With a 360+hp 3.0 V6 engine, I was expecting a little more from this one
So, for a while, if you had asked me what I'm getting next, my answer would have been the same every time. GLC 63 AMG. There was really no other car, so was a little disappointed when I drove its smaller, less powerful cousin...
So my excitement about driving the nearest thing to the GLC 63, was tempered from the moment, I sat in the drivers seat for this test drive. hmmm... too high! I was expecting to sit a little lower in the drivers seat than what I could get. Didn't help that I spent the rest of the test drive adjusting the seat, finishing and handing the keys back before I ever got properly comfortable. Size wise, its pretty good overall. Decent size for adults and luggage, so can't really fault it from that perspective.
Now this is the area that I was most surprised. Yes it was not the GLC 63, but I was hoping for a nice crisp drive from the 3.0 V6 with turbos and whistles attached. Whilst I am sure the car is fast. No doubts about it. It never really felt like an engaging drive. The steering was slightly dull and the sound was drowned out quite a bit. I don't know whether the sound if pumped through the speakers or not, however, it never really set my ears tingling.
There remains something about the 43, that I just don't like. I think its too slender from roof to kick boards. Doesn't quite have the chunky look that I like in an SUV. Certainly not in the way that the SQ5 does chunky. This one was black with black, which is a pretty safe combination. The interior is starting to look dated and given the next facelift is due soon, might be worth hanging on to your cash for a little while longer.
The GLC I am sure is a good car overall, but given the price of this car, I would suggest driving a few of the offerings from Mercedes' prime competitors.