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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4Matic Provides Junk to the Trunk

As goes the Mercedes-Benz C-class, so goes its sport-utility sibling, the GLC-class. Benz’s compact government sedan acquired a complete makeover for 2022, including a 48-volt mild-hybrid system to the powertrain and overhauling the seems to be, the cabin, and the tech therein. Now, it is the GLC’s flip, and whereas the 2023 GLC300 could not look all that totally different from the surface, it is grown a bit and picked up some notably nicer accoutrements.

The 2023 GLC300 hides its newly embiggened dimensions properly in footage, however it does seem portlier in particular person. With the wheelbase unchanged at 113.1 inches, and size increasing 2.4 inches to 185.7 inches, all that progress goes proper to overhang—an commentary our toilet mirrors are all too aware of. Baggage capability is up by almost three cubic toes, to 22 whole. For the reason that wheelbase is unchanged, it should not come as a shock that entrance and rear legroom change by simply 0.1 inch (the entrance shorter, rear longer) and really feel no totally different within the new mannequin.

Just a few different dimensions have been massaged to spice up aerodynamic slip. The GLC300’s drag coefficient now measures 0.29, an enchancment of two-hundredths over the outgoing mannequin. Total top is down a tenth of an inch, the entrance monitor grows by 0.3 inch, and the rear monitor is sort of a full inch wider than earlier than. Weight is up a good bit, to 4406 kilos versus the 4122 kilos we measured in a 2020 mannequin.

Whether or not it is bought with rear- or all-wheel drive (a $2000 upcharge), the GLC300 is now a 48-volt mild-hybrid. The built-in starter-generator bolts as much as a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, producing the identical 255 horsepower as earlier than, however torque rises 22 pound-feet to 295. The electrical motor can add as much as 23 horsepower and 148 pound-feet, however not at peak. That driving force will get routed to the wheels by means of a smooth-shifting nine-speed automated transmission.

HIGHS: Delicate-hybrid smoothness, not afraid of a nook, extra elegant inside.

With almost 300 further kilos of mass being shoved round and solely 22 additional pound-feet on faucet, the 2023 GLC300’s acceleration suffers, however not by a lot. The GLC300 reaches 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, 0.3 second behind the 2020 mannequin. The story’s related within the quarter, with the 2023 mannequin crossing the road in 14.4 seconds at 95 mph, a negligible distinction to the 2020’s 14.2-second run at 96 mph. These numbers stay superior to the final BMW X3 30i we examined, and so they’re about even with the Audi Q5 45.

A few of this comes from the tires, which on the 2020 mannequin had 235/55R-19 Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Run Flats in any respect 4 corners; our 2023 instance wears wider, staggered AMG wheels ($850) and rolls on 20-inch Continental EcoContact 6 summer season rubber measuring 255/45 up entrance and a whopping 285/40 within the rear. That Rubenesque contact patch actually helps clarify our improved skidpad determine of 0.88 g, besting the previous GLC’s 0.85 g—not that spectacular, although, when accounting for the transition from all-season to summer season tires.

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Mercedes’s tweaks to the 2023 GLC system increase EPA-estimated freeway economic system to 31 mpg, 3 mpg greater than the outgoing mannequin. The GLC300’s newfound electrification additionally sweetens the SUV’s on-road demeanor. This stop-start is among the many smoothest in the marketplace, reviving the fuel engine with nary a shudder. Beneath deceleration, it is troublesome to note when the engine shuts off for low-speed coasting. This smoothness extends to the steering—banefully so, because it’s devoid of off-center buildup and is simply numb throughout—and the brakes, that are straightforward to modulate for persistently {smooth} stops.

The remaining elements of the Merc’s driving expertise can be finest summed up as “sport-adjacent.” The GLC’s commonplace adaptive dampers hold issues good and {smooth} over mildly uneven elements of the roadway, and physique motions are properly managed, however extra dramatic humps and bumps switch little bit of movement inside. If we had been ordering our personal GLC300, we might follow the usual 18-inch wheels, with tires which have thicker sidewalls and will ship a greater journey on Michigan’s Martian roadscape.

Chuck the GLC right into a nook and, certain, it will lean greater than a C-class, however it stays properly sorted and makes case for taking the good distance again from college drop-off. The four-banger sounds fairly good once you give it the beans too. It is a rattling disgrace about that steering contemplating how properly sorted the remainder of this automobile is.

LOWS: Some journey harshness, numb steering, pokier and portlier than earlier than.

