The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC is a compact luxury crossover SUV, that replaces the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class. The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC demonstrates how brand-specific brand safety and adaptability can be combined for great success. The Mercedes-Benz GLC300 is more suitable for drivers who prefer to be in luxury rather than get their heart rate up. Those seeking a more adrenaline-filled experience will appreciate the separately reviewed AMG GLC classes that offer 385 to 503 horsepower.
The 2nd generation GLC is similar to the W206 C-Class, all models will be equipped with four-cylinder engines with MHEV technology. There are also three PHEVs to choose from for those looking for a better economy. The X254 GLC is also larger than before. The 2023 BMW X1 is much better in both respects, and other compact luxury crossovers like the Volvo XC60 are wider. In typical Mercedes-Benz fashion, the interior of the 2023 GLC combines excellent materials and cutting-edge technology. While more practical than the brand’s traditional C-class sedan, the 2023 GLC 300 is less attractive to drive.
The 2023 GLC300 adds some new standard features and new options. The first includes automatic high beams, parking damage detection, USB ports for second-row passengers, and a USB-C adaptive cable. The premium package now comes with passive hands-free entry, and the paint palette welcomes Starling Blue metallic.
2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC L Interior
The Mercedes GLC boasts high-quality materials throughout its cabin, and everything is wrapped in an elegant and modern design. Simply put, this is one of the best interiors in its class. You’re also nicely insulated from most outside roads and wind noise. GLC Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation. The GLC comes standard with the commendable MBUX infotainment system. The 10.25-inch touchscreen displays excellent graphics and is located within easy reach of the driver. The Drive can also control the interface with a touchpad in the center console, though some critics say it’s not as sensitive as the rotary knob that other luxury brands have. Voice recognition in the form of “Hey, Mercedes” allows you to set some functions to speech.
Mercedes offers every Mercedes GLC a versatile infotainment system that takes advantage of a variety of control inputs and contemporary features. The standard 10.25-inch touchscreen supports the company’s latest MBUX software that responds to voice commands. The system can also be operated with touch controls on the steering wheel or the mostly intuitive touchpad in the center console. While Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, the sleekest sound system and wireless charging cost extra.
2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC : Engine
The 255-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission is the standard powertrain for the GLC300. The GLC doesn’t have the driving ability of the Porsche Macan and other sporty rivals – look for AMG-tuned versions for maximum engagement – but the GLC300 at least offers a smooth and quiet ride. The all-wheel drive version we tested also accelerated to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds. The all-season tires provided a respectable 0.87 g of cornering grip, contributing to the compact ute’s stop of 172 feet from 70 mph. The rear-wheel drive GLC300 is rated at 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, while the 4MATIC all-wheel drive model sacrifices 1 mpg in both categories. Compare that to four-cylinder rivals like the X3 (31 mpg) and Audi Q5 (28 mpg).
2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC : Safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2023 Mercedes GLC an overall safety rating of five out of five, with five stars in front and side crash tests and four stars in rollover tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not test the 2023 GLC but evaluated the nearly identical 2022 GLC, this model achieved the highest good rating in all six crash tests. The standard key features include blind spot, adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, collision warning, departure warning, lane change, lane keeping assist, speed limit assist, parking camera system, adaptive headlights, head-up display, high beams, driver attention monitoring, parking assist, evasive steering assist, cross-traffic alert, rearview camera, and Safe exit assist.