2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Review

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC has arguably the nicest interior in the class, and it brings the goods in the performance department. That's why it finishes near the top of our luxury compact SUV rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding interior
  • Plenty of standard tech features
  • Quiet, smooth ride
  • Some rivals are more athletic
  • Below-average cargo space in coupe models

Is the Mercedes-Benz GLC a Good SUV?

Yes, the Mercedes-Benz GLC is a great SUV. There are two rows of seats that can both comfortably fit adults. The GLC has lots of standard features, and the cabin’s materials are top-notch. The GLC also offers an array of powerful engines and feels composed on winding roads.

Should I Buy the Mercedes-Benz GLC?

While some rivals surpass the GLC in some ways, few can match its all-around quality. Before you sign on the dotted line, check out rivals like the BMW X3 and the Lexus NX for comparison.

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

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC is part of a generation that began with the vehicle’s introduction for the 2016 model year. The 2017 model added the AMG GLC43 to the lineup, and 2018 added the AMG GLC63 standard and coupe models. A plug-in variant, the GLC 350e, is also new to the North American market for 2018. The 2018 model offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

You can potentially save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used GLC, though you'll have fewer trim options available. If you're interested in a used model, visit our overviews of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC and 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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How Much Does the Mercedes-Benz GLC Cost?

The Mercedes-Benz GLC300 has a base price around $40,000. That’s above average for a luxury compact SUV, but several class rivals have similar price tags. AMG GLC43 models start in the mid-$50,000s, but they can easily creep into the $60,000s. The AMG models outpace many class rivals; there aren’t a lot of luxury compact SUVs that offer trims with starting prices north of $50,000.

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Mercedes-Benz GLC Versus the Competition

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

The BMW X3 is priced a couple thousand dollars higher than the GLC, but it doesn't have as many standard and available driver assistance features. The GLC offers more engine options, and its high-performance power plants have more horsepower than anything the X3 offers. You can’t go wrong with either vehicle, but the GLC has an advantage when it comes to interior luxury and safety ratings.

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

The Lexus NX has a lower starting price than the GLC, but the Mercedes is worth the extra money. It delivers better performance thanks to its stronger engines and superior handling. Inside, the GLC has more standard features and provides a more luxurious, comfortable environment.

Compare the GLC, X3, and NX »

GLC Interior

How Many People Does the GLC Seat?

The GLC seats five, and it has plenty of interior space for adults in both rows. You can find a suitable driving position easily, and visibility is excellent even for shorter drivers. The seats also provide enough support to keep you comfortable on long drives.

GLC and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the GLC. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated this LATCH system as Acceptable (the second-best rating) for ease of use. The tether anchors are easy to find, and you won’t confuse them with other hardware. The lower anchors are generally user-friendly, though they can be difficult to maneuver around at times.

GLC Interior Quality

There’s no room to complain about the GLC’s cabin. It looks great, it’s well-designed, and it remains quiet even at highway speeds. The materials quality is excellent throughout the interior.

GLC Cargo Space

The GLC has over 17 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use, which is enough room for a weekend’s worth of luggage for most families. Fold the rear seats down, and you have more than 56 cubic feet of room (49.4 in coupe models). That’s enough space for camping gear, multiple large coolers, or even some furniture items.

GLC Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the GLC include dual-zone automatic climate control and an infotainment system with a 7-inch display screen, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and two USB ports. The system is controlled using buttons in the center stack, a touchpad controller mounted in between the front seats, and controls on the steering wheel.

Available features include a power sunroof, a cabin fragrance system, a cabin air purification system, navigation, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 14-speaker Burmester premium surround sound system.

Available features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay make it easy to sync your smartphone with the vehicle, and they aren’t offered in every competitor. The infotainment system is pretty easy to use, but the touchpad controller takes some getting used to.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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GLC Performance

GLC Engine: No Bad Choices

The GLC’s base engine is a 241-horsepower four-cylinder. It has enough power for daily driving, but it can also handle highway merging and passing. If you want more power, you’ll have to step up to one of the performance-oriented AMG models. The AMG GLC43 comes with a 362-horsepower V6, and the new-for-2018 GLC63 features a V8 engine that puts out 469 horsepower (503 horsepower in coupe models).

