressive semi-automated driving in highway gridlock. The surround-view cameras are very helpful for parking too.
Utility is definitely not the GLC's strong suit. For example, the GLC can only hold 19.4 cubic feet of cargo behind its rear seats, while the BMW X3 can hold 28.7 cubic feet. Maximum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds (when properly equipped) compared to the BMW's 4,400 pounds. Small-item storage isn't so great either — there's no great place to store your smartphone.

But the GLC is decent at family duty. The roomy back seat should allow you to easily fit two child safety seats, either boosters or the bulky rear-facing units. The car seat anchor and tether points are easy to find too.
The EPA estimates a rear-wheel-drive GLC 300 (what we tested) gets 24 mpg in combined city/highway driving. Our testing mostly aligned with that estimate, and we observed 25.8 mpg on our 115-mile mixed-driving evaluation route. The more powerful GLC models get lower fuel economy (down to an estimated 18 mpg for the GLC 63).
The GLC is priced similarly to its competitors and feels every bit a high-quality luxury vehicle. There are premium materials throughout the interior and considerable heft to the controls. The body panels line up with German precision. This airtight build process, plus the addition of standard MBUX, makes the price seem more than reasonable.

But Mercedes loses points for its warranty, which lags the rest of the class. Sure, competitors such as Jaguar and Infiniti have better offers to make up for the relative lack of prestige, but the GLC is bottom in each category. If Audi and BMW can make a little extra effort for their customers, Mercedes should too.
Mercedes' engineers focused on luxuries that can be enjoyed every single day. The interior design and ride comfort, for instance, immediately stand out. These strengths make it easier to forgive less sexy oversights such as limited cargo space. Stepping into the GLC feels like washing all your worries away. "Fun to drive" may be a stretch, but don't be surprised if you look forward to driving it every chance you get.

Which GLC-Class does Edmunds recommend?

The entry-model GLC 300 offers everything most drivers will want in a small luxury SUV, especially when you add some of the many technology, comfort and safety upgrades. If you need an SUV with more zest, the AMG GLC 43 is solid middle ground. Either way, look to get a GLC with the Driver Assistance package — it adds some desirable advanced safety features.
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Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class models

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC is a five-passenger small SUV available in four trim levels: GLC 300, GLC 300 4Matic, AMG GLC 43 and AMG GLC 63. They come with different engines but otherwise have similar standard and optional features. Highlights include:

GLC 300
The base trim GLC comes with a well-rounded feature set that includes:

  • Turbocharged four-cylinder engine (255 horsepower, 273 lb-ft of torque)
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive
  • LED headlights
  • Power liftgate
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Power-folding side mirrors
  • Remote start (via smartphone app)
  • Keyless entry and push-start ignition

Interior features include:

  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable, heated front seats
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Household-style power outlet

Standard technology and safety features include:

  • 10.25-inch touchscreen display with Mercedes' MBUX infotainment interface
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Blind-spot monitoring (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if you don't respond in time)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while you're in reverse)
  • Automated parking system (steers into a parking spot with little or no driver intervention)

GLC 300 4Matic
The GLC 300 4Matic has the same features as above but with all-wheel drive.

A sportier version of the GLC, the AMG 43 comes with:

  • Turbocharged V6 engine (385 hp, 384 lb-ft)
  • All-wheel drive
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Sport-tuned air suspension (adapts to improve ride comfort and handling)
  • Customizable ambient cabin lighting
  • Upgraded interior trim

When 385 horsepower isn't enough, there's the GLC 63, which adds:

  • Turbocharged V8 engine (469 hp, 479 lb-ft)
  • Enhanced all-wheel-drive system
  • Sport exhaust system
  • Multimedia package (navigation system with augmented reality video directions)
  • Full digital gauge cluster
  • 13-speaker premium Burmester sound system

The GLC offers abundant options, both as stand-alone selections or bundled in packages. Nearly all are available on all four trim levels, if not already available as a standard feature. Highlights include:

