Thoughts on moving to Mercedes GLC from GLK-Which is better Mercedes GLC or GLK ?


Mercedes-Benz GLK and GLC SUVs are the two most popular Mercedes SUVs. These are two excellent rides that cater to a wide range of preferences. However, how do you go about picking an SUV?

With so many options, choosing between Mercedes-Benz GLK and GLC SUVs might be difficult. 

The GLK SUV, on the other hand, is ideal for those looking for a sporty and powerful vehicle. In contrast, the GLC is ideal for individuals seeking a roomy, comfortable, and technologically advanced vehicle.

It’s also a replacement for the Mercedes-Benz GLK, which was discontinued in 2012. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class will only be compared to the 2016 GLK-Class.

A Quick Guide

What are the Differences between the Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLK Class?

Cargo Dimensions

GLC is way more spacious. The way the suspension is set up is not as intrusive as the GLK. The GLK has really oddly shaped hump for the rear shock.

Also don’t forget the rear seat split ratio. That ski hatch is something you might think if the GLK had.

Some dimensions GLC Vs. GLK

  • Floor from tailgate to back of front seats GLK 65.9″ ; GLC 61.3″ ; Outback 77.7″
  • Floor from tailgate to back of pass. seats GLK 35″ ; GLC 36.6″ ; Outback 41.8″
  • Width at wheel wells GLK 37.4″ GLC 43.3″; Outback 42.5″
  • Height of cargo area GLK 33.7″ GLC 31.8″ ; Outback 32.4″
  • Volume of cargo area GLK 54.7 cu.ft. GLC 56.5 cu.ft ; Outback 73.3 cu.ft.

Based on above published figures, GLC cargo volume is slightly larger. This despite the length to back seat being 4.6″ shorter and the height being 1.9″ less. 

Presumable volume is higher because width at wheel wells is greater on the GLC. A calculation shows cargo floor area is 19.83 sq.ft on GLK vs 21.3 sq,ft on GLC.

GLK is barely big enough for you when you pack it to head South for winter. However,GLC is big enough with better cargo area .


Since the GLK has a boxy appearance, it is somewhat taller than the GLS. In comparison to the GLC, its height is 66.7 inches. 

The GLC has a width of 74.4-inches and a wheelbase of 113.1-inches, whilst the GLK has a width of 74.2-inches and a wheelbase of 108.5-inches.

Power & perfomance

The 2015 Mercedes GLK has higher power and performance than the 2016 Mercedes GLC. Having a 3.5-liter VY gasoline engine is the reason for this. 

The highest output of this engine is 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. As a result, this vehicle has more horsepower than the GLC.

GLC has a 2.0 litre turbocharged inline-4 with 255 horsepower and 273 pounds of torque, on the other side. 

This indicates that both engines have the same amount of torque, but they have different horsepower outputs. GLC has a 9-speed automatic transmission, whereas GLK has a 7-speed automatic transmission.

Driving Experience

 On the highway, the GLC beats the GLK hands down…good power, excellent gas mileage, better safety features.
While out in the mountains on back roads (some of them unpaved and very steep), the GLK is the clear winner, primarily due to the 6-cylinder engine.
The compression on the GLK’s 6-cylinder is much better than the 4-cylinder in the GLC.
On the same declines, the GLK manages fine, while the GLC sounds like it’s over revving and I am forced to use the brakes.
It looks like the GLK to be more manoeuvrable on some of the backroads and tight spaces I get into…and it just seems like a tougher little SUV than the GLC.
That said, for highway driving, take the GLC! It’s much safer and more comfortable.
On the same weekend round trip of about 250 miles, I will average 26 MPG in the GLK, and over 30 MPG in the GLC. I have 120,000 miles on the GLK with no significant maintenance issues, and 14,000 miles on the GLC with no issues.
In terms of the styling – I’m a big GLK fan and didn’t like the GLC style at first…but I would have to say that it has grown on me.
I think it’s beautifully styled.
In terms of interior, the GLC is a clear winner- George R

The Finish & Design

Well, the most obvious distinction between these two SUVs is that they have a different finish or appearance. 

