By now, we’re all aware that the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe premium compact crossover uses the term "coupe" loosely and comes with four passenger doors. It’s the sloping fastback roof where Mercedes-Benz stakes its coupe claim. Like actual 2-door versions of the company’s sedans, it also raises the level of standard equipment somewhat.
This model is derived from the GLC SUV (reviewed separately), which itself is based on the excellent C-Class platform. The SUV 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. It’s a fashion thing.
Think of the GLC Coupe as the equivalent of BMW’s X4 (based on the X3). Tastes will differ, but it might be argued that Mercedes-Benz has made the "compact crossover 4-door coupe" idea into something easier on the eye than its rival from Munich. And let’s be honest, styling is a big reason why vehicles like this exist.
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.
What’s New for 2019?
Standard equipment now includes a 115-volt outlet and heated front seats. Some new exterior paint colors become available. And AMG versions offer sportier Performance front seats. See the 2019 Mercedes-Bewnz GLC-Class models for sale near you
What We Like
- Premium presence
- Fuel-efficient 4-cylinder powertrain
- Engaging AMG versions
What We Don’t
- Comes at a premium price
- Following a trend rather than setting one
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 AMG GLC 43 has a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 developing an energetic 362 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. It uses the same 9-speed automatic transmission as the GLC 300 4Matic (although it’s been tuned for faster shifts) and AWD is again standard. The EPA puts fuel consumption at 19 mpg city/24 mpg hwy/20 mpg combined.
The AMG GLC 63 models come with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 and a 9-speed automatic transmission. A specially tuned AWD system is standard, where the torque split is fully variable between the front and rear axles. The GLC 63 has 469 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, while the GLC 63 S enjoys 503 hp and 516 lb-ft. Fuel consumption is 16 mpg city/22 mpg hwy/18 mpg combined for both versions.
Standard Features & Options
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe is a 5-seater that comes in GLC 300 4Matic form, the sportier Mercedes-AMG GLC 43, or even hotter AMG GLC 63 and GLC 63 S versions.
The GLC 300 4Matic Coupe ($48,295) has 19-in alloy wheels, sport suspension, a power sunroof, full LED exterior lighting, 14-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory settings, heated front seats, heated/rain-sensing wipers, power-folding side mirrors, power-folding rear seats, a powered lift gate, push-button start, selectable drive modes, a 7-in infotainment screen, forward-collision warning with automatic braking, dual-zone automatic climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, an 115-volt outlet, rear seat release switches, 40/20/40 split/fold rear seats, an 8-speaker audio system, two USB ports, iPod interface and Bluetooth phone/audio streaming.
The GLC 300 4Matic is eligible for an air suspension system. An optional Premium package features blind spot monitoring, satellite radio and keyless entry/ignition. The AMG Line package entails 20-in alloy wheels, sporty cosmetic touches and stronger brakes.
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe ($62,195) has an adaptive air suspension, sport exhaust, 20-in AMG-designed alloy wheels, various cosmetic touches inside and out, 14-way power-adjustable front seats with memory settings for both sides, plus the contents of the Premium package.
The AMG C 63/C 63 S ($75,095/$85,795) have their own grille design, a Burmester surround-sound system and rear limited-slip differentials (a mechanical unit in the C 63, an electronic version in the C 63 S).
The Smartphone Integration package brings Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. A Multimedia package adds an 8.4-in infotainment screen, a touchpad controller, voice-controlled navigation, DVD/CD player, and five years of Sirius XM traffic and weather updates.
The Driver Assistance package includes adaptive cruise control, emergency braking with rear cross-traffic alert, pedestrian detection, active lane-keeping assist, active steering assistance and active blind spot monitoring. This bundle requires selecting the Premium and Multimedia packages.
The Parking Assistance package brings a 360-degree camera system, automated parking, hands-free tailgate operation and parking sensors at both ends. The Exterior Lighting Package has active LED headlamps with automatic high beams. A Night package adds black 20-in wheels and exterior accents.
Other options include leather upholstery, AMG Performance front seats, 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), Wi-Fi, cabin air fragrance/ionization system, a panoramic sunroof, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel and an illuminated grille badge.
Maximum cargo space is 49.4 cu ft., less than the Volkswagen Golf (52.7 cu ft.). 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) an inconvenience.
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 assist and a feature called forward cross-traffic prevention with automatic braking.
The GLC Coupe was not yet been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). But the IIHS made the GLC SUV a Top Safety Pick+ because it took the top score of Good in all the major categories.
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 interior’s tranquility and the various safety features, and this crossover "coupe" is a continual joy. As long as you’re not sitting in the back.
The GLC 43 is not super-hot, 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 a button. The GLC 63 and GLC 63 S versions can be filed under Glorious Overkill. No one really needs this kind of power, but a lot of people absolutely love it.
Other Cars to Consider
2019 BMW X4 — The GLC Coupe’s closest competitor, with similar pricing and a similar high-end image. All-new for 2019.
2019 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.
2019 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.
Straddling the middle ground between sanity and super-sporty, the GLC 43 makes an ideal choice. Whichever model is chosen, select those packages that enable the driver-assistance features. Find a Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class for sale