Mercedes-Benz’s third-generation GLC300 compact SUV proves that luxury and value don’t have to be mutually exclusive ideas.
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- Improved dimensions with more cabin and cargo space
- Significant upgrades to standard equipment
- Quiet interior and great ride quality
- Sluggish initial acceleration from a stop
- Inconsistent electric motor "boost"
- New Traffic Sign Assist needs refinement
The Mercedes-Benz GLC300 returns for its 2023 model year with a completely redesigned interior and exterior with more cargo space, a new powertrain, and standard equipment that collectively can't be found across its three primary competitors, the BMW X3 xDrive30i, Audi Q5 45, and Lexus RX350. On top of the desirable base model, the optional Exclusive and Pinnacle trims are still in the realm of affordable, and all three versions of the GLC300 should put this this midsize SUV's into proper contention.
The 2023 GLC300 comes with a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque—up 22 lb-ft over its predecessor. A 48-volt mild hybrid system is now standard with the motor sandwiched between the engine and the nine-speed automatic transmission. It can pitch in bursts of 23 hp and 148 lb-ft of electric boost, though the new GLC300 is no quicker than the outgoing model. With the available 4Matic all-wheel drive, this combination propelled our GLC to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, completing a quarter-mile run in 14.2 seconds. The 2020 GLC300 4Matic made the same runs in 5.4 and 14.1 seconds. What gives? The 2023 model weighed in 479 pounds heavier than the previous generation that we tested.
The 48-volt motor boosts power only intermittently. In our quarter-mile times and normal highway passing maneuvers, sometimes it came in, sometimes it didn't. We couldn't discern a pattern or condition that caused it to activate, and you'll likely only notice when you see the "Boost Active" message on the digital gauge cluster rather than feeling it. The system does at least deliver an increase in fuel economy with the all-wheel-drive model's combined rating now landing at 26 mpg, up from 24 mpg.
Suspension and Handling
Our test vehicle came equipped with the optional AMG Line package, which gave it perforated front brake discs, and 20-inch AMG wheels wrapped with high-performance summer tires, bizarrely named Continental EcoContact. Impressively, the GLC300 managed an average lateral acceleration of 0.87 g on the skidpad and completed our figure-eight course in 26.7 seconds with an average of 0.71 g. The upgraded rotors brought it from 60 mph to a stop in 109 feet. It might not be the quickest SUV you'll ever drive, but it isn't marketed as a dedicated performance model (an AMG model is inevitable, but there's no release date yet), and it weighs 4,372 pounds. That's respectable performance we attribute to the upgraded brakes, the tires, and the fine-tuning of the transmission, steering, and throttle in Sport mode. Other drive modes on the GLC300 include Eco, a customizable Individual, and Offroad available on 4Matic models.
Bigger and Quieter
The new exterior stretches the vehicle 2.4 inches and keeps the width of the body unchanged. The extra length contributes to an extra 2.5 cubic feet of cargo space for a total of 21.9 cubic feet. It's an improvement but still far below the 29.6 cubic feet of the 2023 Lexus RX. Mercedes-Benz emphasizes the effort engineers and designers put into reworking the shape and position of the mirrors as an effort to reduce the drag coefficient from 0.31 to 0.29. The redesigned front end and body contours contribute to the improved aerodynamics while modernizing the overall look of the GLC300. The result of all this body sculpting is improved fuel economy and an incredibly quiet interior. The standard laminated windshield, insulated hood, and acoustic-foam-filled body reduce noise, as well (at the expense of added weight). For an even quieter ride, the Pinnacle package includes glass treated for acoustic and heat insulation all around. Mercedes-Benz didn't quantify the noise reduction, but subjectively it is remarkably quiet. We complained about the coarse engine noise in the outgoing GLC300. The new engine clatters like a diesel still, but the noise is largely kept out of the cabin. You'll likely only notice it with the windows open.
The new GLC300 packs a lot of value into its standard offerings. It comes with an 11.9-inch center touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Wireless phone charging and wireless phone mirroring with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard, along with heated front seats, keyless start, keyless passive entry, 40/20/40 folding rear seats, a sunroof, and ambient lighting with 64 colors. Buyers should find no shortage of power with three USB-C charging ports standard, with the option to upgrade to six 100-watt USB-C charging ports.
