2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Review


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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Overview

The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, a lineup of small luxury crossovers, includes 4-door coupe versions along with high-performance variants from the AMG division. For 2020, the GLC-Class gets a refresh with updated styling, new technology, and a new engine. The prime competition includes the Audi Q5, Jaguar I-Pace, BMW X3, and Porsche Macan.

While the small luxury SUV segment is full of elegance, the GLC-Class stands out thanks to its muscular, aggressive design. It features a wide stance and a new headlight design that accentuates the bold front end. Last year’s subtle chrome touches now highlight the entire side profile. Two new paint options, Graphite Grey and Selenite Grey Magno, take advantage of these updates. Three new wheel designs are also available, including a 21-inch design for the AMG trim.

The GLC 300 and GLC 300 4MATIC both feature a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque and pairs with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The GLC 300 features rear-wheel drive (RWD) and the GLC 300 4MATIC gets all-wheel drive (AWD). The AMG 63 and 63 S both feature a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine rated for 469 hp and 479 lb-ft in the former and 503 hp and 516 lb-ft in the latter. While Mercedes-Benz promises “significantly lower fuel consumption” than the outgoing model, official estimates are not yet available.

The cabin of the GLC-Class offers two new wood trims, Natural Grain Grey Oak and Natural Grain Walnut. Buyers of mainstream models have a choice of two redesigned multifunction steering wheels for easy access to tech features, and AMG models get an exclusive steering wheel design. Keyless start comes standard. The AMG version gets Magma Grey and black Nappa leather upholstery with yellow contrast stitching, and the option of sport seats.

The refreshed GLC-Class features the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system, which comes standard with a 10.25-inch touchscreen display. The system can be accessed through the touchpad, the steering wheel-mounted controls, gesture recognition, or voice control. An additional 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is available (standard on AMG models), and the navigation system can be upgraded with augmented video for more detail. AMG models also get a special menu system with access to performance data.

The GLC-Class includes blind-spot assist and rear cross-traffic alert. The optional Driver Assistance Package adds active distance assist, active steering assist with lane-change and speed-limit assist, and route-based speed adaptation with evasive steering, active blind-spot monitoring, and active brake assist with cross-traffic alert. Active parking assist is also available.

Small luxury crossovers are enjoying time in the spotlight, and this refresh is sure to earn even more attention for the GLC-Class and AMG variants. Potential buyers can expect the GLC-Class to land in United States dealerships in late 2019.


Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She is eagerly awaiting delivery of a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, which will join her household's 2008 Toyota RAV4, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, and 2015 Honda Grom.

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