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MSRP: $40,700 - 81,800

8.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.6
Safety: TBD
Reliability: TBD

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Review

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC is one of the highest-ranking luxury compact SUVs. It has an exceptionally lavish cabin, lots of features, and a supple ride.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy, sophisticated cabin
  • Plenty of features
  • Smooth ride
  • Small cargo capacity in coupe models
  • Infotainment system has a learning curve

New for 2019

  • Standard heated front seats and 115-volt power outlet
  • Optional tri-zone climate control and Off-Road Engineering package  

Is the Mercedes-Benz GLC a Good Car?

The 2019 GLC is an excellent pick in the luxury compact SUV class. Not only does it have a quality cabin and plenty of features, but it also a solid lineup of engines and easy maneuverability. That said, some rivals have more enjoyable rides and easier-to-use infotainment systems, and the GLC’s coupe body style has below-average cargo space.

Should I Buy the Mercedes-Benz GLC?

Yes. The GLC's base price is a little lower than the class average, and this Mercedes has a level of opulence and refinement that you'll have a hard time finding from any of its competition. Though, if you're more interested in performance than outright luxury, you may want to consider more athletic choices like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Mercedes-Benz GLC?

There have been few changes to the Mercedes-Benz GLC since its debut for 2016. For 2019, heated front seats and a 115-volt household-style power outlet became standard. Mercedes also added available tri-zone automatic climate control and an optional Off-Road Engineering package. The 2018 and 2017 model years saw the introduction of several new AMG models. If you're open to buying a used vehicle, consider shopping across all of the GLC’s model years. You won't miss out on many features, and you'll probably spend less money at the time of purchase.

Check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 18 Reviews Analyzed

To give you a complete overview of the 2019 GLC – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 18 Mercedes-Benz GLC reviews alongside performance specs, interior quality information, and more.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Mercedes-Benz GLC generation, which runs from 2016 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Mercedes-Benz GLC Cost?

The 2019 GLC300 starts at $40,700, which is a slightly below average for the class. The GLC300 4Matic Coupe starts at $47,300. On the high end, the AMG GLC 63 model will cost you $69,900 in the standard body style, but in the coupe body style, the top-of-the-line AMG GLC 63 S model goes for $80,750.

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Mercedes-Benz GLC Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Mercedes-Benz GLC or BMW X3?

If you're looking for athleticism, the BMW X3 is a better option. The X3 still manages to deliver a smooth ride like the GLC, but its handling is more engaging. It also has more cargo space than the GLC. On the other hand, the Mercedes is a better option if you’re interested in a supple ride and one of the most sumptuous cabins in the class. Its optional engines are also more powerful than the BMW's. Both models have a good host of standard and available features.

Which Is Better: Mercedes-Benz GLC or Audi Q5?

The Audi Q5 is a more well-rounded option than the GLC. Like the Mercedes, the Audi has a luxurious interior and many standard features. Though, the Q5 adds a healthy dose of comfort and sportiness. The Audi also comes standard with all-wheel drive and leather upholstery. Although the Q5 will cost you a little bit more, it's worth the investment.

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GLC Interior

How Many People Does the GLC Seat?

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC has seating for five people. There’s plenty of space for adults, and the cushioned seats provide plenty of comfort and support. Outward visibility is good.

GLC and Car Seats

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, and there's an upper tether on the rear middle seat.

GLC Interior Quality

The GLC's interior doesn't disappoint. In fact, this Mercedes has one of the most well-appointed cabins in the class, with fantastic build quality and premium soft-touch surfaces throughout. Wood trim, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, and a 14-way power-adjustable driver's seat with memory settings are standard. Upgrades include leather upholstery, a 14-way power-adjustable passenger seat, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

GLC Cargo Space

The standard GLC has 19.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 56.5 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded down. These are estimates are about average for the class. In the coupe body style, the GLC has below-average dimensions: 17.6 cubic feet behind the back-row seats and 49.4 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded. A power liftgate is standard, and a hands-free liftgate is available.

GLC Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include an infotainment system with a 7-inch display, two USB ports, HD Radio, and Bluetooth. Options include an 8.4-inch display, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, voice controls, a rear-seat entertainment system, satellite radio, and a 13-speaker Burmester premium surround-sound system. The GLC is also available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

The infotainment system may take some time to get used to. It comes standard with a central dial controller, steering-wheel controls, and physical buttons for audio and climate controls. A touchpad controller is also available, but some reviewers found this made the system trickier to use.

