2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Hybrid

What’s new

  • Heated front seats and a household power outlet are now standard
  • Off-Road Engineering package and tri-zone climate control now available
  • Part of the first Mercedes-Benz GLC generation introduced for 2016

Pros & Cons

  • Balance of comfort and performance makes it an appealing daily driver
  • Elegant design inside and out gives it a true luxury appearance
  • Plenty of room for adult-size passengers in back
  • Solid fuel economy from the standard four-cylinder engine
  • Technology interface isn't always easy to use
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2019
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Which GLC-Class does Edmunds recommend?

The entry-level GLC 300 will fit the majority of shoppers and drivers. There are a ton of customization and tech options to suit your particular tastes. For the rare individual who does want stunning performance, one of the AMG models will surely satisfy.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

8.4 / 10

We expect a lot from the luxury crossover SUV class. These vehicles have to deliver on all the practical stuff that shoppers need, such as cargo capacity, passenger space and safety features. They also have to meet expectations for luxury, including high levels of comfort, a well-crafted interior, and plenty of high-tech features and performance. Pitted against all this, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC easily sets the standard.

Even the entry-level GLC 300 is appealing. It comes with a respectable number of standard features and a classy interior design. If you desire more power, Mercedes happily obliges with the 362-horsepower AMG GLC 43 or the ridiculously potent 469-hp AMG GLC 63. There's also a plug-in hybrid version, the GLE 350e. Of course, Mercedes offers an extensive choice of options and packages to further tailor your GLC to your particular needs and aesthetics.

In a class that includes all-stars such as the Audi Q5, Acura RDX, BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace and Porsche Macan, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC stands tall. In most cases, you'll have to pay more for the experience. But if you're shopping in this segment, the GLC easily justifies its cost.

Notably, we picked the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class as one of Edmunds' Best Luxury SUVs for this year.

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class models

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC is a small luxury crossover SUV with seating for five. It's offered in four trim levels that align with engine choice. Most buyers will select the four-cylinder GLC 300 since it's the most affordable and can be ordered with a wide range of luxury and safety enhancements. There's also the GLC 350e plug-in hybrid that pairs the four-cylinder with an electric motor. Performance enthusiasts will enjoy the AMG GLC 43's turbocharged V6, while the AMG GLC 63 turns up the wick even more with a turbocharged V8.

Note that though the GLC 300 comes with standard rear-wheel drive and offers all-wheel drive (called 4Matic) as an option, the rest of the lineup comes with all-wheel drive. The GLC 350e uses a seven-speed automatic transmission, and the other models use a nine-speed automatic.

The base GLC 300 comes equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (241 horsepower, 273 pound-feet of torque), 18-inch wheels, roof rails, adaptive suspension damping (not driver-selectable), a power liftgate, power-folding mirrors (with auto-dimming on the driver side) and automatic wipers. Inside, you'll find dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power-adjustable steering wheel, adjustable drive settings, a power-adjustable driver's seat, driver-seat memory settings, heated front seats, 40/20/40-split power-folding rear seats, a 115-volt household power outlet, simulated-leather upholstery (MB-Tex), and keyless ignition.

Tech features include a 7-inch infotainment display, Mbrace Connect (which includes smartphone app integration), two USB ports, and an eight-speaker sound system with HD radio and a media player interface. On the safety front, you also get forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and a driver attention monitor.

Select the GLC 350e plug-in hybrid, and an electric motor and battery pack will be paired to the four-cylinder for a combined 320 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. 4Matic AWD is standard. Electric-only range is estimated to be just 10 miles, however. After that, the 350e is rated at 25 mpg combined. A fuel miser, it's not. Otherwise, it's similarly equipped to the GLC 300.

The AMG GLC 43 is quite different from the above two trims. In addition to a potent turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (362 hp, 384 lb-ft), the GLC 43 is further equipped with 20-inch wheels, a sport-tuned air suspension, upgraded brakes, a sport steering wheel, the contents of the GLC 300's Premium package (blind-spot monitoring, keyless ignition and entry, and satellite radio), simulated-suede seat inserts, and dash and door trim finished in MB-Tex.

The most exciting trim is the AMG GLC 63. Besides its turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 (469 hp, 479 lb-ft), you also get further upgraded brakes, LED headlights, a mechanical limited-slip differential, variable torque distribution for the all-wheel-drive system, and a 14-speaker premium Burmester surround-sound system.

