Mercedes GLC Coupe Review

The Mercedes GLC Coupe targets the BMW X4 – and, while the fun-to-drive Porsche Macan and classy Range Rover Evoque aren’t coupes, they’re also worth considering.

8/10
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What's good

  • Sporty looks
  • Comfy air suspension
  • Cheap running costs

What's not so good

  • Price premium over GLC
  • Not much fun to drive
  • GLC more practical

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Overall verdict

The GLC Coupe is intended to be more sporty than the standard GLC and sits 42mm lower...

The Mercedes GLC Coupe targets the BMW X4 – and, while the fun-to-drive Porsche Macan and classy Range Rover Evoque aren’t coupes, they’re also worth considering.

It’s the use of shared platforms that allows manufacturers to produce these niche models, so it follows that the Mercedes GLC Coupe is based on the C-Class saloon and shares many of the GLC SUV’s body panels, though a sweeping roofline makes it look sportier.

However, it also makes it less practical – so there’s less rear headroom, the back bench has been dropped in favour of two individual rear seats, and the boot is also 50 litres smaller than the GLC’s.

The engines offered will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the Mercedes range. For now you can choose from two 2.1-litre diesels fitted to the 220d and 250d. They’ll soon be joined by the smooth and powerful six-cylinder 350d and the performance-orientated GLC43.

To tie in with coupe buyers’ sporty aspirations, the Mercedes GLC Coupe sits 42mm lower than the regular car, comes as standard with the company’s stiffer sports suspension and also gets quicker steering.

Standard equipment includes Garmin sat-nav, autonomous parking, a man-made leather interior, keyless start and powerful LED headlights.

The GLC Coupe is an acquired taste

Mat Watson
carwow expert

So the Mercedes GLC Coupe takes everything we love about the standard GLC – a high-quality, refined interior; a comfortable ride and affordable running costs – then adds a sportier body and sharper handling.

As a result it is bound to be popular with families who need the practicality of an SUV, but aren’t willing to accept the stodgy looks that are inherent of the breed. An element of exclusivity is bound to be another lure and one that should be cemented by the £3,000 premium Mercedes will charge you against the regular car.

What's it like inside?

The interior is classy and beautifully built

Mercedes interiors have taken a significant turn for the better in recent years, with both the C and E-Class successfully mimicking the inners of the range-topping S-Class.

If only the infotainment system was as good to use on the move as it is to look at

Mat Watson
carwow expert

How practical is it?

The rear seats will take two adults in comfort

The Mercedes GLC Coupe is spacious in the front and the sleeker coupe lines haven’t cut space in the rear seats or boot too badly, but it’ll never be as practical as the standard GLC

I like nice surprises - such as finding out that the space in the back seats and boot hasn't been too badly affected by the sleek coupe lines

Mat Watson
carwow expert
Boot (seats up)
500 litres
Boot (seats down)
1,600 litres

The Mercedes GLC Coupe’s slopping roofline hasn’t harmed rear passenger space too badly. Taller adults may brush their hair on the roof occasionally, but aside from that it’s not all that bad, with loads of shoulder and elbow room (it only has two seats, though), and plenty of legroom. Up front you may as well be in the regular GLC – there’s loads of head and legroom, plus plenty of adjustment to get comfy behind the steering wheel.

You’ll find plenty of places to put your stuff in the Mercedes GLC Coupe – there’s a central storage area with a USB port for charging your device, two lidded cupholders and the door bins and glovebox are as big as you need them to be in this class of car.

The sporty profile also harms boot space, but a 500-litre capacity should do for most families and, with the rear seats folded down, you can expect the Mercedes GLC Coupe to have a van-like load bay. Getting stuff in will be more of an issue, though, thanks to the boot’s high load lip.

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What's it like to drive?

Every model comes with four-wheel drive

Air suspension transforms the Coupe from good to brilliant

How the Mercedes GLC Coupe drives depends very much on how you specify it – primarily whether you stick with the standard steel springs or go for the £1,495 air suspension.

The steering feels more direct thus increasing driver enjoyment and confidence

Mat Watson
carwow expert

While newer Mercedes cars get an all-new 2.0-litre diesel, the Mercedes GLC Coupe soldiers on with the dated 2.1-litre version in two states of tune. In time buyers will also be able to choose from the 3.0-litre diesel fitted to the 350d and the thirsty twin-turbocharged petrol fitted to the GLC43.

The 250d is expected to be the best-selling engine and that doesn’t come as a big surprise as it blends 201hp and performance of 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds, with fuel economy of 56.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 131g/km. Go for the 220d and running costs remain the same, but power drops to 168hp and the 0-62mph time goes up to 8.3 seconds. Whichever model you go for, though, the 2.1-litre diesel is noisier than the new 2.0-litre and can sound gruff under hard acceleration in a way that isn’t befitting of a plus-£30,000 Mercedes.

Left as it comes, the Mercedes GLC Coupe has a less-than-perfect ride that doesn’t really suit the rest of the car’s comfy feel. It still handles reasonably well, though. All models come with torque vectoring that can trim your line coming into corners and help catapult you out the other side. Sharper steering makes it keener to turn in too.

However, we would forget the sporty pretences altogether by specifying the air suspension. It gives the Mercedes GLC Coupe a magic-carpet ride that floats over lumps and uneven surfaces in a way that’s worthy of a luxurious saloon. Going for the air suspension does mean sacrificing a little precision – you never feel truly connected to the road but, in a car like this, it’s a price that’s well worth paying.

Particularly when all models come with Mercedes’ excellent nine-speed gearbox. It changes gears almost imperceptibly and in top gear the engine barely needs to pass tick over. Sportier gear changes can be had by selecting Sport in the drive select system, which also adds weight to the steering, sharpens the throttle and (when fitted with air suspension) stiffens up the ride.

While your unlikely to take the Mercedes GLC Coupe will ever venture deep into the wilderness, four-wheel drive comes as standard meaning the it’ll be capable on slippery surfaces and ideally suited to towing.

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