2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Review, Ratings, Specs and Price

The Mercedes Benz GLC SUV has proved itself for the second year. The 2018 GLC 300 flaunts one of the most upfront interiors in its class as well as several higher classes of SUVs. The SUV is also known for its solid performance, which along with luxury feats gets better with the latest revamp.

Backed by a 2.0L Inline-4 Turbo engine, the 2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 delivers 241 hp of power. Also, total available torque is 273 lb.-ft. Combining it with robust handling and a 9-speed automatic transmission mode, any ride becomes a blissful comfort.

2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 competes to the likes of Audi Q5 and BMW X3. The segment also includes the inexpensive Lexus NX. All of the coupes in the segment are known for their elegance in luxury and inexpensive price-tags. Mercedes Benz GLC 300 leads the competition in terms of lavish interiors and a powerful, unforgiving performance.

What will impress you:

  • Lavish interiors with fully-functional cabin
  • Considerable passenger capacity
  • A plethora of tech features
  • Complete sound insulation
  • A substantial combined fuel economy

What won’t:

  • Galling technology interface
  • A few customization options

What’s New in 2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300?

Some of the already available packages now come with new names. This is done to better convey the value that buyers get with a purchase. Moreover, 2 new makes are added to the GLC series, GLC 350e and GLC 63. While the former is a plug-in hybrid, the latter is a performance-oriented coupe. New to experience with the 2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 are:

  • Proficiently Crafted Cabin – Everything ranging from metal speakers covers to the leathered dashboard are appropriate, lively and aesthetically pleasing
  • Lavish Interiors – Just like the cabin, the whole interior of the luxury coupe lives up to Mercedes Benz repute for offering luxury
  • Smartphone Integration Package – For those looking to connect Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with the ride can do so with the Smartphone Integration package
  • Extra Power – A sport-tuned air suspension, summer tires, and bigger brakes enhances the overall power delivered by the small luxury coupe

2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Trims and Features

The luxury compact SUV GLC 300 available in a single trim, is priced at $40,050. Standard feats of the coupe include Automatic wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, and power-folding mirrors. Moreover, the ride offers a power adjustable steering wheel for driving flexibility. The luxury ride comes with Mbrace Connect 10-speaker sound system, which allows smartphone app integration too.

2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Rear
2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Rear
Trim GLC 300 SUV
MSRP $40,050
Key

Features

·         Rear View Camera

·         Power-Folding Mirrors (with auto-dimming on the Driver’s Side

·         Automatic wiper

·         Dual-zone automatic climate control

·         Power Adjustable Steering Wheel

·         40/20/40-split power-folding rear seats

·         Auto-dimming rearview mirror

·         Eight-speaker sound system with HD radio

·         7-inch infotainment display

·         Mbrace Connect (includes smartphone app integration)

·         10-speaker sound system

·          Keyless Ignition

Infotainment systems are also available, though nothing flashy about it. Keyless Ignition and HD Radio features are also available.

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There are no further trims available for the Mercedes Benz GLC 300. However, there are several different models available in the GLC series, such as the GLC 350e. Nonetheless, 2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 is the most affordable GLC coupe with plenty of non-performance upgrades available.

Most upgrades available to other GLC rides are available with the GLC 300. Ranging from advanced driver aids to luxurious leather upholstery options, there are several upgrades that one can choose from.

2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Power and Performance

“The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC offers an array of turbocharged engines, all of which feel energetic when you’re behind the wheel. The slick-shifting transmission pairs well with all of them, and the composed handling means you don’t have to fear winding roads. Still, the handling can’t match some of the sharpest entries in the class.” – cars.usnews

Engine and Transmission

For a luxury compact SUV, having 241 hp of power and 273 lb.-ft. of torque is great. The coupe is backed by a 2.0L inline-4 turbocharged engine. Unlike its competitors, the GLC 300 flaunts to have a 9-speed automatic transmission mode. BMW X3, Audi Q5, and Lexus NX have 8-speed, 7-speed, and 6-speed automatic transmission modes, respectively. Like the GLC 300, all three of its competitors feature a 2.0L engine.

2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Engine
2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Engine
Models Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Audi Q5 BMW X3 Lexus NX
MSRP $40,050 $ 41,500 $41,000 $35,985
Engine 2.0L inline-4 turbo 2.0l TFSI Inline 4 2.0-liter Twin Power Turbo inline 4-cylinder 2.0L inline-4 turbo
Transmission 9-Speed automatic 7-Speed dual clutch automatic 8-Speed automatic 6-Speed Automatic
Horsepower 241 hp 252 hp 248 hp 235 hp
Torque 273 ft.-lbs. 273 ft.-lbs. 258 ft.-lbs. 258 ft.-lbs.

