Stylish crossover blends the lines between coupe and SUV models.
He: This GLC Coupe is, as its creators are at pains to point out, "a true Mercedes" despite exploring a new niche for the brand. As a C-Class-based SUV with a coupe roofline, an efficient diesel engine and sporty AMG bits, this GLC 250d is a tough one to pigeonhole. But it does make a striking first impression.
She: Admittedly Dave, my first Mercedes experience in the GLC was a bit of a fizzer. However I was instantly drawn to this GLC Coup? - it's a classier vehicle and the emphasis on design and style immediately stands out. This car is sharp and sleek, and its 20-inch wheels, diamond grille and trademark long bonnet accentuate that muscular, athletic look Mercedes is striving for. I really like the sweeping roofline at the rear. It looks much nicer than the old boxy shape of regular SUVs.
He: That's the idea here, using design to broaden the brand's audience beyond those who would not consider a three-box sedan or wagon-shaped SUV. I'm glad to hear you like it. I suppose I'm a bit of a pragmatist in that the swoopy-roofed SUV craze feels like the answer to a question no-one asked. That said, part of the appeal of prestige products is that they stand out from the crowd, something this car does inside and out.
She: Yep, the cabin looks elegant and high-end, with genuine leather seats that are much nicer than the fake "ARTICO" versions used in lesser models. The 250d's black-ash open pore wood, which also comes as standard, compliments the other materials in the cabin, offering a pleasant contrast to silver and chrome elements. It's not perfect though, a bigger sunroof would be nice, and the rear seats feel a bit cramped. The main negative for me is the restricted visibility out the back.
He: That's part of the price you pay for the look - less headroom in the back, a reduction in cargo capacity and impeded visibility. Speaking of prices, the GLC 250d's $82,100 asking price brings an impressive level of standard kit including an outstanding safety suite home to autonomous emergency braking and active lane keeping assistance systems as well as radar cruise control and stop-and-go traffic jam assistance features that can steer, stop and brake for you in some circumstances.
She: When it comes to safety, Mercedes really is at the top of its game. While I have to say I love that 360-degree camera, the advanced safety technology is what makes this car even more appealing. It's that added confidence and peace of mind when driving. Speaking of driving, how did you find it?
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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d she says, he says review