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The Top Gear car review:Mercedes-Benz GLC
For:Refinement, solidity, space, off-road-ability
Against:Not very engaging to drive
What is it?
Another crossover from Mercedes. It’s the size of a C-class. As far as Britain is concerned it’s a new model, but actually in LHD markets there was a boxy predecessor, called the GLK. The name isn’t all that’s new: the whole platform is fresh, shared with the C-class. No longer boxy, it takes on Merc’s latest smoothly flowing design language and sophisticated interior look. It’s commendably aerodynamic and light, leading to impressive economy and emissions numbers. Both engines – 220d and 250d – are versions of Merc’s familiar 2.1-litre. But they are hooked to a new, and smooth, nine-speed autobox.