If you’re in the market for a new luxury SUV, there’s probably already a few options you’ve been checking out. One that’s hard to look past and has shot up to the top of our lists pretty quickly is the new Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d. Evidently we’re not the only ones who have seen its appeal; after only a few short months in the Australian market, sales of the GLC have well eclipsed those of its competitors. Having recently had the opportunity to get well acquainted with one of these vehicles, it was decidedly difficult when it came time to hand the keys back. Read on to see why Mercedes’ luxury SUV has won us over so easily.
As expected from the Germany luxury car manufacturer, the GLC 250d looks super sleek. The Selenite Grey Metallic finish on the model we drove is the ideal paint job for the car. It gives it the ultra-premium look it deserves. Light hits and reflects off the body beautifully and there are shadows in all the right places. From the outset this adds a great deal of dimension to the car. Rounding out the elegant aesthetic of the GLC 250d is the large grille and of course, the unmistakable Mercedes-Benz badge proudly front and centre.
The inside of the car looks just as sharp as the exterior. A nicely laid out instrument panel with silver chrome detailing contrasts well on top of the premium looking open-pore wood. It’s touches like those that make Mercedes-Benz all the more enticing when you’re in the market for a luxury vehicle. The 7″ tablet like screen sits elevated above all the controls and is at a comfortable height for easy use. It’s simple to switch between and use the various functions offered from the screen like audio control and GPS navigation.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d’s super spacious and comfortable interior means you’ll always be the one driving your group of friends around, but that’s nothing to complain about. Either that or you’ll be on speed dial next time anyone you know is moving house, thanks to the 1,600L capacity of the boot. The car also offers compartments galore throughout, as well as convenient device charging ports in the centre console.
The 2.1L diesel engine makes the GLC 250d a formidable ride. Its 500Nm of torque makes it quick off the mark and easy to weave in and out of traffic in city streets, which is where we drove it most. Mercedes’ AGILITY CONTROL suspension system paired with the 20″ alloy wheels makes the car a smooth drive, especially in the standard Comfort mode. Switching to Sport mode however, made it feel pretty eager, which is nice to have when you feel like driving a bit more passionately.
The relative lack of noise that emitted from the diesel engine took me by surprise. Expecting a fairly obnoxious rumble when both driving and at idle, it was only ever especially noticeable when powering up steep climbs.
Mercedes’ consideration of environmental impacts is pretty impressive. The ECO start / stop function is a notable one, whereby the engine automatically turns off when the car is stationary. It turns back on when the brakes are released or the accelerator is pushed, contributing to better fuel efficiency and reducing emissions. Furthermore the diesel engine produces less CO2 emissions over time than its petrol counterpart and also gets you better fuel efficiency in general, so you’ll be spending less time at the bowser.
The GLC 250d prioritises an easy driving experience, and this is easy to see in some of the key features. As well as active blind spot and lane keep assisting, the car’s 360 degree camera is especially handy when it comes to parking. It delivers a birds eye view of your car so you can see exactly how much space you have around you as well as any obstacles that may be in your way.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d is a solid car that delivers smooth performance and functional features with a stunning look. It’s the perfect luxury option if you’re after an SUV to drive along urban roads in total comfort.