  • Driver Assistance package
    • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the GLC and the car in front)
    • Lane keeping assist (steers the GLC back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
    • Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
    • Enhanced blind-spot monitoring (can steer the GLC to help avoid a collision with a vehicle in your blind spot)
    • Enhanced collision avoidance braking
    • Lane change assist (can initiate and execute a lane charge automatically after activating the turn signal for a certain length of time)
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • 360-degree camera system (gives you a top-down view of the GLC and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Leather or upgraded leather upholstery
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Tri-zone climate control
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)
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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class.

Average user rating: 4.2 stars
13 total reviews
5 star reviews: 62%
4 star reviews: 15%
3 star reviews: 8%
2 star reviews: 15%
1 star reviews: 0%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Quality throughout
G Money ,
GLC 300 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)
The seats are the most comfortable I’ve ever experienced. My wife and I shopped for comfortable seats due to the amount of miles we put on a vehicle. We’ve owned Honda’s, Toyota’s, Chevrolet, Buick, Ford and BMWs. None compare to this amazing vehicle. The tech is also off the hook. It’s the most technologically advanced car ever and the power is amazing. I can’t wait to drive it again.
5/5 stars, Well balanced car
Ralph Y,
GLC 300 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)
No car is perfect universally because we have different needs. I have a 2018 model and just bought a 2021 for my wife. We have 2 almost identical cars because GLC300 fits our needs perfectly. I’m 6’ and have a kid 5’8”, another kid in a huge car seat, and GLC300 has enough room for our family of four. It’s fast enough for merging and taking over on highway and nimble on local roads, and if you’re not in a hurry it easily return gas mileage over 25 mpg and over 30 on highways. Some people also say their other brand cars are fast and nimble, what I mean here is a level above. I had a GLK 350 for 6 years and had no problems of any sort, and my 2018 GLC trouble free, too. So I would like to say GLC and its predecessor GLK are reliable. I researched almost every mainstream brand before invested in 2 GLCs, and found that 1) Toyotas are having 8-speed transmission problems and Hondas infotainment system problems and Subarus braking failures and GLCs and predecessor GLKs no big complaints and are not “money pit”. 2) outdoor price is MSRP, don’t over pay. If other brands carry equivalent equipments as GLC, they are most likely at the same price or even more. Buy prepaid maintenance and that will bring down the maintenance cost to $500/10k miles. You’re driving a luxury compact so it’s acceptable even it costs at most $300 more that a Toyota every 10k miles and GLC IS luxurious.
4/5 stars, GLC 300
GLC 300 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)
The car has loud wind noise when driving. Drives great but loud.
5/5 stars, Nice SUV
GLC 300 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)
Don’t try to turn it into a sports car. Base 18” wheels and it rides like a Mercedes should and is the quietest cabin. Interior quality is nice and sound from the Sennheiser stereo is awesome

