2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG® GLC 43

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Review

  • 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
  • Less cargo space and towing capability than competition
  • Warranty coverage lags behind the rest of the class
  • Now offers innovative MBUX infotainment system
  • New four-cylinder engine makes more power
  • GLC 350e plug-in gets a larger battery and more electric range
  • Part of the first GLC generation introduced for 2016

Compact luxury SUVs have a tough assignment. They need to address all the practical needs of SUV buyers — ample cargo space, passenger room, safety features, even towing ability — while impressing with comfort, interior quality and high-tech features. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC does all this with aplomb, such that we named last year's model our top-rated compact luxury SUV.

For 2020, the GLC comes with a host of changes, including new LED headlights and taillights, new front and rear bumpers, and a restyled grille. There's a new turbocharged four-cylinder base engine that makes 14 more horsepower, a power boost for the AMG GLC 43's V6 engine and a larger battery pack for the GLC 350e plug-in hybrid.

The most significant upgrade, however, is the inclusion of Mercedes' innovative MBUX infotainment system. The look, feel and ease of use of the new MBUX system are outstanding, highlighted by its ability to control phone, navigation, entertainment, and various cabin functions through natural voice commands. It's easy to tell the car to set the cabin temperature to 75 degrees, turn on blue ambient lighting, and play some Miles Davis with three simple instructions.

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. Progress happens fast in this class, but the GLC's enhancements for 2020, particularly the MBUX infotainment, keep it a step ahead of its peers.

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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 does so while giving 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 or 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 latch and tether anchor points are easy to find too.
The EPA estimates a rear-wheel-drive GLC 300 (which is what we tested) gets 24 mpg in combined city/highway driving. Our testing mostly aligned with that estimate; 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), but there is the GLC 350e plug-in hybrid if you want to maximize fuel efficiency.
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 felt 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?

Most drivers will find all they need in the entry-model GLC 300. Its myriad options allow for further tech upgrades and customization. There's nothing essential you need to get, but the Multimedia and Driver Assistance packages add a wealth of advanced technology and safety features. For individuals only satisfied with elite performance, one of the AMG models will surely satisfy.

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class models

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC is a five-passenger compact SUV available in four trim levels. The four-cylinder GLC 300 is the most affordable and can be ordered with a variety of luxury and safety enhancements. 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.

On the other end of the efficiency spectrum, the GLC 350e plug-in hybrid (available mid-2020) pairs the four-cylinder engine with an electric motor.

The base GLC 300 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (255 horsepower, 273 lb-ft of torque) paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive (Mercedes calls it 4Matic) is optional.

The GLC 300 comes with a well-rounded list of standard features, highlighted by LED headlights, a power liftgate, and power-adjustable and heated front seats. The MBUX infotainment system is anchored by a 10.25-inch touchscreen and also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Standard safety features include blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, and a drowsy driver warning system.

The GLC 350e plug-in hybrid is similarly equipped. It uses the same transmission and four-cylinder engine, but it adds an electric motor for 315 total system horsepower. It's available only with all-wheel drive.

The AMG GLC 43 also has a similar set of features compared to the GLC 300 but comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (385 hp, 384 lb-ft) and all-wheel drive. It also adds a few extra special features such as a sport-tuned air suspension and a performance-enhanced transmission and exhaust.

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

The GLC also offers a variety of options and packages, everything from additional driver assistance features, a self-parking system, upgraded leather upholstery, and enhanced technology and infotainment features. As you might expect, adding options can cause the price to skyrocket, but it's easy to tailor the GLC to your tastes.

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    2020 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

    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

    Base MSRP
    MPG & Fuel
    18 City / 24 Hwy / 21 Combined
    Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.4 gal. capacity
    5 seats
    Type: all wheel drive
    Transmission: 9-speed shiftable automatic
    V6 cylinder
    Horsepower: 385 hp @ 6100 rpm
    Torque: 384 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm
    Basic Warranty
    4 yr./ 50000 mi.
    Length: 183.5 in. / Height: 64.0 in.
    Overall Width with Mirrors: 82.5 in.
    Overall Width without Mirrors: 76.0 in.
    Curb Weight: 4191 lbs.
    Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 17.6 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%

    Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class vs. the competition

    2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

    2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

    2020 BMW X3

    2020 BMW X3

    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 comes across as the more elegant, luxurious and tech-oriented 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 four-cylinder engine is more than capable. All-wheel drive is standard, and if you do want more power, there is the sportier SQ5 version. 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 can still 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, its engine choices range from mild to wild. Despite its slightly larger footprint, the F-Pace handles like a much smaller vehicle. Other benefits include sleek styling and a larger cargo space.

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    2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class First Impressions

    What is it?

