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Sleek and sloping

While SUVs are generally about practicality, opting for a coupé version often means sacrificing space for a sloping roofline. Yet, the allure of such designs as seen in the new Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé, attracts customers.

By Juliet McGuire

This Coupé is based on the standard Mercedes-Benz GLC and can be classified as the sportier version. The GLC is a hugely important car for the German marque. In fact, it has taken over the C-Class as the brand’s best-selling model globally. The coupé version has its work cut out and takes on the likes of the BMW X4 and Audi Q5 Sportback. Let’s delve in.

This model is known for its striking dimensions and dramatic surfaces. It is elegant yet dynamic. The Coupé is offered in Avantgarde spec but if it is a sportier look and feel you are after, you can add the AMG Line. You are also spoilt for choice when it comes to wheels with a range of 18- to 20-inches on offer. But beware of the ride. The bigger you go, the firmer the ride – it already has a pretty firm set-up. And don’t forget that the GLC Coupé is rather capable off-road so you might want to opt for smaller wheels if you intend to hit a dirt road.

It is longer and higher than the outgoing model and the boot has grown to 545 litres, which is 45 litres more than before. The interior is familiar, with a massive 11.9-inch MBUX infotainment system and a 12.3-inch digital dashboard. You can expect standard features such as an off-road driving mode, a wireless charging pad, heated seats for the driver and passengers, and a host of safety features. Just remember that rear visibility is compromised due to that sloping roofline – thank goodness for a reverse camera and front and rear sensors.

Under the bonnet, you will find a mild-hybrid system which has a second-generation integrated starter generator and a 48-volt on-board electrical system. This is combined with a 2.0-litre diesel engine in two tunes. The 220 d will get you 145 kW and 440 Nm while the 300 d produces 198 kW and 550 Nm. This is no slow coach. In fact, you will get to 100 km/h in just 6.4 seconds in the 300 d. The fuel consumptions are claimed at 5.1-5.8l/100 km and 5.5-6.1l/100 km respectively.

To be fair, there isn’t a huge difference between the Coupé and the standard GLC when it comes to space and practicality. You lose a bit of boot space and maybe a tiny bit of rear headroom, but all in all, this remains a spacious and comfortable SUV. You just get the added element of a sportier design and maybe a little more street cred.

Juliet McGuire

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