Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 (2020) standard edition review

22 Jul 2021, 15:10  •  Review  •  Door koen

The current generation of Mercedes-Benz GLC dates back to 2015. For this reason, the medium-sized SUV from Mercedes-Benz was given a facelift in 2019. Now we noticed that we only see tests of thick GLCs, sometimes with as much as 510 hp. Of course, this also makes us very happy, but what about the basic petrol engine in the renewed Mercedes-Benz GLC, the GLC 200? Is the cheapest GLC also good enough?

Starting price GLC 200

Well, we definitely do not want to call the GLC cheap. An SUV of this size and class can easily cost 60,000 euros. And yes, the starting price of the Mercedes-Benz GLC starts in the Netherlands at 60,582 euros. You then get the Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 with a four-cylinder.

GLC 200 Mercedes-Benz four-cilinder

Not a normal four-cylinder by the way, because even the basic version of the GLC is a mild hybrid, although Mercedes-Benz prefers to talk about EQ Power. Phew, that sounds much better. What does EQ Power mean? To put it simply: Mercedes-Benz is installing a 48V on-board network with a belt-driven starter alternator. Thanks to this system, the powertrain can recuperate, boost and ‘sail’. And you notice that along the way. There’s even a real EQ Power meter under the speedometer with an indicator when energy is being recovered.

Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 dynamo

The starter alternator replaces the conventional starter motor. The engine therefore starts at once at the push of a button, without the sound of a starter motor. Watch our video later in this car test. The alternator in the GLC can provide up to 10 kW (13 hp) of additional support to the combustion engine. The GLC 200 has a four-in-line turbo petrol engine with an output of 197 hp. So temporarily you can enjoy 210 hp. The peak torque is 320 Nm. As a result, this four-cylinder petrol engine feels exceptionally smooth. There is always pulling power and the combination with the 9G-Tronic automatic transmission is a match made in heaven. What a comfort, as if the next resistance is inlaid with butter.

Not just a remodel of GLC 200

No, just a facelift Mercedes-Benz has not given the GLC. The refresh went much further than that. All four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines have been replaced. This ‘200’ is therefore completely new. Is he thirsty? That very much depends on your driving style. In normal use, count on about 6.0 liters per 100 kilometers. That is quite acceptable for an SUV of this size.

GLC 200 17-inch alloy wheels

Wheels make the car, there’s no question about that. This silver GLC 200 looks a bit obedient, with its 17-inch alloy wheels. ‘We could have done with something bigger,’ we hear you think. Perhaps for the sex appeal of this compact SUV, but let this wheel size now provide the most comfort. There is more rubber that can dampen things and that results in more comfort. And oh, everything went well. After a few days you will appreciate this gray GLC more and more.

Mercedez GLC 200 engine modified chassis

Peace and quiet reign on board this GLC. Rolling noises hardly penetrate the interior. Thanks to the modified chassis with Dynamic Body Control, that comfort can now be increased even more. There is a choice of the Sport, Sport+ or Comfort driving modes. Since this GLC 200 does not have the power to drive sporty – go for an AMG variant – we always drive in the Comfort mode. This GLC 200 is not slow, because it has a top speed of 217 km/h and a 0-100 time of 7.8 seconds. Great numbers.

Interior options

If you find the GLC standard a bit too good, then go for the gaAMG Line Exterior package. This will cost you 2,783 euros and gives the GLC AMG styling, a sports suspension and chrome elements.

Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 (2020) – standard edition -AutoRAI TV

Remodel Mercedes-Benz GLC 200

We would almost forget, but is that renewed GLC easy to recognize? Not immediately, only the connoisseur will notice that Mercedes-Benz has applied other bumpers, a modified grille and renewed light units. Small differences, but according to the Germans, the design of the GLC did not need much refinement. Never change a winning… fill it in yourself.

MBUX infotainment system

Also in the Mercedes-Benz GLC is the MBUX infotainment system with accompanying personal assistant that you bring to life with the statement “Hey Mercedes”. The infotainment system can be offered in five ways: with touch control on the display, via the touch control swipe buttons on the steering wheel, via the touch pad, via gestures or with voice control. The infotainment system in the GLC is not yet as extensive as in a CLA, A-Class or E-Class. Instead of two displays, in the GLC you have a large display placed centrally on top of the disboard. This screen is available in 7-inch (960×540 pixels) or 10.25-inch (1920×720 pixels) sizes. The clock shop has conventional meters with a central color display as standard. For an additional cost – about 900 euros – you get a fully digital instrument cluster with three display styles. Nice, but not necessary.

Mercedes family friendly

Yes, the GLC is an excellent family car. The GLC is spacious enough for that, both in the front and in the back. The trunk is nice and angular and has a pleasant sill threshold. This makes loading and unloading the weekly groceries child’s play. Do you need more space? Then fold down the rear seat. This is possible with two handy buttons in the luggage compartment. The rear seat then folds forward automatically. Plus point: a completely flat bottom floor is created. In this test car, the tailgate is not of the automatic type. So you have to open it with muscle power. Small effort of course, although an electrically operated tailgate is optionally available.

Mercedes-Benz GLC interior

There are traditionally many options at Mercedes-Benz, including for the interior. In this case, the GLC is equipped with high-gloss black piano lacquer trim elements. Beautiful, but the well-known story applies: sensitive to dust, scratches and greasy fingers. Various decorative elements are possible, including wood or aluminum.

Conclusion review Mercedes-Benz GLC 200

Indeed, the Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 forms the base engine. That sounds a bit irreverent, because this slip-on proves that it has everything to travel smoothly and in comfort from A to B. It is simply a very pleasant engine with an even better nine-speed automatic. Combine that with the necessary luxury on board and a lot of space and you can hardly ignore that GLC 200. It is a super comfortable and quiet SUV. ‘Basic’ is already very good in this case. In that respect, it is surprisingly clever that Mercedes-Benz can make a comfort cruiser with various components of the GLC 200 and a Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 s 4Matic + – available from 175,900 euros – a violent entertainer.

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