A lesson in elegance

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The evolved all new GLC in review. In partnership with Mercedes Benz Toorak.

24 August 2023

While most ‘all-new’ vehicle models are long-awaited, with a yearning from brand aficionados and consumers alike, this is one release that felt fast. Why? The last GLC model presents itself so timelessly. With the all-new C, E, and S Class sedans already so well received in market, the GLC’s 2023 launch held an air of intense pressure. Following a weekend getaway in the all-new GLC 300 4MATIC SUV from Mercedes Benz Toorak, it certainly has not disappointed.  

The façade is the dichotomy of elegance and boldness. On approach, the shape is distinctly GLC, with the refined body reaffirming Mercedes’ grasp on their design identity. The 2023 release represents one of the most effortless evolutions in prestige SUV’s history. Feeling both familiar and future-led, from the iconic Mercedes grill and fluid body lines to the sharply cut taillights, it’s undoubtedly impressive.  

Guided into the SUV, the seemingly compact exterior shelters a cabin with an adverse impression. Eyes were drawn up, to the light-flooded moonroof, accentuating the open and spacious cabin, evidentially built for the gazelle-like legs of northern Europeans. The driver and passenger seats could be mistaken for an airline’s business class with their cocooned cavities. With a kinetic shifting seat mode, the undulating seats will keep pressure points to a minimum on long drives. For those in the rear, legroom is equally uncompromised. The boot space is as impressive, enlarged from the previous model, providing an additional 50L of storage space. Our getaway called for two suitcases, an esky, three bags, and a long weekend’s worth of wining and dining supplies for eight adults, all with room to spare.  

The infotainment system’s functionality is seamless and continues the fluid feeling of the design into the SUV’s tech itself. In keeping with Mercedes’ intuitive operating system, the all-new displays, including ‘heads up’, are pristine. The driver’s dash screen is the only design change that feels less considered, with a modern flat screen replacing the traditionally embedded displays of bygone models. You may need to precisely position the steering wheel before driving to easily view all driver instruments. While the finishings are sleek by day and nod to heritage design features, the GLC comes to life by night. Perfectly illuminated with defining LED light bands, driving from dusk is a visual pleasure you can’t tire of with the endless combinations of colour.  

Now, the drive. On and off-road, town and country, the GLC’s mechanics feel fit for purpose in any encounter you’re likely to have. Smooth and secure at speed. Agile and reactive on city streets. The 300 4MATIC model features a 2L engine that delivers 190 KW output, ample for an exhilarating take-off for a vehicle of its size. In comparison to the last model, you will feel a more honed sense of connection to the road and excellent clearance on the striking 18-20” wheels. The only noticeable change from Benz’s of the past is the slightly elevated road noise at freeway speeds, offering a more dynamic driving experience. However, this increased ambient noise is a given with the harder run-flat tyres, now standard on most Mercedes models.  

For those in the market for an exemplary all-around SUV, this is your answer. From brand enthusiasts to families, pet lovers and over-packers, the all new GLC will deliver resounding confidence in the future of the brand. In true Mercedes fashion, faults are few and far between, with craft and quality held above all. This truly is one of the best vehicles on the market this year.   

For local sales, contact Rob Gordon’s specialist team at Mercedes Benz Toorak 

11 Carters Avenue, Toorak 3142 | 29 Madden Grove, Richmond 3121 

03 8825 5000