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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e plug-in hybrid Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Anuron Deka Content Writer Updated on: November 15, 2019


With a clear aim to work out on measures to fight global warming, manufacturers have a tough task of balancing performance against emissions. Introducing an electric-cum-gasoline variant, Mercedes debuted its first PHEV SUV in 2019, the GLC 350e Plug-in Hybrid. It comes with almost an unchanged formula that saw an introduction last year.

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Pros

Decent fuel economy

Comfortable ride

Spacious and plush interior

Cons

Cargo capacity less compared to rivals

What's New?

Heated front seats

Household power outlet

Off-Road engineering package


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$50650

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

201 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

162 lbs.-ft @ 1200 rpm

transmission

7-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

63.5/63.1

dimensions

wheelbase

113.1 in.

length

183.3 in.

width

74.4 in.

height

65.3 in.

curb weight

4564 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

81.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

51 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1466 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

TBD/25/TBD mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

roadside assistance

4 yr. / 50000 mi.


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Brilliant Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Engine And Performance

9.8

Interior

9.2

Exterior

9.8

9.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e plug-in hybrid Base

Base

power
201 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$50,650


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $50,650 MSRP (25/) 201 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
7-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

9.6

Overall Rating


The 2019 GLC 350e PHEV comes with a sticker price of $50,650. This SUV is powered by a Turbocharged 2.0 I-4 unit mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission in conjunction with an 85kW motor. The powertrain churns out a respectable 315 horses and 413 lb/ft of pulling force. All of these raw power lets this SUV complete a 0-60 mph sprint in 6.2s. With the GLC 350e Plug-in Hybrid, the Silver Arrow goes against the likes of Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, and the Volvo XC60 T8. So where does it stand? Read on the review to find out.

2019 Mercedes Benz GLC 350e PHEV Angular Front View
2019 Mercedes Benz GLC 350e PHEV Angular Front View
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2019 Mercedes Benz GLC 350e PHEV Angular Rear View

 

9.8/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

9.2/10
Interior

 

9.8/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e plug-in hybrid Features

Offered as a single trim, the 2019 GLC 350e Plug-in hybrid starts at $50,650 and driven by a 4MATIC drivetrain. It is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 motor assisted by an 85kW motor and mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The whole system churns out 315 horsepower and 413-pound feet of peak torque.

Models

GLC 350e SUV

MSRP

$50,650

Key Features

4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive

 

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

 

Power liftgate

 

Dynamic Select

 

Central Controller and 7 color display

 

Dual-Zone Automatic Control

The SUV comes kitted with plenty of opulent features and a lush quality interior that seats 5 passengers. There are several optional packages like Off-Road Engineering Package, Intelligent Navigation, and Multimedia Package.

We recommend

If you want power, take a look into the AMG variants that further up the powertrain and provide sporty ride quality. Otherwise, with the GLC 350e Plug-in Hybrid, we recommend purchasing the Multimedia Package which comes with a better infotainment system.

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e plug-in hybrid Engine and Performance

9.8/10

A supple ride and strong powertrains put even the 2019 GLC300 in good company. -thecarconnection

Engine and Transmission

Powering all the wheels of the SUV, the Mercedes GLC 350e is driven by a 2.0L inline-4 engine along with an 85kW motor, mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The consequent amalgamation of the gasoline engine and the electric motor combine to churn out 315 horses and a mighty 413 lb-ft.of torque.

The Silver Arrow performs smoothly with a sharp gearbox. However its shifts are slow, and when quickly jabbing the throttle, the powertrain takes ever-so-tiny seconds to respond. There is plenty of power available underneath the hood and as you go up the driving modes, the transmission alongside the engine becomes sharper and stronger.

Alongside the rivalry, the Volvo XC60 T8 is the most powerful SUV in this field while the Mitsubishi Outlander brings out the lowest output.

