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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Review

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC ranks in the middle of the luxury compact SUV class. The GLC touts a top-notch interior, pleasant handling, and strong engine performance. However, high ownership costs keep this SUV from challenging for a top spot.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable, elegant interior
  • Plenty of standard and available safety features
  • Composed ride and handling
  • Above-average ownership costs

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class's #8 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Luxury Compact SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2017 Best Luxury Compact SUV for Families award. Currently the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class has a score of 7.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 14 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.6
Safety:
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 10.0 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
TBD
Reliability:
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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Overview

Is the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC is a good option among used luxury compact SUVs. The GLC boasts an elegant interior with high-end materials, roomy seating in both rows, and decent cargo space. The GLC also rides comfortably on rough pavement, and its lineup of turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines provide ample punch for everyday driving. That said, the GLC isn’t as exciting to drive as some of the top models in this class. If zestier handling is what you’re after, give the 2017 Porsche Macan and 2017 Jaguar F-Pace a look.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 14 professional evaluations for this 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC?

Based on 169 listings for this vehicle on our site, you can expect to pay between $33,400 and $58,000 for a used 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC. Its average list price is $40,700. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 GLC are estimated to be $33,356. That’s well above average for the luxury compact SUV segment.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New GLC?

The 2018 GLC starts at $40,050, but it can climb to over $80,000, depending on the trim and features. Buying a 2017 GLC will probably save you some money, and you won’t miss out on much. However, you’ll need to buy new if you want the all-new plug-in hybrid GLC 350e or the new-for-2018 V8 engine in the GLC63, which puts out 469 horsepower.

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If you’re committed to buying a new car, but your budget is capped at the average price of a 2017 GLC, there are still some options. In addition to the 2018 GLC, take a look at the 2018 Acura RDX (MSRP: $36,000). The Acura has a more powerful standard V6 engine, and its highway fuel economy matches the Mercedes'. The RDX also has more front- and rear-row legroom and cargo space. You should also consider nonluxury options, like the 2018 Buick Enclave. Its base price is about $10,000 less than the average list price for a 2017 GLC, and the Buick has lots of passenger and cargo space as well as a smooth, quiet ride. Other midsize SUVs to consider are the Kia Sorento (starting at $25,900), the Toyota Highlander ($31,230), and the Honda Pilot ($30,900).

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

The Mercedes-Benz GLC was originally called the GLK. The GLC first appeared in 2016, and the 2017 model saw few changes. Unless you’re interested in the performance-oriented AMG model introduced in 2017, stick with the 2016 model and save yourself some money.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC?

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power, which is above average for the auto industry.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC has seven recalls. They include rear seat belts that may not latch, sunroof panels that may detach, a driver’s side air bag that may inadvertently deploy, an overheating starter current limiter, and improperly functioning seat belt pretensioners. If any of these recalls affect the used model you are considering, make sure the problems are resolved before you buy.

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

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC is available as the GLC300, the GLC300 4Matic (the all-wheel-drive model), and the high-performance AMG GLC43. The GLC300 is well-appointed, with standard features like a six-speaker stereo system, a 7-inch color display, Bluetooth audio streaming, two USB ports, HD Radio, and smartphone integration capabilities. The GLC300 4Matic just adds all-wheel drive. The AMG GLC43 has a 362-horsepower, turbocharged V6 engine, sports-tuned all-wheel drive, AMG Sport Suspension with Air Body Control, heated front seats, satellite radio, blind spot monitoring, and a 115-volt outlet. Unless you need a sports-tuned SUV like the AMG model, you should be happy with the GLC300. It has most of the standard features at the best price.

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What Does Mercedes-Benz's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Mercedes-Benz offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Mercedes-Benz certified pre-owned vehicles come with the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, plus an additional one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. This warranty can be renewed for a fee. If the new-car warranty has expired, you’ll receive the one-year warranty with unlimited mileage. Every Mercedes-Benz CPO vehicle must pass a 165-point inspection.

