Road Test: 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC

Road Test: 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC

Story by Jordan Allan, photos courtesy of Mercedes



Price: $63,190 (as tested)

Engine: 2.0 turbocharged DOHC 16V Inline 4

Trans: 9G-Tronic automatic

Power: 255 hp@ 6,500 rpm

Torque: 273 lb-ft @ 4,750-5,000 rpm

Curb Weight: 3,977 lbs/ 1,804 kg

Fuel Consumption: (L/100km – City/Hwy) 11.3/8.5


New for 2021: The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class doesn’t see many changes for 2021 other than some minor revisions to feature availability.

Segment Competitors: Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lincoln Corsair, Volvo XC60, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar F-Pace

The Skinny: The Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 has seemingly made style and refinement it’s top priority and have done a great job of exhibiting both. On the outside, the GLC 300 is a very sharp looking compact crossover with stunning body lines, an aggressive front fascia and an overall sporty look that really sets it apart from its main competitors. Inside is just as easy on the eyes and features a functional layout made from high quality materials that provides both the driver and passengers with comfortable seating positions and all the luxury and technology amenities you would want.

Thanks to its accent lighting, the interior looks especially nice at night time, highlighted by the standard 10.25-in. infotainment touchscreen that can also be controlled by the touch pad located between the front seats where the shifter typically would be. The system does take a little bit of getting used to, but once you get there it’s really quite smooth and seamless.

A 255 horsepower, 2.0L turbocharged inline 4-cylinder paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission comes standard in the GLC 300 and feels surprisingly peppy in all situations. It’s not going to blow the doors off the car next to you, but accelerates very smoothly and handles everything you throw at it with ease.

Steering is tight through corners, but again, the GLC 300 is really more about ride quality and refinement rather than all-out performance which is just fine and has allowed Mercedes to perfect the ride quality and make it one of the smoothest driving crossovers out there.

Pros: Luxury vehicle interiors can very easily get too crowded with infotainment, comfort and climate controls so it was very refreshing for Mercedes to take a minimalist approach with the GLC 300 which lays everything out very clearly and makes everything that much easier to use.

Cons: While plenty quick off the line, it isn’t necessarily exhilarating to drive. Luckily there are AMG performance versions of the GLC-Class to fill that void.

The Verdict: I truly enjoyed my time with the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300, even though I tend to lean toward performance oriented vehicles as a preference. In saying that, sometimes it’s nice to get a vehicle that has focused on ride quality and luxury and allows you to put your feet up and relax in a sense. At a seemingly competitive price point, there is no reason the GLC 300 shouldn’t find continued success.

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