It’s the use of shared platforms that allows manufacturers to produce these niche models, so it follows that the 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 GLC 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
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.
If you want a more in-depth look at the Mercedes GLC Coupe, read the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. Or, to see what sort of offers you can get on the GLC Coupe, click through to our deals page.