Lexus NX delivers 6 hp less than that of the GLC 300. On the other hand, BMW X3 offers 7 hp more power than the same. Audi Q5 offers the most power of 252 hp among the fraternity. In terms of torque, Mercedes Benz GLC 300 ties with Audi Q5 at 273 lb.-ft. BMW X3 and Lexus NX also draw in terms of torque at 258 lb.-ft.

Acceleration

In terms of acceleration, GLC 300 is an average performer. It takes 6.3 seconds for the Coupe to shoot to 60 MPH from nothing. This is 0.4 seconds and 0.1 seconds slower than that of the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3, respectively. Lexus NX features the most sluggish acceleration in the league with 0-60 MPH time of 7.2 seconds. 2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 has the most CO2 emission value of 7.3.

Models Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Audi Q5 BMW X3 Lexus NX
0-60 MPH 6.3 sec 5.9 sec 6.2 sec 7.2 sec
Quarter mile 14.0 sec @ 92 mph 13.5 sec @ 94.6 mph 14.1 sec @ 98.8 mph 14.8 sec @ 94 mph
Engine 2.0l 2.0l 2.0l 2.0l
Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.3 7.1 7.0 7.1

The latest iteration of the Mercedes Benz GLC 300 takes 14 seconds to traverse a quarter-mile. The same is achieved by BMW X3 and Lexus NX in 14.1 and 14.8 seconds, respectively. Again, Audi Q5 takes the least time of 13.5 seconds in doing so.

Ride and Handling

There are two separate driving modes available with the 2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300. These are Normal mode and Sport mode. Steering is responsive in the Normal mode. On the other hand, the steering feel improves in the Sport mode though some additional effort is required. Throughout turns, the ride stays firmly on the ground.

The engine stop-start system might act obtrusive at startup. Nonetheless, the adaptive cruise system assists in effectively controlling both, the gas and the brakes. Moreover, the 9-speed automatic transmission is way much smoother than other transmissions with the identical gear count. All in all, handling experience with the GLC 300 is even much better than expected.

Braking

The front brake available in the latest make of the GLC 300 is 13.5 inches. It is bigger than the front brake employed in its competitors. Lexus NX offers the smallest 11.7 inches of front brake. The rear brake in GLC 300 is 12.6 inches in size. It is 0.4 inches smaller than that of Audi Q5. Again, Lexus NX has the smallest rear brake size of merely 11.2 inches.

Model Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Audi Q5 BMW X3 Lexus NX
Brake Front (in.) 13.5 13.3 13.0 11.7
Brake Rear (in.) 12.6 13.0 13.0 11.2
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3891 4,045 4150 3940
60-0 MPH (ft.) 115 112 127 N/A

Mercedes Benz GLC 300 is capable of stopping at a distance of 115 feet from 60 MPH. This is 3 feet more than that of the Audi Q5. BMW X3 takes much more distance than both of them. It travels about 127 feet before coming to a halt.

Fuel Economy

Mercedes Benz GLC 300 delivers 22 mpg in cities and 28 mpg on highways. Overall, the luxury compact SUV offers an impressive 23 mpg of combined fuel economy. Astonishingly, this is lowest in the competition, though, not by a longshot.

Model Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Audi Q5 BMW X3 Lexus NX
MPG (city) 22 23 22 22
MPG (highway) 28 27 29 28
MPG (combined) 23 25 25 25

Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Lexus NX, all deliver a combined fuel economy of 25 mpg. Audi Q5 is the most fuel economical in cities with 23 mpg. BMW X3, on the other hand, delivers the most fuel economy of 29 on highways.

2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Exterior

“Mercedes’ GLC-Class for 2018 is bigger than it looks, and that’s a good thing. Rather than appearing ponderous or unwieldy, it looks substantial and solid. Although the smooth curves and soft lines are a little less distinctive than Mercedes’ previous crisp-edge styling, this is much more attractive.”- Kelley Blue Book

Dimension and Weight

The GLC 300 has a total curb weight of 3891 lbs. It makes the coupe the least bulky car in its league. BMW X3 is the bulkiest ride with a total curb weight of 4150. Curb weights for Lexus NX and Audi Q5 are 3940 and 4045, respectively. 2018 GLC 300 has 183.3, 74.4 and 64.5 inches of length, width and height, respectively. BMW X3 has the most length of 185.9 inches. Width-wise, GLC 300 loses out to the Audi Q5 by 1/10th of an inch.

