The 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 coupe rides high like an SUV but looks more dramatic thanks to its diving rear roofline. The latter impinges on cargo space and back-seat headroom, but that's the price of admission nowadays to the beauty pageant among compact luxury utes. The sloped-back Benz competes directly with the Audi Q5 Sportback, the BMW X4, and the Infiniti QX55. Inside, the GLC's passengers enjoy an upscale environment with fancy standard features aplenty. Under the Benz's hood is a 255-hp turbo-four powertrain that teams with standard all-wheel drive. While the 2022 GLC300 has a supple ride and nimble handling, it's not as exciting as its souped-up siblings, the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 and GLC63.
What's New for 2022?
The only difference between last year's model and the 2022 GLC300 coupe is a smattering of newly standard features. Every version now comes with automatic high-beam headlights, passive hands-free entry, parking damage detection, USB ports in the back seat, and a USB-C adapter cable. The list of available paint colors also expands to include Starling Blue Metallic.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The GLC300 coupe has enough standard amenities to keep the average shopper in this segment smiling. However, to optimize the coupe's look-at-me shape, we'd opt for the AMG Line with Night package. It adds black exterior trim, a chrome diamond-block grille, and AMG-style 20-inch rims. It also dresses up the inside with a sportier-looking steering wheel and aluminum pedals. We'd also add the illuminated star logo for the grille that looks striking at night. We'd increase the cabin's richness with one of the leather upholstery options, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, the 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and the heat and noise-insulated side glass that really helps keep interior noise down.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The GLC300 coupe gets its muscle from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that kicks out 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels via a standard 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. We drove a GLC300 coupe several years ago and have more recent experience with the SUV body style, but we've never tested the sloped-back one at the track. Still, we can extrapolate our impressions and say that the coupe's suspension settings are stiff enough to add a frisson of driver excitement, yet smooth enough to ensure that your daily commute is free of bumps and jolts. It also comes with five available drive modes, allowing the driver to tailor the coupe's handling to suit their mood or driving conditions.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The GLC300 coupe is estimated to earn 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. However, those numbers are slightly lower than the four-cylinder BMW X4, which is rated at 23 mpg city and 29 highway. We haven't had a chance to test the Mercedes on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which simulates its real-world mpg and is part of our extensive testing regimen. For more information about the 's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Cabin design within the GLC coupe brims with swank Euro flair. The center stack curves gracefully into the console, and the floating touchscreen that sits aloft gives the cabin a thoroughly modern appearance. Circular air vents are a running motif within the interior, and they have a look that's both retro and contemporary. The GLC coupe's front seats are spacious, but headroom in the second row is compromised by the vehicle's sloping roofline. As far as cargo capacity goes, this SUV provides 17 cubic feet with the rear seats in use and 50 cubes with those seats folded. That's a lot less than you'll get with some small crossovers. For example, the Acura RDX offers 30 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second row and 59 cubes behind its first row of seating.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The GLC coupe comes with Mercedes-Benz's new infotainment system. Overall, this setup is pretty user friendly, and it's an improvement on the outgoing technology. The system is governed by a standard 10.3-inch touchscreen. All models come with two USB ports and turn-by-turn navigation. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration are standard. The list of tech options includes a wireless device charger, an upgraded Burmester audio system, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Still, the Mercedes has a plethora of standard and optional driver-assistance technology that is designed to help avoid accidents and make the driving experience easier. For more information about the GLC300's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
- Available adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance