2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class SUV

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class


  • Balance of comfort and performance makes it an appealing daily driver
  • Solid fuel efficiency from the standard four-cylinder engine
  • Plenty of room for adult-sized passengers in back
  • Elegant design inside and out gives it a true luxury appearance


  • Technology interface isn't always easy to use
  • Only one four-cylinder engine offered unless you step up to the ultra-high-performance AMG model
Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class years

Edmunds' Expert Review

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When the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class debuted last year, it won us over with its elegant interior, strong performance and luxurious ride. For its sophomore year, the lineup expands with a higher performance AMG GLC 43 model.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 shares 70 percent of its parts with the praiseworthy C-Class sedan, giving it a solid base of aesthetic appeal, driver engagement and maneuverability. Although we highly recommend the GLC in this class, its rivals are worth considering. The new Jaguar F-Pace is similar in size and function and earned top marks from our staff along with the Porsche Macan. The BMW X3 and Audi Q5 are showing their age just a bit, but they continue to be strong contenders in the class.

Standard safety features for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 include antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, a driver knee airbag, full-length side curtain airbags, trailer sway control, crosswind assistance, a forward collision warning system, a forward collision intervention system with automatic braking, Pre-Safe (takes measures to secure the cabin and occupants when a crash is imminent) and a drowsy driver warning system. The Mbrace Secure telematics system includes automatic collision notification, emergency assistance, agent-assisted remote unlock and stolen vehicle location assistance.

Features such as blind-spot warning (and automatic intervention), lane departure warning, lane departure intervention, enhanced forward collision intervention with pedestrian detection, and forward cross-traffic collision detection and intervention are available with the Premium packages.

In Edmunds testing, a rear-wheel-drive GLC300 with 20-inch wheels and summer tires came to a stop from 60 mph in 116 feet. This stopping distance is typical for small luxury crossovers with large wheels and summer tires.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class configurations

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC is a five-passenger compact crossover SUV available in GLC300 and all-wheel-drive GLC300 4Matic trims. There's also the high-performance AMG GLC 43, which offers extra power and a few more options as standard equipment. There's also the new-for-2017 GLC-Class Coupe, with a sleeker roofline and more sporting look. For more about the GLC Coupe, check out our review.

Standard features for the GLC300 include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights, adaptive suspension damping (not driver selectable), keyless remote entry and ignition, a power liftgate, power-folding mirrors, automatic wipers and roof rails. Standard advanced safety features include forward collision warning and mitigation, a drowsy driver warning system and a crosswind assistance system.

Additional standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, adjustable drive settings, synthetic leather upholstery (MB-Tex), a 14-way power driver seat with memory functions, 40/20/40-split power-folding rear seats, a universal garage door opener, a rearview camera, a 7-inch infotainment display, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, Mbrace Connect (includes smartphone app integration) and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD radio and two USB ports.

The optional Premium 1 package adds blind-spot monitoring, advanced keyless entry, a household-style 115-volt power outlet and satellite radio. The Premium 2 package includes all of the Premium 1 features, plus a navigation system with voice control, an 8.4-inch display and real-time traffic and weather information. It also adds a touchpad controller, cargo net and a collapsible crate in the cargo area. The Premium 3 package adds adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, active lane keeping assist, forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, active blind-spot assistance, and an air freshener and purification system.

The Sport package includes sporty body styling, 19-inch wheels, upgraded brakes and stitched MB-Tex dash trim. The Night package includes the Sport package equipment but with gloss black exterior accents and black wheels. The Active Parking Assist package adds front and rear parking sensors, an automated parking system, hands-free liftgate activation and a surround-view camera.

Other available options include 20-inch wheels, an adaptive air suspension, panoramic sunroof, a roof spoiler, an illuminated Mercedes grille star, a head-up display, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, rear side-window sunshades, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 14-speaker premium Burmester surround sound system and internet streaming radio. Several Mercedes Mbrace options are also available, including emergency telematics and concierge services.

The AMG GLC 43 model includes 4Matic, a sport-tuned air suspension, 20-inch wheels  and a powerful V6 engine. It also comes standard with the Premium 1 package and unique exterior and interior design flourishes to help set it apart.

Powering the GLC300 models is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 241 hp and 273 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels or all four wheels in the case of the 4Matic model.