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class video

[MUSIC PLAYING] MARK TAKAHASHI: Guten tag from Germany, the birthplace of Mercedes-Benz, where I'm driving the refreshed 2020 GLC-Class. The GLC-Class is currently our top-ranked SUV in class for good reason. It drives great. It has a wide range of performance, depending on which model you go for. And the interior is impeccable. It is under mounting pressure from BMW, as well as Audi. So it was due for a little update. Before I get into this review, do me a favor and hit Subscribe below. We have a ton of great content coming your way. On the outside, well, there's not a whole lot different. It has new headlights, new bumpers in the front and back, as well as new tail lights. There's also a slightly revised grill. That really doesn't add up to much when it comes to refreshes. Under the hood is a new 2-liter turbo-charged 4 cylinder, replacing the old 2-liter, 4-cylinder, turbo-charged engine. You get a boost of 14 horsepower, which really doesn't add up to much either. There is a 48-volt mild hybrid system, though. But here's the bummer. We won't get it in the US for some reason. We do get the bonkers GLC 63 AMG, as well as, later in the year, a plug-in hybrid. Indeed, the bigger changes are on the inside. But first, let's go for a drive. [MUSIC PLAYING] There aren't a lot of big changes for the GLC for 2020 when it comes to driving dynamics. And that's a good thing. I mean, it's our top-ranked luxury SUV in its class. You get 14 more horsepower this year. But honestly, you're not going to feel that difference. What is different is there will be standard adaptive dampers across the lineup. You can also upgrade to an air suspension, which is also really good for the off-road package. It gives you added right height when you need it. These adaptive dampers-- well, they're individually controlled. So if one wheel needs to soften up or stiffen up, it can do that. Power from this 2-liter 4-cylinder engine is more than adequate. I'm cruising along at highway speeds on the Autobahn right now, and passing really isn't a problem. In fact, let's find out now. There's a good, quick response from the transmission, knocking you down a few gears. And there's no real lag or tip-in coming from the engine. It just kind of whooshes you right along, just as you'd expect. Even better, it doesn't sound bad when you floor it. It doesn't sound rattly or raspy, as some 4-cylinders do. It doesn't sound like you're hurting anything. In a lot of ways, it reminds me a lot of some 6-cylinders. At the moment, I'm on an unrestricted speed zone on the Autobahn. And I'm hearing a little bit of wind noise coming off the mirrors. But honestly, if you're driving this fast in the states, you have much bigger problems to worry about. Further adding to the comfortable environment in the GLC is it's quiet. I'm not getting a whole lot of road noise or wind noise, or even a lot of engine noise. That means on a long road trip, you'll have a little less fatigue to deal with. The steering is light, which is pretty much what you'd want from a luxury SUV like this. It's effortless, especially when you're making tight multipoint turns. That lightness really pays dividends. The brakes are moderately soft, which is also what you want from a luxury SUV. And it's easy to modulate. It's easy to come to a really nice, smooth limo stop. Outward visibility is excellent. Now, this roof pillar might be a little thick when you're looking at it. But it's pushed back in your field of view. So you don't really have to bob your head around to see. And rear visibility is excellent. You get a good view of what's following you. And the mirrors are well placed and large enough to give you good situational awareness. Another feature new for 2020 is some low-level automated driving systems with full range, start and stop cruise control. That's particularly good if you're in areas that are prone to heavy traffic. It takes that burden of driving off of you just a little bit. And it takes some of the stress off of your daily commute. In bumper-to-bumper LA traffic, it's something I use a lot. The seats are the same as last year, and that's also a good thing. They're supportive. They have plenty of side bolstering to keep you well centered when you're taking turns. And over several hours of driving, you're not going to feel any hard points. It just kind of cradles you in nicely. On a hot day like it is here in Germany, ventilated seats are also a really good bonus. It's funny. I keep checking my mirrors to see if there's a cop, even though there's no speed limit. There's no speed limit. There's no speed limit. There's no speed limit. Oh, oh. OK, that's 200 kilometers. That is a ticket in LA, for sure. (SINGING) Bad boys, whatcha want, whatcha want-- MARK