Handsome look; excellent driving experience; fuel-efficient powertrain; dramatically updated interior
Only one engine option; pricey compared to rivals
The GLC is fully redesigned for 2016 to replace the GLK. It offers a new design, new features, new powertrains and a new interior, sharing virtually nothing with the GLK except its sizing and the "GL" at the start of its name. See the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class models for sale near you
Since there's only one GLC to get, we'd go with that one -- and we'd add several packages full of safety and luxury features. If you don't need a third row, this is one of the best small luxury SUVs you can buy today. Find a Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class for sale
With no additional engine variants, the GLC300 ($39,900) offers only one version. It comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, a power driver's seat, a 7-in display screen with Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system, forward-collision warning with automatic braking, dual-zone automatic climate control, Mercedes' synthetic MB-Tex leather upholstery, a backup camera, two USB ports, an iPod interface and Bluetooth phone and audio control.
Options include the Sport package (sporty styling and 19-in wheels), the Night package (black wheels and exterior accents), the Lighting package (automatic high beams and LED headlights), the Advanced Parking Assist package (a 360-degree camera system, an automated parking system, a hands-free lift gate and parking sensors), the Premium package (a blind spot monitoring system, heated front seats and keyless ignition with push-button starting) and the Interior package (full leather upholstery, a power passenger seat and ventilated seats). Other options include an 8.4-in infotainment screen, 20-in wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, a heated steering wheel and a Wi-Fi hot spot.
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2017 Acura RDX -- Although Acura's brand name might not quite live up to that of Mercedes, the RDX is an excellent choice in this segment thanks to a standard 3.5-liter V6, a lot of high-tech options and features, and reasonable pricing.
2016 BMW X3 -- The X3 is the GLC's closest competitor, touting similar pricing and a similar high-end image. It's a little sportier than the Mercedes, but we prefer the GLC's overall driving experience to the BMW's.
2016 Lexus NX -- Aimed at drivers who prioritize luxury over performance, the NX offers a lackluster 4-cylinder model and a fuel-efficient hybrid. But it also touts notorious Lexus build quality and bold, head-turning styling.
Used Mercedes-Benz M-Class -- If you like the GLC but need a little more space, you may want to consider Mercedes' larger M-Class, now renamed the GLE for 2016. Pricing is steep, though -- a GLE starts around $10,000 more than the GLC -- so you may want to consider a used or certified pre-owned model.