Some features on the upper trims can be ordered on lower trims, though most extras are grouped into packages that are available across the GLC lineup. We would recommend that buyers strongly consider the Driver Assistance package, which adds adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and front and rear cross-traffic alert with automatic braking. It also adds the contents of the Premium package to the GLC 300. Not only are they worthwhile safety benefits, but they are better executed than most.

There's also the Advanced Parking Assist package. It includes a surround-view parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors, an automated parking system and a hands-free liftgate. For the ultimate night cruiser, check out the Exterior Lighting package, which adds adaptive LED headlights and automatic high-beam control. The Off-Road Engineering package (GLC 300 4Matic only) includes multiple off-road vehicle settings, hill descent control, an underbody guard, and a special off-roading setting for the headlights when the Exterior Lighting package is also selected.

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 or Driver Assistance package.

Some features in the above packages can be ordered as stand-alone options. There are a number of separate items that buyers might also want to add. Styling upgrades include 21-inch wheels; the Night package, which brings glossy-black exterior elements; and the AMG Line, which is available for GLC 300 only and adds interior and exterior appearance modifications, a flat-bottom steering wheel and the GLC 43's upgraded brakes.

Luxury enhancements are also available, such as tri-zone climate control, a cabin fragrance and air purification system, a panoramic sunroof, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, rear side-window shades, various trim accents, and multiple premium leather upholsteries (paired with adjustable passenger thigh support and memory settings). A performance exhaust system is available exclusively for AMG models.

Trim tested

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 GLC 300 4Matic (turbo 2.0L inline-4 | 9-speed automatic | AWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2016, the current GLC has received some revisions, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. Our findings remain applicable to this year's GLC, however.

Scorecard

Overall8.4 / 10
Driving8.0
Comfort8.5
Interior8.5
Utility8.5

Driving

8.0
This is an easy and confidence-inspiring small SUV to drive. Though the GLC can be had with more powerful engines, the GLC 300's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder doesn't disappoint.

Acceleration

8.0
The GLC demonstrates authoritative passing power at highway speeds. That said, the GLC is not as quick from a stop as the Audi Q5 or a comparable BMW X3. In our testing, we measured a 0-60 mph sprint of 6.7 seconds.

Braking

8.0
Fitted with the optional summer tires and more powerful brakes, our test GLC 300 came to a stop from 60 mph in 116 feet, which is a little longer than expected. Pedal travel is long but easy to modulate around town.

Steering

7.5
In Normal mode, the steering is devoid of feel but surprisingly responsive. Putting it in Sport mode adds a welcome bit of effort that increases feedback and therefore confidence. Either way, effort is at least linear and consistent.

Handling

8.0
The GLC is very impressive for an SUV. It stays reasonably flat through turns and doesn't feel very tall or large. Driving a fast clip down a twisty road is easy. The GLC is not a Porsche Macan, but it's much more capable than expected.

Drivability

9.0
The adaptive cruise system controls the gas and brakes well, both on the highway and in traffic. (It can bring the GLC down to a full stop.) The nine-speed automatic is far smoother than other transmissions with the same gear count. On the downside, the engine stop-start system is obtrusive at startup.

Comfort

8.5
Even when equipped with big wheels, the Mercedes-Benz GLC is impressively comfortable. Lesser-equipped versions should be even better.

Seat comfort

8.5
Mercedes' typically firm seats result in supreme long-distance comfort. Three consecutive days with five-hour-plus drives yielded nary an ache or pain. Optional front-seat thigh adjustment increases comfort further. The seat bolsters keep you in place when cornering.

Ride comfort

9.0
Ride comfort is excellent. Twenty-inch wheels add some impact harshness, but even with them, the ride is well-damped and in the realm of comfortable. Smaller wheels should produce a plush, nicely controlled ride.

Noise & vibration

9.0
The GLC 300 is impressively hushed in just about every situation. Even when you mat the gas pedal, the four-cylinder engine does not sound overly strained.

Climate control

9.0
There are three orbital vents in the center console (with controls directly below), and a vent on each end of the dash is a classic design with classic function. Rear passengers get two vents. On full blast, the cabin will be heated or cooled within a short stoplight wait.

Interior

8.5
The COMAND tech interface has a steep learning curve but offers many features and adjustable settings. Otherwise, the GLC is one of the more sensible, family-friendly compact SUVs. Backseat leg- and headroom are particularly impressive.

Ease of use

6.5
The tech interface is confusing. A redundant knob and touchpad allow you to choose your control method (good), but the awkward overlapping means they physically get in each other's way.