In case your commute has extra visitors lights than curves, you are in luck, as a result of now you’ll be able to recognize simply how significantly better the GLC300’s inside is. The waterfall-like center-console form stays, however the remainder has been revamped to match the fashion present in different Mercedes automobiles, and it really works properly. Our pattern GLC’s dashboard was coated in natural-grain black wooden with aluminum strips ($200). The steering wheel has been upgraded with a sharper design, however followers of bodily buttons will discover only a few anyplace inside—some extent of occasional frustration, because the capacitive directional pads on the steering-wheel spokes are method too straightforward to activate by chance. The panoramic roof ($1500) incorporates a thinner cross-strut too, not that anybody would discover.

Do you like screens? Properly, the GLC is a contemporary Mercedes, so that you’d higher. The previous mannequin’s deep gauge binnacle has been trashed in favor of a 12.3-inch show with a number of layouts and the aptitude to show a full navigation map. The 11.9-inch commonplace heart touchscreen runs the newest iteration of MBUX infotainment software program, which is responsive, sufficiently straightforward to navigate, and contains wi-fi smartphone mirroring. The middle show will choose up (and mirror) greasy fingerprints like no person’s enterprise, so take your preschool instruction to coronary heart and wash your fingers usually.

Whereas the GLC300 4Matic’s $50,250 base value is according to the phase, issues can get costly in a rush. We’re staring down an as-tested value of $65,950. A few of that comes from the highest Pinnacle trim’s $4450 value bump, however standalone choices certain aren’t low-cost both. Extra aggressive AMG Line styling will set you again $3450, though the Evening package deal’s blacked-out trim solely provides $200 to the underside line. The Driver Help package deal comprises all the same old energetic and passive driver aids for an additional $1950. Even this particular shade of Cardinal Crimson Metallic is a hefty $1750.

Regardless of the little bit of sticker shock, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4Matic is a robust contender within the entry-luxe division. Its cabin is vastly improved over its predecessor’s, whereas its new hybrid elements add a dollop of smoothness to around-town duties. But it nonetheless can let unfastened and have a bit of enjoyable—even with the additional junk within the trunk.

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2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4Matic
Automobile Kind: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

Base/As Examined: $50,250/$65,950
Choices: Pinnacle Trim package deal (Burmester premium audio system, surround-view digicam, illuminated door sills, ambient lighting, MB Navigation with augmented video, Digital Mild headlights, head-up show, insulated glass), $4450; AMG Line package deal (AMG physique styling, brushed aluminum pedals, MB-Tex-wrapped instrument panel and beltlines, sport steering wheel, AMG ground mats, physique shade wheel arch trim, upgraded perforated entrance brake discs), $3450; Driver Help package deal (adaptive Distronic cruise management, energetic steering help, energetic lane-change and -keeping help, Pre-Secure Plus, blind-spot help, energetic brake help with emergency cease and cross-traffic capabilities, speed-limit help), $1950; Cardinal Crimson Metallic paint, $1750; Panorama sunroof, $1500; 20-inch AMG wheels with black accents, $850; ventilated entrance seats, $450; SiriusXM satellite tv for pc radio with six-month trial, $350; Superior USB package deal, $300; heated steering wheel, $250; Evening package deal (high-gloss black exterior accents), $200; pure grain black wooden trim with aluminum inserts, $200

turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct gasoline injection
Displacement: 122 in3, 1991 cm3
Energy: 255 hp @ 6100 rpm
Torque: 295 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm

9-speed automated

Suspension,F/R: multilink/multilink
Brakes,F/R: 14.6-in vented, cross-drilled disc/12.6-in vented disc
Tires: Continental EcoContact 6
F: 255/45R-20 105W MO
R: 285/40R-20 108W MO

Wheelbase: 113.1 in
Size: 185.7 in
Width: 74.4 in
Peak: 64.6 in
Passenger Quantity, F/R: 56/49 ft3

Cargo Quantity, Behind F/R: 59/22 ft3
Curb Weight: 4406 lb

60 mph: 5.7 sec
1/4-Mile: 14.4 sec @95 mph
100 mph: 16.2 sec
120 mph: 26.7 sec
Outcomes above omit1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 6.6 sec
Prime Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.6 sec
Prime Gear, 50–70 mph: 4.5 sec
Prime Velocity (mfr’s declare): 130 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 161 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.88 g

Noticed: 23 mpg

Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 26/23/31 mpg


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Automobiles are Andrew Krok’s jam, together with boysenberry. After graduating with a level in English from the College of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009, Andrew reduce his tooth writing freelance journal options, and now he has a decade of full-time assessment expertise underneath his belt. A Chicagoan by start, he has been a Detroit resident since 2015. Possibly sooner or later he’ll do one thing about that half-finished engineering diploma.

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