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The Top Gear car review: Mercedes-Benz GLC
Running costs and reliability
As the plug-in hybrid GLC isn’t ready for testing yet – stay tuned to TG.com for that – the lower-powered diesels remain the most tax-friendly models. A basic GLC 220d 4Matic Sport emits 137g/km of CO2, so it costs less than half as much to tax as the sportier GLC 300d - £210 plays £530, and you’ll get a few more miles out of each gallon, we’d wager.
Adding AMG-line trim carries a £1,750 premium, which buys you 19-inch rims, AMG Sports suspension, the bodykit, and huggier seats. Even Sport models are usefully equipped, with self-parking and reversing camera, the duo of big screens inside, heated front seats, tinted rear glass and 18-inch wheels, which noticeably round off the ride’s coarser edges.
Higher powered versions unlock AMG Premium Plus and AMG Line Ultimate trim, which adds extras like a Burmester hi-fi with beautiful intricate speaker grilles, keyless go, and electric memory seats. For driving in the UK’s congested cities and contra-flow-ridden motorways, we’d recommend the £1,695 Driving Assistance Package, for its active steering and blind-spot helpers. It’s by no means an autonomous car, but the safety net is a welcome one.