The new Mercedes-Benz GLC 220d
The new Mercedes-Benz GLC 220d

Caroline drives the new for 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC!

The GLC is Mercedes-Benz mid-size SUV offering based on the C-Class family. The GLC debuted for the first time in 2015 and it was revamped with updates to the styling, interior, technology and engines in 2019.

The range starts from €48,040 meaning that buyers do pay a premium over a C-Class but SUVs are so desirable right now, nobody seems to care. In fact, after spending a week with the GLC it’s not difficult to see the appeal of this vehicle. Visually it’s got a great presence and it inherits all the best C-Class DNA (namely that awesome interior), but with a great injection of practicality.

The chunky SUV styling sits well upon its frame – equal parts rugged and elegant. The AMG Line test car brings its best game face with the divine diamond radiator grille, 19” alloys and AMG body styling pack.

The interior of the GLC
The interior of the GLC

Inside the new Mercedes-Benz GLC

Inside, the interior of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC receives the same updates as the revamped C-Class saloon and estate. This mid-life refresh has been very successful in that it modernises the interior considerably and shows Mercedes’ fine quality and technology off to the very best, including the excellent MBUX multimedia system with ‘Hey Mercedes’ commands. The Advantage pack adds the 10.25” display screen in the centre of the dash – that’s highly desirable. There is a digital instrument panel available but the analogue dials look fine and you can control the infotainment and menus using simple swipe controls on the multifunction steering wheel. Leather upholstery comes as standard.

The GLC feels more spacious and practical than the C-Class it’s based on thanks to more headroom and a raised ride height. The transmission tunnel does eat into space for the middle passenger but it’s by and large a good family vehicle. The boot is competitive for the class at 550 litres and a powered tailgate comes as standard. Woohoo!

New generation Mercedes’ four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines with more power and greater efficiency feature also. 4MATIC four wheel drive is available and the most popular models will be the GLC 200d and the GLC 220d diesels.

Rear legroom in the Mercedes-Benz GLC
Rear legroom in the Mercedes-Benz GLC

Driving the new GLC 220d!

I tested the higher powered 220d 4MATIC, which has a 2.0-litre diesel putting out 194hp. The power delivery through the 9-speed auto is deliciously smooth and indulgent. This car is a peach to drive, far more engaging than what you might think. It hustles along effortlessly and is very comfortable and refined. Over a week of driving my fuel consumption averaged at 6.7 l/100km and motor tax is €280 per year.

The range starts from €48,040 for a GLC 200d, while the 220d starts from €50,160.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC benefits in a big way from this facelift with a beautifully appointed cabin and the latest engines and technology features.

This is a very impressive car on the road, with a ride that is perfectly judged and comfortable to make it a pleasure to drive every day.

The GLC 220d is highly desirable with a pleasant punch of power and silky refinement.

These are expensive cars but Mercedes is offering considerable equipment from entry. The GLC matures impeccably!

The GLC 220d is a fine diesel mid-size SUV!
The GLC 220d is a fine diesel mid-size SUV!

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Mercedes-Benz GLC 220d 4MATIC AMG Line
€52,660 (Range from €48,040)
Engine: 2.0-litre turbo diesel
194 hp
Torque: 400 Nm
7.9 seconds
Top speed: 215 km/h
Fuel economy (WLTP):
5.2-6.0 l/100km
CO2 emissions (WLTP): 
140 g/km