2020 Mercedes GLC 300d Coupe review, India test drive

What is it? Just about two months soon after the start of the facelifted GLC,

What is it?

Just about two months soon after the start of the facelifted GLC, we now have the up to date Coupe edition far too. Nevertheless, although the earlier Coupe was bought as an AMG design only, Mercedes-Benz has now selected to introduce the facelifted auto in two normal products – a petrol 300 4Matic and a diesel 300d 4Matic. 

It is definitely a nod to the truth that, although nevertheless a area of interest phase, SUV-coupes are widening their attraction. Besides, with these products, Mercedes is much better put to just take on the BMW X4, which is available with both, petrol and diesel powerplants. Furthermore, although the AMG Coupe was brought in as an import, the up to date cars and trucks are now assembled below and are therefore priced extra in line with the X4.

What’s it like on the exterior?

The facelift delivers with it new structure for the headlight inserts, which are also multibeam LED models that can quickly adjust the light-weight toss to protect against stunning oncoming targeted traffic. Compared to the normal GLC that receives twin horizontal bars on the grille, the Coupe receives a one bar and a diamond head pattern this is a lot like the AMG Coupe but in comparison to it, the pin heads aren’t chromed. The bumper is the exact same as on the normal auto and receives the intense cladding on the decrease edge.

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Coupe receives the diamond pinhead grille but it just isn’t chrome-tipped as on the AMG edition.

At the side, the coupe retains the trim working board from the earlier auto, and although the AMG has a black window trim, the up to date design receives a full-chrome encompass. The 19-inch alloys are also of a diverse 6-spoke pattern.

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New-structure 19-inch alloys increase flair.

The rear receives freshly styled tail-lights, with the lighting aspect structure now resembling the pattern viewed on the normal GLC and also the GLE and the GLS SUVs.

What’s it like inside?

Like the outsides, the interiors far too receive a refined makeover. A major welcome update, while, is the introduction of the new Mercedes MBUX connectivity program, along with the related auto working experience with an onboard SIM. Though the older Command program was really out-of-date in its UI and lacked a touchscreen, the new program is slick and straightforward to use and delivers with it a contact-sensitive pad in the centre console, two mini contact pads on the new steering wheel, along with a bigger 10.25-inch display which is contact-responsive as very well. 

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Dashboard format feels acquainted to everyone who has sat in more recent Mercs .

The touchscreen and steering contact pads operate definitely very well, are responsive, and enable you specific command. Nevertheless, I would have preferred Mercedes retaining the older click wheel on the centre console, as it’s considerably simpler to command specified capabilities although on the shift.

There is also the new ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice command assistant, for a hands-free of charge working experience, and although it can also recognise conversational voice commands, the program in India is nevertheless to roll out in its entirety and for now you can only use the set voice prompts.

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The new 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment display arrives with Merc’s up to date MBUX program.

There is now also Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, along with a created-in navigation program. A different smaller but welcome addition is wireless charging, but anything that isn’t fantastic is the change to Style-C only USB ports.

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Unlike the GLC, the Coupe receives the full-electronic instrument cluster as typical.

For the Coupe, Mercedes has gone with a electronic instrument panel. So although the normal GLC receives physical twin dials, the Coupe receives on-display simulated dials that can be altered centered on your preference and the driving method far too. The Coupe also receives a memory purpose for the driver’s seat. Speaking of which, seating convenience in the auto is major-notch and a day used behind the wheel wasn’t a backbreaking affair.

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Place in the rear is adequate, while the dipping roof and smaller home windows make the passengers feel hemmed in.

Rear seating far too is quite relaxed and has excellent back again support, while individuals with a taller frame may possibly uncover head room a little bit tight. Nevertheless, Mercedes has scooped out component of the head lining, and my 5ft 8in frame had about two inches of room above. Nonetheless, you do feel hemmed in thanks to the decrease roof and the lesser home windows.

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The boot room on offer you has improved over the pre-facelift design many thanks to the spare currently being moved under the boot ground.

A different space where Mercedes has fortunately liberated extra room is in the boot. In the earlier cars and trucks, underfloor room was made use of for storage compartments, with the room saver tyre in the boot. Now, the tyre goes less than the ground, leaving you with a cleanse and apparent boot. The dipping roof, of training course, nevertheless eats into room but you can at the very least now get some luggage in and have a spare tyre far too.

What’s it like to push?

As mentioned before, the Coupe now arrives with both, petrol and diesel mills. The petrol is a two.-litre, four-cylinder device that can make 250hp and 370Nm of torque, although the diesel is a two.-litre, four-cylinder device that puts out 245hp and 500Nm of torque. Each are BS6 compliant and are the exact same models as in the normal GLC. Nevertheless, although in the GLC, they are in the decrease 200 and 220d point out of tune, in the Coupe they are in the bigger ‘300’ guise. 

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The new two.-litre OM654 diesel produces 245hp and 500Nm of torque and is quite refined.

The diesel, which is the a person we had for review, is the more recent two.-litre OM654 device that replaces the old two.one-litre OM651 engine in the Merc fleet. And just like in the normal auto, the extraordinary little bit is the engine’s degree of refinement. Sounds and vibrations are small at start up and even on the shift you’d have to consciously make an energy to know there is an oil burner less than the hood. Rev it challenging and it receives vocal but it nevertheless isn’t harsh or strained.

In terms of power supply, it’s quite linear and solid all the way up to about 4,500rpm, where the nine-pace computerized gearbox will upshift no make a difference what push method you are in. Even in guide method, the gearbox will not enable you to hit the redline which is marked at five,500rpm. The gearbox is a smooth shifter but isn’t lightning-brief. Compared to the 220d point out of tune, the 300d does feel faster and Mercedes assert a -100kph time of six.6sec from 220d’s 7.9sec time.

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Smooth suspension set up absorbs bumps very well while influences handling.

With the update, Mercedes has softened the suspension on the GLC. It will work very well to soak up bumps and ruts, and keeps you really isolated inside. At pace, having said that, there is some physique float and spirited driving in corners will have you wishing for a firmer sportier set up. Adjustable dampers would have been the perfect resolution, or even the super-rigid AMG cure, as an alternative of the current models. Nevertheless, the steering, which does get influenced by the push modes, has sufficient bodyweight at bigger pace and is light-weight sufficient at decrease speeds far too.

Should I buy a person?

Before, with the Coupe currently being available as an AMG-only design, things were a large amount less difficult – you possibly had practicality or all-out exciting. Now, while, with the facelift, things get a minor complicated.  

In a way, the new Coupe sits in no man’s land – it’s neither as spacious nor as simple as the normal auto, nor is it as sporty and exciting as the AMG. But on the other hand, if you’ve generally fancied the attraction of an SUV-coupe, you now don’t have to go the total hog into AMG territory and extend your wallet far too. You can appreciate the sportier attraction of the Coupe, get some excess performance at the pedal and a little bit extra devices like a memory seat and an all-electronic instrument panel – all this for a not far too a lot a top quality of close to Rs six lakh. The 300d Coupe 4Matic arrives in at Rs sixty three.70 lakh although the normal 220d 4Matic diesel charges Rs 57.75 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India).

It all boils down then to your disposition to SUV-coupes – if you are not a lover, look at the normal GLC. But if you love them, you now have extra option and, oh, did I mention, Mercedes says the AMG is probably to adhere to far too?