MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ GLC ESTATE GLC 300e 4Matic AMG Line Premium 5dr 9G-Tronic

Fuel

FuelPetrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph5.7s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined-

The Mercedes GLC 300 de is a diesel plug-in hybrid that brings Three-Pointed Star quality to the growing segment for premium-badged upper mid-sized luxury SUVs. This one can go 27 WLTP-rated miles between charge-ups and record the usual three-figure combined cycle fuel return, as well as delivering a CO2 reading that'll reduce your BiK tax exposure. All the usual PHEV advantages then - along with the usual premium PHEV pricing. In a package delivered with enviable Mercedes polish.

C CHANGE?

Here's another Mercedes plug-in model, the GLC 300 de. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The Mercedes GLC 300 de is a diesel plug-in hybrid that brings Three-Pointed Star quality to the growing segment for premium-badged upper mid-sized luxury SUVs. This one can go 27 WLTP-rated miles between charge-ups and record the usual three-figure combined cycle fuel return, as well as delivering a CO2 reading that'll reduce your BiK tax exposure. All the usual PHEV advantages then - along with the usual premium PHEV pricing. In a package delivered with enviable Mercedes polish.

Background

With its mid and large-size SUVs, Mercedes has taken a fundamentally different route to providing PHEV power from that which features in rivals. As with the large GLE PHEV model, this GLC 300de uses a diesel-powered plug-in hybrid unit, not a petrol one. This 2.0-litre hybrid powerplant is borrowed, as is much else of the GLC's engineering, from the C-Class range. Mercedes needed the GLC 300de because all the brand's key rivals now offer petrol plug-in models in the upper mid-sized premium SUV segment - namely the BMW X3 xDrive30e, the Audi Q5 55 TFSIe and the Volvo XC60 Recharge T8. So what can this GLC offer other than diesel economy to make it stand out from that trio of very complete rivals? Time to find out.

Driving Experience

The GLC 300de mates a 2.0-litre diesel unit with a 90kW electric motor that when fully charged is able to achieve up to 27 miles of WLTP-rated all-electric driving at speeds of up to 81mph. If overall efficiency isn't a priority, the GLC 300de can also be a pretty rapid thing, thanks to quite a prodigious total system output of 306hp, enough to dispatch 62mph from rest in 6.2s en route to 143mph. There's a substantial 700Nm of torque on offer, which is why this variant can tow up to 2,000kgs. But it will really feel its two-tonne kerb weight if you start to try and throw the car around. For those prioritising an ultimately absorbent ride, air suspension can also be added at extra cost. The latter option is pretty desirable. 'AIR BODY CONTROL', as Mercedes call it, promises a cosseting ride when you want luxury or flat, sportscar-like handling when you're in a hurry. 4MATIC 4WD is standard, as usual on a GLC and the powertrain works through a standard 9G-TRONIC PLUS 9-speed auto gearbox which works with the usual 'DYNAMIC SELECT' 'Eco', 'Comfort' and 'Sport' driving modes that alter drive response, steering feel and ESP settings.

Design and Build

There are no real styling changes to differentiate this GLC 300de plug-in model from its conventional range stablemates, though the eagle-eyed will spot the different badgework and the addition of an extra charging flap. As with conventional variants, there's a choice of the standard SUV body shape or a sleeker GLC Coupe body style. All variants of this PHEV get a studded 'Diamond'-style single-louvre grille that incorporates shiny chromed pins, while further down, there's sportier treatment that sees large corner cut-outs embellished on each side by twin black slats. This appendage is flanked by smart, slim headlamps that feature High Performance LED beams as standard. The GLC's cabin was always a showroom selling point and with this current model, thoughtful changes have further enhanced it. A smart three-spoke steering wheel incorporates little touchpads, the left hand one of which can operate the 10.25-inch touchscreen positioned on top of the dash. This sophisticated media set-up has various dedicated PHEV efficiency read-outs and incorporates the Stuttgart brand's new-generation 'MBUX' ('Mercedes-Benz User eXperience') multimedia platform with its clever 'Hey Mercedes' voice-activated functionality. And in the back? Well if you've been persuaded to buy one of these in preference to a C-Class Estate, it's here that that decision will pay off. The GLC has 33mm more length in its wheelbase than one of those would offer and nearly all of that has been used for the benefit of folk at the rear. The PHEV powertrain exacts a few special compromises in the boot though, the SUV body shape's usual 550-litre capacity falling to 395-litres. With the Coupe, capacity falls from 500 to 350-litres.

