A few months ago we attended the local introduction of the latest-generation Mercedes GLC SUV. This week the local subsidiary added the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe to the local listings, for those who wish to stand out a little more.

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Sporty Appearance

The GLC is an SUV version of the popular C-Class. In fact, it is the company’s best-selling SUV around the world. The all-new Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe adds a slightly different dimension to the SUV offering.

The latest version has a coupé silhouette that is aimed at those who want something a little more stylish. And to steer away from the ‘mum’s taxi’ moniker. The swoopy roofline is set off by more rugged elements. These include a bashplate under the front bumper, roof rails and solid-looking alloys on chunky wheels. 

Other traits are carried over from the ‘regular’ GLC. Items such as the slanted headlamps and bold grille treatment link these siblings. The rear-end of the Coupe is more distinctive with body-wide, linked taillamps.

Interior Treatment

From behind the wheel the siblings are quite similar. The all-new Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe has the same treatment that we have come to expect from modern-day Mercs. All instrumentation is digital and pride of place on the facia is the company’s 300 mm touchscreen interface. The system features Mercedes’, now familiar, voice assistant. 

Perceived quality in the cabin is as expected of a vehicle at this price point. One new addition for this generation of GLC Coupe is a panoramic roof, which adds light to an otherwise sombre cabin palette.


The new GLC range, for now anyway, consists of just two derivatives. The 220d version offers 145 kW/440 N.m and the 300d a more punchy 198 kW/550 N.m. Both versions feature 48-volt, mild-hybrid technology with an integrated starter-generator (ISG). Regardless of engine output the GLC range features nine-speed automatic transmissions. This directs torque to a standard all-wheel-drive system called 4Matic in Merc-speak.

A Quick Drive

We spent a few kilometres behind the wheel of the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe in 220d guise. The multi-link suspension did a great job of dealing with the byways around the, admittedly good, Cape Peninsula. And the dual-zone climate control kept us cool on the warm summer’s day.

Loads of mid-week traffic (where are they all going) meant that we didn’t ever get to experience the power of the turbodiesel engine, though it does come across as pretty refined, sipping fuel at around the 6,5L/100 km-mark for our stop-start journey.

All-new Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Pricing

GLC 220D:  R1 392 350
GLC 300D: R1 447 350