Mercedes-Benz GLC

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Impressive fresh GLC rides better, will be more economical in addition to boasts better perceived quality than a BMW X3 The all-fresh Mercedes-Benz GLC, which will be seeking to dethrone the second-generation BMW X3 at the top of the premium brand mid-sized SUV sales charts in addition to provide competition to the seven-year-old Audi Q5.The predecessor to the GLC, the square-edged GLK, was never produced in right-hand-drive guise owing to difficulties in packaging the driveshaft for the front axle, in addition to subsequently This specific was not sold through official Mercedes-Benz sales channels within the UK. As a result, the German car maker has been unrepresented in one of the fastest-growing in addition to most profitable market segments.The arrival of the GLC rectifies This specific hole in Mercedes’ line-up. The smart-looking SUV will be based on the same platform as the latest C-Class, nevertheless receives a 33mm-longer wheelbase than its saloon in addition to estate siblings. This specific also uses tracks that will have been widened by 31mm at the front in addition to 47mm at the rear over the C-Class.Mercedes makes no secret of the fact that will the key rival for the GLC will be the X3, so This specific will be no surprise to find that will the two share similar dimensions. The fresh SUV will be a mere 1mm longer, 9mm wider in addition to 21mm lower than the BMW at 4656mm, 1890mm in addition to 1639mm respectively.Although This specific will be larger than its predecessor in all vital external measurements, Mercedes says the GLC will be 80kg lighter than the GLK. This specific has been achieved through the use of hot-formed high-strength steel within the Centeng structure in addition to aluminium for the front wings, bonnet in addition to roof. The GLC250d tested weighs 1770kg, producing This specific 40kg heavier than the X3 xDrive20d in addition to 45kg lighter than the high-powered edition of the Q5 2.0 TDI.Two diesel-powered designs will be sold by the outset within the form of the £34,950 GLC220d in addition to £36,105 GLC250d. They both run Mercedes’s widely used OM651-designated turbocharged 2.1-litre four-cylinder powerplant in differing states of tune, the former with 168bhp in addition to 295lb ft, in addition to the latter producing 201bhp in addition to 369lb ft.  some other left-hand-drive European markets get a petrol powered GLC250, which uses a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with 208bhp in addition to 258lb ft. Also planned to follow before the end of 2015 nevertheless not planned for right-hand drive production will be a petrol-electric-powered plug-in hybrid variant, the GLC350e.This specific combines a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, developing 208bhp in addition to 258lb ft, with an electric motor mounted within front section of the gearbox housing in addition to producing 114bhp in addition to 251lb ft. All up, This specific offers combined system outputs of 316bhp in addition to 413lb ft.  There will be no manual gearbox, at least during the initial sales phase. Instead there will be a standard nine-speed automatic gearbox on the two diesel engines. This specific receives the latest in fuel-saving functions, including automatic stop-start in addition to brake energy recuperation.Both the GLC220d in addition to GLC250d receive Mercedes-Benz’s 4Matic four-wheel drive system as standard.  However, unlike the left-hand-drive designs that will apportion power in a 45% front, 55% rear split, right-hand-drive UK designs have a 33%/67% front/rear split.  The GLC rides on a four-link front in addition to a few-link rear suspension set-up featuring adaptive damping as part of a standard Dynamic Select system that will offers the driver the choice between Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus in addition to Individual modes. The suspension system, which will be claimed to be 5kg lighter than that will used by the earlier GLK, also comes with optional Air Centeng Control rear air springs.The air springs feature a fresh three-chamber design in addition to can be combined using a so-called Off-Road Engineering package, which offers a few off-road driving modes: Slippery, Trailer, Off-road, Incline in addition to Rocking Assist. This specific also adds hill decent control, underbody protection in addition to adjustable ride height – the latter raising ground clearance by a standard 227mm to 257mm in addition to up to 277mm at speeds below 30mph.In top-of-the-line diesel guise as driven here, the GLC makes for a very desirable family car with adequate accommodation for up to a few in addition to a usefully large 550-litre boot (that will’s 60 litres more luggage space than the C-Class Estate). By comparison, the X3 offers the same 550 litres of boot space, while the Q5 will be hardly any less generous using a 540-litre capacity.The positive impressions begin the moment you step into the cabin. The familiar looking dashboard, instruments, steering wheel, free-standing infotainment monitor, controls (including the rotary wheel between the front seats) in addition to trim applications are all shared with the latest