Seeing that a lot more people have traded their sedans to SUVs, it was just proper for Mercedes-Benz to dedicate a year renaming and restyling its utility cars. The company’s SUV line now has alphabetically arranged names: from the compact GLA, then the GLC, GLE, and GLS.
Previously known as the GLK, let’s review the best features of the second-tier 2016 GLC 300.
Top Features at a Glance
Body Design: The GLC is track-toned and wind-tunnel-honed. Mercedes-Benz prioritized sportiness, stability, space, large wheels and wide track, and long wheelbase.
Turbocharged: Performance is one of the key features of the GLC 300 with its ability to rush to 60 in just 6.3 seconds.
Five Modes and Nine Speeds: Both smart and sporty, this sport utility vehicle features the DYNAMIC Select, which allows drivers to create custom modes and select between Sport mode and ECO mode.
Performance: Its enhanced Direct Injection and 241 HP engine give you all the get-up and go you’ll ever need.
Innovation: For a more enjoyable driving experience, this car is integrated with customization settings. It has hands-free Bluetooth, touchpad COMMAND navigation, Burmesteraudio, cameras, driver assist radar, advanced safety systems, and voice control.
4MATIC All-wheel Drive: This feature allows the car to drift seamlessly even in the harshest road conditions.
Various Innovative Features: A Panorama roof, read-door sunshades, heated rear and front seats, and Kappa leather all around, you’re always assured of a luxurious ride.
Standard Power Liftgate: Allow for ease of opening and closing at finger touch.
40/20/40-Split Rear Seats: Provides a wide space for your luggage and cargo
Always Connected: Whether you’re riding the car or not, you’re still connected via an app, which includes features like Remote Start and a whole lot more.
When the GLK was introduced, it brought many new customers to Mercedes-Benz and contributed to its steady stream of sales. It’s an entry-level SUV, and at a reasonable price, you get to have a luxury car. But a few years after the GLK was introduced, it had undergone a facelift. Apart from the name change, the formerly known GLK is now a sleek silhouette and no longer bear its boxy frame.
While quite a surprising move, it’s clear that Mercedes-Benz knows exactly what they’re doing, especially when it comes to evolving cars. It doesn’t take a genius to notice that the things that have worked in the past no longer work in present times, and since the luxury brand was going for a name change, they might as well make some physical changes, right?
Height-wise, the GLC is pretty much the same, but it had certainly gotten a bit wider and longer. It also lost 80 kilograms from its previous version, as Mercedes had begun using high-strength steel and aluminium for the GLC.
Its looks aren’t distinctive any more, but it is still pretty much an attractive looking vehicle, with its light-alloy wheels, 19-inch AMG and double moonroof, and a thinner radiator grille.
A Classy Interior
The new GLC has the luxurious interior that Mercedes-Benz cars are known to have. On top of the dashboard is an updated infotainment unit of seven inches. The design is improved through an open-air cockpit.
Another interior feature worth looking at is neatly arranged control panel bearing circular vents. You get to choose if you want the dark ash open-pore wood trim or not, but it’s pretty to look at especially that it’s enclosed by a soft-touch leather. The system’s simplicity is what makes it sophisticated, which is a big leap from what the GLK had.
Mercedes-Benz also addressed the issue on its cargo space. Now, the trunk has more room. The front seats also have a comfortable legroom and back passengers won’t have a problem if space is the concern.
A Comfortable and Luxurious Drive
The GLC is surprisingly responsive, and even more so if you set it in Sports mode. It has brisk acceleration, with its gearbox range providing seamless and smooth transitions.
While in Sports mode, the 2016 SUV boasts a 241 horsepower and 273 pound-foot of torque. In Sport+, meanwhile, some people may not like its jumpiness.
Another great thing that people would appreciate the most is the noiseless and comfortable drive this car offers. It works great in road trips or city rides, with a rated fuel economy of 8.5 L per 100 km on the highway and 11.1 L per 100 km in the city. It’s a car you want to take no matter where you want to go.
The GLC 300 isn’t exactly a stand out if we take styling into consideration. However, what you should be concerned about most is the overall take on the car itself. It has been said before, but what truly matters more is the insides and not the exterior. Sure, it’s easy to love a visually appealing car, and while this model doesn’t really lack it, you’ll love its interior aspect more.