Mercedes GLC SUV - Interior & comfort
The Mercedes GLC has a well built interior and even the entry-level model has loads of standard kit
The Mercedes GLC features an impressive, high-quality dashboard and interior design that’s more luxurious 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 set-up and some parts from the Mercedes C-Class saloon, the GLC is very comfortable on the move, whether on the standard steel springs of the now-discontinued Sport trim or the AIRMATIC air suspension. 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 a comfortable ride, although the wide tyres do kick up some 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, because 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. However, it’s now outshone by the latest generation of the C-Class, which gets a vast portrait touchscreen and a more futuristic feel.
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 one 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.
The GLC now comes in AMG Line trim as standard but extra kit can be added by upgrading to Premium and Premium Plus versions. Even the entry-level model has a comprehensive amount of equipment: a reversing camera, Parktronic, a powered tailgate, rain-sensing wipers, LED headlights, heated leather seats, automatic climate control, sat-nav and DAB radio are all standard.
The AMG Line Premium version throws in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 20-inch AMG alloy wheels, adaptive headlights, ambient lighting and a 12.3-inch digital instrument display. Premium Plus is even more lavish, thanks to a panoramic sunroof, Burmester stereo system, keyless entry, 360-degree camera view and memory front seats and steering wheel.
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. If you plan on towing, a trailer coupling and a trailer stabilisation system costs around £750.