TAKAHASHI: For the most part, the interior of the GLC remains untouched. And I love it for that. Along with the related C-Class sedan and coupe, it's the first interior that was designed by Mercedes in their Italian design offices just outside of Lake Como. What a fantastic place to design cars. It has this wonderful sweeping waterfall-like center stack that's so graceful. And at least with this model, we have the open-pore wood, which I think is the best choice. There's just enough visual interest to make it feel special. And in typical Mercedes fashion, materials quality is excellent throughout. The big change-- and I contend the most important change for the 2020 refresh-- is the inclusion of the MBUX Infotainment system. We love this system in pretty much any car they've put it in so far. It gives you four different ways to control everything. You have these little touch pads here on the steering wheel, which control both the instrument panel as well as the main touch screen. And of course, as I just said, it's a touch screen, which lends itself to easy control for things like Apple CarPlay. You also have this trace pad here, which functions way better than any other trace pad in a car, because you kind of swipe up and down, left and right, rather than having to move a cursor around the screen. Cars like Lexus-- that cursor is bouncing around like a fly in a box. It's really irritating. But it works perfectly in the MBUX system. You also have the best voice recognition system in the industry. You just say, hi, Mercedes, and it wakes up and asks you what you want. You can control the temperature. You can control all of the navigation, radio, everything else. It's fantastic. It even has a few Easter eggs built in. Quite honestly, it is the best and more than enough reason why you should get the 2020, instead of the 2019. From the back seat of the GLC, I have more than enough room. I'm 5 foot 10 sitting behind the front seat that is set for me. I have a ton of space underneath that seat and way more knee room than I'll ever need. There's a good amount of lateral space as well. And even with the panoramic sunroof, I have tons of headroom. It's a nice, padded center armrest here, with your typical overengineered German cup holders, and two USB ports right here in the back of the center console. The problem is, at least for me, is their USB-C, which means for a lot of people, you might need an adapter for the regular USB cable. Not that big of a deal. There is a feeling of airiness and spaciousness that is really quite nice back here. These windows are big. This pillar right here is kind of in my periphery. But the little cutout behind makes it feel less claustrophobic. There is the coupe version. And honestly, I have a real problem with coupe-like SUVs. Because the reason you buy an SUV is for cargo space and rear passenger headroom. And it cuts into both with the coupe. But if you really want performance, maybe the coupe makes sense for you. When it comes to cargo, the GLC also excels. A power lift gate, obviously, and a really good amount of space. There is more than enough space for several large suitcases, and quite a bit of space underneath, where a spare tire would normally go. On top of that, you also have these electric releases for the seat backs, so you don't have to reach in and pull them down, which is also really nice. And you'll notice that the rear seats are 40-20-40 split, which means you get just a little more flexibility when it comes to cargo versus passengers. As another added bonus, if you opt for the available air suspension, you also get the variable load height. That means the switch right here will drop it down, making it easier to load much bulkier objects into the back. All in all, the GLC easily meets the needs for families who want that flexibility of passengers versus cargo. Another addition for 2020 is some added offroad abilities. We had the chance to put it through its paces on a really challenging offroad course, and it handled everything with ease-- steep grades, steep descents, water, mud, weird inclines, even getting the wheel stuck way up in the air. It was impressive. And that translates to a little more reassuring ride on water, snow, and ice. Even though the changes are slight for the GLC-Class for 2020, they do add up to just enough updates to keep it on the top of our list. In particular, the MBUX system is the best in the industry-- so good, in fact, that we gave it an award. The price goes up for 2020 by a little over $2,000. Starting price is right around $43,500. But honestly, I think that increase in price is well-justified on the MBUX system alone. For more information on the GLC-Class, as well as its competition, head on over to edmunds. com. To see more videos like this, hit Subscribe. [MUSIC PLAYING]

