MOR E THA N ME ETS THE EYE The GLC 250, Mercedes-Benz’s new­est lux­ury SUV, ex­ceeds ex­pec­ta­tions. By Sunitha Thaya­paran.

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Your ba­sic in­stinct when pick­ing up a cross­over SUV like the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 4MATIC for a re­view is to get some miles on what is go­ing to be a re­ally sweet drive. The idea of cruis­ing up to your favourite east coast spa re­sort, clas­sic Malaysian pas­toral vi­gnettes flash­ing past, is pretty ap­peal­ing. How­ever, you also have to get past your own pre­con­ceived stereo­types. Well, I had to, any­way. My first im­pres­sion when I saw the SUV was, “Gor­geous, yes, but is it just a glo­ri­fied – al­beit in­cred­i­bly sexy – mummy mo­bile?” The Mercedes-Benz owner is a very spe­cific an­i­mal. Male or fe­male, they are al­ways buy­ing into the idea of po­si­tion, lux­ury, of hav­ing “ar­rived”, so I was cu­ri­ous to dis­cover how this would trans­late. In the end, my sched­ule didn’t per­mit a road trip where Twenty One Pi­lots would be blast­ing through the speak­ers. Plan B was to test the daily prac­ti­cal­i­ties of the new­est baby from the Ger­man mar­que, and that’s just what this jour­nal­ist did – with city and sub­ur­ban drives.

HEY, GOOD LOOK I N ’

But first, her looks. Mov­ing be­yond the mas­cu­line, the GLC 250 is all curves. Aes­thet­i­cally, this mid-range SUV works the pre­cise, pure lines you’d ex­pect from a Mercedes-Benz – char­ac­ter­is­tic suc­cinct over­hang, strik­ing LED In­tel­li­gent Light Sys­tem head­lamps, and a long, el­e­gant pro­file. The model I had was in Po­lar White, pos­sess­ing the flashy sig­na­ture of a Louboutin heel. The hor­i­zon­tal ori­en­ta­tion of the con­tour lines in this beaut’s rear and split LED rear lamps boast a dis­tinc­tive night de­sign that’s sure to turn heads. So yes, I was sold on the ex­te­rior. It had enough height and pres­ence that ap­pealed to my fem­i­nist sen­si­bil­i­ties, and yet, the right hint of sen­su­al­ity to se­duce my fem­i­nine side. Vis-à-vis the in­te­ri­ors, the usual so­phis­ti­ca­tion of

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