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GLC Performance

GLC Engine: Something for Everyone

The GLC has more than enough engine options to satisfy most shoppers. The base model comes with a 241-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that has ample power for most daily commutes. For more power, consider one the AMG models. The AMG GLC 43 comes with a 362-horsepower V6, the AMG GLC 63 comes with a 469-horsepower V8 or a 503-horsepower V8, depending on the body style.  the AMG GLC S Coupe comes with a 503-horsepower V8. All of these engines are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission that has paddle shifters and is praised for delivering smooth shifts.

Plug-in hybrid GLC 350e models have an electric motor and a 2.0-liter gasoline engine that combine to make 315 horsepower. These models come with a seven-speed automatic transmission.

GLC Gas Mileage: Just Average

The base GLC300 gets 22 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. These estimates are about average for the class. Coupe models get 1 less mpg in the city.

GLC Ride and Handling: Comfortable Agility

The GLC is a comfortable cruiser with precise steering and agile handling. Various driving modes allow you to adjust your ride to favor sportiness or comfort. Some competitors are more athletic, however. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.

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GLC Reliability

Is the Mercedes-Benz GLC Reliable?

The 2019 GLC has not received a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power, but it belongs to a generation that typically earns above-average ratings.

Mercedes-Benz GLC Warranty

The Mercedes-Benz GLC comes with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty, which is similar to the warranty terms of other luxury vehicles in the class.

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GLC Safety

GLC Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have yet to perform crash safety tests on the 2019 GLC. However, the 2018 model was named a Top Safety Pick and received the highest rating of Good in all crash tests from the IIHS. The NHTSA gave the 2018 an overall rating of five out of five stars, with the same score in frontal and side crash tests, as well as four stars in the rollover test. 

GLC Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features include a rearview camera, a driver drowsiness monitor, active brake assist, and crosswind assist. The GLC also comes standard with Pre-Safe, which makes the vehicle safer in the event of an imminent collision by doing things like tightening the seat belts and rolling up the windows. There are plenty of active safety features available, including a 360-degree parking camera, active park assist, adaptive high beams, lane keep assist, pedestrian detection, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, a head-up display, and Pre-Safe Plus.

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Which Mercedes-Benz GLC Model Is Right for Me?

The Mercedes GLC is available in an SUV body style and a coupe body style. Mercedes offers both of these body styles in several trims, including GLC 300, AMG GLC 43, and AMG GLC 63. If you opt for the standard body style, you can get the plug-in hybrid GLC 350e model, and there's an AMG 63 S model that's exclusive to the coupe body style.

Regardless of the body style, most shoppers will be content with the base GLC 300. It comes with a good number of standard features and plenty of power. If you want even more horsepower, step up to one of the AMG models. There's also a long list of available features that you can add to most trims.

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

The GLC 300 starts at $40,700 for the standard body style and $47,300 for the coupe body style. It features a 14-way power-adjustable driver's seat, leatherette upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power liftgate, and a rearview camera. The GLC’s infotainment system has a 7-inch display screen, two USB ports, HD Radio, and Bluetooth. The GLC also comes standard with the Pre-Safe system, driver drowsiness monitoring, active brake assist, crosswind assist, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Coupe models come with all-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is an extra $2,000 in standard models.

Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e

The GLC 350e is a plug-in hybrid model with an electric motor and gasoline engine that combine to deliver 315 horsepower. It comes with a haptic accelerator pedal that vibrates to alert the driver it is switching from electric to gas. Remote climate control is also standard in this model.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43

The AMG GLC 43 starts at $56,250 for the regular SUV body style and $60,400 for coupe models. It features a 362-horsepower V6 engine and all-wheel drive.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63

The AMG GLC 63 costs $69,900 for the SUV body type and come with a 503-horsepower V8. Coupe models cost $73,150 and come with a 469-horsepower V8. 

Mercedes Benz GLC 63 S

The GLC 63 S will run you for $80,750, and it comes with a 503-horsepower V8. This model is only available in the coupe body style.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC is a fantastic luxury compact SUV. It has a refined interior, lots of standard and optional features, and a strong engine lineup. However, some rivals have more cargo space, an easier-to-use infotainment system, and sportier handling.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class has a particularly luxurious air. Naturally, it's a premium compact crossover from a marque renowned for luxury, so such an upscale demeanor isn't so surprising. But even among its high-quality peers, the GLC has something extra: A little more refinement, an extra touch of sophistication. This is evident in the cabin materials, the ride, the build, the standard equipment and the many options." -- Autotrader
  • "The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class really accentuates the 'premium' in premium-compact-crossover SUV. Even among illustrious rivals like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, the luxury factor of the GLC-Class puts it in its own little niche. Using the current C-Class platform as its foundation, the GLC-Class benefits from that built-in refinement, then seals the deal with a plush cabin and unruffled ride." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Few, perhaps none, in this class are as well-rounded as the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class." -- Edmunds (2018)
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