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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The out-the-door price for the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class GLC 300 trim with options is $44,823 - this is based on an Edmunds Suggested Price of $42,089 and $2,734 in taxes and fees.What is the mileage of a 2023 GLC 300? ›
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- Engine: 2.0L inline four-cylinder turbo engine with a 48-volt mild hybrid system.
- Horsepower: 255 hp.
- Torque: 295 lb-ft of torque.
- Transmission: 9G-TRONIC 9-speed transmission.
- Top Speed: 130 mph.
- 0-60 mph time: 6.2 seconds.
- AWD Availability: 4MATIC® all-wheel drive with off-road driving mode.
The midsize SUV has been built in Beijing since 2011.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.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.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.How long does GLC 300 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.
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 SUV: Up to 22 mpg city/27 mpg highway*How big is the gas tank on the GLC 2023? ›
Fuel & MPG
348.0/452.4 mi. 17.4 gal.
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.Is GLC 300 quiet? ›
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The GLC lacks the driving verve of the Porsche Macan and other sportier rivals—see the AMG-tuned versions for maximum engagement—but the GLC300 at least delivers a smooth and quiet ride. The all-wheel-drive version we tested also posted a brisk trip to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds.
It's the requirement for all gasoline models. Most of the luxury vehicles use supercharged or turbo-charged engines which makes it a necessity, using lower octane fuel impacts severely on performance. Infact, every luxury gas vehicle in the market needs premium or Octane 91 fuel. The...Where are Mercedes GLC 300 made? ›
Like its predecessor, it is assembled at Mercedes-Benz's plant in Bremen, Germany. Since the main GLC production site in Bremen already runs at full capacity, Mercedes-Benz have decided to expand the production capacity by utilizing Valmet Automotive plant at Uusikaupunki, Finland.Which SUV is bigger an ML 350 or GLC 300? ›
The Lexus RX 350 is a little wider than the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. For some people, bigger is better.Is the GLC 300 made in Germany? ›
The Mercedes GLC 300 is made in Bremen, Germany, where many other Mercedes vehicles are manufactured.Are 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.Is GLC made in USA? ›
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.
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.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 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.Is GLC a luxury car? ›
The GLC is one of our favorite small luxury SUVs.Is the new GLC bigger? ›
Bigger, Bolder Designs Ethos
From its exterior and interior dimensions to its design language to its digital real estate, everything is more pronounced in the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC. At 2.4 inches longer, with a wider wheel track, longer wheelbase, and slightly lower roof, the GLC has slightly improved interior space.
Both models are considered mid-size SUVs and are similar in size. 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.Does GLC hold its value? ›
A Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class will depreciate 62% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $44,047. The chart below shows the expected depreciation for the next 10 years. These results are for vehicles in good condition, averaging 12,000 miles per year.Which is better GLE or GLC? ›
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.
Depending on your budget, a BMW may be cheaper to buy initially but can get more expensive to maintain and insure. Meanwhile, a Mercedes can be a more expensive purchase but makes up for it in lower insurance rates and slightly cheaper maintenance costs.How often does Mercedes GLC 300 need oil change? ›
Mercedes recommends changing the oil in your GLC300 every 7500 to 10,000 miles. If you are using conventional oil, you will need to change it more frequently (every 3000-5000 miles). You should be changing the filter at least every second oil change, but it is a good idea to replace it every time you change the oil.
Depending on power, size, and quality, prices for a replacement car battery range from about $45 to $250.How much does it cost to replace a battery in a Mercedes GLC? ›
The average cost for a Mercedes-Benz GLC300 Battery Replacement is between $736 and $750. Labor costs are estimated between $55 and $69 while parts are priced between $681 and $681.What is the best gas for Mercedes GLC 300? ›
Every Mercedes-Benz vehicle requires premium unleaded gas, unless it's a full EV.How many gallons of gas does a glc300 hold? ›
|Fuel & MPG|
|EPA city/highway MPG||22/29 MPG|
|EPA combined MPG||25 MPG|
|Range in miles (city/hwy)||382.8/504.6 mi.|
|Fuel tank capacity||17.4 gal.|
|Fuel tank||66 l (15 gal)|
|Towing capacity||1,588 kg (3,501 lb)|
Rear Legroom: 37.4 inches. Front Headroom: 41.3 inches. Rear Headroom: 39.65 inches. Front Shoulder Room: 57.3 inches.What is the ground clearance of the 2023 GLC 300? ›
2021 GLC Dimensions: Interior
Front Legroom: 40.8 inches. Rear Legroom: 37.3 inches. Front Headroom: 37.8 inches. Rear Headroom: 38.5 inches.
You can also see that the European models by Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW cost considerably more to repair during the 5-year period. Looking at Mercedes and Lexus car maintenance, Lexus is a little bit cheaper. However, Lexus repair costs are much cheaper than Mercedes.Is Mercedes more luxurious than Audi? ›
The answer depends on your preferences. If you want an affordable choice, the Audi is the winner. However, if you desire all-out luxury, the Mercedes-Benz will work best for your life.
|Black or African American||16.6%|
|Hispanic or Latino||12.4%|
Noise comfort: At an even higher level, the GLC is a pleasantly quiet vehicle with a refined sound signature and very low road and wind noise.Which Mercedes is the quietest? ›
Autobytel says the Mercedes-Benz S550e has several features that make it one of the quietest sedans for you to buy. It's a hybrid vehicle, meaning it gets better fuel economy than its standard counterpart. It also has quiet electric motors and an internal combustion engine that doesn't have to over-perform.How reliable is GLC 300? ›
Is the Mercedes-Benz GLC Reliable? The 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC has a predicted reliability score of 81 out of 100. A J.D. Power predicted reliability score of 91-100 is considered the Best, 81-90 is Great, 70-80 is Average, and 0-69 is Fair and considered below average.What is the price of Mercedes 2023 models? ›
|Mercedes-Benz GLC 2023||Rs. 60 Lakh*|
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|Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe 2023||Rs. 65 Lakh*|
|Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV||Rs. 1.25 Cr*|
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2023 GLC 300 4MATIC®® Coupe(Starting MSRP of $54,700*): The Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe comes standard with comfortable seating for 5, a 2.0L inline-4 turbo engine, 255 hp @ 5,800-6,100 rpm, 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission, and much more.Which Mercedes will be discontinued in 2023? ›
The outlet claims that the C-Class and E-Class coupes and convertibles will be discontinued between 2023 and 2024. The vehicles will be replaced by the CLE-Class.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.
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.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.
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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.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.What is Mercedes new car for 2023? ›
We're excited to confirm the launch date of our 2023 Formula One car, the Mercedes-AMG F1 W14 E PERFORMANCE. The team's season will burst into life on Wednesday 15 February, with the W14 breaking cover in a special digital launch event broadcast live from Silverstone.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.
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The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe 2023 300 4MATIC stands at EGP 1,650,000 including VAT.