    The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC is an updated small luxury SUV with seating for five. It's wrapped with an elegant design, has a spacious interior, drives well both on- and off-road, and comes standard with a new-for-2020 turbocharged four-cylinder engine that adds 14 horsepower. Other variants include the heavily revised GLC 350e 4Matic EQ Power plug-in hybrid (available mid-2020), which gets a bigger battery pack that should more than double the 2019 GLC 350e's paltry 10-mile electric range. The 2020 GLC additionally benefits from Mercedes' excellent MBUX infotainment system, which was previously unavailable. The GLC is the top-ranked model in Edmunds' Small Luxury SUV segment as of this writing, so it's got that going for it, too.

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    2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC
    Why does it matter?

    The 2020 GLC has changed just enough to keep its rivals on edge. Mercedes' strong-selling compact SUV receives the usual midcycle styling tweaks, among them updated headlight and taillight treatments. But what really matters lies beneath the skin. Inside, the 2020 GLC benefits from a new selection of wood trim, a redesigned steering wheel, and last but certainly not least, the innovative MBUX infotainment system with its 10.25-inch touchscreen for control over most of the GLC's features. Previous GLCs lacked MBUX, so they felt a bit behind the times relative to newer Mercedes models, but for 2020 that's no longer an issue. There's also a full suite of Benz's latest safety technologies, including an adaptive cruise control system that uses GPS to anticipate turns, elevation changes and other relevant conditions.

    Under the hood, the GLC 300's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine has been replaced with ... another 2.0-liter turbo four. The new engine is based on the same architecture as Mercedes' sublime turbo inline-six, and like the upmarket six, this fresh four-cylinder utilizes a mild-hybrid system that should yield mild fuel-economy improvements. It also gets an extra 14 horsepower compared to last year's four-cylinder, although whether that modest bump will show up at the Edmunds track test remains to be seen.

    If you're more into plug-in hybrids, the 2020 GLC has a better one of those as well. The 2020 GLC 350e 4Matic EQ Power is a substantially improved version of last year's GLC 350e, boasting a 13.5-kWh battery to the 2019 model's 8.7-kWh unit. Per European testing, the new GLC plug-in promises up to 30 miles of electric range, although the EPA's estimates tend to be considerably more conservative. Still, we expect the 2020 GLC 350e to more than double its predecessor's 10-mile electric range on our shores, probably ending up in the low to mid-20s.

    The GLE 350e's newly enlarged battery pack can be recharged to 100% in just under eight hours using a Level 1 charger, or to 80% in just over two hours with a Level 2 unit. As a bonus, the 2020 GLE 350e's hybrid power system pumps out an extra 103 lb-ft of torque versus last year's model, yielding an estimated 5.6-second sprint to 60 mph, a half-second quicker than before.

    If you want to keep your GLC 350e running on electrons, by the way, your MBUX system will be able to help you find the nearest charging station.

    2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC - Engine
    2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC
    Is there still an AMG version?

    Most assuredly. The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 kicks efficiency to the curb with a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that makes 469 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. Those power numbers are unchanged from last year. But for 2020, AMG will throw in a standard electronic locking rear differential, along with other minor enhancements that vary slightly between the GLC 63 and the even-more-bonkers GLC 63 S. (The latter is only available in the GLC coupe.)

    The GLC 63 is also the only V8-powered model in its class. If that all seems a bit extreme, check out the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 that has an updated turbocharged V6, which produces 23 extra ponies for a total of 385 hp.

    What does it compete with?

    As is typical for Mercedes-Benz products, most of the 2020 GLC's closest rivals are from Germany. Porsche offers up the refreshed Macan, while BMW brings the recently redesigned X3 and X4 for your consideration. However, while both the Porsche and the BMW come in high-performance variants, neither is available as a plug-in hybrid, giving the GLC a leg up for now. Germany also boasts the well-rounded Audi Q5, while rivals from other locales include the Volvo XC60, the Acura RDX and those quirky British cousins, the Jaguar F-Pace and Land Rover Range Rover Velar.

    How does it drive?

    Thus far we've only driven the 2020 GLC 300 with its new four-cylinder engine, and we came away impressed. The GLC 300 is easy to drive without being dull. There's a mix of luxurious comfort and engaging performance to suit most drivers' preferences. Even when you're driving at highway speeds, the turbo-four provides pleasing acceleration and passing power. The standard adaptive suspension also allows the GLC to slice through curves with confidence.

    When fitted with the optional Offroad Engineering package, the GLC is just as capable when the pavement ends. It can overcome steep climbs and sharp descents with an ease that we're more accustomed to experiencing in Land Rover vehicles. Despite the confidence-inspiring handling on the road and off-road chops, the GLC is just as comfortable as ever, thanks to a smooth ride quality, well-shaped seats and a quiet cabin.

    How does the AMG version drive?

