Driven: 2024 Mercedes GLC Coupé, luxury redefined

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Driven: 2024 Mercedes GLC Coupé, luxury redefined

The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé distinguishes itself as a harmonious blend of innovative design, luxury, and performance in the evolving landscape of premium mid-size SUVs. Drawing from the legacy of BMW's pioneering X6, the GLC Coupé represents a significant trend within the automotive sphere, offering a unique proposition against competitors such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Porsche Macan, Volvo XC60, and its standard SUV counterpart, the Mercedes-Benz GLC.

At its core, the GLC Coupé is inspired by the C-Class saloon, elevating the driving experience with an enhanced view of the road and more robust styling. This model captures the essence of sportiness and elegance and introduces practicality into the equation despite its coupé silhouette, which traditionally sacrifices space for style.

The exterior of the GLC Coupé showcases a significant evolution from its predecessors, with design elements that include a wider stance, longer wheelbase, and sporty AMG-inspired trim levels for added allure. Its distinctive grille, complemented by 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels and chrome detailing, establishes a commanding presence on the road.

Internally, the GLC Coupé prioritizes luxury and user-friendly technology, featuring an 11.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 12.3-inch digital dashboard. While mostly premium, the cabin design reveals areas where material quality could be enhanced to match the vehicle's price point.

Space and practicality are thoughtfully addressed in the Coupé and standard GLC models. The GLC Coupé offers generous rear head and legroom, accommodating even with a panoramic sunroof. However, it slightly compromises boot capacity compared to the standard GLC, offering 545 litres versus 620 litres in non-plug-in variants. The plug-in hybrid versions see further variation in storage space due to battery placement.

Driving the GLC 300d showcases its power, thanks to a mild-hybrid 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission, complemented by a 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.

 The GLC Coupé truly shines in driving dynamics, particularly in the 300d guise. Its mild-hybrid system provides a smooth start-stop experience and delivers an additional power boost through its EQ Boost function, making it ideal for urban driving.

The vehicle's performance is marked by a high degree of refinement, with the optional air suspension enhancing ride quality. However, the transmission system across variants may require refinement to address its less-than-smooth operation at lower speeds.

Priced at R1,392,350 for the GLC 220d and R1,447,350 for the GLC 300d, these coupes stand out in their segment despite some areas for improvement. While they offer a blend of style and sportiness, a preference for the more practical SUV variant remains evident.



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