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Car Review: Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 Coupe – All I want for Christmas

A “Mercedes Mash-Up”, it takes the swooping styling of a traditional coupe and throws in four-door family practicality, a fastback boot and the ride height of a SUV.

Is it too late to change my Christmas order?

It is fair to say there would be a number of cars I’ve reviewed over 2016 that I’d slip into my Christmas stocking if I could, and my latest test drive is no exception.

Some would say the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe is a bit confusing at first glance… I think it’s intriguing.

My best crack at describing it is a “Mercedes Mash-Up”. It takes the swooping styling of a traditional coupe and throws in four-door family practicality, a fastback boot and the ride height of a SUV.

All that turns heads… and raises questions, like: “Where does it sit in the big scheme of things – sports car, family SUV, coupe?”

All of the above!

What’s clear, at least to me, is the GLC Coupe 250 oozes style and has outstanding on-road presence, performance and handling with its 4MATIC-all-wheel-drive system.

And there’s performance to boot, with the GLC range well equipped with Mercedes’ renowned AMG kit as standard which, among other things, throws on comment-pulling 20-inch alloys which set this car off perfectly.

Just as surprising, given the high-end look and performance found in the GLC Coupe, is the price.

Tested was the petrol GLC 250 Coupe which comes in at $80,100, but slipping behind the wheel can be done in the diesel 220d at $77,100.

There’s more confusion for me in the 250 in assessing its qualities – what do I like more, the refined interior styling with its leather upholstery and loads of well layed out and functional tech, or the turbocharged 2.0-litre engine with 155kW and 350Nm of torque?

Good thing you get both for the price in this tidy package.

Anyone got Santa’s address?


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