    Simply put, this thing's a riot. We've only been able to drive the all-wheel-drive GLC 63 so far, but this V8-powered SUV is brutally quick. Mercedes estimates the GLC 63 will hit 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and top out at an electronically limited 155 mph. The engine is powerful and reacts to the movement of your right foot with little hesitation no matter where you are in the powerband. It makes quite a fine noise too, especially with the optional AMG performance exhaust. The note is loud and aggressive, but there's no drone on the highway. The nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission shifts quickly and smoothly. We noticed that it would occasionally hesitate when driving around town — like it couldn't figure out which gear it needed to be in — but that's not uncommon for dual-clutch transmissions.

    Some performance cars and SUVs can be teeth-rattling when driving on rough pavement, but the GLC 63's standard air suspension provides a firm but comfortable ride. There is a bit of body roll through tight turns, but for the most part it corners flat and neutral. The steering feel is good, something that can be said for much of the Mercedes-AMG lineup at the moment. The power assist varies based on drive mode, from light in Comfort to firm and direct in Sport+. The ratio itself is quick, but it never feels nervous or twitchy on the highway.

    What's the interior like?

    The interior design is nearly identical to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan's. It's handsome, roomy and comfortable, with supportive seats and well-placed, premium-looking controls.

    The big news inside is that Mercedes updated the infotainment system for 2020 with a new digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen that uses Mercedes' slick MBUX infotainment system. The instrument cluster is highly configurable and can be adjusted using controls on the steering wheel. Drivers can bring up navigation and media information in the cluster, and AMG models have specific sport readouts, including a shift light and lap timer. Other features include multiple USB-C ports and options such as a head-up display and wireless charging pad. GLCs with MBUX use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

    The steering wheel is of the same design used in other recently updated Mercedes-Benz vehicles. In addition to a variety of buttons for functions such as cruise control and volume, it features two small touchpads that can adjust various menus and screens in the instrument cluster. On AMG 63 models, the steering wheel features a knob to rotate through various drive modes and two configurable buttons to adjust things such as suspension firmness, stability control and the exhaust volume.

    There are several new upholstery and trim options for 2020. Choose from more than a dozen colors for leather or faux leather seats and a number of different wood finishes for the doors and center stack. AMG 63 models come standard with sport seats, while more aggressively bolstered AMG Performance seats are optional. We only tested the standard and sport seats, but both were comfortable and provided plenty of adjustments using door-mounted controls.

    How practical is it?

    While the interior isn't quite as versatile or well-packaged as that of, say, a Honda CR-V, there are still plenty of places for your phone, sunglasses and several bottles of water. Unfortunately, with 19.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats up, the GLC is considerably less accommodating than vehicles such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3 or Volvo XC60. With the rear seats folded flat, that space increases to 56.5 cubic feet, though that too is still down compared to the competition. It's large enough for day-to-day needs, but it might be tight when packing for four or five passengers.

    EdmundsEdmunds says

    Mercedes is at the top of its game right now, and the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC looks set to strengthen its grip on the small luxury SUV segment. From the revamped GLC 350e plug-in hybrid to the newly available MBUX infotainment system, the 2020 GLC has more than enough enhancements to stay ahead of the pack.

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    2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC


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

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 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 21 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the GLC-Class has 17.6 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 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class:

    • Now offers innovative MBUX infotainment system
    • New four-cylinder engine makes more power
    • GLC 350e plug-in gets a larger battery and more electric range
    • Part of the first GLC generation introduced for 2016
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    Is the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class reliable?

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    Is the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 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 2020 GLC-Class is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class?

    The least-expensive 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 43 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $59,500.

    Other versions include:

    • AMG GLC 43 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $59,500
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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 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

    More about the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

    2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 43 Overview

    The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 43 is offered in the following styles: AMG GLC 43 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A). The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 43 comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 9-speed shiftable automatic. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 43 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 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 43?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 43 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 GLC-Class AMG GLC 43 4.0 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 2020 GLC-Class AMG GLC 43.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 43 and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 GLC-Class AMG GLC 43 featuring deep dives into trim levels including AMG GLC 43, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Read our full review of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 43 here.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 43?

    2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 43 AMG GLC 43 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A)

    The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 43 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 $70,785. The average price paid for a new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 43 AMG GLC 43 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A) is trending $2,251 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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    What is the MPG of a 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 43?

    2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class AMG GLC 43 AMG GLC 43 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A), 9-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
    21 compined MPG,
    18 city MPG/24 highway MPG

    EPA Est. MPG21
    Transmission9-speed shiftable automatic
    Drive Trainall wheel drive
    Displacement3.0 L
    Passenger VolumeN/A
    Wheelbase113.1 in.
    Length183.5 in.
    Height64.0 in.
    Curb Weight4191 lbs.

    Should I lease or buy a 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class?

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