our opinion behind the wheel of the gasoline-hybrid 400e

Mercedes’ most popular model, the GLC is completely renewed. Always so chic, it’s making progress in many areas, including off-road!

Chic and sporty, the Mercedes family SUV, launched in 2015, hasn’t aged in the slightest since its restyle in the summer of 2019. Best proof of its success, two years ago it dethroned the C-Class in first place in brand sales for Star. No aesthetic revolution, therefore,, this new work remains faithful to the design of its predecessor. Its line becomes a more modern chouilla and gains dynamism with an increased length of 6 cm and a height lowered by… 4 mm. With its headlights now aligned with the grille, its new front end is sleeker and looks wider, while its profile becomes more dynamic. The changes are much more noticeable inside. with the adoption of same panel as Class C. It is particularly characterized by its two “floating” slabsone 12”3 for the digital meter block, the second for the multimedia screen, 11”9. A wind of modernity that comes with an elegant design and an elegant finish, further optimized in the upper finishes, with leather plate cover and aluminum inlays. On the livability side, the space in the rear legs does not improve, but it proves to be sufficient, while the 6 cm gains in length benefit the trunk whose volume now reaches 620 liters in micro-hybrid versionsbut it loses 150 liters in our plug-in hybrid version (470 liters).

In addition to very well achieved ergonomics and an excellent driving position, as is almost always the case with Mercedes, the first turns of the wheels stand out. Unusual maneuverability for a machine of this size. Very precise, the variable power steering has become even more direct and takes advantage of rear wheel steering, standard on plug-in hybrid versions. That explains it. These roll in the opposite direction to the front wheels up to a maximum angle of 4.5°, below 60 km/h, and in the same direction beyond. Enough to gain 0.90 m of turning radius (10.9 m) and enhance dynamism and stability on the road by increasing the wheelbase. In perfect harmony with his family vocation, this GLC proves to be ultra docile to drive and sees its safety reinforced by its 4-Matic all-wheel drive. In more sustained driving, however, it doesn’t offer the same dynamism as its BMW competitor, the X3, with marked tendency to understeerbut reassuring.

A cute limousine…

Another area of ​​satisfaction, the comfort, optimized in the hybrid versions rechargeable by the Airmatic suspension, the famous controlled pneumatic damping expensive to Mercedes. In fashion comfortgive the GLC un cute limousine, with great flexibility – and great amplitude – of damping. Enough to almost make you forget about the big 18-20” hoops that only a few speed bumps highlight through some percussion. Not to mention quiet operation, favored by a flattering 0.29 CX, little disturbed on the road by some aerial noise from the mirrors. The 4-cylinder turbo – with a very common sound – almost imperceptible, except in the free acceleration phases. A motor which, however, is not needed when the batteries are full, as theyou can go up to 140 km/h (counter of 147 km/h, exactly) in all-electric mode. The GLC then works like an electric model, smoothly and silently. In this mode, its autonomy has doubled compared to its predecessor, and now surpasses the 100 km in real use. Batteries can be recharged in less than 30′ with the optional 60 kW DC charger. However, on the road, once the batteries are partially or fully discharged, Average consumption is about 9 liters per 100 km.

A feeling of lightness, offered by the rear steering wheels

Most surprisingly, this GLC is capable of leaving the beaten track. With the Airmatic suspension, which allows you to increase or decrease the ground clearance (14.5 cm), embellished with the Off-Road Package, which increases even more by 200 mm, and has protections in the lower part of the body, it offers very convincing crossover capabilities that can be leveraged in electric mode. In these conditions, we appreciate the manoeuvrability, and the feeling of lightness, provided by the steered rear wheels, reminiscent of a small 4×4, while enjoying, once again, remarkable comfort. It remains an apartment, we have evolved in the second report of the automatic transmission and we do not benefit, in electric mode, from any engine brake. Let’s add that the storms that hit the tracks of our off-road course very quickly made the M+S tires inoperable. It would have been very different with 4×4 tires. Nonetheless GLC owners who dare to leave the beautiful neighborhoods to venture off-road must be as frequent as polar bears in the Sahara!

Prices are still pretty elitist…

Among the various equipment, including many options, that Mercedes says it wants to reduce and rationalize, we will mention the famous MBUX infotainment system with voice assistant “Hey Mercedes!” which now has an augmented reality GPS. Or the “transparent” hood which, like the Land-Rover, allows off-road viewing of the front wheels and any obstacles and assistance when driving with a trailer. If the standard equipment is very extensive in terms of safety equipment and most options are now related to design, prices remain quite elitist with a base price starting at €60,700 for the 220d 4-Matic version, Available now. The 300e and 400e petrol plug-in hybrid versions will arrive in October, followed by the 400de diesel plug-in hybrid in mid-December. While waiting for an essential – and debatable – coupé version.

OUR VERDICT

Elegant as ever, this new generation of the best-selling Mercedes improves comfort and driving pleasure, while offering true off-road capability. Rest of the mechanics that, although powerful, is limited to 4 cylinders.

We love

  • Comfort
  • Presentation finish
  • Driving pleasure handling
  • Off-road behavior skills
  • electrical autonomy

we love less

  • Lack of mechanical nobility
  • prices

data sheet

PURCHASE

  • Mercedes GLC400e
  • Tested version: approx. € 71,000
  • From: €60,700 (220d 4-Matic)
  • Average manufacturer/mean test consumption (l-kW/100 km): 0.5 to 0.6/9.0 – 20.4 to 22.5 kWh in electric mode
  • CO2/bonus: 12 to 15 g/0
  • Tax power: no.
  • Country of manufacture: Germany

PROPOSED INTERVAL

  • Diesel: 197 hp, from €60,700 to €65,500
  • Gasoline hybrid: from 313 to 381 hp, nc
  • Diesel hybrid: 335 hp, nc

CONDUCT

  • Engine: 4-cylinder, 16-valve, gasoline direct injection, DPF, 1,999 cc + permanently excited internal rotor synchronous electric motor, lithium-ion battery, 31.2 kWh, liquid cooled
  • Transmission: all-wheel, 9-speed automatic
  • Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 252 @ 5,800 + 136 (electric), 381 cumulative
  • Torque (Nm in rpm): 400 to 2000 + 440, 650 cumulative
  • Weight (kg): 2,355
  • Length.xwidth.xheight. (m): 4.72×1.89×1.65
  • Wheelbase (m): 2.89
  • Turning circle (m): 10.9
  • Maximum speed (km/h): 237 km/h (140 in electric mode)
  • 0-100 km/h: 5”6
  • Standard tires: front, 235/55 R 19, rear, 255/55 R 19
  • Test tires: Bridgestone Turenza MO-S T005

TO LIVE

  • Rear legroom: 74
  • Width at front/rear elbows: 149/148
  • 5/2 breast (l): 470/1,530

RECOMMENDED OPTIONS

  • Dynamic Pack with Airmatic suspension + rear steering (€3,400) (standard on plug-in hybrids)
  • Smart headlight digital light (NC)
  • Off-Road Package (nc)

main competitors

  • Audi Q5 55 TFSIe Quattro, 367 hp, from €73,110
  • BMW X3 xDrive 30e292 hp, from €62,250
  • DS7 E-TENSE300 hp, from €60,200
  • Jaguar F-Pace P400e404 hp, from €81,370

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