Very close to getting a GLC and have a few questions, please

Very close to getting a GLC and have a few questions, please

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VillaDeste

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8 months

Sunday 13th June
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As above, I'm on the brink of saying yes to a GLC, a 2019 220d in AMG Night Edition spec. It's down south and I'm up north, so I'm not able to test drive it and have some general questions.

a) I currently drive a 2017 Audi A6 3.0 TDI 272PS Black Edition Avant which averages 37mpg over a daily commute of just 10 miles there and back plus 50 miles at weekends, so should I see a slight economy boost from the GLC? I drive with a light foot and was actually wanting to go petrol, PHEV or maybe even EV, but the GLC is a great price leaving me in a quandry.

b) I gather the 2.1-litre diesel isn't as good as the 2-litre unit that replaced it in the facelift, but is it that bad?

c) The car I've been offered has the smaller sat nav and no Comand controller so I assume it's the more basic system. Is it really bad or passable, considering the nav in my Audi A6 is the bog standard one and looks really dated too?

d) I've read about the problem with crabbing which puts me off a bit, but it's a main dealer so presumably I can get it sorted under warranty once the car's up north with me.

e) What average fuel economies are you getting from your GLC 220d if driven carefully?

f) My Audi doesn't have keyless entry but the GLC does. I've got a Faraday wallet thing anyway, to protect keyless theft at home, but is it a worry for you Merc drivers out and about in public?

Just wanting some inspiration as it's thrown me off my petrol, PHEV or EV trail. I'd keep the GLC for 2 years if I do go for it, as a stepping stone towards a car more suited to my needs. Or yes, a bike, but...

Edited by VillaDeste on Sunday 13th June 12:30

romeogolf

1,952 posts

87 months

Monday 14th June
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VillaDeste said:
b) I gather the 2.1-litre diesel isn't as good as the 2-litre unit that replaced it in the facelift, but is it that bad?

c) The car I've been offered has the smaller sat nav and no Comand controller so I assume it's the more basic system. Is it really bad or passable, considering the nav in my Audi A6 is the bog standard one and looks really dated too?

Edited by VillaDeste on Sunday 13th June 12:30
I've got a C220d rather than the GLC but I believe they share the same 2.1 diesel engine. I'd say it's passable, but a little noisy/rattles a bit so not the most refined. Once you're on the move it's only noticeable when you put your foot down.

I'm not sure if the 2019 GLC has a more recent model of in-car entertainment than the 2015 C-class, but again while it works fine and doesn't cause any major issues, it is a little dated/slow at times. I don't use the in-built SatNav as anything on my phone will be much more reliable.