2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 Auto
Competence and practicality in a stylish package.
Model: 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4-Matic Auto
Pre-owned Price: R 459 800
Mileage: 63 600km
Service Plan: Remainder of 5 Year/100 000km
Fuel Consumption (combined): 7.4-litres/100km
0-100km/h: 6.2 seconds
Contact: Henry Barnard from Motus Nissan East Rand at 072 349 3386
Competence and practicality in a stylish package.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC300 is a premium mid-sized SUV. Think of it as a C-Class SUV, as it is based on the same platform and shares many components with its stablemate. The premium mid-sized SUV market is extremely competitive sector of the market with plenty of competition that includes the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Land-Rover Discovery Sport, Alfa Stelvio and Porsche Macan. Over the years the GLC-range have proven to be one of the best sellers in this market and has certainly proven that it can hold it’s own against all of these highly coveted vehicles.
Background and condition of vehicle:
- Like expected our 5-year-old Mercedes-Benz GLC300 is far from new, yet it is still in a very tidy condition and for the most part have aged well.
- Like expected there are a few tiny scratches on the bodywork, as well as an occasional scuff mark inside the cabin, as you would normally find in a used vehicle with this kind of mileage.
- For the most part the vehicle is in a very good condition.
- With good German engineering and all-round build quality I also expect the GLC to remain in such a good condition for many years to come still.
- Our test vehicle came fitted with 235/65R17 dual-purpose tyres.
- The rear tyres still displayed a lot of tread depth and would certainly not need replacing in a hurry while the front tyres displayed a fair bit less tread depth than the rears.
Performance and Economy:
- Power comes supplied by a 2-litre 16-valve turbocharged petrol unit with drive sent to all four wheels via Mercedes-Benz’s 4-Matic system.
- Power is transferred through a 9-speed automatic gearbox.
- The engine produces a beefy 190 Kilowatts of power and 370Nm of torque.
- These figures ensure more than decent all-round performance, in fact the GLC300 is pretty fast. The 0-100km/h sprint takes just 6.2-seconds.
- But it is the overall drivability of the GLC300 that impressed the most. Aided by the 9-speed automatic gearbox there is always power on hand to make any drive an effortless one.
- As expected, the automatic box proved to be refined, offering silky smooth shifts up and down the box.
- The GLC also strikes a good compromise between performance and economy with the GLC capable of returning fuel economy figures as low as 7.4-litres per 100km.
How does it drive?
- Ride quality proved excellent for a vehicle of this calibre, especially when utilizing the dynamic driving mode settings.
- Comfort mode offers light steering and tall gears for maximum ease; Sport mode stiffens up the dampers and sharpens steering response; Sport+ heightens performance and damper settings even further, while Eco mode reduces response for increased fuel economy.
- Due to its increased ride height, all-wheel drive system as well as dual purpose tyres this GLC300 could even be used for some minor off road driving, if the need arises.
- Overall, an extremely comfortable vehicle on most road surfaces.
Inside the vehicle:
- Even in 2016 guise our GLC on test still has one of the most lavish cabins in this sector of the market.
- Sharing much of its design with the C-class, the GLC’s interior employs top-notch materials pleasing and expensive-looking details throughout.
- Like expected the GLC comes well appointed with numerous luxury items and Mercedes-Benz tech that included:
- Dual Zone Climate control air-conditioning - Stop/Start
- Multi-function steering wheel - Rain Sensor
- On-Board trip computer - Auto headlights on
- Multi-media infotainment system - Beige leather upholstery
- Electrically adjustable seats - Paddle shifters
- Adaptive Cruise Control - Isofix rear seats
- Bluetooth phone connectivity - Auto headlights on
- USB connections and Aux ports - ABS with EBD and brake assist
- Stability Control - Front and Side Airbags (7)
- CD-Player - Voice control
- Leather Upholstery - Electronic handbrake
- Dynamic driving modes
Space and Practicality:
- Naturally, the advantages of opting for the GLC over its standard C-Class counterpart is an increase in space and practicality.
- The interior is most certainly spacious and even rear passengers would find generous amounts of head and legroom on offer.
- Boot space also compares well with most of its rivals with 550-litres available which can be increased to 1 600-litres with the seats folded flat.
- The added benefit of all-wheel drive and the raised ride height further adds to the GLC’s practicality compared to your conventional C-Class.
- The Mercedes-Benz GLC-range certainly has the styling, tech, and driver appeal to attract many buyers in this sector of the market.
- As new GLC300 does not come cheap and will set you back close to a million rand.
- This said our used vehicle on test can be purchased at less than half of the money compared to new, which seems like an exceptionally good buy for a vehicle with only 63 600km on the clock.
- High quality
- Good performance as well as economy
- Ages well
- Comfort and features
- All-wheel drive
X No rear park camera
X Maintenance plan ending soon