Models

GLC 350e SUV

 

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT S-AWC

Volvo XC60 T8

Momentum

MSRP

$50,650

$41,495

$53,700

Engine

Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4 2.0L

Gas/Electric I-4 2.0L

Turbo/Supercharger Gas/Electric I-4 2.0L

Transmission

7-speed Automatic

Single-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

Horsepower

From engine

315 hp

224 hp @ 6250 rpm

400 hp @ 5700 rpm

Torque

413 lb-ft

215 lb-ft @ 3750 rpm

472 lb-ft @ 2200 rpm

Motor Power output

85kW

60kW

35kW + 65kW

Acceleration

Regardless of the fact it picks up a tad slow when you jab the throttle, the Mercedes GLC is launched from 0-60 MPH in 6.2s. On the other hand, its competition in the name of Mitsubishi and the Volvo has its own set of timings, where the XC60 is, in fact, the quickest of the lot at 5.1s while the Outlander comes eating the dust at 9.8s.

Models

GLC 350e SUV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Volvo XC60 T8

Momentum

0-60 MPH

6.2

9.8

5.1

Quarter mile

N/A

N/A

N/A

Engine

2.0L I-4

2.0L I-4

2.0L I-4

Emission

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

N/A

N/A

N/A

Handling and Braking

Coming with a 4MATIC 4WD system, the ride is comfortable but despite the same, cornering sees a dip in performance thanks to the overly comfort-oriented tires. The GLC 350e is not really an athletic machine; rather, it's easy to drive with responsive steering feel, is nimble with superb ride quality. Its AIRMATIC suspension adjusts according to landscapes as well as provide off-roading. There is a slightly noticeable body roll around corners but that shouldn't be worrying.

Its 14 and 12 front and rear brakes decently perform to stop the car from 60 0 mph in 116ft. While the SUV nose-dives when braking, the equipped multi-link suspension makes sure to minimize the dive. Similarly, the Volvo XC60 takes a tad faster time to stop from 60 0 mph while the Mitsubishi is the worse of the lot, at 125ft.

Model

GLC 350e SUV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Volvo XC60 T8

Momentum

Brake Front (in.)

14.2

11.6

N/A

Brake Rear (in.)

12.6

11.9

N/A

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4564

4178

4638

60-0 MPH (ft.)

116ft

125

114ft

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e plug-in hybrid Fuel Economy

The Mercedes 350e SUV still comes with undisclosed MPG but when taking the electric combined MPG, the Silver Arrow produces 56 eMPG which when compared to the likes of Mitsubishi Outlander which produces a jaw-dropping 74 eMPG.

Model

GLC 350e SUV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Volvo XC60 T8 Momentum

MPG (city)

N/A

N/A

26

MPG (highway)

N/A

N/A

28

MPG (combined)

25

25

26

Electric combined MPG

56

74

59

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e plug-in hybrid Interior

9.2/10

Here is one of the finest cabins in its class. The interior of the GLC-Class is welcoming yet simultaneously modern. -kbb

Seating and Comfort

The Plug-in Hybrid SUV by Mercedes is clearly commodious and comes with plenty of luxury equipment. Rich and high-quality materials run across the cabin. Its noise insulation is incredibly installed and the 5-seater feels plush alongside functional. Its seating is comfortable and provides a good amount of support to the passenger. With roomy headroom and leg space alongside heated front seats, the rear seats can seat 3 passengers with ease and are accommodating to taller passengers as well.

Model

GLC 350e SUV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Volvo XC60 T8

Momentum

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

41.9/57.3/40.8

39.9/56.4/40.9

38/58.2/41.5

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.5/ - /37.3

38.1/56/37.9

38/56.3/38

Infotainment System

The central 7-inch display gives the driver convenient controls for Audio, Navigation as well as hands-free calling. The controls are integrated into the steering wheel along with an awkwardly-positioned touchpad controller, which could trigger a carpal tunnel. For a futuristic feel, Mercedes also offers an optional Heads-up display which projects an 8-inch image of high-resolution information onto the windscreen.