In Edmunds testing, a rear-wheel-drive GLC300 accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, which is quick for vehicles in this class equipped with the base engine.

The EPA estimates fuel economy at 24 mpg combined (22 city/28 highway) from the GLC300 and 24 mpg combined (21 city/28 highway) for the 4Matic. These numbers are quite good for the compact luxury crossover segment.

The AMG GLC 43 uses a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that produces 362 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive come standard.


Whether navigating congested cities or logging serious road-trip miles, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 keeps its occupants well insulated from the noise and harshness of the outside world. The ride quality is impressively smooth and composed over rough surfaces. The 20-inch wheels transmit some unwanted jolts into the cabin, so for the best ride quality stick with the standard setup.

The four-cylinder engine packs plenty of power, yielding confident acceleration and authoritative passing power. The selectable drive modes alter the GLC's personality from leisurely to sporty by changing the throttle response and transmission shift points. The optional air suspension takes it a step further by softening the ride for luxurious comfort or stiffening it for athletic handling. This range of adjustability gives the GLC a broad appeal for a variety of drivers.


The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class' interior is nearly identical to that of the C-Class sedan on which it is based, and that's a very good thing. The modern design features a graceful center stack wrapped in a single wood veneer as it transitions into the center console. The quality of materials and solid construction are excellent. Only essential buttons and knobs are present, with supporting systems controlled through the infotainment system.

The driver interface system employs a dial controller, much like the ones found in Audi and BMW rivals, but it does take a bit longer for new users to get used to how the menus are organized and operated. Once acclimated, it becomes second nature. The Premium 2 package adds a touchpad controller that hovers above the dial and accepts smartphone-like gestures (pinch-to-zoom and swipes) as well as alphanumeric fingertip traces. It's an intriguing concept, but it requires a very steady hand and quite a bit of patience. The good thing is you can still control everything through the dial as well.

Despite having a compact SUV footprint, the GLC interior is remarkably spacious and comfortable. The front seats are optimally shaped and padded for hours of touring, and the rear seats easily accommodate 6-foot-tall passengers. Cargo capacity is smaller than competing luxury SUVs, with 20.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 56.5 cubic feet with them folded flat. Though smaller, the cargo space is still very useful and likely enough for your needs. The standard power-folding rear seats and available hands-free liftgate are especially convenient when loading bulky objects.

