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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe: First Impressions

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CARS.COM — The new GLC-Class Coupe is Mercedes’ second SUV with coupelike styling, following in the footsteps of the larger, midsize GLE-Class Coupe. Though the two models both have sloping rooflines that trade SUV utility for a sleeker appearance, the GLC Coupe pulls it off better with nicer proportions; it doesn’t have the stubby look of the GLE Coupe.

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The compact GLC Coupe sits very low for something that wants to be considered, at least partially, an SUV. Mercedes says the GLC Coupe is just 1.6 inches lower than the regular GLC SUV, but it seems even lower and more carlike.

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More than most segments, though, the coupelike-SUV class is one of tradeoffs, and it’s most apparent when you raise the large liftgate to check out the cargo area. Mercedes didn’t release cargo-area specs in conjunction with the GLC Coupe’s debut, but the raked roofline significantly limits available cargo room, resulting in a space that’s about as big as what you’d find in a compact sedan.

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The swoopy styling has less impact on passenger space. The front of the cabin is spacious and the seats are comfortable. I brushed my head against the roof’s edge getting into the backseat, but once you are seated, the rear bench seat is more accommodating than you might expect; the seating position is comfortable, with good thigh support for taller passengers.

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There also are upscale finishes wherever you look in the cabin, which has the same design theme as the GLC SUV. Soft-touch surfaces, leather and open-pore wood trim combine to create an inviting, luxurious space.

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