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Mercedes GLC SUV - Interior & comfort

The Mercedes GLC has a well built interior and even the entry-level model has loads of standard kit

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The Mercedes GLC boasts an impressive, high-quality dashboard and interior design that’s curvier and more up-to-date than what you’ll find in many rivals. All models are well equipped, but you’d expect them to be considering the GLC’s price. We'd recommend choosing an AMG Line Premium trim or above to really experience all the GLC has to offer.

Thanks to a honed suspension setup and using some parts from the Mercedes C-Class saloon, the GLC is very comfortable on the move whether on the standard steel springs of the Sport or the optional AIRMATIC system. Road and wind noise are minimal and a clever crosswind prevention system helps to keep the GLC stable at high speeds. Even the more sportily tuned AMG Line models maintain the comfortable ride of the Sport, although the wider tyres do kick up a little more noise from the road.

Mercedes GLC dashboard

The GLC shines when you sit behind the wheel. The entire design looks like it’s been lifted straight from the C-Class saloon, as there’s loads of solid metal switchgear and clear instruments. The middle of the dashboard is dominated by a single piece of wood or gloss-black veneer that starts from just underneath the infotainment screen and swoops down to connect to the centre console.

The classic air vents look like they’ve been taken straight from a vintage aircraft and the control for the sat nav and infotainment is the only control interruption on the centre console. The steering column-mounted gear selector is a little strange to get used to, though. It's also a shame that the standard analogue gauges and central trip computer look dated compared with the digital instruments fitted in AMG Line Premium trim.

Equipment

The GLC comes in two core trim levels: Sport and AMG Line. Even the entry-level model has a comprehensive amount of equipment: a reversing camera, Parktronic, a powered tailgate, rain-sensing wipers, LED headlights, leather seats, automatic climate control, sat-nav and DAB radio are all standard.

The AMG Line version throws in a sports bodykit and interior makeover, sports suspension, 19-inch AMG alloy wheels and metal pedals.

Options

The GLC can be specified with a range of packages designed to further boost its luxury and comfort. The most notable are the AMG Line Premium and Premium Plus packages. The former adds ambient lighting, 20-inch alloy wheels, adaptive headlights, running boards, a 12.3-inch instrument display, augmented reality sat-nav, upgraded speakers, wireless phone charging and better smartphone connectivity. The latter brings a Burmester surround-sound stereo, even bigger 20-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, and memory seats. You can also opt for the range-topping AMG Line Ultimate, which has 20-inch five-spoke alloy wheels and Mercedes' Air Body Control suspension that automatically adjusts for different driving conditions, passengers and luggage.

The Driving Assistance package is worth considering if you spend a lot of time behind the wheel, adding blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control and a system that applies the brakes if it thinks you're about to hit the car in front. Air-suspension can also be fitted, further improving the ride quality.

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