First drive comparison of 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 and GLC 300 Coupe

05/09/2019

in this article, we have highlighted and discussed some of the best features of the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 and GLC 300 Coupe. Read our review here!

NaijaCarNews has finally gotten enough updates on the recently launched 2020 Mercedes GLC 300 and the 2020 Mercedes GLC 300 Coupe. This two new GLC model comes with so many design tweaks on both exterior and interior as well as extra off-road capabilities, all-new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and the latest infotainment interface from Mercedes-Benz.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 and GLC 300 Coupe – The exterior

Starting with the outside; the changes are minimal.

First, you get to see twin bars that are visible in a reshaped grille of the GLC 300 while the GLC 300 Coupe has got only one bar.

Then a closer look at the exterior reveals reshaped rear bumpers in both vehicles as well as a restyled version of the lower fascia, new wheels with improved designs, and new LED headlights that comes with newer light signatures.

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Meet the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 and GLC 300 Coupe – Did you spot the changes?

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 and GLC 300 Coupe – The interior

Hoping into any of the two models, one will instantly notice the greater changes on their inside.

The most obvious one is an addition of the trending MBUX Mercedes-Benz’s user interface that has now become a standard feature on almost all of Mercedes lineups. This system in the 2020 GLC 300 and 300 Coupe runs via a shallow but wide 10.25inches touchscreen display that impressively replaces the previous 7-inch standard and 8.4inches optional screens.

This new infotainment system also comes standard with Android Auto (a previously expensive $350/ ₦126,000 option) and also Apple CarPlay. This newer interface is also capable of displaying multiple functions on the screen simultaneously and it also responds to the voice commands that begin with “Hey Mercedes…”. If you even want to take things one more step forward; there is also an extra MBUX Interior Assistant option that will fully equip the system with the ability to respond to human gestures.

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Both GLC 300 and GLC 300 Coupe come standard with a bigger 10.25 inches touchscreen display

One impressive neat little trick that Mercedes added to both vehicle’s navigation works like magic. Just at the point of approaching a turn on any road, the navigation display will automatically switch from showing a full-screen map directly to new split-screen. Then it places the actual map on a 1/3 part of the screen while filling up the remaining 2/3 part of the screen with a direct feed from the vehicles’ forward camera. This camera view is then overlaid with a clearly visible directional arrow that continuously points you in the right direction you should turn. Is that not just cool?

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When it comes to the interior styling, both vehicles now get new upholstery and trim options. However, the overall interior design pretty much stayed the same but still remains one of the best in their segments.

The comfort delivered by the front-seat in both variants is just excellent while the back seat of the standard GLC 300 can accommodate 2 to 3 adults. Unfortunately, the GLC 300 Coupe version had to sacrifice its rear headroom as well as little of its cargo space due to its questionable style that Mercedes decided to adopt.

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Cargo space is quite moderate in both the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 and GLC 300 Coupe

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 and GLC 300 Coupe – Power and handling

The biggest change under the hood is a new engine that now comes standard in both variants. A new 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 engine codenamed “M264” that produces 255hp and 273-lb-ft of torque. This is surely a noticeable replacement for the previous “M274” engine that produced equal torque output but only 241-horsepower.  

A 4Matic All-Wheel-Drive and a rear-wheel-drive option are made available for both, while the GLC 300 Coupe comes with the 4Matic as standard.

This new “M264” engine in both variants is paired with a 9-speed gearbox that is dubbed the “9G-Tronic”.

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A powerful M264 engine that oozes 255hp are present in both versions

The European versions of only the standard GLC 300 come with an optional enhanced Off-road engineering package that is super impressive. When added, this package adds Offroad+ and Offroad modes to the vehicle’s Drive Select system in addition to the existing Sport+, Sport, Comfort, and Eco mode. Unfortunately, this package is not made available for the GLC 300 Coupe model.

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Some of the other notable features that improve the drivability of the new Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 and GLC 300 Coupe includes;

  • Hill-descent control (with Downhill Speed Regulation)
  • Enhanced forward collision detection and warning system
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Driver inattention warning system
  • Lane-Keeping assist
  • Blind-spot warning
  • Distronic Adaptive cruise control
  • Active Lane Change Assist
  • Route-Based Speed Adaptation

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 and GLC 300 Coupe – Pricing

Below are the officially released base prices;

  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 [Standard] - ₦15.7 million ($43,495) starting price
  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 [Standard 4Matice Version] - ₦16.4 million ($45,495) starting price
  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe [4Matice Version] – ₦18.4 million ($50,995)

Please note that these are just manufacturer's suggested retail prices, excluding delivery fees, clearing cost or import tax to Nigeria. The actual price of GLC 300 and GLC 300 Coupe model 2019 in Nigeria is definitely higher than that.

Conclusion

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 and GLC 300 Coupe are both decent choices with quite a lot to offer overall. They both hold high potentials of ruling the Nigerian auto market when they arrive.

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Oluwaseun Solomon

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