What's it like to drive?

The GLC is powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 found in the regular GLC. No surprise then, that it sports the same figures: 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. While peak horsepower hits high in the range at 5,500 rpm, peak torque kicks in low at 1,300 rpm and doesn’t fall off until the tach reads 4,000 rpm. That power gets to the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system by way of Merc’s nine-speed 9G-tonic automatic transmission.

The engineers decided to make the GLC’s exhaust note come alive at around 4,000 rpm in sport-plus mode to give the car some kick. Unlike the GLC Coupe’s more subdued siblings, you’ll be met with a pleasant roar and the occasional pop and snarl from the tailpipe. While the exhaust note is worth switching to the gas-drinking sport-plus setting, you’ll also find that this drive mode makes the accelerator pedal sensitive to even a slight stab off the line. To say it’s touchy might go too far, but it’s a quirk you’ll have to adjust to.

If you want a less sensitive throttle and a subdued exhaust, don’t worry. The comfort, eco and sport modes are all fit for a quiet and easy-going ride around town.