Getting in/getting out

8.0
The GLC is not quite as high as many other SUVs, so it's more a matter of stepping into the cabin rather than stepping up. The rear door opening is a bit narrow, but a square roof and pillar combo makes for relatively easy access.

Roominess

9.0
There's an impressive amount of rear legroom for a compact SUV, even with a tall driver up front. It's quite comparable to the bigger GLE, in fact. Headroom in the front and rear is similarly generous. The GLC should prove to be quite family-friendly.

Visibility

9.0
The roof pillars are thick, but there's good visibility all around (especially forward) with no egregious blind spots. A rearview camera is standard, with additional parking aids available. Accident avoidance tech is class-leading in both functionality and availability across all trims.

Quality

9.5
The GLC is not as stoutly constructed as an S-Class, but it's not far off either. The materials are beautiful (switchgear, wood trim, stitched leather-like dash and metal speakers and air vents). Even the seats' premium vinyl upholstery is almost indistinguishable from leather. This Benz is a segment leader in quality.

Utility

8.5
The GLC's cargo area is wide (good for golf clubs) and its roofline more squared (good for boxes). The rear seats fold at the touch of a button, and the front seats motor forward if needed. Small-item storage up front is OK.

Technology

The GLC isn't a tour de force of Benz's latest tech — most others, including the new A-Class, have the newest toys — but it's no slouch. From its 8.4-inch touchscreen, high-quality sound system and a host of driver safety systems, the GLC packs almost all you need.

Smartphone integration

Smartphones integrate via Bluetooth or a USB port. You can stream or play music through the Mercedes-Benz audio interface, but the integration isn't quite as good as Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Both are offered, but they can't be had at the same time as many of the available safety and tech features.

Driver aids

Mercedes' adaptive cruise control is world-class. It keeps close to the car ahead but maintains a safe following distance, and it doesn't panic-brake when a vehicle jumps in front. Combined with lane keeping and steering assist, it delivers beautiful semiautomated driving in highway gridlock.

Voice control

Voice commands work handily to access navigation and music commands, even when connected via Bluetooth. Music commands are fulfilled especially quickly and fluidly.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class.

5 star reviews: 44%
4 star reviews: 34%
3 star reviews: 6%
2 star reviews: 6%
1 star reviews: 10%
Average user rating: 4.0 stars based on 32 total reviews

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    GLC 350e 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7A)

    It’s a bad decision to buy this GLE350e , I park my GLC and go the the bank I leave the 2 keys w/ my wife and after 5 minutes if shut off and no reason too do that can some one let me no if they have the same issue?

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    Features & Specs

    GLC 350e 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
    GLC 350e 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD
    2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7A
    MSRP$50,650
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission7-speed shiftable automatic
    HorsepowerN/A
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite GLC-Class safety features:

    Parktronic with Active Park 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; 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.
    IIHS Rating

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

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

    Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class vs. the competition

    Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class vs. BMW X3

    The X3 is the closest rival to the GLC and has many of the same benefits. Both the BMW and the Benz provide plenty of passenger space and a long list of customization options. The X3 has the edge for its larger cargo space and more features for the money, while the Mercedes will likely seem like the more elegant, luxurious choice.

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    Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class vs. Audi Q5

    The Q5 lineup isn't nearly as diverse as the GLC, but the one engine choice is more than capable and all-wheel drive is standard. There is a sportier alternative in the SQ5, though. The GLC is biased more toward a traditional interpretation of luxury while the Q5 has a more modern look and feel. The Audi doesn't have the largest cargo space in the class but still can hold quite a bit more than the Benz.

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    Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class vs. Jaguar F-Pace

    The Jaguar F-Pace is a bit of an outlier in this class because it's slightly larger and pricier. Like the GLC, it has engine choices from mild to wild, but Jaguar also offers a fuel-efficient diesel alternative. Despite its slightly larger footprint, the F-Pace performs like a much smaller vehicle. Other benefits include sleek styling and a much larger cargo space.

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    FAQ

    Is the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 GLC-Class both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.4 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 25 mpg. 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 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class:

    • Heated front seats and a household power outlet are now standard
    • Off-Road Engineering package and tri-zone climate control now available
    • Part of the first Mercedes-Benz GLC generation introduced for 2016
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    How much should I pay for a 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class?

    The least-expensive 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class GLC 350e 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $50,650.

    Other versions include:

    • GLC 350e 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7A) which starts at $50,650
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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 350e 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7A). For a full list of GLC-Class models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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    2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Hybrid Overview

    The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Hybrid is offered in the following styles: GLC 350e 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7A).

    What do people think of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Hybrid?

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