Getting there on time is as easy as leaving early, but arriving in style is where the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe flourishes. It’s the more dramatic presentation of the square-backed GLC SUV, reviewed separately, but the two SUVs share their guts and luxury appointments and boast standard features like heated seats, wireless smartphone charging, a great sound system and a panoramic sunroof. The GLC Coupe uses a 255-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an overboost feature that pushes out an additional 23 horsepower for short periods. All-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission are also standard. Interior commands are controlled by a massive infotainment screen, which is only slightly surpassed by the large gauge cluster behind the GLC’s chunky steering wheel. The interior is finely stitched and adorned with enough LED ambient lighting to turn the cabin into a Miami nightclub. While the GLC Coupe’s style comes at the sacrifice of cargo space versus its more SUV-like sibling, there’s no arguing which one will make you look cooler behind the wheel.
What’s new for 2024?
The GLC Coupe is all-new for 2024 with fresh duds and more horsepower from a 48-volt hybrid powertrain. Its suspension has been updated to increase the GLC Coupe’s agility and even the standard panoramic sunroof has grown for the new model year.
Prices and which one to buy
The GLC300 is rich in standard amenities. Every GLC has LED headlights and taillights, a plush interior and a wide range of driver assistance features. For 2024, Mercedes-Benz included the previously optional AMG Line package as standard equipment. It adds wireless smartphone charging, heated seats and a Burmester 3D Surround system.
Engine, transmission and performance
All 2023 GLC coupes use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. A 48-volt hybrid system helps increase the power output, which is good for 255 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive are standard. While we haven’t yet subjected the new GLC Coupe to our extensive testing routine, Mercedes estimates that the GLC will hit 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. The new GLC Coupe also has an updated suspension – a new four-link front axle system and a multi-link rear setup – to help keep all that mass comfortably in place. We’ll update this space with driving impressions after testing the new GLC Coupe.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA has yet to release fuel economy estimates for the new GLC Coupe, but we expect to see similar numbers to the outgoing model and the Benz’s main competitors. The 2023 model is rated for 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. When we get a chance, we’ll take the GLC300 4Matic on our 75-mph highway fuel economy test route and publish its results here. For more information on the GLC class’ fuel consumption, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, comfort and cargo
Comfort is a substance that cannot be cleaned from the GLC Coupe’s interior. A mix of beautifully stitched leather and high-quality plastics surround a range of impressive standard goodies such as heated seats and a 710-watt Burmester 3D Surround system. The new GLC Coupe replaces the old SUV’s center console-mounted gear selector with a column shifter behind the steering wheel, which is also updated for this year. Much of the once-exposed dashboard space has been draped in high-definition touchscreen displays that configure more parts of the vehicle than ever using the latest MBUX infotainment software.
Infotainment and connectivity
Much of the GLC Coupe’s interior space is dedicated to entertainment and interactive interfaces. A huge 11.9-inch infotainment screen handles climate as well as almost all vehicle controls, but there’s also wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A wireless smartphone charger is tucked under the center console lid. The infotainment screen is also central to the GLC’s parking camera, which can rotate its view to check for curbs or other obstacles.
Safety and Driver Assistance Features
The GLC Coupe has an attractive list of standard and optional driver assistance technology which is designed to help avoid accidents and make the driving experience easier. For more information on the GLC300’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking
- Standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
- Adaptive cruise control available
Warranty and Maintenance Cover
The Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe offers warranty coverage equivalent to the protection offered by competing SUVs from brands such as BMW and Audi. However, Acura and Lexus offer longer powertrain warranties.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance
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