Mercedes GLC review - Interior, design and technology
The GLC's cabin is lifted straight out of the C-Class, but looks classy and is premium in feel
Undeniably recognisable as a Mercedes SUV, the GLC gets the distinctive family face, jacked-up suspension and a high-quality interior. The purposeful grille and LED daytime running lights give the GLC an imposing nose. Updates for post-2019 cars introduced slimmer headlights with revised LED graphics, and subtle adjustments to the front grille. Around the back the new models can be distinguished by LED tail lamp graphics which feature a ring-like design. The high roofline of the GLC results in decent practicality.
The full-fat AMG models gets a flashy radiator grille and unique alloy wheels, plus sportier-looking bumpers and more pronounced tailpipes. There are some nice touches to differentiate it from lesser diesel models, but it doesn’t feel quite as nicely crafted as a Porsche Macan, for example. The AMG 63 models gets a grille design that's similar to the AMG GT sports car, plus blistered wheel arches, big wheels and chunky bumpers.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
Inside, all cars feel suitably upmarket, with loads of well-finished surfaces and top-notch materials. The interior facelift, save for a couple of new options, results in a cabin that looks much the same as it did before. However, there’s a new infotainment set-up with a larger screen. It houses a sat-nav system which, like that in the latest A-Class, features augmented reality navigation instructions.
The menu layouts are largely the same as the old car, but they’ve been tweaked to allow touch inputs for the first time. If you’d prefer, it’s still possible to control the menus via the click wheel employed on earlier GLCs. Graphically, the system is very sharp, and the menus are fairly easy to navigate. The mapping screen is uncluttered and easy to read on the move.
Higher trim levels come fitted with a high-end Burmester sound system. It’s a worthy upgrade over the standard system, with a warm, punchy sound quality. It’s not quite a match for the glorious Bowers and Wilkins systems offered as (pricey) options with both BMWs and Volvos, but it’s impressive nonetheless.
The connected services and live traffic info are nice touches, and from the 2019 update onwards, the infotainment setup comes equipped with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality. It’s standard on all but the AMG Line trim.
In this review
- 1Mercedes GLC reviewThe Mercedes GLC mid-sized SUV blends premium quality and style, efficient powertrain options and a luxurious comfortable drive
- 2Engines, performance and driveExcellent body control and a refined motorway cruiser, but ride can be fidgety on big wheels
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsStandard nine-speed automatic gearbox keeps running costs down and on-par with rivals
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingThe GLC's cabin is lifted straight out of the C-Class, but looks classy and is premium in feel
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe GLC is smaller than an F-Pace, but rear passenger and boot space is reasonable
- 6Reliability and SafetyA huge amount of safety kit and strong Euro NCAP results mean the GLC offers great protection