2020 Mercedes GLC 300d Coupe review, India test drive

fourth Mar 2020 eight:06 pm

Earlier accessible in AMG guise only, the new facelifted GLC Coupe now comes in three hundred and 300d avatars. We get at the rear of the wheel of the diesel variant to see what it’s like.

What is it?

Just about two months right after the launch of the facelifted GLC, we now have the updated Coupe model much too. Nevertheless, even though the earlier Coupe was marketed as an AMG design only, Mercedes-Benz has now picked out to introduce the facelifted automobile in two frequent styles – a petrol three hundred 4Matic and a diesel 300d 4Matic. 

It is certainly a nod to the fact that, even though however a area of interest phase, SUV-coupes are widening their enchantment. Besides, with these styles, Mercedes is improved put to take on the BMW X4, which is accessible with both, petrol and diesel powerplants. Additionally, even though the AMG Coupe was brought in as an import, the updated automobiles are now assembled in this article and are consequently priced a lot more in line with the X4.

What’s it like on the outdoors?

The facelift brings with it new layout for the headlight inserts, which are also multibeam LED models that can routinely adjust the mild toss to avoid stunning oncoming traffic. Compared to the frequent GLC that receives twin horizontal bars on the grille, the Coupe receives a solitary bar and a diamond head sample this is a great deal like the AMG Coupe but in comparison to it, the pin heads are not chromed. The bumper is the exact same as on the frequent automobile and receives the aggressive cladding on the lessen edge.

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

At the side, the coupe retains the trim operating board from the earlier automobile, and even though the AMG has a black window trim, the updated design receives a whole-chrome encompass. The 19-inch alloys are also of a distinctive six-spoke sample.

New-layout 19-inch alloys add aptitude.

The rear receives recently styled tail-lights, with the lighting aspect layout now resembling the sample found on the frequent GLC and also the GLE and the GLS SUVs.

What’s it like within?

Like the outsides, the interiors much too get a refined makeover. A large welcome update, nevertheless, is the introduction of the new Mercedes MBUX connectivity procedure, alongside with the connected automobile knowledge with an onboard SIM. When the older Command procedure was fairly out-of-date in its UI and lacked a touchscreen, the new procedure is slick and uncomplicated to use and brings with it a contact-delicate pad in the centre console, two mini contact pads on the new steering wheel, alongside with a much larger 10.25-inch display which is contact-responsive as effectively. 

Dashboard format feels common to anyone who has sat in more recent Mercs .

The touchscreen and steering contact pads operate truly effectively, are responsive, and enable you precise regulate. Nevertheless, I would have most well-liked Mercedes retaining the older click on wheel on the centre console, as it’s considerably less difficult to regulate specific capabilities even though on the go.

There is also the new ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice command assistant, for a hands-totally free knowledge, and even though it can also recognise conversational voice commands, the procedure in India is however to roll out in its entirety and for now you can only use the set voice prompts.

The new 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment display comes with Merc’s updated MBUX procedure.

There is now also Android Vehicle and Apple CarPlay connectivity, alongside with a developed-in navigation procedure. Yet another tiny but welcome addition is wireless charging, but anything that is not good is the swap to Sort-C only USB ports.

As opposed to the GLC, the Coupe receives the whole-digital instrument cluster as normal.

For the Coupe, Mercedes has gone with a digital instrument panel. So even though the frequent GLC receives physical twin dials, the Coupe receives on-display simulated dials that can be altered based on your preference and the driving method much too. The Coupe also receives a memory operate for the driver’s seat. Talking of which, seating comfort in the automobile is top rated-notch and a working day invested at the rear of the wheel wasn’t a backbreaking affair.

Room in the rear is suitable, nevertheless the dipping roof and tiny windows make the passengers truly feel hemmed in.

Rear seating much too is quite comfortable and has superior back help, nevertheless those people with a taller body may well come across head room a little bit restricted. Nevertheless, Mercedes has scooped out section of the head lining, and my 5ft 8in body experienced about two inches of room above. Nonetheless, you do truly feel hemmed in because of to the lessen roof and the more compact windows.

The boot room on offer has enhanced more than the pre-facelift design many thanks to the spare currently being moved below the boot floor.

Yet another place in which Mercedes has thankfully liberated a lot more room is in the boot. In the earlier automobiles, underfloor room was utilised for storage compartments, with the room saver tyre in the boot. Now, the tyre goes below the floor, leaving you with a cleanse and distinct boot. The dipping roof, of program, however eats into room but you can at least now get some bags in and have a spare tyre much too.

What’s it like to push?

As outlined just before, the Coupe now comes with both, petrol and diesel mills. The petrol is a 2.-litre, 4-cylinder unit that helps make 250hp and 370Nm of torque, even though the diesel is a 2.-litre, 4-cylinder unit that puts out 245hp and 500Nm of torque. Equally are BS6 compliant and are the exact same models as in the frequent GLC. Nevertheless, even though in the GLC, they are in the lessen two hundred and 220d condition of tune, in the Coupe they are in the larger ‘300’ guise. 

The new 2.-litre OM654 diesel creates 245hp and 500Nm of torque and is quite refined.

The diesel, which is the a person we experienced for evaluate, is the more recent 2.-litre OM654 unit that replaces the aged 2.1-litre OM651 motor in the Merc fleet. And just like in the frequent automobile, the outstanding little bit is the engine’s stage of refinement. Sound and vibrations are small at start out up and even on the go you’d have to consciously make an energy to know there’s an oil burner below the hood. Rev it challenging and it receives vocal but it however is not harsh or strained.

In terms of electric power delivery, it’s quite linear and sturdy all the way up to all over four,500rpm, in which the nine-velocity computerized gearbox will upshift no matter what push method you are in. Even in manual method, the gearbox will not enable you to hit the redline which is marked at 5,500rpm. The gearbox is a sleek shifter but is not lightning-fast. Compared to the 220d condition of tune, the 300d does truly feel more quickly and Mercedes declare a -100kph time of six.6sec versus 220d’s 7.9sec time.

Soft suspension setup absorbs bumps effectively nevertheless influences dealing with.

With the update, Mercedes has softened the suspension on the GLC. It functions effectively to soak up bumps and ruts, and keeps you fairly isolated within. At velocity, nevertheless, there is some human body float and spirited driving in corners will have you wishing for a firmer sportier setup. Adjustable dampers would have been the fantastic alternative, or even the super-stiff AMG remedy, as an alternative of the recent models. Nevertheless, the steering, which does get motivated by the push modes, has enough bodyweight at larger velocity and is mild enough at lessen speeds much too.

Should I acquire a person?

Earlier, with the Coupe currently being accessible as an AMG-only design, points ended up a great deal easier – you possibly experienced practicality or all-out entertaining. Now, nevertheless, with the facelift, points get a small complicated.  

In a way, the new Coupe sits in no man’s land – it’s neither as roomy nor as simple as the frequent automobile, nor is it as sporty and entertaining as the AMG. But on the other hand, if you’ve often fancied the enchantment of an SUV-coupe, you now really do not have to go the total hog into AMG territory and extend your wallet much too. You can take pleasure in the sportier enchantment of the Coupe, get some added functionality at the pedal and a little bit a lot more devices like a memory seat and an all-digital instrument panel – all this for a not much too a great deal a top quality of close to Rs six lakh. The 300d Coupe 4Matic comes in at Rs 63.70 lakh even though the frequent 220d 4Matic diesel expenses Rs 57.seventy five 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 frequent GLC. But if you appreciate them, you now have a lot more choice and, oh, did I mention, Mercedes states the AMG is possible to stick to much too?