The standard leather steering wheel and center stack are loaded with capacitive touch controls. In the past, these touch-sensitive controls in vehicles have been poorly executed, but they function well and are intuitive to use in the GLC. Some might not love the lack of physical climate control buttons, but drivers who take the time to learn the GLC's features might find a friend in the voice-activated MBUX infotainment system. Summoned by saying "Hey, Mercedes," the smart assistant can control climate, heated seats, music volume, and navigation, and it will give news updates or answer questions about local areas. Voice activation was reliable even with music volumes above a comfortable conversation level. Unfortunately, MBUX couldn't open and close the panoramic sunroof our model had. That seems like an intuitive use for hands-free control of interior functions—much more useful than controlling music volume. But the capacitive strip on the roof worked flawlessly to open or close it with a swipe forward or backward.
Mercedes-Benz continues to pack value into the base model with blind-spot monitoring, driver attention monitoring, automated emergency braking, and the Parking Damage Detection System all as standard equipment. Opting for the Exclusive trim makes the Driver Assistance package, a surround-view camera system, and the Guard 360 security system standard. Upgrading further to the Pinnacle trim gives drivers a head-up display, Parktronic parking assist, and an "intelligent lighting" system that projects relevant information and warnings onto the road. We asked Mercedes-Benz what exactly it projected, but we didn't get a straight answer, and the available data varies by region. It can display a stop warning in the dark when a stop sign might be less visible. Our model was not equipped with this feature, so we can't say whether it works. The "transparent hood" available with 4Matic models displays an image of the ground beneath the engine bay—useful for spotting obstacles and testing the limits of the advertised off-road capability.
What Didn't We Like?
As part of the new driver assist features, the 2023 GLC300 has the ability to read overhead signs and interpret conditional warnings like slower speeds when wet or construction speed limits. It definitely does this, but somewhat inconsistently and abruptly. Entering a construction zone, the GLC300 braked too quickly for a non-emergency situation—hard enough that other drivers might think you're giving them a brake-check. The adaptive speed control works well, and if it could react to conditional speed limits as naturally, it would be a better feature. Sometimes it would miss signs in an active construction zone, and other times it would scrub 30 mph of speed hard in a zone that clearly was not active anymore.
The Sport driving mode makes the GLC extremely responsive and does make it more fun to drive. However, in any driving mode, the initial pedal response is too slow from a stop. Whether you're pulling away gently or with the accelerator floored, the vehicle creeps forward for a second or two before actually taking off. It isn't slow enough to be dangerous, but it takes away from the performance feel.
Overall, the 2023 GLC300 provides an incredible value at any trim level, with an impressive list of standard equipment. At a starting price of $48,250 for the rear-wheel-drivel model and $50,250 for the 4Matic, it starts slightly higher than the BMW X3 xDrive30i but less than the Lexus RX350. The Audi Q5 45 comes standard with Quattro all-wheel drive at a lower starting price, but its standard equipment still doesn't quite match up. We hate to refer to a luxury vehicle as a bargain, but this one really is. Mercedes-Benz made enough equipment standard that the base model is actually a viable option. Our $62,750 GLC300 was an Exclusive model fitted with AMG Line and Night appearance packages and felt richer than the price tag. It's not often we say that about new vehicles these days.Looks good! More details?
|2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4Matic Specifications|
|Price As Tested||$62,750|
|Vehicle Layout||Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV|
|Engine||2.0L turbo direct-injected DOHC 16-valve I-4 plus induction motor|
|Power (SAE Net)||255 hp @ 5,800 rpm (gas), 23 hp (elec); 255 hp (comb)|
|Torque (SAE Net)||295 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm (gas), 148 lb-ft (elec); 295 lb-ft (comb)|
|Curb Weight(F/R Dist)||4,372 lb (51/49%)|
|L x W x H||185.7 x 74.4 x 64.6 in|
|0-60 MPH||5.6 sec|
|Quarter Mile||14.2 sec @ 95.5 mph|
|Braking, 60-0 MPH||109 ft|
|Lateral Acceleration||0.87 g (avg)|
|MT Figure Eight||26.7 sec @ 0.71 g (avg)|
|EPA City/HWY/Comb Fuel ECON||23/31/26 mpg|
|EPA Range, Comb||452 miles|
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2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 First Test: Luxury at a Fair Price? ›
2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC Pricing
The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC starts at $47,100. Upgrading to the Exclusive trim starts at $49,350, and the top Pinnacle trim begins at $51,450. On all three trims, adding AWD costs $2,000.
