I traded in my 2016 Lincoln MKX, which I absolutely loved, for a new GLC, mainly because I wanted better gas mileage than the 21MPG I was getting with the MKX. That was two months ago and I've put less than 1K miles on the GLC since I purchased it, so this review is based on that limited experience. Overall, I've been pleased with the GLC, although it has taken time to adjust to its … quirks. I read lots of bad reviews from other buyers, so I was a little hesitant to make the purchase, but I figured the new car warranty will cover any defects, at least for the first four years. I purchased the GLC over its rivals for four primary reasons: 1. I had never owned a Mercedes, and at 62 years old, I figured it's about time. 2. The $57K sticker price was similar to other cars I had tested, including a Kia Sorrento plug-in hybrid and a Mazda CX-90 PHEV. 3. After three test drives in the GLC, I really liked the comfort, the size and the elegant look, inside and out. 4, The GLC had a higher EPA rating than any of its rivals. And, that's where I'll start. So far, I've been averaging over 30MPG, which is outstanding, and much higher than the EPA rating of 26MPG combined. I normally drive in ECO mode and keep my speed under 70MPH. On a recent two-hour drive, I was actually getting 37MPG! The GLC uses a mild hybrid system that works smoothly and efficiently. You can take your foot off the accelerator and the hybrid system will let the car coast at a steady speed, which happens smoothly and quietly. The overall stop/start system is refined and unobtrusive, simply one of the best I've ever experienced. The seat comfort and driving position are also top-notch. Despite the compact size, there's plenty of elbow, leg and head room in the GLC. Another highlight is the Burmester sound system, which is impressive in its rich sound and dynamic range. The dash displays are colorful and vivid with distinct markings, and are visually appealing. The ambient lighting is beautiful and highly customizable, but mine is supposed to have the "enhanced" version (the Exclusive trim) but it was deleted, probably due to a chip issue. That's a bit of a bummer. So, there's a lot I like about the GLC. As for dislikes, the first one I'll mention is the coarse-sounding engine. It actually sounds like a diesel at idle from the outside, although it's very quiet inside. It will probably prove to be a great engine, but it sounds loud and unrefined. The interior is mostly beautiful, but there is lots of cheap looking black plastic, which is a shame in an otherwise gorgeous interior. My biggest complaint is with the easy entry/exit system. On any other vehicle I've owned with this feature, the seat powers back when the engine is turned off and/or the driver's door is opened. Not on the Mercedes. I'm 5'8", so I have the seat somewhat close to the steering wheel. When the easy entry/exit system is activated, the seat actually moves forward a few inches, rather than rearward. I thought it was faulty, but when I consulted the owner's manual, it said the car will determine whether the seat should be moved forward or rearward based on where it is located on the track. The reasoning is that someone sitting in the rear seat behind the driver might be injured if the driver's seat were to move back and impede their space. I know, dumb, right? It's very annoying not to be able to use that feature. The only other somewhat negative I'll mention is that there isn't any special lighting when approaching the car at night. My Lincoln had a "welcome" lighting feature that was pretty and elegant. There are definitely features about the Lincoln that I miss. But, with time, I'm growing fonder of the GLC.
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