The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is primarily a carryover model from last year when it debuted as a more refined and stylish replacement for the rather boxy GLK-Class. It's obvious that consumers responded to the improved ride, handling and features of the new model, since sales climbed steadily throughout the GLC's first year of production, making it highly competitive among luxury compact SUVs.
Because of its recent introduction and track record of success, it's little surprise that changes to the GLC for the 2017 model year are few. There are a couple of new color choices, an available premium leather interior package and one or two other tweaks. Perhaps the biggest news is the addition of the sportier GLC Coupe and the performance-oriented AMG GLC43.
The cabin of the 2017 GLC maintains its status as a class-leading interior with luxurious touches like genuine wood trim, soft yet supportive seats, solid controls and a host of standard comfort and convenience features. A variety of optional accessories and packages allow buyers to customize their GLC and ramp up the luxury to whatever level is desired.
Power for the base GLC comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Performance-minded buyers who step up a level to the AMG version get a twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder powerplant with 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Mercedes 4Matic all-wheel drive is optional on the base model and standard on higher trim levels.
In the compact luxury SUV class, it's sometimes difficult to balance decent handling with the kind of smooth ride buyers expect, but the GLC manages both quite capably. The ride quality is among the best in its class, while the handling easily inspires enough confidence through the corners to satisfy the majority of drivers. Of course those who like their crossover to achieve more track-like performance might want to check out the AMG model with its firmer sport suspension.
Fuel economy for the GLC with the four-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive is EPA rated at 24 mpg combined (22 city/28 highway). Adding all-wheel drive to the standard model barely changes those figures, but moving up to the V6 brings a rating of 20 mpg combined (18 city/24 highway).
The base GLC300 is outfitted with a comfortable and spacious interior and a large number of luxury, convenience, safety and technology features. Buyers who need something extra can step up to the GLC300 4Matic and tack on even more packages and options, while those looking for greater performance should test-drive the AMG GLC43. Whichever model interests you, let Edmunds help you find the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class SUV that best meets your needs.