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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Aayush Yadav Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 28, 2019


Mercedes Benz initially came out with the GLC in 2016. It replaced the aging GLK Class which was incurring a huge drop in its sales numbers. With the GLC Coupe, Mercedes managed to combine the practicality and worthiness of the GLC SUV with a stylish and sporty coupe design. Till now, the GLC Coupe has raised a few eyebrows, to say the least. But so has every other “Coupe SUV”.

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Pros

Comfortable ride quality

Powerful AMG option

Spacious interiors

Advanced MBUX infotainment system

Cons

Expensive top-end trims

Low resale value

What's New?

MBUX infotainment system

Updated safety tech


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$50000

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

255 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

273 lbs.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

transmission

9 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

66.7/63.2

dimensions

wheelbase

113.1 in.

length

183.3 in.

width

74.4 in.

height

64.5 in.

curb weight

4028 lbs.

ground clearance

5.9 in.

capacity

cargo volume

49.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/28 mpg

ev range

365.4 mi.

highway range

487.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.


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Exterior
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Interior
 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe Cockpit Area  2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe Front Seats  2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe Cockpit Area  2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe Front Seats  2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe Cargo Area

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Features

8.0

Interior

8.5

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe GLC 300

GLC 300

power
255hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$50,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GLC 300 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $50,000 MSRP (21/24/28) 255hp @ 5800 rpm, 2 L, inline 4, premium unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

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In 2019, the GLC remained one of the highest-selling models from Mercedes. And for 2020, Mercedes has tweaked a few things here and there in a bid to keep its customers interested. The Benz is powered by a 2 liter inline-4 bi-turbo engine which is accompanied by a 9-speed automatic transmission.

 With the configuration on offer, the Mercedes Benz GLC is capable of pumping out 255 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The GLC is offered with Mercedes’s 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system for those who like to ditch the highway on sunny days. Mercedes has been spearheading the “Coupe” SUV and Sedan segment for some time now. Even though the sales numbers are steady, they are a big let down. The GLC is accompanied by SUVs like the BMW X3, the Audi Q5, and the Volvo XC60 in the segment. All of these vehicles offer an all-wheel-drive system with go-anywhere capabilities. 

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe Features

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The 2020 Mercedes Benz GLC Coupe is offered in only trim- GLC 300 Coupe. For the ones looking to squeeze out some driving pleasure from their SUVs, an AMG version is also on offer. And for the nature lovers out there, Merc also offers a hybrid GLC.

Trim

GLC 300 Coupe SUV

MSRP (AWD)

$50,000 

Key Features

Eco start-stop system

 

Torque vectoring brakes

 

Active brake assist 

 

Key-less entry and start

 

64 color ambient lighting

 

Privacy glass

 

Heated front seats 

 

Power liftgate

Which trim would we recommend?

The Mercedes Benz GLC Coupe is offered in only one trim- GLC 300 4MATIC Coupe. However, there are plenty of customization options and packages on offer to personalize your GLC.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe Engine

The Mercedes Benz GLC is powered by a 2-liter inline-4 powerhouse. The engine works in tandem with a 9-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain manages to churn out a maximum of 255 horsepower at 5800rpm. All of the 255 horses would come in handy if you do decide to take your Merc off-road. The four cylinders also manage to pump out 273 lb-ft of torque. 

Models

Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Coupe 4MATIC

BMW X3 xDrive30i 

Audi Q5 Premium Quattro 

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

MSRP 

$50,000

$43,950

$43,300

$40,195

Engine

2.0L inline-4 bi-turbo

2.0L inline-4 twin-turbo

2.0L Turbocharged

inline-4

2.0L Inline-4 Turbocharged

Transmission

9 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic 

7 Speed DCT

8 Speed A/T

Power (hp)

255hp @ 5800rpm

248hp @ 5200rpm

248hp @ 5000rpm

250@5500rpm

Torque (lbs.-ft.)

273 lb-ft @ 1,800rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1450

273 lb-ft @ 1600rpm

258@1500rpm

In terms of technical specs, there is not a lot to differentiate these vehicles. All the cars in this bunch are powered by 2-liter inline-4 engines. Even the power and torque figures from these engines are quite similar. The Mercedes narrowly beats the competition with 255 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The BMW and Audi both produce 248 horsepower, and 258 lb-ft of torque and 273lb-ft of torque respectively. The Volvo manages 250hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

How fast of the line is this Merc?

When it comes to acceleration figures from the go, there is not a lot to expect from an SUV. The 2-liter bi-turbo motor manages to push the GLC to 60mph in 5.8 seconds. The GLC crosses the quarter-mile mark in 14.6 seconds. These numbers might not feel extraordinary but for a small luxury SUV, it is pretty good. 