Consumer reviews

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Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Fantastic SUV
I recently traded in a 2011 Lexus RX 350 AWD for the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4matic. The other cars I considered were the current Lexus RX 350, the Volvo XC60, the BMW X3, and the Audi Q5. I loved my Lexus when it was new, but it didn't "age" well from a fit and finish standpoint. Over time, it developed rattles, squeaks, and started to feel "sloppy". I've owned a Mercedes since the early 2000s and all of them feel just as solid new as they do when they're 10 years old. I wrote off Lexus based on the experience I'd had with the 2011 RX 350 and the hideous new body style. The Volvo XC60 looked interesting, but the revamped navigation won't be out until September at the earliest. The BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 looked like contenders, the the rear passenger room, the modern interior of the GLC, and the overall fit & finish of the GLC won me over. My other car is a 2015 Mercedes C300, which I've been delighted with. The GLC is like a C-class on stilts. One notable difference between both the C and the other SUVs I considered is the rear passenger room. Mercedes did a fantastic job laying out the back seat such that 6 footers don't feel cramped. The GLC has run-flat tires, so the storage compartment where the spare tire normally would go is opened up as storage in the rear of the car underneath the floor. It's a handy compartment to have. The seats fold down with the flip of a switch from the rear of the vehicle. You can also put them down by flipping a switch on the rear driver's side or rear passenger side doors. If you're hauling somthing long and skinny, you can put just the center section down, which is very handy. In terms of ride quality, I've been extremely impressed. The ride is very smooth. While the GLC shares the same engine as the C-class sedan, it has a 9 speed transmission instead of the C's 7 speed transmission. This makes for smooth acceleration and very good gas mileage for an SUV. I'm still under 1,000 miles on it, so I haven't done any zero-to-60 sprints but it is certainly peppier than the Lexus RX it replaced. Gas mileage and ride quality are a marked improvement over the Lexus, too. I didn't want to pay up for the panorama sunroof, but the only ones available had them. Thankfully, I was able to negotiate a good price which made getting it palatable. In hindsight, I'm delighted with it. While the car does get hot when parked in the summer, Mercedes is giving out 5 years of free mbrace, which is a phone app that enables you to remotely start the vehicle, lock/unlock doors, and send navigation destinations from your phone to the car, which is very handy. As I mentioned earlier, my other car is a 2015 C-class, which has the Burmester sound system in it. Over the past couple of years, I got very spoiled with it and it turned into a "must have" for me when shopping for another Mercedes. Having compared the two vehicles playing the same songs side-by-side, the GLC's acoustics are a little better than the C. I haven't had a chance to take the GLC on snow, yet, but I've been very impressed with the C's performance in inclement weather. I suspect I'll be similarly impressed with the GLC when winter arrives.
My first luxury car is a winner
Cathy G,01/29/2017
I mostly love my Mercedes GLC300. It's quiet, solid, powerful and drives like a dream. You can feel the quality of this car as soon as you get inside. The interior is beautiful and the controls are all at your fingertips, this car is built for safety! I love that my car is a WI FI hotspot and that I can access all sorts of apps without getting out my phone, such as gas prices, Yelp, parking, etc. The Nav system works great. A couple of things to be aware of...premium gas only. I knew this going in, but I didn't realize how much premium costs over regular and how much the prices vary from gas station to gas station. Also, I went from a hybrid sedan to this, so MPG was also a lot different. My gas pricing app gets a workout. Also, and this actually bugs me, when I use remote start, I can't program it to remember my previous settings such as heated seats, heated steering wheel, defrost, etc. It will only remember the climate control. Come on, Mercedes, even Jeeps have this feature. Overall, though, I am very pleased with this purchase.
GLC300 4Matic Overachieves
Carl B,12/05/2016
The GLC300 is a beautiful SUV inside and out. The interior is simple gorgeous with quality materials. I've shuttled 5 adults in the car comfortably with a smaller adult in the center back. Living in Colorado, the GLC has been up in the mountains numerous time including snowy roads over 12,000 ft elevation through the route 70 Eisenhower tunnel. Performance from the paired 9-speed trans with the turbo 2.0 engine is outstanding. Based the E-Class chassis, it is described as the most affordable E-Class you can buy. The GLC handles very, very well providing a civilized ride. I've had numerous sports cars including a track car and the GLC is a very satisfying car to drive through twisty mountain road or on the highway. I've been very surprised by the mileage and regularly see it over 30mpg. It is rated to be 28mpg/hwy. I simply love my time spent driving this SUV. Well done MB, it is a winner! Update: After 10 months of ownership, I absolutely love this SUV! The mileage has gone up a bit and have a pic showing at 113 miles, 39.2 mpg @ 62 mph avg.. WOW! An important note to all regarding a suspension issue that has been discussed on various message boards that is simply fixed with a software update by the dealer and tire pressure change. When driving 60-70 mph over seams or bumps in the highway, the suspension will oscillate an is felt through the steering wheel. My SUV experienced this behavior after setting tire pressures in single digit weather and with warming weather, the tire pressure increased 4-6 lbs above spec. Dropping the tire pressure to spec largely fixed this issue, but was still present under certain conditions. When the dealer applied the SW update, which controls the electronic dampening on the shocks, the issue is fully resolved. BTW - I was the first person to identify this issue to the dealer, so not widely experienced by GLC 300 owners. Good on MB to listening and developing a simple and easy fix.
Wonderful ride
I love this car. I wanted a car that would give me an elevated view of the road , as I am only 5'1 1/2". I have no trouble reaching all the controls. And there are several ways to control all the features, so once I figured out which were more convenient for me to use , the operation became smooth and easy (learning curve two days, and I'm older, and not a techie). The drivers seat is extremely comfortable. So buy it and enjoy it.
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Features & Specs

21 city / 28 hwy
Seats 5
9-speed shiftable automatic
241 hp @ 5500 rpm
22 city / 28 hwy
Seats 5
9-speed shiftable automatic
241 hp @ 5500 rpm
18 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
9-speed shiftable automatic
362 hp @ 5500 rpm
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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 Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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More about the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

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.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class SUV Overview

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class SUV is offered in the following styles: GLC 300 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), GLC 300 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), and AMG GLC 43 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A).

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