The plug-in hybrid SUV is capable of more than 100 kilometers of electric speed at the wheel

To say Mercedes pulled out all the stops to interchange the GLC can be an understatement.Because the first of the identify is nothing much less than the world’s best-selling Mercedes in current occasions! It’s not essentially obvious at first look as the newcomer seems quite a bit like its predecessor, Starr hasn’t risked upsetting the acclaimed model of his beloved SUV – whereas the two generations share nearly no frequent room. But this lack of aesthetic ambition is largely compensated by technological developments. Starting, for 3 plug-in hybrid variants, with seems An enormous 31.2 kWh battery, changing its predecessor’s 13.5 kWh battery. We’re not too removed from what an electric Fiat 500 affords with an enormous battery (37.3 kWh). For this primary check of the new GLC, it is a 300 variant of the PHEV diesel – which we received our palms on.

Remarkable consolation

Very “padded”, this Mercedes GLC shines with its consolation. Rather less by its mobility, the ensuing weight fault.©Mercedes

At the wheel, you needn’t drive for lengthy to understand the consolation supplied by the GLC 300.. Emboldened by the air suspension equipped as customary in France on plug-in hybrids and enveloped by a seat with glorious help, I really feel Zen behind the wheel. Especially since “my” GLC 300 Carbide goes about 100km with out beginning its four-cylinder diesel. A feat often reserved for purely electric automobiles. The battery powers a block providing 136 hp and 440 Nm of torque, sufficient to maneuver this massive man (4.72 m, or over 6 cm) calmly on our present route, which primarily consists of nationwide highways with an 80 km/h restrict. The hermit silence that reigns on board is simply tainted, like an actual electric automobile, with sounds you do not usually hear, on this case rolling noise. On the different hand, we rapidly understand that this massive battery doesn’t come with out some drawbacks. Compared to a GLC 220d that gives the similar 2.0 diesel with 197 hp, our plug-in 300 declares 415 kg more. That is a complete of 2,415 kg! The ensuing mass and inertia are felt at first nook regardless of the rear steering wheel (value choice not but identified). This is the first time that the GLC has possessed this refinement, with a most steering angle of 4.5° in distinction. You can really feel the rear pivoting at the hairpins, nevertheless it does not take away the perceived heaviness in the wheel. This is mitigated by switching from Hybrid mode to Sport. The facet is agency and damp, to this point snug however holds money actions effectively. With 335 hp and 750 Nm of cumulative torque A proper overtaking in the brief straight is obtainable with 4Matic all-wheel drive. But as quickly because it seems, the mass remembers your good reminiscences, and it is higher to not overdo it, particularly since just a few drops of rain invited themselves and The brake pedal is reassuring, however not at all.

Dose painful breaking

Like many electric and plug-in hybrids, the Mercedes GLC suffers from braking feel issues
Like many electric and plug-in hybrids, the Mercedes GLC suffers from braking really feel points©Mercedes

Like many electric Mercedes or PHEVs, the left pedal falters nearly each time it is requested. Between lifeless stroke, variable braking response and not possible dosage in an emergency, you will by no means get what you need. This lack of consistency is additionally not appreciated by passengers, who generally look at you pondering you may not have your license in a goody bag. In truth, when driving in electric or hybrid mode (which favors driving with out diesel with out exhausting strain on the accelerator), it is higher to make use of the completely different ranges of regeneration obtainable, which makes it attainable to scale back the use of typical brakes. In brief, this GLC 300 excels in quiet driving and, over brief distances, its composure is shocking. Thus, on a course of 126 km to run primarily nationally, we ran 124 km electrically. Earlier in the day, with more motorways, swallowing 151 km, the battery ensured 107 km, for a mean diesel consumption of 2.6 l/100 km based on the on-board laptop. To understand how a lot gas this SUV wants when discharging its battery, we’ll have to attend for a measurement session in Montlhéry. But given the pachyderm’s weight, do not count on miracles. Even if the diesel hybrid gasoline variant 300e and 400e must be restricted to the physique. Obviously, with this SUV, the battery must be crammed as a lot as attainable and shall be more than typical to make sense of its use. The excellent news is that charging energy is not restricted to 11 kW, as is frequent in plug-in hybrids. As an choice, we are able to select 60 kW, which, based on the star, permits to extend the battery in half-hour in quick terminals.

A welcoming household, besides in the trunk

Trunk version
The trunk of the “D” model is very restricted in phrases of machine dimension©Mercedes

Mercedes denies nothing to this second technology of the GLC, whose modernity is most evident from the therapy of entrance and rear optics. The inside has quite a bit in frequent with the newest C-Class. In the menu, Much higher integration of the heart display than the earlier technology, figuring out that the slab takes care of accessing the crucial capabilities. No must enter menus to vary temperature or activate air recirculation. The glorious high quality of the screens overshadows some financial savings (equivalent to the medium plastic at the base of the air vents), the storage areas are sensible between the entrance seats and the subtle tools. which doesn’t imply blasphemous, Like studying the indicators, which usually discovered a 40 km/h speed restrict on our freeway. Finally, the GLC affords a reasonably spacious inside, particularly in the again seats. The trunk is much less convincing, because of the heavy battery, which nibbles from the loading peak and removes the tray beneath the ground (changed by a small cable storage compartment). Mercedes publicizes a capability of 470 dm³ for the 300, in opposition to 620 dm³ in a 220d.

Furthermore, the GLC with this 220d diesel is available in at a reduction from €60,700 in mid-September, whereas a BMW X3 xDrive 20d with 190 hp is supplied from €56,400. For this 300 model of the GLC 4MATIC, you’ll have to wait till mid-December, figuring out that the invoice will enhance by at least 12,000 € on account of the large battery. Given the limitations imposed, undecided the sport is price the candle for everybody.

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