GLC Gas Mileage: About Average

The GLC gets average fuel economy for the class, earning 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. That’s right in line with what rivals like the BMW X3 and Lexus NX earn. You won’t save a significant amount of money per year by driving any one of these over the other. The plug-in hybrid GLC 350e returns a combined 25 mpg city/highway when running on gas. It gets a combined 74 mpg-equivalent using gas and electric power.

GLC Ride and Handling: What’s Not to Like?

The GLC delivers a supple ride over most road surfaces, and the suspension automatically adjusts to road conditions. An available air suspension further improves ride comfort. This is more than just a cruiser, however. The GLC is fairly nimble and has responsive steering, but some class rivals are more athletic.

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GLC Reliability

Is the Mercedes-Benz GLC Reliable?

The 2018 GLC has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power, which is a bit above average for the market and the class.

Mercedes-Benz GLC Warranty

The Mercedes-Benz GLC comes with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty. Many other luxury vehicles have similar warranty terms.

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GLC Safety

GLC Crash Test Results

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC performs well in crash tests. It was named a Top Safety Pick+ and earns the highest rating of Good in all five crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It also receives a perfect five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with five stars in frontal and side evaluations and four stars in the rollover test.

GLC Safety Features

Standard features include a rearview camera, forward collision alert, emergency braking, crosswind assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, and Pre-Safe, which prepares the SUV before an impending collision by rolling up the windows and tightening the seat belts. A head-up display is available.

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Which Mercedes-Benz GLC Model Is Right for Me?

There aren’t too many options to choose from when buying a GLC. You’ll have to pick between the regular SUV and the coupe; the regular model offers more total cargo capacity, so the rest mostly comes down to styling. There is a base trim, a plug-in hybrid model, and two performance-oriented AMG models. Every GLC has plenty of standard features, and many premium features are still available in the base model. Unless you really need the extra engine power or marginally better gas mileage, the base GLC300 is the best choice for most buyers.

Mercedes-Benz GLC300

The GLC300 has a base price of $40,050. You can add all-wheel drive (which Mercedes calls 4Matic) for $2,000. The GLC 300 coupe has a starting price of $46,600. Coupe models come with all-wheel drive and a power sunroof. In addition to the standard features, both models offer multiple option packages and several features that you can add individually. These can cost as little as $100 or more than $2,000. Optional features include blind spot monitoring, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Burmester audio system, a head-up display, and more.

Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e

The Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e ($49,990) is a plug-in hybrid that comes standard with all-wheel drive. Not only does it deliver better fuel economy than the base model, but its powertrain offers more combined horsepower as well. It also comes with all the base model’s features in addition to four driving modes, a haptic accelerator pedal, and remote climate control.  

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC43

The AMG43 has a starting price of $56,250. It features a 362-horsepower V6 and all-wheel drive. The AMG43 coupe starts at $60,400. As with the GLC300, there are numerous available features.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC63

The AMG GLC63 ($69,900) is a new trim for the 2018 model year. It will be available in the U.S. early in the 2018 calendar year. The AMG GLC63 will be offered in both body styles, and it will feature a twin-turbocharged V8 engine. In standard models, the engine will produce 469 horsepower, and in coupe models, it’ll put out 503 horsepower.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Mercedes-Benz dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Mercedes-Benz deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC deserves its lofty spot in our luxury compact SUV rankings. This car has no real flaws. Though some rivals deliver better performance, the GLC provides plenty of athleticism, and few – if any – other vehicles in the class can match the GLC’s interior quality. If you’re shopping for a luxury compact SUV, this is a great choice.

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

  • "Perfect for families looking for a luxurious midsize 5-passenger SUV, the new 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC offers turbocharged engines and two attractive body styles. Sleek and unique, the GLC Coupe adds sex appeal at the expense of cargo volume, while the stylish GLC SUV delivers a more traditional SUV silhouette." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In the highly competitive compact luxury SUV segment, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is definitely worth your consideration. It combines a practical size, strong performance and a luxurious cabin with a long list of optional amenities." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "From ugly duckling to gorgeous swan, Mercedes' compact sport-ute has completed its metamorphosis into a smart-looking, roomy, and sporty vehicle that also has some fairly serious off-road chops for its segment." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)
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