Market and Model

From the launch of this GLC 300de, prices for the SUV body style were pitched in the £49,000 to £56,000 bracket and there was a choice of 'AMG Line', 'AMG Line Premium' and 'AMG Line Premium Plus' trim levels. For the alternative GLC Coupe body shape, budget for a premium of around £3,000 more. To give you some perspective, this 211hp petrol plug-in hybrid model in SUV form costs around £6,000 more than an equivalently-specified 194hp GLC 220d diesel. A 245hp GLC 300d diesel is around £4,000 less. At least you get plenty of equipment. Even the base 'AMG Line' trim gets you an AMG body styling kit with a diffuser-look rear apron and 19-inch AMG wheels. Inside at this level, there are AMG sports seats part-trimmed in suede-like DINAMICA microfibre, plus you get a flat-bottomed steering wheel, AMG floor mats, a black fabric roof liner, sports stainless steel pedals and high gloss inlays in grey open-pore oak. You've to go further up the range though, if you want a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and the 'Smartphone integration' system that gives you the missing 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring features. Still, at least if you can stump up to a plusher variant, you get a lot more technology - things like 'MULTIBEAM LED' headlights which can tailor their beam to suit the road you're on and surrounding traffic movements. And something that Mercedes calls 'augmented reality navigation', effectively a live camera feed of the road ahead overlaid with house numbers, road names, direction arrows and other useful bits of information that'll help you find your way.

Cost of Ownership

We've covered some of the key facts already in our driving section. The way that an electric motor powered by a 13.5kWh battery is capable of running the car on electricity alone for up to 27 WLTP-rated miles before a 2.0-litre combustion engine chimes in. This Plug-in variant can be charged from 10 to 100 per cent in an hour and a half with a 7.4 kW charger, or in five hours from a standard three-pin UK socket. Based on notoriously unrealistic WLTP cycle figures produced for plug-in hybrids, the diesel GLC 300de SUV is supposed to be able to achieve up to 156.9mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and emit up to as little as 49g/km of CO2. Of course, you won't get anything like that in normal use, but we could see a realistic return of around 60-70mpg being regularly achievable from a GLC 300de, which in itself is pretty impressive. BiK taxation is rated at 12% - as opposed to 33% for a GLC 220d or 36% for a GLC 300d. Insurance groups range from 40E-41E. What else? Well, you get a comprehensive three year warranty that has no mileage restriction (rival BMW and Audi warranties restrict you to 60,000 miles). And this package is built upon by Mercedes' Mobilo scheme which delivers breakdown cover for up to thirty years, as long as you continue to have your car serviced at a Mercedes main dealer. And it's worth knowing that your maintenance outlay can be kept a little in check by going for the optional Service Care package that takes care of routine maintenance, spreading the cost of regular servicing.

Summary

We're still at the stage where you have to be completely sold into the concept of plug-in hybrid technology to choose a car like this GLC 300de. If you're not, you'll find yourself wondering whether saving £6,000 in choosing a GLC 220d diesel might not be a wiser course of action to take, given that it'll be the best part of a decade at least before diesel becomes an impossible option to choose with ever-more stringent emission restrictions on European markets.

  • Rear wiper
  • Electric windows one touch open/close
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Privacy glass with dark glass from B pillar backwards
  • Tinted glass all round with single layer safety glass

  • Electronic stability programme (ESP) with curve dynamic assist and cross wind assist
  • Anti-slip regulation
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Hill hold function
  • Brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering + perforated brake discs
  • Adaptive Brake System with HOLD function and brake drying in the wet

  • AMG floor mats with edging and embroidered AMG lettering

  • Sports suspension tuned for improved handling and driving dynamics

  • Wireless charging
  • Hey Mercedes Voice activation
  • Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone

  • Attention assist
  • Collision prevention assist plus
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
  • Active parking assist with parktronic system
  • Reversing camera

  • Remote boot release
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Easy pack automatic powered tailgate

  • MBUX augmented reality for navigation
  • MBUX Interior assistant
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Traffic sign assist
  • BUX multimedia system with DAB digital radio and touchpad including satellite navigation
  • Mercedes connect me with remote online services
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • Instrument cluster with12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display. High esolution instrument cluster screen with choice of three display styles
  • Outside temperature display, rear seatbelt status indicator

