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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.6

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC has a quiet interior that looks stunning. The design is functional and elegant, and the materials quality is top-notch. Both rows of seats are supportive and can accommodate adults, and there are more standard features than in many other luxury compact SUVs. Cargo space is about average for the class.

  • "There's an artistic brilliance to the interior of the new 2018 Mercedes GLC that goes well beyond its soft leathers, glossy woods and high-tech features. There's a rich, emotional appeal to the GLC's cabin. It's warm and inviting, but exceedingly modern. Beautiful by both sight and touch. It's the most finely finished interior in the class, and its functionality is exceptional." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "A spitting image of the C-class cabin we love so much, the GLC's interior is a cut above anything else in the segment right now, and the materials, detailing, and finish all put the GLK's to shame." -- Car and Driver (2016)
  • "The GLC leads the segment in terms of interior elegance, providing an appearance and feel that will raise customer expectations of vehicles at this price." -- Edmunds (2016)

Seating

The GLC seats five and comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery (MB-Tex) and a power driver's seat with 14-way adjustments and three memory settings. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a 14-way power-adjustable passenger seat, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The front seats are comfortable, and drivers have great visibility in all directions. It’s also easy to find a good driving position. The rear seats have enough room for adults – even tall ones – to sit without feeling cramped.

For securing child safety seats, there are two full sets of LATCH connectors. The tether anchors are easy to find and identify. The lower anchors don’t require a lot of force when attaching car seats, but they are hard to maneuver around.

  • "The seats are comfortable and the driver's seating position is perfect, even for shorter drivers. Visibility is excellent and there's plenty of storage space with a large glove box, center console bin and door pockets." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Despite having a compact SUV footprint, the GLC interior is remarkably spacious and comfortable. The front seats are optimally shaped and padded for hours of touring, and the rear seats easily accommodate 6-foot-tall passengers." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "The front doors are sculpted out in such a way that your outside arm isn't pinned in by the door, and there's still plenty of room for your inboard elbow. My driving partner and I were both larger guys, and we never bumped elbows once in two days of driving. It's the same story in back: The seating area is large, and I wasn't hurting for head or shoulder room. My legs also had good room and my knees weren't raised too high in the air, and that's appreciated, especially when you're 6-foot 2-inches tall like I am." -- Cars.com (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the GLC include dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, push-button start, forward collision alert, emergency braking, crosswind assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, rain-sensing wipers, trailer stability assist, and Pre-Safe, which prepares the SUV for an impending collision by rolling up the windows and tightening the seat belts. The base infotainment center comes with a 7-inch display screen, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and two USB ports. It 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, a 115-volt power outlet, a proximity key, a head-up display, navigation, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice controls, and a 14-speaker Burmester premium surround sound system.

The GLC has more standard features than many rivals, particularly when it comes to active safety technology. The infotainment system has a learning curve because of the touchpad controller, but it’s user-friendly once you figure out how it works.

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  • "Only essential buttons and knobs are present, with supporting systems controlled through the infotainment system. The driver interface system employs a dial controller, much like the ones found in Audi and BMW rivals, but it does take a bit longer for new users to get used to how the menus are organized and operated. Once acclimated, it becomes second nature. The Premium 2 package adds a touchpad controller that hovers above the dial and accepts smartphone-like gestures (pinch-to-zoom and swipes) as well as alphanumeric fingertip traces. It's an intriguing concept, but it requires a very steady hand and quite a bit of patience. The good thing is you can still control everything through the dial as well." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "Instruments and the center screen are within the driver's field of vision and the controls are fairly intuitive to use. Mercedes continues to upgrade the rotary controller in its Comand telematics system to make it easy to engage functions ranging from navigation to infotainment." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "Even though there's a lot going on, all of the elements are simple to use, and we toggle between the navigation, audio, and other features with relative ease." -- Autoblog (2016)

Cargo

The GLC has 17.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 56.5 cubic feet with them folded. The GLC’s cargo space is about average for the class. The SUV’s design makes it easy to load items. If you choose the GLC coupe, overall capacity with the rear seats folded falls to 49.4 cubic feet, which is low for the class.

Split-folding rear seats are standard, and additional storage is available under the cargo floor – including a lockable compartment – with brackets that keep the floor raised while you are loading your things in it. A power liftgate is standard, and Mercedes offers an optional adjustable air suspension that lowers the height of the GLC for easier loading. A hands-free liftgate is also available.

  • "Though smaller, the cargo space is still very useful and likely enough for your needs. The standard power-folding rear seats and available hands-free liftgate are especially convenient when loading bulky objects." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "The cargo area is also bigger and better-shaped than the previous model, and it has a few new tweaks that really come in handy. Specifically, instead of the normal cargo floor that can just be lifted up to expose more cargo area, Mercedes made the cargo floor panel lockable, making the under-floor storage that much more secure." -- Cars.com (2016)
  • We took up most of the space below the rear window line with our luggage, carry-on bags, and other trappings. Like the GLK, the GLC has enough room for a small family, empty nesters, and others who travel lightly. Anyone one (sic) else will need to move up to at least the GLE." -- Autoblog (2016)

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