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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe takes the GLC crossover and shaves down the roof to give it a fastback coupe look, even though it still has four doors. It's a fashion thing. Nevertheless, it's still a Mercedes-Benz, so that always means high quality, excellent driving manners and the kind of cachet that only comes when there's a 3-pointed star on the nose.

Anything named GLC swims in the premium compact-crossover pool. The regular model, known as the GLC SUV (reviewed separately) has already been in existence for more than a year and in that time has won many positive reactions for its smooth ride, equipment levels, practicality and good looks. The GLC Coupe follows the same formula, except for the practicality part.

Think of the GLC Coupe as the equivalent of BMW's X4 (based on the X3). Everyone's tastes will differ, but it might be argued that Mercedes-Benz has made the "compact crossover 4-door coupe" idea into something much easier on the eye than its rival from Munich. And let's be honest -- styling is a big reason why vehicles like this exist.

What's New for 2017?

This "coupe" version of the GLC-Class is all-new.

What We Like

Premium presence; fuel-efficient 4-cylinder powertrain; engaging AMG version

What We Don't

Comes at a premium price; following a trend rather than setting one

How Much?

$46,875-$60,575

Fuel Economy

A 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder powers the GLC 300 4Matic. It makes 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque and connects to a 9-speed automatic transmission with standard all-wheel drive (the "4Matic" part of the name). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates fuel economy at 22 miles per gallon in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg in combined driving.

The GLC 43 has a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 developing an energetic 362 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. It uses basically the same 9-speed automatic transmission as the GLC 300 4Matic (although it's been tuned for faster shifts), and all-wheel drive is again standard. The EPA puts fuel consumption at 18 mpg city/24 mpg hwy/20 mpg combined.

Standard Features & Options

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe is a 5-seater that comes in GLC 300 4Matic form, or as the sportier Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 version.

The GLC 300 4Matic Coupe ($46,875) has 18-inch alloy wheels, a power sunroof, full LED exterior lighting, keyless entry/ignition, a 14-way power-adjustable driver's seat with memory settings, rain-sensing wipers, power-folding side mirrors, power-folding rear seats, a powered tailgate, roof rails, a 7-inch display screen for the Comand infotainment system, forward-collision warning with automatic braking, dual-zone automatic climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, drive-mode settings, a rearview camera, an 8-speaker audio system, two USB ports, an iPod interface, and Bluetooth phone and audio streaming.

Options include the Premium 1 package, featuring blind spot monitoring, heated front seats, satellite radio and a 115-volt outlet. Premium 2 adds an 8.4-in infotainment screen and voice-controlled navigation. Premium 3 brings advanced safety aids and an air purifier. A Sport package means 19-in alloy wheels, sporty cosmetic touches and stronger brakes. A Night package adds black wheels and exterior accents. And an Active Parking Assist package brings a 360-degree camera system, automated parking, hands-free tailgate operation and parking sensors at both ends.

Other options include an air suspension, leather upholstery, heated/ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, a Burmester 14-speaker audio system upgrade (as found in the S-Class), 20-in alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, Wi-Fi and an illuminated grille badge.

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe ($60,575) comes with an adaptive air suspension, 20-in AMG-designed alloy wheels, various cosmetic touches inside and out and the contents of the Premium 1 package.

Mercedes-Benz does not quote cargo space for the GLC Coupe. Even if we assume most buyers don't care too much about this aspect, they might still find the high lip (just above the rear bumper) to be an inconvenience.

Safety

The array of standard safety equipment is impressive, including anti-lock brakes, forward-collision warning with automatic braking, Crosswind Assist, trailer-sway control, driver-drowsiness monitoring, side airbags and side-curtain airbags. Options include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assistance and a feature called forward cross-traffic prevention with automatic braking.

Behind the Wheel

Almost everyone will be impressed with the GLC 300 4Matic Coupe after even a short spell behind the wheel. Direct steering and a smooth, serene luxurious ride are complemented by a punchy engine. Factor in the quality cabin materials, the cabin's tranquility and the various safety features, and this crossover "coupe" is a continual joy.

The GLC 43 is not super-hot (there's a GLC 63 version coming for 2018) but still flexes a satisfying amount of muscle. It accentuates talents in the chassis that are not so apparent with the smaller engine. Drive settings span from economical to Sport Plus, and then a personal customized mode. So things can be fun or family-friendly, all at the touch of button.

Other Cars to Consider

2017 BMW X4 -- The GLC Coupe's closest competitor, with similar pricing and a similar high-end image.

2017 Jaguar F-PACE -- Sleek, handsome, dynamic in its own ways and spacious. The cabin's quality lets the side down somewhat, especially when compared with the Mercedes-Benz, but that may not be a deal-breaker.

2017 Lexus NX -- Aimed at those who prefer luxury over performance, the NX offers a lackluster 4-cylinder model and a fuel-efficient hybrid. But it also enjoys renowned Lexus build quality as well as head-turning styling.

Used Porsche Macan GTS -- Not a crossover coupe as such, but with a compelling design all the same. And one of the best driving experiences this side of a sports car.

Autotrader's Advice

For this style of vehicle, the GLC-Class Coupe hits all the right notes. It depends on budget and preference whether to go with the 300 or the 43. But make a point of stretching to the driver-assistance features.

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