  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Body colour door mirrors

  • Open pore black ash wood trim

  • 66 litre fuel tank
  • Petrol Particulate Filter (PPF)
  • 1 x 3 pin domestic 8m straight charging cable
  • 1 x type 2 and 3 phase 8m straight wallbox cable

  • Pre installation for Mercedes Benz Link
  • Media display 10.25-inch touchscreen display
  • USB ports x 2 in centre console
  • Hard disk navigation
  • Mercedes benz sound system (225w) includes mid-range sound system
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Aluminium roof rails
  • Running boards
  • AMG bodystyling AMG front apron with sporty air intakes and chrome trim element, AMG diffuser-look rear apron with insert in black
  • Front and rear exterior chrome trim
  • Two chrome plated tailpipe trim elements
  • Radiator diamond grille
  • EQ badging

  • Multi beam LED headlamps with 84 indiviually control LED,daytime running lamps,Active Light,cornering light,enhanced fog lamp,adaptive Highbeam Assist
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Range adjustable headlights
  • LED tail lamp
  • Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation

  • THERMATIC automatic climate control

  • Steering wheel with touch control buttons
  • 3-spoke multifunction AMG steering wheel in black nappa leather with flattened bottom section, chrome inserts and perforated leather in grip area
  • Double cup holder in centre console
  • Illuminated and lockable glove compartment
  • Sports pedals with stainless steel surfaces and rubber studs
  • Front door sills with Mercedes benz lettering
  • Front armrest with storage box
  • Easy-pack load compartment cover
  • Black roof lining
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Dividing net - rear
  • Leather upholstery

  • Ambient lighting

  • Interior lighting pack - GLC
  • Mirror pack - GLC
  • Storage pack - GLC

  • Active bonnet
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Black seat belts
  • Front passenger seat occupancy sensor
  • Child proof door locks
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Dual-stage airbags - driver and front passenger, driver knee bag and window bags for driver, front passenger and rear passengers

  • Front seats with electric adjust (backrest, height and seat cushion inclination) with 4 way electric lumbar support and manual cushion depth adjust
  • Front head restraints
  • AMG sports seats
  • Heated front seats
  • 2 way rear head restraints
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Rear top tether child seat ISOFIX attachment
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor

  • Remote central locking
  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
  • Automatic door locking
  • KEYLESS-GO starting function

  • 9G TRONIC plus automatic transmission with steering column gear selector, DIRECT SELECT steering wheel gearshift paddles
  • 4MATIC permanent four wheel drive

  • 20" AMG multi spoke alloy wheels painted in titanium grey with high sheen finish and tirefit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: N
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: N
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 13.5
  • NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km: 16.5
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles: 30
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb: 40
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 41
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min: 41
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max: 41
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb: 30.5
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb: 24.9
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb: 2
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 25.5
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max: 25.5
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min: 25.5

  • CO2 (g/km): 54
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 61
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min: 61
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max: 61

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 9.8:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 9 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92
  • CC: 1991

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False

  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low: 23.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium: 35.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High: 38.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High: 31.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb: 32.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low: 11.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium: 8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High: 9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb: 8.7
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb: 2.7
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb: 104.6

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 43E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 83
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 320
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: AMG Line premium
  • Coin Description: e 4Matic
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30

  • Engine Power - KW: 239
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 258
  • Engine Torque - NM: 350
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1300
  • Engine Power - BHP: 320
  • Engine Power - PS: False
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 5.7
  • Top Speed: 143
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 35.7

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: MULTI SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 285/40 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 255/45 R20

  • Width (including mirrors): 2096
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1644
  • Length: 4658
  • Width: 1890
  • Wheelbase: 2873

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2030
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2615
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 66
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 395
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 585
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1445
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12

  • Cruise control with speedtronic variable speed limiter: Included
  • Direct steer speed sensitive steering: Included

  • Metallic paint: £685
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Designo metallic paintwork: £895

  • Driving assistance package - GLC: £1,695

  • Metallic - Mojave silver: £685
  • Metallic - Selenite Grey: £685
  • Metallic - Brilliant blue: £685
  • Metallic - Obsidian black: £685
  • Metallic - Iridium silver: £685

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Designo metallic - Diamond white: £895
  • Designo metallic - Hyacinth red: £895

  • Leather - Cranberry red with black: £0
  • Leather - Saddle brown: £0
  • Leather - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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