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It was a big decision for me as I’ve been driving BMW’s for the past 9 years although I did have a C class in 2006. I’ve been driving a X3 3.0d Xline for the last two years so this review has a few X3 comparisons in it.
Car – GLC 250d AMG line in brilliant blue.
The Drive – For me it’s a better drive than the X3 it has more of a relaxed drive and always seems easy to drive at whatever the speed or road conditions. There a no low speed handling issues, the tyres fitted are Pirelli Scorpion verde all season tyres on 19” wheels. The engine performs really well, you obviously don’t get the same surge the twin power turbo diesel 6 pot but it’s more than adequate for everyday use and the low tax and insurance certainly make it a bonus. The reversing camera is a welcome addition and makes reversing and parking simple.
Interior – It’s a great place to be with a premium look, I think the panoramic roof adds to the great drive which is currently getting a lot of use but with our typical British weather this will soon come to an end. I like the electric seats which have lumber support, this made the short 50 mile journey back from the dealer so much better as after a similar short trip in the X3 it always gave me a “numb” back. I’ve had 5 adults in the car with no complaints about space they only had good things to say especially how comfortable the car was. The engine and road noise is kept to a minimum and is hardly heard above the brilliant Burmester audio system on low volume. The Burmester has a superb audio quality and is on par with the Harmon Karden in the X3. The Command system takes some getting used to and is work in progress but the Linguatronic system is very good and makes finding phone contacts a breeze. There are loads of space in the doors for water bottles and the like and a cavernous compartment in the centre consul that will hold numerous CD’s and also has two USB sockets. The small size of this was always an issue inthe X3. The rear storage is perfect for me, it’s slightly shorter (floor to roof) than the X3 but it’s was never going to be an issue and the addition of cargo nets which are stored under the floor area good safety point.
Overall – I’m very pleased with the car and in my opinion is well ahead of the current X3. The Mercedes me app is brilliant as you can check the cars status on your phone. Just one gripe is the windscreen judder on return from the right which is annoying me at the moment.
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