2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC Pricing
The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC starts at $47,100. Upgrading to the Exclusive trim starts at $49,350, and the top Pinnacle trim begins at $51,450. On all three trims, adding AWD costs $2,000.
The 2023 GLC SUV will arrive in U.S. dealerships in spring 2023, starting from $47,100*. The Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV model range includes the GLC 300 SUV and GLC 300 4MATIC SUV.How much should I pay for a Mercedes GLC 300? ›
The out-the-door price for the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class GLC 300 trim with options is $45,379 - this is based on an Edmunds Suggested Price of $41,070 and $4,309 in taxes and fees. Keep in mind that this does not include any finance charges, which will increase your out-the-door price.How much is a brand new GLC 300 Mercedes? ›
The base 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 has a starting price of $43,850, plus a destination charge. Add $2,000 if you want 4Matic AWD, a wise choice. As a Mercedes-AMG GLC 43, this 385-horsepower SUV starts at $59,900, while the 469-horsepower GLC 63 SUV begins at $74,900.What is the gas mileage for a 2023 GLC 300? ›
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA estimates that the all-wheel drive GLC-class will be good for 23 mpg city and 31 mpg highway, with the rear-wheel drive model expected to offer slightly better numbers.
The all-wheel-drive GLC300 4Matic rates 21 mpg city, 28 highway, 24 combined.What is the difference between GLC 300 and GLC 300 4MATIC? ›
As you might imagine, there isn't much of a difference between the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 and GLC 300 4MATIC®*. They have the same horsepower, torque, and acceleration speed. However, the GLC 300 does have Rear-Wheel Drive, while the GLC 300 4MATIC®* is equipped with the 4MATIC® All-Wheel Drive.Where is the 2023 GLC made? ›
The midsize SUV has been built in Beijing since 2011.What is the price of Mercedes 2023 models? ›
|Mercedes-Benz GLC 2023||Rs. 60 Lakh*|
|Mercedes-Benz EQA||Rs. 60 Lakh*|
|Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe 2023||Rs. 65 Lakh*|
|Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV||Rs. 1.25 Cr*|
Which GLC model is the best? ›
Which Mercedes GLC model is the best? Every version of the GLC comes with plenty of standard equipment, so we think you're best sticking with the entry-level AMG Line model. Likewise, we recommend the entry-level 220d diesel engine because it has plenty of power and helps to keep the cost down.Is GLC 300 a luxury car? ›
The standard GLC SUV serves up average cargo space for a luxury compact SUV , with 19.4 cubic feet behind its rear seats.How much is Mercedes GLC 2023 in the US? ›
All new for 2023, the GLC tucks a 48-volt hybrid system inside a slightly larger body. Mercedes revealed pricing for the upcoming 2023 GLC-class SUV, with prices ranging from $48,250 to $54,600. Despite having nearly identical looks to the outgoing model, the 2023 GLC is all new underneath.Which is bigger GLC or GLE? ›
The overall length of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV is 183.3 inches, while the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV is 194.3 inches long. You'll find roof rails on both vehicles for added storage possibilities and deep-tinted windows for more privacy and shading from the sun.Are Mercedes expensive to maintain? ›
Mercedes maintenance costs are higher than the industry average. Drivers should budget between $600 and $1,200 annually for Mercedes repairs and maintenance. An extended auto warranty can help lower ownership costs and out-of-pocket expenses for Mercedes drivers.What does GLC stand for Mercedes? ›
The "G" is for Geländewagen (German for off-road vehicle) and alludes to the long-running G-Class. This is followed by the letter "L" that acts as a linkage with the letter "C" to signify that the vehicle is a SUV equivalent to the C-Class.How long does GLC300 battery last? ›
Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 batteries usually last between 3-5 years, but this is variable depending on weather conditions, the type of battery, driving habits, and more. You can prolong the life of your GLC 300 battery by: Starting your Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 naturally is impressive.Can Mercedes GLC300 run on regular gas? ›
The owner's manual for most Mercedes-Benz models states that you should use only unleaded 91 octane gasoline when using them. The electronic computer system detects the fuel type in the car. This system ensures that the vehicle operates appropriately with this fuel type.Does Mercedes GLC300 take regular or premium gas? ›
What Kind of Gas Should I Use for my Mercedes-Benz? Every Mercedes-Benz vehicle requires premium unleaded gas, unless it's a full EV. At minimum, the gas you pump into your Mercedes-Benz should feature an octane rating of 91 or higher.How many gallon tank is GLC300? ›
Fuel & MPG
382.8/504.6 mi. 17.4 gal.
