Mercedes GLC hybrid practicality & boot space
Plug-in versions of the GLC are less practical than the normal petrol and diesel options
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Plug-in hybrid versions of Mercedes models often sacrifice boot space – for example, the E-Class saloon's boot takes a big hit due to the placement of the batteries in the electrified models.
Sadly that’s also the case in the GLC, although the effect is not quite as severe here. It still causes both a reduction in boot space, which we’ll get to below, and a 'lump' in the boot floor that can get in the way when you’re loading stuff into the luggage space.
If you’ve considered a C-Class hybrid saloon, though, the GLC is more practical because of its SUV body shape and hatchback rear door.
Mercedes GLC hybrid SUV interior space, storage & comfort
The high-quality cabin in the GLC means it’s a pleasant place to spend time, and there’s lots of room in the front seats plus storage in the centre console and big door bins.
There’s enough room in the back for adults, as headroom and legroom is good, but the middle seat only really works for kids: it’s too tight for three adults to sit across the rear bench. ISOFIX child-seat anchor points are standard in the back, if you need to use a child seat.
A normal GLC without electric power has a 550-litre boot that opens out to 1,600 litres with the rear seats folded. It’s a very practical shape and easy enough to load. However, the GLC 300 e and GLC 300 de have a lump in the boot floor, which reduces this to 395 litres with the seats up or 1,445 litres with the seats down.
The batteries take up rather a lot of space in the back, and when you add in charging cables that need to be stored in the car as well, it means storage space just isn’t a strong point in the GLC hybrids.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Mercedes GLC is available in both 300 e (petrol-electric) and 300 de (diesel-electric) form, offering two different takes on the luxury plug-in hybrid SUV formula
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe GLC hybrid is available in petrol or diesel form; both promise around 30 miles of electric range
- 3Running costsCompany-car tax rules mean the GLC plug-in is an attractive choice in petrol or diesel form, but private buyers can save, too
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe plug-in GLCs boast strong performance from their electric motors, but ride and handling could be better
- 5Interior & comfortA high-tech cabin with impressive infotainment means the GLC plug-in feels luxurious
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingPlug-in versions of the GLC are less practical than the normal petrol and diesel options
- 7Reliability & safetyThe GLC scored highly in crash tests, but you have to pay extra to get the best assistance technology