Road Test Review: Mercedes-Benz GLC Plug-In Hybrid E 4MATIC AMG Line Premium Plus

Independent review by Mike Torpey

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Mercedes-Benz GLC AMG Line Premium Plus

Road Test: Mercedes-Benz GLC Plug-In Hybrid E 4MATIC AMG Line Premium Plus

Explore the key features of the Mercedes-Benz GLC Plug-In Hybrid E 4MATIC AMG Line Premium Plus in our expert road test review.

New Mercedes-Benz GLC


Offering exceptional performance and a luxurious interior, the Mercedes-Benz GLC AMG Line Premium Plus is a great option for a family SUV.


  • Spacious and comfortable interior
  • Modern design
  • Efficient powertrain
  • High-performing
New Mercedes-Benz GLC


In an SUV market that is heavily congested, the mid-sized Mercedes-Benz GLC has plenty to offer in terms of technology, performance with efficiency and of course the prestigious 3-pointed star on the grille.

Of course, that technology, premium build and badge come at a price, but there is no denying that you get what you pay for with this luxurious Mercedes-Benz model.

The top-of-the-range AMG Line Premium Plus specification that we drove also offers the best that this model can give a driver, with a bountiful array of technology and features to enjoy.

Design and Practicality

This latest version is a bit higher and a bit shorter than its predecessor, but it certainly looks the part, featuring AMG Line Exterior package, ‘Mercedes-Benz’ lettered perforated front discs and a riot of chrome touches, plus 20-inch multi-spoke AMG alloy wheels.

The folding versatility in seating arrangements allows boot space to open up to huge stowage space, accessed by a powered tailgate. Other storage cubbyholes are available as well.

Features and Technology

The interior screams premium quality and all versions are well-equipped and goodies increase as you move up the range. This model features leather, heated and powered seats, 64-colour ambient lighting multi-function steering wheel and high-end sound system.

Like all Mercedes-Benz models, it hosts a myriad of gadgets and gizmos, not least its clever voice activated MBUX entertainment system which now uses the latest augmented reality software and a comprehensive range of safety kit.

This system features a centrepiece 11.9-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen display and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that controls major functions like navigation, infotainment and smartphone connectivity.

Mercedes-Benz has always been at the forefront for safety and this model includes a proliferation of airbags, autonomous braking, exit warnings, and pedestrian detection near crossings which significantly reduces the risk to both driver and pedestrians.

Powertrain and Performance

Obviously, a key factor when looking at this kind of model is the hybrid powertrain. The combination of a powerful 2.0-litre petrol engine and an electric motor offering 335bhp is impressive.

This setup strikes a good balance between power and efficiency, while the 31.2kWh battery and fast charging capability allows for extensive electric-only commuting. An all-electric range of up to 80 miles and low CO2 emissions of 12g/km are an attractive proposition for company car drivers as well as helping towards reducing the environmental impact of driving.

The 9-speed automatic transmission is slick and efficient, and the gear shift stalk on the steering column frees up space elsewhere.

While most SUV owners may not frequently go off-road, the brand's 4MATIC system is handy when need to tow trailers, horseboxes, or caravans. It also adds traction during adverse weather conditions like rain or snow.

On the road, the car is comfortable and virtually silent bar any intrusive wheel wind noise, which is still barely whisper thanks to heavy insulation.
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It is quick enough, hitting 62mph in just over seven seconds, but is really built for comfort and families. It is a superb motorway cruiser whispering along at high speed and if you want a bit more fun, you can select Eco, Sport, and Hybrid modes. You can also run on petrol only to conserve battery for emission charge areas.


The GLC is a technologically advanced and environmentally friendly option. Coming from a premium brand like Mercedes-Benz, it is no wonder that it comes so well-equipped and offers such as luxurious and refined ride for all onboard.

And, in the range-topping AMG Line Premium Plus trim, you get to experience the best features you can possibly get with the GLC model.