Mercedes-Benz currently makes some of the best interiors in the business, and as the Mercedes-Benz GLC Diesel Estate inherits the cabin space of the already excellent C-Class saloon, it’s more of the same here. It’s a wonderfully modern interpretation of a mid-range luxury interior, with the only blight being the tablet that protrudes from the dash. It looks like you could pull it off, and it’s a shame Mercedes’ designers couldn’t find a way to integrate it into the dashboard somehow.
Critiquing the interior build quality is a rather difficult thing to do as there isn’t really a weakness. It’s one of the finest cabins in its class; top quality materials abound and though that tablet looks flimsy, it’s very well bolted together.
There’s room too, with 550 litres of load space available with all seats raised and in position. With the seats collapsed, the loading area can be boosted to a huge 1,600 litres – meaning you can fit just about anything you need into the boot of the new Mercedes-Benz GLC Diesel Estate.
Being a Mercedes-Benz, you aren’t going to be left wanting for toys and gadgets, but some of the crucial pieces of equipment are optional extras in the lower trim levels. Our top-spec Mercedes-Benz GLC Diesel Estate test car came with a hefty selection of extras, including heated front seats, the cheesily named ‘Parktronic’ parking assistance system, and the Garmin satellite navigation system. Aside from that, AMG line is more of a design option as the ‘Sport’ trim line also features these extras.
In terms of options, the air suspension, mentioned previously, is pricey but adds another level of comfort to the Mercedes-Benz GLC Diesel Estate. The intelligent LED headlights are another box worth considering, as they really are a God-send in difficult night time conditions. The driver assistance package is another costly extra, but for those wanting the safest possible car it will be irresistible, as it adds a host of assistants and sensors to aid safety, and can even detect pedestrians stepping out in front of you and apply the brakes.
The rest of the options really all come down to personal taste; there’s an off-road package, a panoramic sunroof, a head-up display, and a special Burmester stereo system for an upgrade to your tunes. Only those who really feel a need for these kind of extras can put a price on them.
Mercedes-Benz GLC Diesel Estate: Cost, Pricing, And Leasing Rates
Business users seeking a leasing deal on a Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d 4MATIC AMG Line will find that prices on average vary between £300 and £400 a month, depending on months paid upfront and distance covered, options etc.
To buy the new Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d 4MATIC AMG Line outright from new you’ll need to part with £39,595 as standard, but if some of the optional extras take your fancy you can expect that figure to creep up closer to £43-44,000. The price makes it one of the most expensive cars in its segment, and on average – spec for similar spec – the GLC will almost certainly cost you more than an Audi Q5 or BMW X3.