2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Side Profile
2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Side Profile
Model Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Audi Q5 BMW X3 Lexus NX
Curb weight (lbs.) 3891 4,045 4150 3940
Length(in) 183.3 183.6 185.9 182.6
Width(in) 74.4 74.5 74.4 73.6
Height(in) 64.5 65.3 66.0 64.8
Ground clearance (in) 6.0 8.2 8.0 6.9
Wheelbase (in) 113.1 111.0 112.8 104.7
Track width (in) F/R 63.9/63.7 63.6/63.3 63.8/64.4 62.2/62.2

2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 has the least ground clearance of 6 inches among the fraternity. The most ground clearance in the league is offered by the Audi Q5. BMW X3 and Lexus NX have ground clearances of 8 inches and 6.9 inches, respectively. GLC 300, however, has the most wheelbase of 113.1 inches. Lexus NX, contrarily, has the lowest wheelbase of 104.7 inches.

Exterior Features

Every single glance of 2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 is visually pleasing, if not stunning. The ride flaunts, as Mercedes Benz says it, a seriously sensual design. A long wheelbase, short overhangs and lean muscle build make the coupe absolutely gorgeous. Coupelike side windows and the iconic grille makes the ride modern and chic. The GLC 300 features:

  • Wider track width
  • Longer wheelbase
  • Power sunroof
  • Use of high-strength steel, advanced polymers and extruded and cast aluminum
  • Sleeker, low-profile anodized silver-shadow roof rails

2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Interior

“The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC has a quiet interior that looks stunning. The design is functional and elegant, and the materials quality is top-notch. Both rows of seats are supportive and can accommodate adults, and there are more standard features than in many other luxury compact SUVs. Cargo space is about average for the class.”- cars.usnews

Seating and Comfort

2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 allows up to 5 people to be seated at once. This is same as that of any other luxury compact SUV in the competition. Nonetheless, it offers the most passenger volume of 102.8 cubic feet. The closest competitor to the ride is Audi Q5 with 102 cubic feet of passenger volume. The same for Lexus NX and BMW X3 are 101.6 and 101.4, respectively.

2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Seating
2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Seating
Model Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Audi Q5 BMW X3 Lexus NX
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Passenger Volume(ft cube) 102.8 102 101.4 101.6
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.8/57.3/40.8 41.7/-/57.7/41.0 41.1/57.6/40.3 38.2/57.3/42.8
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.5/56.5/37.3 39.3/-/56.5/37.8 39.1/56/36.4 38.1/55.3/36.1

Available front headroom, shoulder-room and legroom in the coupe are 37.8, 57.3 and 40.8 inches, respectively. Lexus NX offers the maximum front legroom space of 42.8 inches, while BMW X3 has the least of 40.3 inches. The second legroom offered by the GLC, 37.3 inches, is second only to Audi Q5’s 37.8 inches.

Infotainment System

The latest revamp of the Mercedes Benz GLC 300 features a 7-inch infotainment display. It can be controlled using buttons in the center stack. Additionally, controls on the steering wheel and a touchpad controller mounted between the front seats are also there for using the infotainment system. The system comes with an HD Radio and 2 USB ports in addition to Bluetooth connectivity.

2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Infotainment
2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Infotainment

The infotainment system is complemented by a 14-speaker Burmester premium surround sound system. In order to allow syncing smartphone with the luxury compact SUV, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration are available. Overall, the infotainment system is pretty easy to figure out and use. However, using the touchpad controller efficiently might take some additional time.

Interior Features

2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Dashboard
2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Dashboard

The cabin of 2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 even puts some larger and pricier SUVs to shame. This is one of several great features that the luxury compact SUV flaunts to have on the inside. Major interior features offered by the GLC 300 include:

  • Wide sweeping console with a cascade of rich wood
  • Galore of intuitive technologies
  • Impressive backseat legroom and headroom
  • Rearview camera with the availability of additional parking aids

Cargo Capacity

2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 features 17.6 cubic feet of behind 2nd-row space. It is lowest in the competition. BMW X3 offers the most space of 28.7 cubic feet, while Audi Q5 stays little behind with 26.8 cubic feet of same space. Lexus NX offers 0.1 cubic feet more than that of the GLC 300.