How many gallon gas tank is a Mercedes GLC300? ›
|Fuel tank||66 l (15 gal)|
|Towing capacity||1,588 kg (3,501 lb)|
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC®® SUV: Up to 21 mpg city/28 mpg highway*What year GLC should I buy? ›
The Best Model Years to Buy a Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
With the 2019, you would only pay, on average, 60% of the price as new, with 75% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2020 and 2018 model years are also attractive years for the GLC-Class, and provide a relatively good value.
The fully redesigned 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class kicks off the compact luxury SUV's second generation.Is the GLC 300 made in Germany? ›
The Mercedes GLC 300 is made in Bremen, Germany, where many other Mercedes vehicles are manufactured.How big is the new GLC 2023? ›
2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC Exterior Dimensions
Overall Length: 185.7 inches. Overall Height: 64.6 inches. Overall Width w/ Mirrors: 81.7 inches. Wheelbase: 113.1 inches.
It's cool you're looking to support American manufacturing, but we have bad news—the Mercedes-Benz GLC is not made in America. Where is the Mercedes-Benz GLC made instead? The answer is Bremen, Germany.Which Mercedes are built in China? ›
Since the 2014 sales of Chrysler and Jeep to FIAT, the Jeep-like vehicles and their derivatives have been produced by the BAIC subsidiary Beijing Automobile Works Co., Ltd. (BAW). As of 2016, Beijing Benz assembles and manufactures the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (long wheelbase), and C-Class in China.Which Mercedes will be discontinued in 2023? ›
The C-class and E-class coupes and convertibles will cease to exist sometime between 2023 and 2024, to be replaced by a pair of two-door CLE-class models. Current coupe-like SUVs and sedans aren't long for this world, either.Do you need premium gas for Mercedes? ›
You may be wondering, “Does Mercedes-Benz require premium gas?” and the answer is “Yes!” Using cheaper, unleaded gas to fuel up your Mercedes-Benz can lead to a significant decline in your vehicle's performance capabilities.
What's better GLC or gle? ›
2021 GLC vs.
The GLC features improved individual seating measurements in a standard five-passenger cabin, while the GLE offers an optional third-row seat that expands your seating total to seven passengers. Each has versatile fold-down seats so you can utilize most of your cargo room.
Value for the money 4.4. Exterior styling 4.8. Reliability 4.2.Is there a new model GLC coming out? ›
The new Mercedes GLC Coupe has been revealed, and this sporty-looking SUV will go on sale in July. Read on for all you need to know.Is Mercedes more luxurious than Lexus? ›
Lexus and Mercedes-Benz are two of the most well-known brands for luxury cars. Nevertheless, Mercedes-Benz reliability can't be duplicated. On the whole, Mercedes-Benz models offer higher performance, unique interior features as standard, and greater efficiency than Lexus models.Which celebrities own Mercedes GLC? ›
The SUV has a starting price of Rs 62 lakh (ex-showroom) for the Indian market. Along with Mithila, the SUV she bought is also owned by other Bollywood celebrities like Daisy Shah and Sophie Choudry, making it quite a popular choice.What is more expensive GLC or GLE? ›
The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is the cheaper option. The base 2020 GLC 300 starts at $43,495 before destination compared to the $55,245 base GLE 350 4MATIC. The large $11,750 price difference can go a long way into getting a nicer GLC model.What is the safety rating of the Mercedes GLC 2023? ›
The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC secured 92 per cent in Adult Occupant Protection and 90 per cent in Child Occupant Protection. It went on to score 74 per cent for protection of Vulnerable Road Users and 84 per cent for Safety Assist.What are the trim levels for Mercedes GLC 2023? ›
Mercedes offers the GLC as the entry-level GLC 300, the GLC 300 Exclusive, and the GLC 300 Pinnacle. The GLC's 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder mild-hybrid (MHEV) powertrain, borrowed from the C-Class, generates 258 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.How much is Mercedes 2023 in USA? ›
We're breaking down the MSRP cost for each 2023 E-Class Sedan model below: 2023 E 350: $56,750. 2023 E 350 4MATIC: $59,250. 2023 E 450 4MATIC: $65,550.Is Mercedes GLE bigger than Audi Q5? ›
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 4MATIC® SUV can seat up to seven passengers, while the Audi Q5 only seats up to five. As a result, you'll also receive more cargo space in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 4MATIC® SUV.