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Review

NOTE: This video is about the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, but since the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

We sent Edmunds Senior Reviews Editor Mark Takahashi all the way to Stuttgart, Germany, to check out the refreshed 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC. The GLC is already our top-ranked small luxury SUV, so we wanted to find out if the changes are enough to keep its class-leading status.

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
22 City / 29 Hwy / 25 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.4 gal. capacity
5 seats
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 9-speed shiftable automatic
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 255 hp @ 5800 rpm
Torque: 273 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Length: 183.3 in. / Height: 64.7 in.
Overall Width with Mirrors: 82.5 in.
Overall Width without Mirrors: 74.8 in.
Curb Weight: 3889 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 19.4 cu.ft.

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Our experts’ favorite GLC-Class safety features:

Parktronic with Active Parking Assist
Guides the GLC into an available parking spot with minimal driver assistance.
Pre-Safe Brake with Pedestrian Detection
Alerts the driver if a front collision is imminent and can apply the brakes automatically to lessen the impact. Can also identify pedestrians.
Attention Assist
Measures driver engagement with the vehicle to determine if the driver needs to rest. Alerts the driver via the information display.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover18.4%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Roof Strength Test
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class vs. the competition

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

2021 BMW X3

2021 BMW X3

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class vs. BMW X3

These two traditional rivals are so closely matched that, if you don't already have a preference, you really can't go wrong with either. The BMW has a slight edge with sharper, sportier handling and larger cargo space, while the Benz offers a bit more elegance, power and innovative tech. Test-drive both and see which speaks to you.

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Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class vs. Audi Q5

The Audi Q5 is a bit like a third political party. It doesn't have the numbers of its two main rivals, but its unique platform has broad appeal. All-wheel drive comes standard and its four-cylinder is capable. It looks and feels modern, with sharp exterior style, a high-quality interior, and a tech interface with crisp displays and lightning response.

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Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class vs. Lexus RX 350

Both the GLC and the Lexus feature forward-thinking technology and style. Think of the Lexus as a modern version of old-world luxury with a comfortable ride, a quiet cabin and top-shelf materials. The RX 350 comes with a few more standard safety features, a bit more interior space and a standard V6. Going with the GLC gives you greater performance potential and more advanced infotainment features.

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Is the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 GLC-Class both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.3 out of 10. You probably care about Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class fuel economy, so it's important to know that the GLC-Class gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg to 25 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the GLC-Class ranges from 17.6 to 19.4 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class:

  • GLC 350e, the plug-in hybrid, has been discontinued
  • Minor revisions to feature availability
  • Part of the first GLC generation introduced for 2016
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Is the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class reliable?

To determine whether the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the GLC-Class. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the GLC-Class's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 GLC-Class and gave it a 8.3 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 GLC-Class is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class?

The least-expensive 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class GLC 300 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $43,200.

Other versions include:

  • GLC 300 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $45,200
  • GLC 300 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $43,200
  • AMG GLC 63 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $73,900
  • AMG GLC 43 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $59,900
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What are the different models of Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class?

If you're interested in the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, the next question is, which GLC-Class model is right for you? GLC-Class variants include GLC 300 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), GLC 300 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), AMG GLC 63 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), and AMG GLC 43 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A). For a full list of GLC-Class models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Overview

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is offered in the following submodels: GLC-Class AMG GLC 43, GLC-Class SUV, GLC-Class AMG GLC 63. Available styles include GLC 300 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), GLC 300 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), AMG GLC 63 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), and AMG GLC 43 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A). Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine or a 4.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 469 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class comes with all wheel drive, and rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 9-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 GLC-Class 4.2 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 GLC-Class.

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What's a good price for a New 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class?

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class GLC 300 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class GLC 300 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $47,910. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class GLC 300 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) is trending $1,612 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,612 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $46,298.

The average savings for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class GLC 300 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) is 3.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class GLC 300 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class GLC 300 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class GLC 300 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $51,610. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class GLC 300 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) is trending $2,026 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,026 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $49,584.

The average savings for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class GLC 300 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) is 3.9% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 43 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A)

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 43 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $70,170. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 43 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A) is trending $1,843 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,843 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $68,327.

The average savings for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 43 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A) is 2.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 43 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 63 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A)

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 63 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $86,555. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 63 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) is trending $1,617 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,617 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $84,938.

The average savings for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 63 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) is 1.9% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 63 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Classes are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class?

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class GLC 300 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), 9-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
23 compined MPG,
21 city MPG/28 highway MPG

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class GLC 300 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), 9-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
25 compined MPG,
22 city MPG/29 highway MPG

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 63 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), 9-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
17 compined MPG,
15 city MPG/22 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG23
Transmission9-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Displacement2.0 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase113.1 in.
Length183.3 in.
Height64.7 in.
Curb Weight3977 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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