At its peak, the Mercedes GLK managed to attract just over 30,000 European buyers, that was in 2012. During its first full year, in 2016, its successor, the GLC, sold over 70,000 copies, and this is its worst harvest. With us, it was still in 2021 the third best seller of the brand. There is no photo, it is a real success. So, so much to say that the Etoile brand played the card of caution when it came to renewing it. Does the latest vintage have the necessary arguments to win over buyers against the best sellers in the segment such as the BMW X3 and the Volvo XC60 and even against more atypical and less popular proposals such as the DS7 or the Lexus NX? Our answers.
The new Mercedes GLC
The GLC II almost looks like the one it replaces. But, at a technical level, the evolutions are numerous. All three plug-in hybrid variants now benefit from a huge 31.2 kWh battery that allows them to roll on paper a hundred kilometers on a single charge. Another example, the passenger compartment has been completely redesigned and follows the model of the C-Class, from which it is also derived. The screen is better integrated than before, the comfort and soundproofing are very well taken care of, the space is still generous, however, the finish is slightly below. As for the prices…
The advantages of the new Mercedes GLC
- Comfort and soundproofing
- Interior space
- A relevant plug-in hybrid diesel option and Crit’Air 1
The disadvantages of the new Mercedes GLC
- high fees
- The quality of the finish has dropped slightly.
For the start of the school year, the DS 7, without further designation Crossback, offers a second youth with a profound restyling. This can be seen on the outside, in particular with the stunning light signature, but also on the inside where, behind the still flattering execution, the instrumentation has been redesigned, the central display enlarged and the interface revised. . Enough to further improve the quality of life of this SUV made in Mulhouse, which seduces with its good manners and the comfort of its suspensions. As for engines, the range now includes a small 130 hp diesel (from €46,300) and three rechargeable hybrids. Alongside the well-known E-Tense 225 and 300, there is a 360 hp version based on the DS 9.
The advantages of the DS 7
- Comfort and soundproofing
- Refined and customizable interior
- Made in France
Less than DS 7
- Ergonomics to tame
- Redesign price inflation
the bmw x3
Every Mercedes finds a BMW on its way. In this case, the 2nd generation of GLC faces the X3. Restyled in the summer of 2021, the Bavarian SUV shows many similarities to its flagship competitor. Starting with its almost identical footprint, the X3 shows 4.71m long (-1cm) by 1.89m wide (ditto). On the engine side, the BMW SUV also offers 4-cylinder gasoline and diesel microhybrids, plug-in hybrids, a sports version and a 100% electric variant, called iX3 (versus EQC Mercedes). Well educated, pleasant to live and to drive, the X3 does not lack argumentsits range from €51,750.
The advantages of the BMW X3
- driving pleasure
- Clean and spacious interior.
- Wide range of engines
The disadvantages of the BMW X3
- Comfort with 20-inch wheels
- PHEV tank limited to 50 l
The Lexus NX
The advantages of the Lexus NX
- Lots of space on board
- manufacturing quality
- 3 years warranty
Less of the Lexus NX
- CVT effect
- low speed tremors
- Chassis not very dynamic
The Volvo XC60
The Volvo XC60 is a great alternative to traditional German SUVs. Released in 2017 and reworked last year, the Volvo SUV boasts a Swedish lifestyle coupled with a strong sense of family. Thus, space is not lacking, nor is attention on board, with, in particular, the most pleasant seats. Its priority is to ensure passenger comfort, even if this XC60 is penalized for its weight in use. This excess weight prevents the two diesels offered -B4 (197 hp) from €59,230 and B5 (235 hp) from €76,530- from being as sober as expected. The XC60 is also available as a plug-in hybrid, under the name Recharge.
The advantages of the Volvo XC60
- Warm and rewarding indoor environment
- welcome seats
The disadvantages of the Volvo XC60
- “German” prices
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