“It is nearly impossible to step into any Mercedes-Benz showroom and leave without getting a car nowadays.”
Mercedes-Benz has now added to its growing SUV lineup, the GLC Coupe. It is primarily a direct rival for the BMW X4. The GLC Coupe joins its larger, curvy crossover sibling, the BMW X6-rivaling GLE Coupe. The Coupe SUVs are becoming, nowadays, a styling proclamation that combines the reasonableness of a predictable high-riding machine with a design that stands out from the entire SUV troop. I’m pretty sure Audi is on its way into the game!
Here I am collecting the GLC250 Coupe from the official distributor of Mercedes in Lebanon, T.Gargour & Fils, for a weekend drive.
How was the drive?
First of all, when you look at the GLC 250 Coupe from the exterior, it doesn’t look like a customary SUV. But thankfully, it doesn't drive like one either. When you jump into the cabin, it is a different world.
That’s nothing to talk about when it comes to the driving experience. Mercedes has done a tremendous job in conveying a sporty, engaged feel to the GLC Coupe. The standard-fit adaptive dampers and Dynamic Select system help a lot to give you an ultimately ‘off the hook’ ride. You are allowed to choose between five driving modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and a customizable Individual mode. It means you can have the suspension stiffer, discharge weight into the steering wheel and increase responsiveness to both the gearbox and accelerator as you desire.
I took the vehicle throughout the mountains of Jbeil, and more specifically to the highway of Annaya. The GLC Coupe is dynamically excellent. It felt composed and connected from behind the wheel, barely moving its weight around when undertaking tighter corners. When I pushed it hard on twisting corners, the weight transferred down onto the inside wheels. It forced the torque into the tarmac before powering out of a curve. Truly, the GLC Coupe has drawn a smile on my face. You can definitely feel that the engine speaks impeccably with the gearbox, quickly shifting down when requested to do so.
Mercedes-Benz states that its existing owners want their cars to be overflowing with features, and the GLC coupe certainly won’t disappoint them. It took quite a while for Mercedes Benz to follow the path of BMW and I’m pretty sure that the time was in Benz’s favor. If you’re not a BMW fan, now you have the chance to step into the SUV-Coupe segment. Is a GLS Coupe coming up soon? I bet so.
Pros: Attractive styling, premium cabin material, lots of safety and high-tech features
Cons: Stiff suspensions on harsh roads, rear seats do not fit three adults
Rivals: BMW X4, Jaguar F-PAE, Porsche Macan, Audi Q5
one word: avowal
2.0L turbocharged, inline-4, 211 hp @ 5,000 rpm, 350 Nm @ 1,200-4,000 rpm
AWD, 9-speed auto
0-100 km/h: 7.3 sec, top speed: 222 km/h, fuel consumption: 7 L/100 km
Weight: 1,710 kg