2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

MSRP $43,200

Ranked #11 in Compact Suv

7.4

Overall Rating

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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 7, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The new Mercedes-Benz GLC Class is one of the perfect offerings in the crossover luxury SUV segment. It comes in a great package offering great power and performance along with good efficiency figures and luxurious comfort on offer. For 2021 it comes unchanged with very slight changes to the feature list. We will be covering the base GLC 300 and 300 4Matic versions of the GLC Class which as the name suggests come in 2WD and 4WD configurations according to the trim chosen. The engine under the hood is a turbocharged Inline-4 mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission as standard for both trims. 

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Pros

Impressive performance

Great ride quality

Spacious interior

Superb fuel economy

Cons

Lower cargo space

Many safety features are optional

What's New?

Remains unchanged for 2021


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$43200

bodystyle

dr SUV

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

GLC 300$43,200 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class in Brilliant Blue Metallic color
Brilliant Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Engine and Performace

8.0

Pricing and Features

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

8.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


The Mercedes-Benz GLC Class is priced at $43,200 for the 2WD variant while the 4Matic model starts at $45,200. The base versions are very much well-equipped with a lot of standard features, but there are a lot more features on offer as available options. The GLC Class competes with the BMW X3, Audi Q5, and Volvo XC60. We have taken the base trims of all the cars in an AWD drivetrain configuration. Now let’s see if the GLC is still a superb option for the 2021 model year.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class SUV front view
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class SUV rear view

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Features

The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class comes in two trims excluding the AMG models which come with different engines and are much more powerful. The two trims are basically the same and the only difference is that the GLC 300 is 2WD whereas the GLC 300 4Matic is an AWD model. The GLC Class is a well-equipped model with all sorts of basic luxury features present inside the cabin as standard. 

Both models could also be equipped with an AMG Line Package that costs $1,600 and comes with AMG body styling along with 19-inch AMG twin 5-spoke wheels and a lot more sportiness on the inside including Sport front seats, steering wheel, and interior appointments. This package could further be equipped with the Night Package whereas the other available packages include the Exterior Lighting Package, Premium Package, Multimedia Package, and the Driver Assistance Package. The following table shows the main standout features as well as the price of the 2021 GLC Class- 

Trims

GLC 300 / 300 4Matic

MSRP

$43,200 (2WD)

$45,200 (4Matic AWD)

Key Features

18-inch split 5-spoke wheels

 

Power front seats with driver-seat memory

 

Heated front seats

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Power front seats with driver-seat memory

 

Available 64-color LED ambient lighting/illuminated front door sills

 

Available designo Platinum White Pearl/Black Nappa leather

 

Available Sport front seats

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The Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic trim would be the best option. It comes with the added stability and traction of AWD which would be a capable addition for a crossover SUV. The AMG Line package would be a great addition to enhance the overall beauty while adding some sportiness inside out. The GLC without any packages, in the base trim itself, is an impressive vehicle offering great comfort and performance.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Engine and Performance

The engine powering the GLC Class is a 2.0 L turbocharged Inline-4 engine producing 255 hp and 273 lb-ft of maximum power and torque. The only transmission available is a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with shift paddles which Mercedes claims to deliver impressive shifts with a greater range of ratios as well as shorter intervals between each gear. The 9-speed transmission unit is one that also enhances fuel efficiency while functioning efficiently. The GLA-Class comes with four drive modes which are ECO, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ along with an extra Individual mode that allows the user to customize the driving experience according to personal preference. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class SUV engine bay

With a capable powertrain under the hood, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz reaches a speed of 60mph in 5.4 seconds while the quarter-mile is crossed in 14.2 seconds. The transmission is one of the smoothest in the segment and delivers quick shifts. The Sport and Sport+ modes enhance the performance while also making the steering a bit stiffer for a more engaging driving experience. Overall the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class is an amazing performer with a superb powertrain under its hood. 

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic

2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i

Audi Q5 Premium 45 TFSI Quattro

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

MSRP

$45,200

$45,000

$43,300

$44,000

Engine

2.0 L Inline-4

2.0 L Inline-4

2.0 L Inline-4 

2.0 L Inline-4 

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

9-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

7-speed automated manual

8-speed shiftable automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

255 hp @ 5800 rpm

248 hp @ 5200 rpm

261 hp @ 5000 rpm

250 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

273 ft-lbs. @ 1800 rpm

258 ft-lbs. @ 1450 rpm

273 hp @ 1600 rpm

258 ft-lbs. @ 1500 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

5.4

6.2

5.5

6.4

Quarter Mile (sec)

14.2

14.9

14.2

14.9

Top Speed (mph)

131

126

129

N/A

The Mercedes-Benz is the best while looking at the speed numbers. The Audi Q5 holds up head to head to the Merc with a very similar performance. The Audi is the most powerful among these vehicles while the Volvo is the slowest. The Mercedes also comes with a higher top speed limited at 131mph compared to the competition. Comparing all the vehicles in this comparison, the Mercedes is the overall best performance whereas the Audi is a more affordable option delivering similar performance. 

How well does the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class Drive and Handle?

