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Hello,

I am considering trading in my Acura TLX 2016 for a new car. (Only drove the TLX for little over 1 year but I am moving back to Colorado from Washington after military)
I have looked into GLC, Q5, NX or just to go cheap... nissan/toyota.

What are your opinions? Obviously it will be very favored towards one side.. I would love to hear from daily drivers' opinion.

Also, looking at the packages, what do you need think is necessary? There are so many and it is hard for me to choose!

(any tips on bargaining with the dealer..? haha)

Thank you in advance.
 

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Hello,

I am considering trading in my Acura TLX 2016 for a new car. (Only drove the TLX for little over 1 year but I am moving back to Colorado from Washington after military)
I have looked into GLC, Q5, NX or just to go cheap... nissan/toyota.

What are your opinions? Obviously it will be very favored towards one side.. I would love to hear from daily drivers' opinion.

Also, looking at the packages, what do you need think is necessary? There are so many and it is hard for me to choose!

(any tips on bargaining with the dealer..? haha)

Thank you in advance.
Great car, good passenger room, but i must say i am not terribly impressed with cargo room with both seats up - a couple of carryon suitcases and its nearly full back there, but with rear seats foldedd its pretty roomy
COMAND nav i think a worthwhile upgrade - pricey yes and a bit of a learning curve but it does the job. Pano roof would also recommend. i have adaptive LED lights - they are pricey but awesome.
 

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Hello,

I am considering trading in my Acura TLX 2016 for a new car. (Only drove the TLX for little over 1 year but I am moving back to Colorado from Washington after military)
I have looked into GLC, Q5, NX or just to go cheap... nissan/toyota.

What are your opinions? Obviously it will be very favored towards one side.. I would love to hear from daily drivers' opinion.

Also, looking at the packages, what do you need think is necessary? There are so many and it is hard for me to choose!

(any tips on bargaining with the dealer..? haha)

Thank you in advance.
Probably not a great deal of help to you, but in the UK we have a website called carwow (no doubt there are others). This allows you to enter the spec of car you want and it contacts 5 dealers in your area and they give you a price. So basically you get prices from dealers outside your local area. The idea being people might not normally buy from a dealer out of their local area, so to tempt you they give you their "best price" from the offset.
I used this information to go to my closest dealer and after a while they matched the price, saving me about 12% and it wasn't to stressful. It did, of course, mean me sitting around for about 2 hours in total waiting for them to come back with the right numbers..
 

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I have a GLC and love the ride, however if I was buying a car now I would skip it to be honest. Mainly because I am a techie guy and from that point of view I think Mercedes is way behind BMW and Audi in that respect. When I use to live in US last year I would probably get an Acura to be honest. I used to drive BMW 328i Convertible 2010 and there were more features in it :)
 

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I do know what you mean about the tech. I work in IT and I love as much tech in a car as I can afford. I was definitely not getting a GLC and was going for a Q5, pretty much mainly because of the virtual cockpit in the Audi. However, the body styling of the GLC (especially the back) grew on me. I'm inexplicably anti BMW, never owned one and never seen one that I like (shape wise).

When I first test drove the GLC I didn't like the interior, but I went to drive the Q5 again and although I loved the virtual cockpit the interior was bland compared to the GLC, which I think has a quality and in some ways retro interior. Then I noticed the outside of the Q5 was bland on revisiting.

I think the GLC will be more tech interior in a couple of years time, like the E class is now..

Graham
 

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I do know what you mean about the tech. I work in IT and I love as much tech in a car as I can afford. I was definitely not getting a GLC and was going for a Q5, pretty much mainly because of the virtual cockpit in the Audi. However, the body styling of the GLC (especially the back) grew on me. I'm inexplicably anti BMW, never owned one and never seen one that I like (shape wise).

When I first test drove the GLC I didn't like the interior, but I went to drive the Q5 again and although I loved the virtual cockpit the interior was bland compared to the GLC, which I think has a quality and in some ways retro interior. Then I noticed the outside of the Q5 was bland on revisiting.

I think the GLC will be more tech interior in a couple of years time, like the E class is now..

Graham
In a way Mercedes doesn't have a choice, in order to maintain the competitive edge they're known for along with how they usually progress with design, its just a matter of time.

Biggest perk for me will be the fact we will get an integrated infotainment system and not the whole tablet look.

 

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I do know what you mean about the tech. I work in IT and I love as much tech in a car as I can afford. I was definitely not getting a GLC and was going for a Q5, pretty much mainly because of the virtual cockpit in the Audi. However, the body styling of the GLC (especially the back) grew on me. I'm inexplicably anti BMW, never owned one and never seen one that I like (shape wise).

When I first test drove the GLC I didn't like the interior, but I went to drive the Q5 again and although I loved the virtual cockpit the interior was bland compared to the GLC, which I think has a quality and in some ways retro interior. Then I noticed the outside of the Q5 was bland on revisiting.

I think the GLC will be more tech interior in a couple of years time, like the E class is now..

Graham
I believe tech and IT are two different things. what I meant is software. I am a software engineer with over 13+ years of experience and have been involved heavily in mobile sat nav solutions in the past, so I know a thing or two about mobile navigation and integration ;)

I did love the interior of GLC, but what I meant by Tech is purely software integration. I mean my radio doesn't even show artist on the driver screen. usage of Garmin in "cheaper" model I consider disgrace. no option to set seat profile per remote etc. no split screen ability. no CarPlay software update or option to have it along premium package. Touch pad is a waste of space and totally unusable.

Mercedes is revamping all of this in upcoming models cause they are so much behind competition and that's not how Mercedes should be.

But ride quality and the cabin is without saying the best :)
 

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Probably one model i'm looking forward too to get for my kids is the upcoming A-Class sedan which so far seems to be leading a new era of Mercedes design which the CLS and upcoming hypercar is also getting. In a way I hope the GLC will get something similar down the line.
 

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Unless you want to bring your brand new car in to the dealership on average of every other month I would skip the GLC. My wife has been driving hers for 2 years now and we can't wait to get rid of it. I have fewer issues with my 20 year old Italian cars!
 

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SPGlass, I reckon you were lucky with a reliable Italian car and very unlucky with your GLC.

When I think of Italian cars, I think of Alfa Romeo's of the 1990's, rust buckets with awful depreciation - loved by many though. Actually, maybe I'm confusing them with Fiat. In any case they're probably better than any British Car haha..

Very happy with my GLC (famous last words!)
 

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Unless you want to bring your brand new car in to the dealership on average of every other month I would skip the GLC. My wife has been driving hers for 2 years now and we can't wait to get rid of it. I have fewer issues with my 20 year old Italian cars!
Sorry to hear that. Its probably why I have been seeing more German cars show up on Lexus and Infiniti used car lots. Even seen some Porsche's on a Jeep used car lot. Makes you wonder what people traded in for ;)
 

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German cars can be quite reliable. I daily drove my 911 for two years with next to no issues and thats a 17 year old car. I suspect that the issue with the GLC, at least my wife's, is that it was a new model. It had just come out when we bought it. Although I still didn't expect such issues from a manufacturer like mercedes. The latest issue is a leaking fuel line. I feel like a manufacturer with over 100 years of experience building cars would have figured out how to do so it lasts more than 2 years!
 

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Don't do it, my new GLC43 just had a great engine failure, 2 others in same shop awaiting new engines as well! No help from mercedes at all.
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