If you’re unsatisfied with your CPO vehicle, Mercedes’ Exchange Privilege program allows you to exchange it for another CPO vehicle of equal or lesser value within seven days or 500 miles. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mercedes-Benz warranty page carefully.

Among luxury car manufacturers, Mercedes-Benz’s CPO program is about average. It’s better than BMW’s but not as robust as Jaguar’s or Lexus’, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the GLC?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC a Top Safety Pick+. The IIHS gave it the top rating of Good in all conducted crash tests, as well as a Superior front crash prevention rating when properly equipped.

The GLC has many standard safety features, including a rearview camera, drowsy driver detection, crosswind assist (which keeps the vehicle steady against buffeting winds), collision prevention braking, and Pre-Safe (which tightens the seat belts and shuts the sunroof and any open windows if it detects an impeding crash).

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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC or 2017 BMW X3?

The 2017 BMW X3 is the clear choice between these two. It has more standard advanced technology, like the iDrive infotainment system, and its engine lineup is much more potent. It’s also projected to have far cheaper ownership costs (about $3,000 less over five years).

Which Is Better: 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC or 2017 Lexus NX?

The 2017 Lexus NX lacks many of the standard features found in the 2017 GLC, including items like a power liftgate, rain-sensing wipers, and seat memory. The Lexus NX also has slightly less cargo space. However, the NX has a modestly better predicted reliability rating, a much lower total cost of ownership, and likely a lower purchase price. Both cars are good, but the NX is easier on the wallet.

Which Is Better: 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC or 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA?

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA, a luxury subcompact SUV, is the smaller version of the GLC. The GLA is available with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which the 2017 GLC doesn’t offer. The GLA also provides better handling. However, the GLC offers more cargo and passenger space, as well as a better suite of standard active safety features. The GLC is the better choice if you plan to frequently carry people and their luggage.

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2017 GLC Performance

How Does the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Drive?

The GLC has a well-tuned suspension that gives it a comfortable ride, even over rough road surfaces, yet it still feel stable and composed around turns. Rear-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available.

Acceleration is adequate from the base 241-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but much more thrilling from the 362-horsepower turbocharged V6 engine in the AMG GLC43.

Does the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Get Good Gas Mileage?

The standard 241-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine gets 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is average for the class. The AMG GLC43 models with the 362-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 have an EPA rating of 18/24 mpg city/highway.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Towing Capacity

When correctly equipped, 2017 GLC models can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

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2017 GLC Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 GLC Seat?

The 2017 GLC seats five across two rows of leatherette upholstery. The seats are comfortable, with room for four tall adults. A 14-way power-adjustable driver's seat with three memory settings is standard. Available seat features include leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, and a 14-way power-adjustable passenger seat.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC?

The 2017 GLC has complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors mounted on each of the outboard rear seats, plus an additional middle-seat tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded this LATCH system an Acceptable score, the second-highest rating. Experts at the IIHS found it challenging to maneuver around the anchors.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Features

Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard in the GLC. Infotainment features include a 7-inch display screen, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and two USB ports. The infotainment system works well because it has center stack buttons, a touchpad controller between the seats, and steering wheel controls. Available features include LED ambient lighting, a cabin fragrance system, a cabin air purification system, a 115-volt power outlet, navigation, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a 14-speaker Burmester premium surround-sound system.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Dimensions

Mercedes-Benz GLC Cargo Space

The 2017 GLC has 19.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up, which is slightly below average in the segment, and 56.5 cubic feet when the seats are folded, which is slightly above average.

2017 GLC Length and Weight

The 2017 AMG GLC43 and GLC300 are 15.3 feet long, while the AMG GLC43 Coupe is 15.5 feet long. The GLC300 has a curb weight of up to 4,115 pounds, and the AMG GLC43’s curb weight is 4,256 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Built?

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC was built in Germany and Finland.

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