With the facelift, we lose the choice of an interesting engine option. The brilliant 300d is not available in the GLC. What remains is the GLC 200 petrol and the one we drove, the 220d, four-cylinder diesel which remains unchanged. The 194bhp and 400Nm of torque are sent to all four wheels via the nine-speed 9G-Tronic gearbox. While the numbers aren’t going to give any goosebumps, the driving modes do pep things up. You get to choose between Individual, Sport, Comfort and Eco modes. The busy roads of Bangalore meant we were in comfort mode for most of the time and it’s a fine balance of power and economy.
The gearbox seems to be a tad bit slow at times but it’s only when you really hurry it that it feels so. The engine on the other hand is extremely refined and relaxed at highway speeds making it an effortless highway muncher. But even then, we still feel that the 300d was the ideal engine for the GLC.
What cannot be argued about though is the ride quality. The GLC soaks in bumps and bad sections like it was born to. Ride quality is a typical Mercedes magic carpet ride and the GLC just glides over everything you throw at it.
A soft suspension setup will invite body roll and the GLC does roll a bit when you really push it, but nothing alarming thanks to the barrage of electronics that it packs in. The steering in sports mode does dial in some weight but even then there isn’t enough to call it a driver’s car. But in other words the GLC for most owners will be a driver’s car (chauffeur driven) so there isn’t much to complain about.