The 2021 GLC 300 models offer an ultra-smooth and silent ride quality, even though the handling and driving dynamics are not super engaging. The quality and comfort are a level above the competition and the car glides above any rough patches of roads. The crossover body style and the longer traveling suspension function smoothly to provide a comfortable travel experience. It is one of the best vehicles in the segment in terms of handling and rides comfortably in the luxury crossover SUV segment.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class SUV ride and handling

The GLA-Class handles effortlessly through the city and is extremely easy to maneuver through the urban jungle. In corners also the GLA performs very well considering the fact that it is a crossover. Putting the vehicle to Sport or Sport+ modes further enhances the performance and add some weight to the steering even while not affecting the ride quality. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class is a well-handling machine inclined more towards the comfort side. 

How efficient is the braking performance of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class? 

Equipped with 13.5-inch sized rotors in the front and 12.6-inch ones in the rear, the GLC Class performs efficiently in bringing itself to a stop in a very short distance. Mercedes has also worked hard and managed to keep the weight of the GLC below 4000 lbs further improving the braking capabilities. The Merc comes to a stop from 60mph in a short distance of 115ft. This is one of the best distances in the segment if not the absolute best.

Model

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic

2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i

Audi Q5 Premium 45 TFSI Quattro

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Brake Rotors Front

13.5

13.0

13.3

13.6

Brake Rotors Rear

12.6

13.0

13.0

12.6

Curb Weight

3,977

4,147

4,079

4,105

Braking Distance 60-0 (ft.)

115

124

129

N/A

The Mercedes is a beast in terms of braking, with a significantly better braking distance compared to all of the competitors. The BMW follows the Merc and stops at a distance of 124ft which is pretty good whereas the Audi stops at an even farther distance. The figures of comparison clearly prove that the GLC is the absolute best in terms of braking abilities. The brake rotors in the Merc are also bigger than the ones in the Bimmer and the Audi. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class has an efficient 9-speed transmission as we discussed earlier and it functions efficiently along with the powertrain to provide a respectable fuel economy. The GLC Class delivers fuel efficiency of 21mpg in the city, 28mpg on the highway, and a combined efficiency of 23mpg. These figures are good, but definitely not the best in the segment, and combined with a lower fuel capacity of 17.4 gallons, the range we get from this machine is not the best. It offers a range of 365 miles in the city and around 487 miles on the highway while a range just below 400 miles can be expected in combined road and driving conditions. 

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic

2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i

Audi Q5 Premium 45 TFSI Quattro

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

MPG (City)

21

23

23

21

MPG (Highway)

28

29

28

28

MPG (Combined)

23

25

25

24

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

17.4

17.2

18.5

18.8

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

 

365/487/398

 

396/499/430

426/518/462

395/526/451

The BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 are extremely competitive in terms of fuel efficiency and come with a combined fuel economy of 25mpg. The Volvo and the Mercedes follow with slightly lower efficiency figures whereas the Audi provides the most range combined with its higher capacity fuel tank. The Volvo XC60 even though it has the largest fuel capacity remains below the Audi in terms of combined range.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Interior

9.0/10

The interior of the GLC Class is roomy and elegant with all the comfort and luxury provided as standard features with many others available as options. The interior features a Natural Grain Brown Ash wood trim while available options include Dark Brown Linden wood, Natural Grain Grey Oak, Natural Grain Walnut, and Natural Grain Black Ash wood and aluminum trims. The seats are also covered in leather while designo Platinum White Pearl/Black Nappa leather is an available option. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class SUV cockpit area

The GLC-Class has a spacious interior with enough space on offer. The seats are comfortable and offer plenty of adjustment options along with heating and ventilation options. There is also an optional 3-position memory system available for the seats to further personalize the driving experience. The interior also comes with plenty of customization options including a sport steering wheel and sport front seats. However, the cargo capacity provided by the GLC is not quite spacious enough compared to the roomy cabin.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic

2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i

Audi Q5 Premium 45 TFSI Quattro

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.8/57.3/40.8

41.1/57.6/40.3

39.6/57.7/40.9

38.0/58.2/41.5

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.5/56.5/37.3

38.5/56.0/36.4

39.3/56.5/38.0

38.0/56.3/38.0

Cargo Capacity

19.4

28.7

25.8

29.7

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class comes with a roomy and super high-quality cabin with premium materials all around the cabin. All of the competition, especially the BMW and the Audi comes with a luxurious cabin that is on par with the Mercedes. When it comes to interior space, the Volvo is the most spacious. The XC60 also offers the best cargo area measuring 29.7 cu-ft while the Mercedes provides the least space. The following are the standout interior features inside the GLC Class-

  • Heated and ventilated power front seats with driver-seat memory
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Available Sport front seats
  • Heat and noise-insulating front side glass
  • 3-position memory for the passenger seat
  • Heated steering wheel and rear seats
  • Leather upholstery

How intuitive is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class’s infotainment unit?