C-Class. Although there are some hard plastic surfaces, overall material quality will be quite high in addition to better than that will of any direct rival.There are three trim levels to choose by with the entry-level SE product generously equipping the GLC with 17in alloys, automatic tailgate, DAB, keyless start, cruise control, climate control, 7in infotainment system, while the Sport trim adds folding mirrors, auto dimming driver’s in addition to rear-view mirror, LED headlights, heated front seats in addition to sat nav. Those looking for a more sporty appeal can choose the AMG-line spec which kits the GLC out with AMG alloys, bodykit, steering wheel, pedals in addition to upholstery.The driving position will be sound, with raised seats affording not bad visibility all round. The front seats are fairly flat within the squab, nevertheless the more contoured backrests offer not bad levels of lateral support. The rear seats split 40/20/40, with two full sized outer positions in addition to a narrower central seat that will’s partly compromised for legroom by the central tunnel. Sizeable door pockets, a lidded bin in addition to drink holders within the front section of the centre console provide plenty of oddment storage.With 201bhp at 3800rpm in addition to 369lb ft by just 1600rpm, the GLC250d’s longitudinally mounted engine proves to be both punchy in addition to flexible. This specific will be also impressively hushed for a diesel, with little chatter evident within the cabin at low to middling revs. Mercedes claims a combined fuel consumption figure of 56.5mpg, beating both the X3 xDrive20d (54.3mpg) in addition to the high-powered edition of the Q5 2.0 TDI (53.3mpg). using a standard 50-litre fuel tank, This specific points to a theoretical range of over 0 miles.The fitment of a standard nine-speed automatic gearbox, which uses a column-mounted stalk instead of a more conventional centre-mounted lever, provides the basis for strong standing start in addition to in-gear acceleration, owing to the broad spread of ratios on offer. Mercedes claims a 0-62mph time of 8.3sec in addition to a 131mph top speed. The shifts are quite smooth in addition to proficient in Comfort mode, although This specific will be sometimes recalcitrant on downchanges in Sport Plus mode.    The fresh gearbox actually shines on the motorway, using a ninth gear ratio of 0.60:1 working in combination using a final drive of 3.07:1 to provide calm in addition to relaxing cruising qualities. The claimed 56.5mpg may be difficult to match in real-world conditions, nevertheless for a car weighting close to 1800kg This specific proves remarkably efficient at constant motorway speeds.The GLC comes close to matching the X3 for sheer agility. There will be always sufficient traction out of slower corners to allow you to make full use of the strong low-end torque. The constant varying of drive to the front in addition to rear axles, along with excellent Centeng control in addition to direct properties by the electro-mechanical steering system, provides the GLC with pleasingly neutral cornering traits despite a nominal 227mm ground clearance in combination with the optional air springs fitted to our test car.On winding roads, understeer will be effectively suppressed, allowing you to build up a not bad deal of momentum before the front end eventually runs wide in addition to the stability control steps in, producing the fresh Mercedes more engaging in addition to enjoyable to thread down a winding B-road than just about any some other mid-sized SUV.With the air springs fitted at the rear, the GLC also rides with aplomb. This specific delivers impressive compliance at speed out on the open road, with low levels of tyre roar. If there will be a dent in its armour, This specific has to do with its ability to handle transverse ridges, which tend to send a shudder through the structure, especially at lower speeds.Mercedes knows that will few potential GLC customers will seek true off-road capability. However, This specific has not deterred the auto maker by providing its fresh SUV with impressive ability within the dirt. With approach in addition to departure angles of 30.8deg in addition to 24.8deg respectively, along using a breakover angle of 19.7deg in addition to tipping angle of 35deg in combination with the optional Off-Road Engineering package, This specific goes places few rivals, save perhaps for the fresh Land Rover Discovery, are likely to take you.If you’re within the market for a premium brand SUV, you might want to wait until the GLC reaches the UK before signing on the dotted line.We’ll need to drive the fresh Mercedes on standard steel springs on UK roads before we can give This specific a definitive thumbs up, nevertheless on the optional Air Centeng Control package with air springs on smoothly surfaced German roads This specific proves to be a remarkably mature, engaging in addition to refined proposition.Mercedes-Benz GLC 250dPrice £36,105 Engine 4cyls, 2143cc, turbodiesel; Power 201bhp at 3800rpm; Torque 369lb ft at 1600rpm;  0-62mph 8.3sec; Top speed 131mph; Gearbox 9-spd automatic; Kerb weight 1770kg; Economy 56.5mpg (combined); CO2 129g/km, 23%
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