Motor Trend SUV of the Year: 2017 GLC
2017 GLC-Class is the 2017 Motor Trend SUV of the Year
Motor Trend’s prestigious Golden Calipers are awarded each year for the SUV of the Year. This award goes to the best SUV on the road, and for 2017 Motor Trend has once again chosen the GLC-Class from Mercedes to have the honors.
Of course, this isn’t anything new for the Mercedes GLC-Class. The three-row version of this vehicle won the award back in 2007; six years later, in 2013, the second generation of the model won the honors again. Now, Mercedes has come back with a vengeance, offering perhaps the most exciting version of the vehicle ever to hit the market.
At the top of a leading segment
The SUV crossover segment is one of the hottest vehicle segments around right now. For the 2017 GLC-Class to hit the top of the segment is no small feat.
The numbers bear it out; From August 2015 to August 2016, sales in the small luxury SUV segment increased by a whopping 25.4 percent. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is the exact right vehicle to compete in this segment at exactly the right time.
A Mercedes through-and-through
The 2017 GLC-Class has earned its award, in part, because of the excellent combination of various Mercedes features brought to bear on the model. Some of the themes from other vehicles include:
- Chassis components from the E-Class
- Interior from the C-Class
- The Modular Rear Architecture platform, which is going to be the basis for 10 different Mercedes-Benz models
- Mechanical components and bits from the E-Class
- Electronics and technology from the C-Class
- Materials and elegance found in every Mercedes-Benz product
In some ways, the 2017 GLC-Class uses the top-of-the-line E-Class platform and adds on the best-in-breed features of the C-Class. That isn’t just a smart way to make an automobile, it makes it a much harder vehicle to ignore.
Luxury all around
Enter the cabin of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class and you’ll feel an immediate sense of relaxation. Seats are soft and supportive. Touch points are designed with some serious ergonomic science in mind. All but the most discerning eye would think you were sitting inside of the higher-end E-Class.
There’s plenty of leather and wood inside, and the infotainment system is useful enough to warn you when it’s important but not so terribly distracting that it will affect your driving negatively.
A pleasure to drive
Probably the first thing you’ll notice when you pull off the lot in the 2017 GLC-Class is just how quiet of a cabin you’re in. When you’re going through town, there’s virtually no engine noise to distract you. Even at freeway speeds you’ll get some wind noise, but road and tire noise are minimal, if at all. This vehicle simply stomps the competition when it comes to noise levels, which is no doubt one of the reasons it won the 2017 Motor Trend SUV of the Year.
Steering is both fluid and properly weighted. It takes corners with ease. It’s easy to drive around town, and the brakes are both gentle and predictable. The vehicle simply feels capable to drive.
Winds of Change
While the 2017 GLC-Class isn’t the first Mercedes-Benz to earn this honor, it sure is revolutionary in some respects. This represents the first time that an SUV has been easily as good or better than the sedan it’s based on. SUVs are supposed to be price-conscious, which means they sometimes suffer in terms of quality. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, however, seems to throw that conventional wisdom out the door. It was designed, simply, to be a good Mercedes-Benz, not just a good SUV.