The Mercedes-Benz GLC Class comes with analog gauges with a high-resolution multifunction display along with a 10.25-inch touchscreen multimedia display featuring the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment interface. The instrument cluster can also be further upgraded to a 12.3-inch fully digital unit which looks even better. The optional features also include a Heads-Up Display and a Burmester Surround sound system consisting of 13 speakers and a 590-watt 9-channel digital amplifier.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class SUV infotainment screen

The following are some of the most important infotainment features in the GLC Class-

  • 10.25-inch touchscreen multimedia display
  • Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX)
  • Voice Control with Natural Language Understanding
  • "Hey, Mercedes" keyword activation
  • Steering wheel with Touch Control Buttons
  • Touchpad controller
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
  • Dual USB-C audio ports

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Exterior

7.0/10

The Mercedes-Benz GLC Class is one the best-looking crossovers in the segment not just on the inside but also when looked at. The exterior features a sleek and stylish design language with a long hood and a rounded overall body. It is muscular, sporty, and elegant at the same time. The front end features a beautiful-looking grille that somehow stands out from the whole profile of the front end and can be further made flashy by opting for a Chrome diamond-block grille. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class SUV 

The 2021 Mercedes GLC Class comes with 18-inch split 5-spoke alloy wheels as standard while there are a plethora of available options including 5, 10, and multispoke alloys of sizes ranging from 18 to 20 inches. The GLC also features a privacy glass consisting of deep-tinted windows for the rear doors which provides a more secluded travel experience. The GLC being a crossover SUV doesn’t come with much higher practicality in terms of ground clearance as Mercedes only offers 5.0-inches of clearance. 

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic

2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i

Audi Q5 Premium 45 TFSI Quattro

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,977

4,147

4,079

4,105

Length (inches)

183.3

185.9

184.3

184.6

Width (inches)

74.8

74.4

74.5

78.7

Height (inches)

64.7

66.0

65.5

65.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.0

8.0

8.2

8.5

Wheelbase (inches)

113.1

112.8

111.0

112.8

The Volvo is the one with the best ground clearance offering the most practicality over rough patches of the road whereas the Merc has the least. However, none of these vehicles are meant to be proper offroaders and none of them are so. The Mercedes GLC however, is the least weighing vehicle among all of these, and that also contributes to the superior speed of the GLC. The following are some of the standout exterior features of the GLC Class-

  • Anodized roof rails
  • 18-inch split 5-spoke wheels
  • Gloss Black exterior accents
  • Optional 20-inch AMG Y 5-spoke wheels
  • Privacy glass
  • Panorama roof

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Safety

6.0/10

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class is manufactured with greater use of aluminum along with high-strength and ultrahigh-strength steel, which Mercedes claims to improve the rigidity and structural integrity very much. The GLC Class also features the PRESAFE set of safety tech that prepares the vehicle and occupants if an imminent crash is detected by the system. 

Along with this the vehicle also features a set of many standard safety features including Active Brake Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Assist with Exit Warning Assist, and Crosswind Assist along with many other optional features. Both NHTSA and IIHS have tested and given the GLC super impressive safety ratings including a 5-star safety rating from NHTSA and the Top Safety Pick award from IIHS which also means that the GLC is an amazingly safe luxury crossover. The following are some of the most exclusive safety features-

  • PARKTRONIC with Active Parking Assist
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC
  • Congestion Emergency Braking
  • Active Speed Limit Assist
  • Active Lane Change Assist
  • Active Blind Spot Assist
  • Active Lane Keeping Assist
  • Active Brake Assist with Cross-Traffic Function

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Competition

8.0/10

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class vs 2021 BMW X3

The Mercedes GLC and the BMW X3 are head-to-head competitors offering superb performance. The GLC is, however, the superior performer under many parameters including speed, interior comfort, and space. However, the BMW dominates in terms of handling, cargo capacity as well as fuel efficiency. Based on looks both of them are pretty amazing and the choice should be based on individual preference while our opinion inclines towards the Merc. 

2021 BMW X3

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class vs 2021 Audi Q5

The 2021 Audi Q5 is a very capable contender to the GLC Class, and it is the one that holds up very well to the Merc in terms of performance. The Audi is a bit more spacious than the Mercedes while also offering quite more cargo capacity and fuel economy. The Q5 is also significantly cheaper compared to the Mercedes making it a great option and comparatively a better choice than the Mercedes GLC Class.

2021 Audi Q5

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class vs 2021 Volvo XC60

The Mercedes is the more athletic option while the Volvo is the more spacious and practical option offering more space on the inside as well as better fuel efficiency. The Mercedes however, is the faster and better-performing machine offering superior handling. It is also the more engaging one to drive and has a more luxurious and premium interior. All of this makes the GLC Class the better option than the XC60.

2021 Volvo XC60

 

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Final Verdict

The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is a superb competitor in the luxury crossover SUV segment. The GLC-Class has a luxurious and premium interior of superior build quality along with impressive performance and respectable fuel economy. It also looks amazing from the outside with its sleek and classy looks. The GLC is also a super safe vehicle offering a lot of safety and driver assistance features and the safety ratings awarded to it by both agencies further concretes it. Overall, the GLC-Class is an amazing machine offering superb performance and impressive ride quality.