That’s what the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe is high on
Words Abhishek Kulkarni
Over the past decade or so the luxury car space has evolved to a point where the cars are a lot more about style than just the engineering or luxury. And the new niches created by manufacturers are nothing but an example of the same. The latest such style statement from Mercedes-Benz is the GLC Coupe. Enthusiasts would know that coupes are essentially low-slung, two-door sportscars with a sloping roofline, but of late we’ve seen luxury car makers create a new sub-segment of sorts, the coupe-SUV segment. That said, the GLC Coupe isn’t a new name for the Indian market, as we’ve previously tasted the more potent GLC 43 AMG. However, Mercedes-Benz India now feels there is a market for the regular GLC Coupe in India as well.
The GLC 300d is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder oil burner that offers a healthy 250PS and a stonking 300Nm
So what we have here is a svelte-looking SUV with a sloping roofline that oozes style from end to end. It’s a proper mix of beauty-meets-brawn, irrespective of the angle that you look at it from. The star-studded grille and C-shaped daytime running lamps at the front, the coupe-esque rear end and high ground clearance together make for a very distinctive stance overall. I’m a hardcore SUV lover and have always been fascinated by brawny-looking SUVs and in a way the GLC Coupe takes that fascination a notch further with its alluring design. If luxury SUVs announce your arrival, a coupe-SUV like the GLC Coupe will make sure onlookers cannot take their eyes off your car! Perfect for the young and dynamic luxury car buyer, me thinks.
Step inside and the first thing you notice is the interiors are not your standard Mercedes-Benz affair, as the dashboard design and various controls have been designed a lot more tastefully. Gone is the keypad on the dashboard and the large rotor on the centre console we’ve all seen in Mercs for the longest time – they have been replaced by a large touchscreen perched on top of the dashboard and a touchpad that’s super slick and easy to use. It features haptic feedback as well, though personally I am not a fan of the same. My favourite inside the GLC Coupe though is the MBUX infotainment system – all you need to say is ‘Hello Mercedes’ and give it a command – change air-conditioning settings, ask for directions and a whole lot more. The GLC Coupe is only the second Mercedes-Benz product in India to feature this connected technology and is something I enjoyed using.
The star-studded grille and C-shaped daytime running lamps at the front, the coupe-esque rear end and high ground clearance together make for a very distinctive stance overall
Settle down behind the wheel in the cushy seat and you’ll also notice how the steering wheel has gotten progressively busier over the years with more buttons and controls. I particularly like the fully-digital instrument cluster offered by Mercedes – the fact that you can customise display to suit your liking or mood is an added bonus. Then there’s the mood lighting – driving back home from work as it was getting dark and playing with the multitude of colours on offer for the lighting was something I enjoyed at almost every traffic light!
Another thing that gets your attention inside the cabin is the amount of space the GLC Coupe offers. This is particularly impressive when you consider the fact that a coupe is a form of the automobile that offers lesser space. Mercedes-Benz however has ensured the GLC Coupe offers copious amounts of legroom for the days when you don’t feeling driving and simply want to enjoy the comfort of the back seat. What’s more, the cabin truly lives up to the standards you expect of an automobile with the three-pointed star on its grille in terms of cabin quietness. The version we drove was the diesel powered one, dubbed the 300d, but there was barely any trace of engine noise inside the car. And that brings me to the engine – the 300d is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder oil burner that offers a healthy 250PS and a stonking 300Nm. The engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox which is quick to put the engine’s power down, but more importantly you get driving modes that alter your experience behind the wheel depending on the mode chosen.
And while we’re on the topic of driving modes and drivability, don’t get fooled by the GLC Coupe’s alluring design. Under that good looking skin it is a hardcore SUV, equipped with Mercedes-Benz’s 4MATIC system that endows it with some serious off-road ability should you choose to take it for a jaunt off tarmac, besides your everyday commute to work. Overall what I like the most about the GLC Coupe is that Mercedes-Benz has done a wonderful job in terms of making it look more desirable without compromising the elements that make a rugged and capable SUV. In fact, the GLC Coupe is a car I would take to work, for a game of golf, for dinner with family or friends, a date night, a late night drink or drive and for that matter, a day trip along with my bicycle mounted at the back. The GLC Coupe ticks all the boxes for me, personally. I would go for it, anytime over a conventional SUV in the segment.