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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Review

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC stands out as one of the better compact SUVs in our rankings. This is due in part to its strong reliability rating and impressive cabin, which features first-class materials and spacious seats. High total ownership costs keep it from ranking higher, though.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious and comfortable seats
  • Long list of tech features
  • Smooth, hushed ride
  • Select ownership costs are higher than many rivals'




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.1
Safety: 10.0
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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Overview

Is the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC a Good Used SUV?

Comfort is key in the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC. If you want a quiet, luxurious SUV with a supple ride and roomy seats, the GLC will suit your needs. We named it our 2016 Best Luxury Compact SUV for Families.

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How Much Is the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC?

The average price for a 2016 GLC is $37,000. That's based on more than 220 listings for the GLC on our used car site. Because of the different trim levels and options (along with each vehicle's condition, mileage, and location), you'll see prices ranging from around $33,000 to $41,600.

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How Much Does the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Cost to Own?

The GLC is one of the pricier models in its class when it comes to certain ownership costs. Over five years, you'll spend around $33,500 to insure, fuel, repair, and maintain the GLC. Covering those four expenses will cost you $1,800 less with the 2016 BMW X4 and $4,700 less with the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport. Both rivals have similar used car prices to the GLC.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New GLC?

A base 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC will cost you about $3,000 more than a used 2016 version, based on the new model’s starting MSRP and the average 2016 GLC listing on our site. The standard features of the GLC300 are largely the same for both model years, so the only significant advantage of the 2018 is its new-car warranty. However, if you want a high-performance AMG variant, a plug-in hybrid SUV, or a sleek coupe-like body, you should note they were not part of the 2016 lineup. You’ll have to go with a 2018 model to get those options.

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If you like the idea of buying a new compact SUV instead of a used GLC, there are a few similarly priced alternatives worth considering. The 2018 Acura RDX (starting at $36,000) has a spacious, upscale cabin and outstanding crash test scores. We named the RDX our 2018 Best Luxury Compact SUV for the Money. The 2018 Lexus NX (starting at $35,985) is also a good value, with lots of standard features and plenty of room to stretch out in the back seat. The NX matches the GLC when it comes to expected reliability.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC?

Experts predict that the GLC will be more reliable than most other luxury compact SUVs. It earns a score of four out of five from J.D. Power, which is better than the scores of many other cars on the road.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Recalls

Seven recalls have been issued for the 2016 GLC at the time of this writing. The largest recall addresses the problem of the driver’s air bag accidentally deploying. Other expansive recalls relate to the starter overheating and the rear seat belts locking in the retracted position, rendering them unusable. Smaller recalls have been released to fix misadjusted headlights, update air bag software, replace damaged stability control units, and rewire the steering column. You should search a car's VIN to see if any of these problems affect the specific vehicle you are considering. Make sure all applicable recalls have been addressed before you buy.

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Which Model Year of the Mercedes-Benz GLC Is Best?  

Mercedes introduced the GLC for the 2016 model year (replacing the GLK), so there are no earlier models to consider. If you want a sportier model, check out the brawny AMG editions of the GLC, which were added in 2017 and 2018.

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Which Used Mercedes-Benz GLC Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 GLC is available in two trims: the rear-wheel-drive GLC300 and the all-wheel-drive GLC300 4Matic. The base GLC300 comes with push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, dual high-resolution display screens, Bluetooth, HD Radio, dual USB ports, and an SD card reader. It also comes with some safety features, including a rearview camera and automatic emergency braking. When the 2016 GLC was new, most features were available as options or in packages, so you may need to shop around for a model equipped with the features you want.

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Certified Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz GLC Warranty

You can also purchase a certified pre-owned GLC for extra peace of mind. Mercedes-Benz has one of the best CPO programs around: certified pre-owned vehicles with this coverage come with the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, plus an additional one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. If the new-car warranty has expired, you’ll just receive the one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. Every Mercedes-Benz CPO vehicle must pass a 164-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mercedes-Benz warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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How Safe Is the GLC?

The 2016 GLC earns top scores in every crash test simulation performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Standard safety equipment includes a rearview camera, collision prevention assist, a driver drowsiness monitor, and Mercedes-Benz Pre-Safe, which helps protect occupants in the event of a potential collision. Some models may also come with a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, cross traffic alert, speed limit assist, a surround-view camera system, and Pre-Safe Plus with rear collision protection.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC or 2016 Lexus NX?

The Lexus NX and the GLC have a lot in common. Both SUVs have an upscale interior, comfortable seats, a smooth ride, and the same fuel economy estimates. The GLC does feel more powerful, but the NX's engine only has 6 fewer horsepower than the GLC's. If you want to save money, you should go with the NX. Its purchase price and certain ownership costs are far less than the GLC's, which will save you money for years to come.

Which Is Better: 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC or 2016 Porsche Macan?

For a thrilling ride, the Porsche Macan is the clear choice over the Mercedes GLC. You’ll pay much more for the Macan, but you'll enjoy a potent 340-horsepower turbocharged V6 base engine and some of the most engaging driving dynamics of any SUV. The Macan also comes standard with all-wheel drive for solid road grip. Inside, the Macan has attractive, first-rate materials, but tall occupants will probably prefer the roominess of the GLC.

Which Is Better: 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC or 2016 BMW X3?

The BMW X3 provides fun driving dynamics and plenty of space, so it slightly edges out the GLC. The X3 balances corner-carving agility with ride comfort, and it's at home on most road surfaces. It also has spacious, supportive seats in both rows and more cargo space than the GLC. The X3 comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder base engine that delivers quick acceleration around town but feels a little underpowered on the highway.

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2016 GLC Performance

How Does the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Drive?

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC's 241-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine offers a good amount of power and quick acceleration in most situations. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard. Its ride is smooth and comfortable, especially with the available air suspension. It also has five available drive modes (Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Individual), which noticeably change the SUV's driving dynamics.

Does the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Get Good Gas Mileage?

The fuel economy rating of the 2016 GLC (an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway) is typical for a crossover SUV of this size.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Towing Capacity

The 2016 GLC can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

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2016 GLC Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 GLC Seat?

The five-seat 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC has premium materials throughout its cabin. Its seats are comfortable and have plenty of space for tall adults, even in the back.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC?

The back seat of the GLC contains three tether anchors and two sets of lower anchors. For the most part, the LATCH hardware is easy to find and use. However, some difficulties with the lower anchors resulted in an Acceptable score for ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Features

The GLC's tech features are easily accessible and user-friendly. There are also multiple input options for the dual display screens, including a COMAND knob, dashboard buttons, and a touchpad. Push-button start, pre-collision braking, and Bluetooth are standard. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hot spot, and a COMAND navigation system with an 8.4-inch screen.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Dimensions

Mercedes-Benz GLC Cargo Space

Cargo space in the GLC is close to average for the luxury compact SUV class. There's 19.4 cubic feet of room behind the seats, and 56.5 cubic feet with the second row folded down.

Mercedes-Benz GLC Length and Weight

The standard 2016 GLC300 has a 3,891-pound curb weight and 5,084-pound gross vehicle weight. With all-wheel drive, the heft increases to 4,001 and 5,194 pounds, respectively. All models measure 15.3 feet in length.

Where Was the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Built?

Mercedes built the 2016 GLC at its plant in Bremen, Germany.

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