Interior Features

  • Heads-up display
  • 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel
  • Privacy Glass
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Voice Controls
  • In-car WiFi hotspot

Trunk Volume

Even though the battery pack takes up quite a bit of the cargo space, the GLC 350e's boot maintains its practicality with its easy-folding rear seat and electronic tailgate. Having said that, its competitor, the Mitsubishi Outlander, packs a whole lot more cargo volume and is more commodious as compared to the Silver Arrow.

Model

GLC 350e SUV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Volvo XC60 T8

Momentum

Cargo Volume (ft.3) with seats up

19.4

33

17.8

Cargo Volume (ft.3) with seats down

56.5

61

N/A

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e plug-in hybrid Exterior

9.8/10

The 2019 GLC-Class fits a gorgeous cabin in a crisp crossover shape. -thecarconnection

Design and Dimensions

With an amalgamation of sleek and muscular, the aesthetic styling of the Plug-in GLC 350e is no slouch. It looks very much the Mercedes Benz it is with absolutely no sign of going radical. Based on the designs of its previous iterations, the SUV is large and looks commodious. Conventionally designed, to say the least, the front meets with the traditional insignia sat atop twin-slitted chrome-accented grille and front air dams.

Rolling upon 18 inchers, each wheel designed with 5-spokes, the front hood is long and starts the streamlined rooftop gliding all the way to the back. Character lines run over the sides with seamless, polished fenders slowly arch themselves, curving top to bottom. The SUV measures 183 long and stands at a height of 65. Sat 5.9 inches from the ground, the GLC can be taken for mild off-roading.

Model

GLC 350e SUV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Volvo XC60 T8

Momentum

Curb weight (lbs.)

4564

4178

4638

Length(in)

183.3

184.8

184.6

Width(in)

74.4

70.9

74.9

Height(in)

65.3

67.3

65.3

Ground clearance (in)

5.9

7.3

8.5

Wheelbase (in)

113.1

105.1

112.8

Track width (in) F/R

63.5/63.1

60.6/60.6

65.1/65.2

Exterior Features

  • Anodized Aluminum roof rails
  • 18-inch 5spoke wheels
  • Panoramic roof
  • Chrome Grille

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e plug-in hybrid Safety

The Mercedes GLC 350e Plug-in Hybrid comes with aplenty safety equipment and features. It also comes kitted with loads of safety tech which are installed to make sure to prevent crashes and accidents and keep you safe from any mishaps. Some safety features included are -

  • 7 airbags
  • Active Brake Assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Attention Assist
  • Brake Assist (BAS)
  • Trailer Stability Assist
  • Electric Parking Brake

Still to be rated by the NHTSA, the GLC 350e Plug-in Hybrid is tested by the IIHS for safety and as a result, the SUV is rated positively in almost all the crash tests it underwent.

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e plug-in hybrid Competition

Mercedes Benz vs Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Comparing the Mitsubishi and the Mercedes, the Japanese manufacturer offers plenty of features and commendable drive quality. Despite the fact it fails to match the finesse and sportiness found in the Mercedes, or its cheaper detailing and quality interiors, the SUV has an outstanding mileage and the shortcomings can be overlooked for it also costs cheaper and affordable.

Mercedes Benz GLC Hybrid vs Volvo XC60 T8

These two rivals have a serious face-off in terms of power and also the quality. With the Volvo XC60, you get excellent performance and driving dynamics, quality interior materials, and equipment. It also has a great aesthetic styling but all these privileges come at a steeper price tag as compared to the Silver Arrow.

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e plug-in hybrid Final Verdict

Drawing our final verdict, we believe the 2019 Mercedes Benz GLC 350e Plug-in Hybrid is a great SUV. Take it on a cruise on a pure electric motor, or drive on its gas engine, you'd be happy.

There are premium features, looks and performance all around the SUV, however, its contenders have commendable alternatives which are worth looking into for they surely give the German manufacturer a run for its money.