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.
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.
Over all the GLC is a terrific vehicle but it does have some flaws. In this review I'm going to focus on some of them. My GLC has the 19" wheels, when I go over a small pothole or small speed bump, the car really tosses you around. The car seems to be pushed around by the wind more than it should. The USB charging ports are in the center armrest storage compartment, there's no cutout for the cable to allow you to charge your phone while having it out. There's no real good place to keep coins. The GLK had a numeric keypad, which was helpful for phone calls. Now you have to use the navigation wheel to choose numbers. That's a P.I.A. when you call a business and have to enter numbers to get to the write extension. The backup camera has terrible, really terrible, low light resolution. Its image is very grainy, buzzy, and it seems that the frame rate is very low. My GLK's was much much better. There's a touch pad over the navigation wheel. To use the wheel you rest your hand on the pad. It's easy to accidentally change stations or selection when you move your hand. On my GLC, the sunglass storage compartment sticks when I open it, plus when I press it to open it, I sometimes hit one of the mBrace buttons by mistake. When I try to fill up the gas tank the gas pump keeps shutting off. I've tried about six different stations. There must be a design flaw in the inlet. Lastly, the mpg is just meh.
I bought the vehicle with the top premium package and parking assist - glad I did! Lots of convenience features but most important is the overall safety of the vehicle. Sure, it is more expensive than similar sized vehicles but the fit and finish plus the engineering are well worth the extra cost.
The car overall feels great. The most impressive thing is the economy of the 240 bhp vehicle. It gives an impressive 28 on highway. (when mostly driven on Comfort mode/Eco mode, Sport gives around 24-25). Interior comfort and appeal is very good. Exterior styling is superb.Cold climate pack is excellent. Noise reduction is optimal. Acceleration is more than enough when merging (acceleration at the signals might be a damp slow because of the 9 gear shifts, but again if u pump the gas pedal lil hard it will zoom). Learning curve with COMAND will take time. The touch sensitivity of the pad is not that great or accurate. It does sense the handwriting but to enter the whole address that way is a chore. The knob is much better to enter the address (Using mbrace app is even faster). Navigation is very well organized and the voice instructions are very clear and crisp. Couple of major let downs-- 1.GLC does not have any integration to read out text messages automatically (was disappointed as even non premium cars have it, my old corolla had it). It doesn't even display the message automatically unless you click the messaging app through the touch pad. 2.We are not given the option to change the music track with the steering wheel controls--another major let down. 3. Self parking feature--Probably the most useless feature in the car and would not advise anybody to waste $$ on it. It does not detect any parking space or parking lines. I have the car for about 4 months and not even once did it notify that its sensing a parking area. I liked the car overall very much but don't let the base price fool you. For 39k I don't think you'll get anything other than automatic windows. Even at 60k we din have the lane departure, and few other functions