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Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe not just a pretty face

03.05.2017

I’m not quite sure what the fuss is with these coupe-like SUVs, but they seem to be quite popular. BMW started with the X6 and Mercedes-Benz followed suit with the GLE Coupe.

BMW then decided to give customers the X4, and now Mercedes-Benz has given us the GLC Coupe, a car which recently arrived at our office. The GLC Coupe is based on the now popular GLC SUV. It does however, as the name suggests, feature a coupe-like design. Does this pavement hopper still have the ability to get its wheels dirty or is it just a pretty face?

From the outside, it doesn’t really look as though it’s up to the task with its big, low profile tyres and AMG styling kit. That said, I do like the way it looks compared to the competition. It looks very similar to the GLE Coupe. I also noticed that the front end has been enhanced slightly over its sibling. The most striking features of the front-end are the dominant grille, with a single louver, and integrated three-pointed star badge.

At the rear, the styling borrows heavily from other Mercedes-Benz models, with its pronounced shoulders, muscular bumper design with integrated exhaust tailpipe as well as an under-guard in the form of a diffuser. Inside, it’s exactly the same as the GLC, which is equally similar to the C-class.

As one would expect, there are loads of buttons which control all sorts of things. I particularly like the thin tablet-like screen mounted on the dashboard and the toggle switches which controls it. Space inside is also decent, however, taller passengers at the rear might find headroom to be in short supply.

 

As for the boot, well it's large and thanks to a variety of buttons located in the boot area, one can flip and fold the rear seats to best suit your loading needs. This being a vehicle that needs to fulfil one’s active lifestyle as well as everyday demands, my tester also came fitted with Mercedes-Benz’s Dynamic Select system, which incorporates five driving modes; Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual.

Each setting adjusts the engine’s performance as well as the responsiveness of the 9G-Tronic gearbox. Another feature was Dynamic Body Control which includes sports suspension with steel springs and adjustable dampers.

As for getting its hands dirty, well the car I drove was the GLC250 4Matic, which apart from its 2.0-litre turbocharged 155kW/350Nm motor, was also fitted with air suspension. This meant that at a push of a button, the car would rise few more millimetres off the ground to improve ground clearance.

Granted, it is no G-Wagen, however the extra height and 4Matic all-wheel drive does give the GLC Coupe an advantage when the road turns muddy. It’s also quite spirited on the black stuff, especially in Sport+ mode. The GLC Coupe drives well both on and off-road with the ride being far from uncomfortable. The model I had was fitted with just about every optional extra, I mean it even had carbon fibre trim inside.

So I’m sure you want to know what my thoughts are on the car? Well, I’m still confused because as much as I like the look of it, I can’t justify the almost R100 000 difference between this Coupe AMG Line (R834 300) and the normal GLC250 AMG Line (R736 544). Is looking just that bit more unique worth that much more? Some might say yes. In that case then, rather opt for the GLC220d (R676 622).

Article written by Justin Jacobs
03.05.2017
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