It seems like the latest trend in manufacturing sports utility vehicles these days is to shrink their size as much as possible. Well, one wouldn’t call it an SUV anymore if the size is no longer within the traditionally accepted dimensions of the segment. Nonetheless, when BMW boasted the X4, it was expected that rival Mercedes-Benz wouldn’t take too long to come up with its competition. This time, it’s in the form of the 2016 GLC Coupe.
The car is currently offered in three different variants, namely the base 220d, the 250 turbo-petrol, and the 250d turbo-diesel. All three will be equipped with standard features that include the push-button start, keyless entry, steering wheel with paddle shifters, dual-zone air conditioning, touchscreen entertainment system, and dynamic select.
Because Mercedes-Benz is marketing it as a sporty option for those who are looking for one, all the models are dressed up in an AMG body kit, which is obviously already a major addition for those hoping to get something that’s literally customized out of the box. There are also 20-inch alloy wheels that come distinctively with adaptive dampers in the suspension. As for safety, this car means business, too, thanks to the presence of nine airbags as well as several aids in driving like adaptive cruise control, active lane keeping assistance, a 360-degree camera with sensors, and of course, emergency braking.
Although not everyone will be sold on the idea of a downsized SUV, one has to be reminded that the features of this range don’t make it less ideal than its bigger competition. Performance-wise, the base model delivers 125 kW and 400 Nm of power while the GLC 250d produces 150 kW and 500 Nm.
So, for those looking to get something that’s literally in between a conventional wagon and a full-sized SUV, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe is a very interesting option.