Based on the experience of a short test run, it is still difficult to filter everything, but with the GLC we managed to get involved in several interesting situations on the ZalaZONE test track. People usually only experience the operation of driving support systems in person, there is rarely an opportunity to practice them, so I try to take advantage of every opportunity to get to know their operation. It doesn’t hurt to know how a car will react in certain situations, and the GLC has the right answer for most situations.
Its emergency brake assistant works like a bomb, it stopped completely reliably 298 times out of 300 attempts during the test period in ZalaZONE, the remaining two were due to the driver’s reaction. You must not reach into it once the car starts to brake. And the GLC detects the vehicle in front of it, pedestrians, cyclists or quadrupeds, quite early, its cameras monitor 250 meters ahead and even from a speed of 60 it stops a good two meters in front of the obstacle, completely by itself, which is quite an impressive performance.
In the short term, I had the opportunity to drive the gasoline model 200 and the diesel 220. But even after all this time, it is noticeable that there is no significant difference between the sound of the two engines, which is quite bad news for the gasoline engine. Due to the high-pressure gasoline injection, it sounds like a diesel when idling and accelerating, and the diesel is easy to recognize because of its deeper sound. As long as the engine sounds outside, it is not so disturbing, but it can also be heard inside the GLC, which is not very good news.
The driver’s seat is perfectly adjustable, but the position was not perfect for me in the first round, it has to be set too high in order to see the entire instrument cluster. Although the GLC is quite a large car, sitting in the front seats may seem a bit cramped due to the wide center console, but sitting in the back there are no complaints at all.
It springs softly, even though I was able to test a car with steel springs on the road. In this, in the steering and the complete drivability, feeling the same greasy, difficult, yet precise driving experience as in an E-class, this suits the GLC very well. It showed a picture of an easy-to-maneuver, very visible car in the first round, with such a camera system it is of course easy to see everything around the car on the display.
Both the 200 gasoline and the 220 diesel accelerate decently, but we both hear a rather strange, artificial sound in the passenger compartment, which only gets stronger in Sport mode, but it doesn’t get any better. The manufacturer compares the car’s off-road ability to the G, which is a brave idea from a car without a differential lock, but there is no doubt that it will be able to solve most of the situations that customers can get into with its traction control.