The GLC is Mercedes' luxury compact SUV that's based on the C-Class sedan. It competes with the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.
The GLC swaddles its occupants in a luxurious leather-lined cabin, quiet solitude, and the solid, substantial and sophisticated driving experience typical of Mercedes. It delivers one of the most comfortable rides of any small SUV. It's also strikingly silent, with just a slight thrum of the four-cylinder turbocharged engine, particularly when starting up on cold mornings.
Despite the relaxed vibe, the GLC has some athletic chops that make it fun-to-drive. The steering responds promptly to your command -- even good enough to be compared with the nimble handling of the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. Unfortunately, though, when pushed to its limits on the track, this three-pointed star didn't shine as brightly as its sedan counterpart. The GLC's stability control jumped in early, causing it to brake rapidly and making the car run wide of its intended line. This wasn't unsafe, but it didn't inspire much confidence.