Models

Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Coupe 4MATIC

BMW X3 xDrive30i 

Audi Q5 Premium Quattro 

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

0-60 MPH (Sec)

5.8

6.2

5.9

5.4

Quarter mile (Sec)

14.6

15.1

14.5

14.9

Engine

2.0L inline-4 bi-turbo

2.0L Twin Power Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 

Emission 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 

7.3

6.8

7.4

7.7

The Merc, when compared to the competition, does pretty well. Only the Volvo manages to beat the GLC in terms of 0-60 acceleration. The Audi manages to run the quickest quarter-mile in the group mainly due to its Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The Audi takes 14.5 seconds followed by the Merc’s 14.6, then the Volvo at 14.9 and BMW comes last at 15.1 seconds. 

These numbers don’t really matter all that much as these vehicles are not meant to make runs down the drag strip. They are meant to haul your family from point A to point B and they are very good at doing that. 

How well does it stop?

With all the weight these small luxury SUVs carry, it is imperative that they are equipped with brakes that complement the other aspects of the vehicle. The GLC is equipped with 13.5-inch rotors in the front and 12.6-inch rotors in the rear. These brakes manage to bring the GLC to a complete stop from 60 MPH in 115 feet. 

Model

Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Coupe 4MATIC

BMW X3 xDrive30i 

Audi Q5 Premium Quattro 

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Front Brake Rotor(in.) 

13.5

13

13.3

13.6

Rear Brake Rotor(in.)

12.6

13

13

12.6

60-0 MPH(ft.)

115

114

112

114

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3891

4034

4057

4109

The Volvo has the largest front brake rotors in this group. At 13.5 inches, the GLC’s rotors are only a tiny bit smaller than the Volvo’s. Even though the Mercedes weighs the least in this group, it takes the longest distance to stop. The Benz could have been equipped with better brakes. 

How fun to drive is this coupe?

Offering two dynamic driving modes- Normal mode and the Sport mode. Where the normal driving mode allows responsive steering and comfortable ride while the sport mode stiffens the ride and allows comparatively more responsive steering, however, the feedback is still limited in both modes.

With the kitted 4Matic system, it maneuvers with ease even in the steepest of turns while still maintaining its stability. Run it over bumps or potholes, the crossover gracefully tackles the wobbles and jiggles with poise. The Mercedes gloats like a luxury crossover and rightfully carries the claim.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe Fuel Economy

A lot is expected from a small luxury SUV in terms of fuel efficiency. The GLC returns 21 miles to the gallon in the city and 28 miles to the gallon on the highway. The Merc offers 24 miles to the gallon combined. 

Model

Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Coupe 4MATIC

BMW X3 xDrive30i 

Audi Q5 Premium Quattro 

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

MPG (City)

21

22

22

22

MPG (Highway)

28

29

27

29

MPG (Combined)

24

24

24

24

All the other vehicles in the bunch offer a similar fuel economy. The Volvo is slightly better than the Mercedes in terms of fuel economy. There is still not a lot to differentiate the vehicles.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe Interior

8.5/10

Inside, the Mercedes GLC Coupe is as luxurious as the rest of the SUVs in its class while remaining roomy. The GLC coupe might offer very little headroom to the rear seat passengers, the SUV offers plenty of headroom even to the rear seat passengers. The cabin impressively cancels noise from the outside remaining the ever-plush crossover the marque markets it. 

Model

Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Coupe 4MATIC

BMW X3 xDrive30i 

Audi Q5 Premium Quattro 

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.8/57.3/40.8

41.1/57.6/40.3

41.7/57.7/41.0

38.0/58.2/41.5

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.3/56.5/37.3

39.1/56.0/36.4

39.3/56.5/37.8

38.0/56.3/38.0

In terms of space, the Audi Q5 offers the most room to the front seat passengers. The Audi also offers the most room to the rear seat passengers. The Mercedes Benz GLC falls last with the least amount of space on offer for the passengers. 

Creature comforts on offer

  • Power front seats with driver-seat memory
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Remote Start via Mercedes me Mobile App
  • Heated front seats
  • 40/20/40-split rear seats with power folding
  • Power-folding side mirrors
  • Power liftgate
  • Household-type 115V power outlet
  • Illuminated entry system
  • HomeLink garage door opener
  • Brake HOLD feature

What's there to keep you entertained?

The infotainment system of the 2020 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Coupe SUV is probably of the most advanced systems on offer in today's market. However you might take some time to adjust but eventually, you’ll get a hang of it. This 10.25-inch “MBUX” infotainment system really is a gem. It is buttery smooth to use and offers immediate feedback to your touch. 

The standard infotainment features that are available in this Luxury crossover are -

  • Apple CarPlay
  • Analog gauges with high-resolution multifunction display
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen multimedia display
  • Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX)
  • Voice Control with Natural Language Understanding
  • "Hey, Mercedes" keyword activation
  • Steering wheel with Touch Control Buttons
  • Touchpad controller
  • FrontBass system
  • Android Auto
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Dual USB audio ports
  • HD Radio receiver
  • Hands-free Bluetooth interface

How much cargo can it store?

When we talk about SUVs, the cargo capacity really matters a lot. In terms of cargo capacity, the Mercedes might not be the best in the business. With 19.4 cubic feet of cargo capacity, the Merc fails to even come close to the other vehicles in this bunch. 

Model

Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Coupe 4MATIC

BMW X3 xDrive30i 

Audi Q5 Premium Quattro 

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Volume (ft cube)

19.4

28.7

25.1

29.7

In terms of cargo capacity, the Volvo XC60 is the most practical in this bunch. It offers 29.7 cubic feet of cargo storage. The BMW is a close second with 28.7 cubic feet. The Audi and the Merc offer 25.1 and 19.4 cubic feet of storage respectively. The Volvo offers the most cargo volume mainly due to the boxy shape.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe Exterior

Mercedes launched the facelifted version of the GLC for the 2020 model year. The Mercedes Benz GLC 300, though it looks small, it looks quite bulky and beefed up on the sides. Flanked by LED headlamps with the large Silver Arrow insignia resting in the center, the crossover embraces curvy lines and hard design elements. With large fenders sheltering atop 19" wheels, the SUV is undoubtedly handsome and defined. The sloping roofline might look cool but eats up into the practicality of the vehicle. 

Model

Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Coupe 4MATIC

BMW X3 xDrive30i 

Audi Q5 Premium Quattro 

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Curb weight(lbs)

4057

4034

4057

4109

Length(in)

183.3

185.9

183.6

184.6

Width(in)

74.4

74.4

74.5

78.7

Height(in)

64.5

66.0

65.3

65.3

Ground clearance(in)

5.0

8.0

8.2

8.5

Wheelbase(in)

113.1

112.1

111.0

112.8

The Volvo XC60 is the longest in this bunch with the longest wheelbase. This is also the reason why the Volvo offers the most interior space to its passengers. All the other vehicles are fairly matched in terms of exterior dimensions. 

Highlights of the exterior shell

  • 20-inch AMG Y 5-spoke wheels
  • Sport interior appointments
  • Brushed aluminum running boards
  • Chrome diamond-block grille
  • Anodized roof rails
  • Panorama roof
  • AMG body styling
  • Gloss Black exterior accents

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe Safety

The 2020 Mercedes Benz GLC Coupe has not been rated by the NHTSA or the IIHS. Having said that, based on the crash scores of other Mercedes Benz vehicles, the GLC can be expected to be pretty good on the safety front.

Safety Features

  • Active Brake Assist
  • 7 Airbags
  • LED headlamps and taillamps
  • Blind Spot Assist with Exit Warning Assist
  • ATTENTION ASSIST
  • Crosswind Assist
  • PRE-SAFE
  • Adaptive braking technology
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • Aluminum and high-strength steel body structure
  • Advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Antitheft alarm system with remote panic feature

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe Competition

Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe vs BMW X3

Both the GLC and the X3 are very impressive vehicles. Both of them offer a substantial amount of luxury and comfort to the passengers. In terms of money, the GLC Coupe costs more than the BMW X3. As far as ride quality is concerned, the GLC is slightly better. When it comes to technology, both the Merc and the BMW are very well matched with the MBUX and iDrive infotainment systems.

Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe vs Audi Q5 

The Q5 and the GLC Coupe are the best from their respective brands in terms of what they offer. On paper, the Audi manages to beat the Merc in every segment. The Q5 delivers better mileage, performance and interior space. The GLC, on the other hand, offers a more luxurious interior but misses out on interior space and cargo-hauling capacity.

Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe vs Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 offers a very simple, clean and aesthetic look with its simple lines and curves. The Merc, on the other hand, flaunts a lot more in terms of looks. When it comes to interiors and ride quality, both the Volvo and the Benz offer a very comfortable and luxurious ride. Again, the Mercedes misses out on interior room and cargo volume. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe Final Verdict

While a lot cannot be said to differentiate these vehicles, “Coupe SUVs” just doesn’t make any sense. The 2020 Mercedez Benz GLC Coupe offers the same power and performance as its SUV sibling. Having said that, in a bid to make a look slightly sportier, Mercedes has made it less practical in terms of rear-seat headroom and boot space. This might be a turn off for a lot of people. To add to that, it costs considerably more than the standard GLC. The Audi Q5 is the one to go for in this bunch.