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Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 de 4MATIC

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By Jonathan Crouch

Here's another Mercedes plug-in model, the GLC 300 de. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 78

The Mercedes GLC 300 de is a diesel plug-in hybrid that brings Three-Pointed Star quality to the growing segment for premium-badged upper mid-sized luxury SUVs. This one can go 27 WLTP-rated miles between charge-ups and record the usual three-figure combined cycle fuel return, as well as delivering a CO2 reading that'll reduce your BiK tax exposure. All the usual PHEV advantages then - along with the usual premium PHEV pricing. In a package delivered with enviable Mercedes polish.

Backgroundword count: 127

With its mid and large-size SUVs, Mercedes has taken a fundamentally different route to providing PHEV power from that which features in rivals. As with the large GLE PHEV model, this GLC 300de uses a diesel-powered plug-in hybrid unit, not a petrol one. This 2.0-litre hybrid powerplant is borrowed, as is much else of the GLC's engineering, from the C-Class range. Mercedes needed the GLC 300de because all the brand's key rivals now offer petrol plug-in models in the upper mid-sized premium SUV segment - namely the BMW X3 xDrive30e, the Audi Q5 55 TFSIe and the Volvo XC60 Recharge T8. So what can this GLC offer other than diesel economy to make it stand out from that trio of very complete rivals? Time to find out.

Driving Experienceword count: 199

The GLC 300de mates a 2.0-litre diesel unit with a 90kW electric motor that when fully charged is able to achieve up to 27 miles of WLTP-rated all-electric driving at speeds of up to 81mph. If overall efficiency isn't a priority, the GLC 300de can also be a pretty rapid thing, thanks to quite a prodigious total system output of 306hp, enough to dispatch 62mph from rest in 6.2s en route to 143mph. There's a substantial 700Nm of torque on offer, which is why this variant can tow up to 2,000kgs. But it will really feel its two-tonne kerb weight if you start to try and throw the car around. For those prioritising an ultimately absorbent ride, air suspension can also be added at extra cost. The latter option is pretty desirable. 'AIR BODY CONTROL', as Mercedes call it, promises a cosseting ride when you want luxury or flat, sportscar-like handling when you're in a hurry. 4MATIC 4WD is standard, as usual on a GLC and the powertrain works through a standard 9G-TRONIC PLUS 9-speed auto gearbox which works with the usual 'DYNAMIC SELECT' 'Eco', 'Comfort' and 'Sport' driving modes that alter drive response, steering feel and ESP settings.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

Price:

£48,877.00

£62,557.00

Insurance group 1-50:

40

41

CO2 (g/km):

59

66

Max Speed (mph):

143

0-62 mph (s):

5.7

Electric WLTP-Rated Driving Range (miles):

27

Combined mpg:

117.7

Length (mm):

4655

Width (mm):

1890

... and 2 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Hybrid, Plug-in, Electric & Hydrogen

Performance
70%
Handling
60%
Comfort
70%
Space
60%
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