Which is more expensive GLA and GLC? ›
The Mercedes Benz GLA-Class priced at RM 254,888 while the Mercedes Benz GLC-Class Cars has a price tag of RM 429,888 . Comparing the technical specifications, Mercedes Benz GLC-Class engine displacement is 1999 while the Mercedes Benz GLA-Class houses a 1332 engine.Is GLC bigger than X3? ›
The BMW X3 is about the same width as the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300. When looking at overall length, the BMW X3 takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300.Is insurance higher on Mercedes? ›
Owners of a Mercedes should expect to pay an average of $1,664 annually on their auto insurance policy. This is considered relatively expensive compared to other car makes, but the cost can differ greatly depending on the car's model and year.Which is cheaper to maintain BMW or Mercedes? ›
A Mercedes-Benz is cheaper to maintain and repair than a BMW, despite being packed with a lot of advanced technology. This is due to BMWs having expensive parts and high upkeep costs. On average, you're looking at a yearly cost of more than $1,000 for the maintenance for both brands.How many miles do Mercedes cars last? ›
Without severe mechanical concerns, even older Mercedes can provide good service above the 250,000-mile range. The fact that most Mercedes have large six-cylinder engines helps with durability. Smaller four-cylinder engines are used by Mercedes but are typically only sold in European markets.Are GLC good? ›
The GLC is a reasonable all-rounder for the undemanding. It's got the right badge, the right look and the right tech. But the suspension, although soft and comfortable, isn't well controlled and even by the standards of the class it's expensive.Did Mercedes discontinue the GLC? ›
Mercedes-Benz GLC Discontinued.What does the Mercedes GLC compete with? ›
The Top compeitors for Mercedes-Benz GLC are BMW X3, Volvo XC60, Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLB, Lexus ES, Audi A6, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Jeep Wrangler, Volvo S90, KIA EV6.How much is a brand new 2023 Mercedes-Benz? ›
2023 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Pricing
The 2023 Mercedes-Benz C-Class starts at $44,850. Opting for Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel drive is an additional $2,000. We expect the new Mercedes-AMG C 43 to start in the low-$60,000 range. The C-Class is priced a bit higher than its rivals.
Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe 2023 Expected Price ₹ 65 Lakh, 2023 Launch Date, Bookings in India.
How much is Mercedes-Benz 2023 model? ›
How Much is a 2023 Mercedes-Benz S-Class? The 2023 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a starting MSRP of $114,500. Even for a luxury car, this is a high base price. The S 580 starts at $124,000, the S 580 Maybach at $184,900 and the S 680 Maybach at $229,000.Are the 2023 Mercedes out yet? ›
The next-generation 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC-class will be revealed online to the world on June 1, 2022. The new compact luxury SUV looks similar to the current model but should include new features. The base GLC300 model will share its 255-hp turbo 2.0-liter inline-four with the C-class sedan.What is the cheapest Mercedes car in 2023? ›
Mercedes-Benz lowest priced car is A-Class Limousine priced at ₹ 43.97 Lakh.Will Mercedes have a better car in 2023? ›
“Visible changes” to Mercedes' 2023 Formula 1 car are likely within the next few grands prix, but the mooted “bigger departures and more radical changes” remain some way off.Is GLC expensive? ›
In comparison, the starting price of the 2022 GLC ranges from $43,850 MSRP for the GLC300 trim up to $66,500 MSRP for the AMG GLC43 Coupe 4MATIC trim.Which Mercedes class is the best? ›
It is arguably the greatest way to travel, especially when paired with the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. As the flagship of the Mercedes-Benz saloon range, the S-Class offers the greatest level of practicality and space, as well as a distinct limousine-like silhouette.
Starting at $57,900. Highs Glass-smooth V6, lavish interior, supple suspension. Lows Base four-cylinder underwhelms, fussy infotainment touchpad, leather's not standard at these prices?How much is benz gle 2023? ›
We're breaking down the MSRP cost for each 2023 GLE model below: 2023 GLE 350: $57,700. 2023 GLE 350 4MATIC: $60,200. 2023 GLE 450 4MATIC: $66,450.