The Mercedes GLK features a boxy appearance, whilst the Mercedes GLC features a more rounded style. As a result, although the GLK seems to be larger on the exterior than the GLC, the GLC is actually the larger vehicle.

More cargo capacity is provided by the Mercedes GLC as compared to the Mercedes GLK, which is longer and higher. 

Although the GLC is larger and takes up more room, it nonetheless manages to be more fuel efficient than the GLK. The GLK weighs around 4,068 pounds, whereas the GLC weighs approximately 3,889 pounds.

What are some of the similarities and differences between the Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLK Class models?

Before we look at the contrasts between these two opulent SUVs, we’ll take a look at some of the things they have in common. 

The GLC and GLK SUVs are both small and nimble. In other words, they are smaller than the Mercedes-Benz GLE or GLS, but they are larger than the Mercedes GLA-Class.

The fact that they both have five seats, which is ideal for a family vehicle, is another another point of resemblance. 

Their inner space, on the other hand, differs depending on how much leg, head, and shoulder room they have. 

There is more legroom in the GLK’s front seat, whereas the GLC offers more shoulder space in the GLC’s front seat. In general, the GLC has a more spacious cabin than the GLK.

In addition, each of these tiny SUVs are equipped with rear-wheel drive as standard. 

This is extraordinary because it will ensure that these vehicles have outstanding traction both on and off the road, which is critical. Furthermore, it is beneficial since it enhances steering performance when towing.

Mercedes GLC

Strong points
  • More fuel efficient
  • High quality fit and trim
  • Attention to detail
  • Carefully crafted interiors ( its awesome design)
Weak points
  • More run-of-the-mill appearance( Not a fan of it )
  • Just one drivetrain this year
  • Complicated infotainment system
  • Less headroom in back

GLC- The best is found on the interior of this SUV

While the GLC’s design may not be particularly noteworthy, the inside is unquestionably more impressive. 

It gives you the impression that you’re on board a considerably more luxurious vessel, owing to the extensive use of high-quality materials, particularly leather. 

There is an overall impression of distinction created by the door inserts, dashboard highlights, metal screens above the speakers, and backlighting. 

Because of the vehicle’s larger size, there is additional inside room, which is especially beneficial for the back passengers. The cargo hold is likewise more spacious, albeit the vehicle’s rounded corners and steeply sloping roofline result in a somewhat smaller aperture.

The seats were really comfy, which I thought was a nice touch for lengthy road journeys. 

Finding the optimal driving posture is a breeze thanks to the fact that they can be adjusted in a variety of directions and the steering column is telescopic.

The car is equipped with Mercedes’ Audio 20 infotainment system, which features a seven-inch screen that is situated on top of the dash and takes up a significant amount of room in the cabin. 

Some individuals enjoy it, while others do not. The fact that it does not have a touchscreen is my biggest complaint. 

Instead, you’ll have to make use of a dial, a touchpad, and buttons to operate the different features on the device. In addition, it needs a significant amount of your attention and is less intuitive than it should be.

Above all, GLC is a pleasant ride

When you take this SUV for a test drive, you’ll instantly notice that it strikes a good mix between athletic handling and comfort. 

Although the GLC’s shape promises a more sporty ride, it does not have the same DNA as an Audi Q5 or a Porsche Macan in terms of design. It is true to the Mercedes-Benz concept that comfort takes precedence over all else! 

And the GLC does not disappoint in this area. And, most crucially, it provides passengers with an astonishingly calm environment when sucking back the miles on the highway.

To whet your appetite for its raw power, the car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds, which is not terrible considering the engine’s modest displacement. 

Some of it may be attributed to the model’s low weight, as well as to the engine’s strong torque output.


The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class superseded the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class as the luxury vehicle of choice. 

Previously, the GLC-SUV was known as the GLK-SUV (Grand Luxury Crossover Utility Vehicle). 

However, the letter “K” has been changed by the letter “C,” indicating that it is a small model, similar to the C-Class. 

A same thing happened to the ML, which was renamed the GLE, which denoted a medium SUV similar to the E-Class.

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