2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Cargo
2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Cargo
Model Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Audi Q5 BMW X3 Lexus NX
Volume behind 2nd row (cube ft.) 17.6 26.8 28.7 17.7
2nd row folded (cube ft.) 56.5 60.4 62.2 54.6

2nd row folded space offered by the GLC 300 is 56.5 cubic feet. This is more than Lexus NX’s 54.6 cubic feet. The most is again offered by BMW X3, 62.2 cubic feet.

Towing Capacity

Model Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Audi Q5 BMW X3 Lexus NX
Capacity(lbs) 3500 4400 4409 2000

Towing is an important feature of any SUV. While Lexus NX allows a maximum towing capacity of 2000 lbs. only, GLC 300 offers 3500 lbs. However, this is less than that offered by the Audi Q5, 4400 lbs. BMW X3 wins the section with 4409 lbs. of towing capacity.

2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Safety Ratings and Reliability

The latest revamp of the Mercedes Benz GLC 300 features an impressive safety rating scorecard. Ratings for roof strength and rear crash protection are labeled as Good. It has 4-star rating in rollover section, while 5-star rating in the frontal crash, side crash, and overall sections.

The ride flaunts to have the traditional seat belt technology and side curtain airbags. Additionally, it comes with Night Security Illumination and Attention Assist technologies.

Safety Features

  • COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS
  • ATTENTION ASSIST
  • Crosswind Assist
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps and taillamps
  • Rearview camera
  • PRE-SAFE
  • Seat belt technology
  • 7 air bags
  • Adaptive braking technology
  • Antilock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake Assist (BAS®)
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • Trailer Stability Assist
  • Aluminum and high-strength steel body structure
  • Advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • SmartKey with KEYLESS-START
  • Antitheft alarm system with remote panic feature
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Electric parking brake

IIHS Safety Ratings

Moderate Overlap Front Test Results Good
Side Impact Test Results Good
Rear Crash Protection Results Good
Roof Strength Test Results Good
Small Overlap Front Good

NHTSA Safety Ratings

Overall Rating 5 Star
Frontal Crash 5 Star
Side Crash 5 Star
Rollover 4 Star

2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 Head-to-Head Competition Check

Audi Q5

Pricing options for the Audi Q5 start from $41,500, $1450 more than that of the GLC 300. The coupe features a 2.0L TFSI Inline 4-cylinder engine. It is capable of delivering 252 hp of power and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. While the ride equals GLC 300 in terms of torque, it stays ahead in terms of power. The ride flaunts a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission mode.

Audi Q5 offers the best 0-60 MPH time of 5.9 seconds in its league. It also covers a distance of quarter-mile in the least amount of time i.e. 13.5 seconds. However, it is about 160 lbs. heavier than that of the GLC 300 and has a shorter wheelbase of 111 inches.

BMW X3

BMW X3 is backed by a 2.0L Twin Power Turbo Inline 4-cylinder engine. It delivers 248 hp of power and 258 lb.-ft. of torque to the luxury compact SUV. Unlike GLC 300, the ride supports an 8-speed automatic transmission mode. The bid for BMW X3 starts from $41,000, $950 more than that of the GLC 300.

It has superior 0-60 MPH acceleration, CO2 emission value and combined fuel economy to the GLC 300. However, it is beaten by a mere 0.1 seconds by GLC 300 in covering a quarter-mile. Also, it is bulkier than GLC 300 with a total curb weight of 4150 lbs. In fact, it is one of the bulkiest Coupe in the league.

Lexus NX

With a power of 235 hp, Lexus NX finished last in the competition. The ride is backed by a 2.0L Inline-4 turbo engine, capable of delivering 258 lb.-ft. of torque. However, it is the least expensive ride in the competition. Pricing options for the coupe start from $35,985. It features a 6-speed automatic transmission mode.

Leave for a cheap price, the coupe flaunts 25 mpg of combined fuel economy and 6.9 inches of ground clearance. Other than that, there aren’t much too great about Lexus NX. It finishes last in most aspects. For instance, it has the slowest 0-60 MPH of 7.2 seconds. Likewise, it takes 14.8 seconds to cover a quarter-mile.

Final Verdict for 2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300

2018 Mercedes Benz GLC 300 is a competent luxury compact SUV. It features excellent interiors in addition to outstanding exterior feats. Moreover, there are a plethora of advanced features, ranging from fulfilling infotainment to security intents. Like any other Mercedes car, the interiors are completely soundproof.

There are some aspects, though, where the ride needs to work upon. For example, the ground clearance and CO2 emission value. Other than that, almost everything is pleasingly appealing about the GLC 300.