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Right here’s how previous I’m: I bear in mind when Mercedes bought solely the C, E and S-Lessons within the U.S. Interval. Now? Now there are 25-plus (!!) base fashions and clearly dozens extra if you get in to all the assorted trim ranges and whatnot. There are seven base-model SUVs and crossovers alone. Can’t blame Benz for leaping on the crossover bandwagon like most different automakers, however I nonetheless suppose seven SUVs is kind of the thinly sliced pie.

One of many higher crossovers out there’s the newish GLC, significantly the V8-powered GLC63. As a GLK alternative, the GLC is a hell of an enchancment, wanting much less sq. and chunky, having extra room, and driving higher due to it now using on a barely larger C-Class platform. The turbo-four supplies sufficient energy for the overwhelming majority of householders: Good off-the-line snap with loads of torque via the revs.

Most spectacular, to me a minimum of, is the way in which the GLC goes about its enterprise: silent and clean. The cabin is very well insulated from highway/wind noise, and having a nine-speed trans means the engine is barely turning over on the freeway. I wouldn’t get a GLC with out air suspension — $1,900 and price each penny. The consolation, sport and sport plus settings actually are noticeably completely different with consolation making the automobile simply cruise round, nicely, comfortably — good for bopping round city. Sport corporations up the steering and journey and makes the trans shift faster. The general feeling is extra exact. I assumed the game plus setting made the automobile journey slightly too jittery for me. There’s additionally a person setting. I dialed in consolation for the journey and sport for every part else. Felt about good.

Total, this is a wonderful machine.

–Wes Raynal, editor

The infotainment system is identical as discovered within the GLC and the C-Class: a 7-inch display screen, managed by the selector on the middle console. The system is as snappy as ever, with none actual hang-ups to notice. It shortly acknowledges smartphones and performs nearly something from the gadget.

After I drove the GLC at its launch, I actually loved it. I assumed it was a well-styled and sorted alternative for the stilted GLK. After practically a yr, I really feel about the identical – minus the styling. I’ve grown to actually benefit from the GLK’s previous boxiness since its manufacturing ceased, however the GLC fills in as a contemporary continuation.

Like Wes talked about, the GLC’s cabin is without doubt one of the finest in the marketplace, and it lives as much as the remainder of Benz’s product line. The leather-based is supple, the wooden is beautiful and the metallic trim isn’t garish. I’m even rising to be a fan of the iPad-glued-to-the-dash leisure system. Initially I assumed it appeared like an afterthought, and whereas I nonetheless really feel that approach, I just like the afterthought.

The I4 churns out 241 hp, which is a far cry from the GLC63’s 476 horses however lots for on a regular basis use. The exhaust notice is silent, as is highway and wind noise. Should you drop a pin into the middle console, you may simply hear it. After all, you may change that by leaping into the GLC43 or the GLC63 when that comes out so you may have the angriest SUV at soccer observe. Managing that energy is a nine-speed computerized. Shifts are clean, fast and mushy.

The rub with the GLC is which you can take it from its reasonably priced beginning value to $60Ok simply by checking the mistaken packing containers. Our tester has nearly $20Ok in choices — practically 50 % of the automobile’s authentic beginning value. That does add to the consolation, however a number of the choices don’t add a lot to the general GLC expertise.

–Wes Wren, affiliate editor

Choices: Premium bundle together with 115-volt energy outlet, satellite tv for pc radio, keyless entry, COMAND navigation, touchpad, ambient lighting, illuminated door sills, storage bundle, Distronic plus cruise management with steering help, pre-safe brake with pedestrian recognition, energetic blind spot help, energetic lane protecting, rear-end collision safety, cross site visitors help, LED headlights iwth curve illumination and adaptive high-beam help ($7,200); Inside bundle with leather-based seating, energy passenger seat with reminiscence ($1,900); Sport bundle with AMG styling, MB-Tex lined sprint and higher door, perforated entrance brake discs and calipers with MB lettering ($1,900); air suspension ($1,900); superior parking help bundle with encompass view, hands-free bundle ($1,550); tilt/sliding panoramic roof ($1,480); heated and ventilated entrance seats ($1,030); premium sound ($850); sensible blue metallic paint ($720); brushed aluminum operating boards ($670); heated rear seats ($620)

On Sale: Now

Base Value: $42,075

As Examined Value: $61,895

Powertrain: 2.Zero-liter DOHC turbocharged I4, AWD nine-speed computerized

Output: 241 hp @ 5,500 rpm; 273 lb-ft @ 1,300-Four,000 rpm

Curb Weight: Four,001 lb

Gasoline Financial system: 21/28/24 mpg(EPA Metropolis/Hwy/Mixed)

Execs: Good-looking inside, highly effective 2-liter 4

Cons: $20,000 in choices; foolish coupe roofline

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