COMAND ONLINE £2,995 Key features: Mercedes apps, DAB, nav
THE GLC gets Mercedes’ fairly basic Audio 20 CD system as standard. It features a seven-inch screen mounted on top of the dash, and is controlled by the same handy rotary controller and touchpad as the C-class saloon.
Sport models and above add a Garmin-powered sat-nav set-up; you can specify the same kit on the SE for £1, 295 as part of the Executive upgrade. The graphics are fairly basic, but there’s 3D mapping and the routes are clear and easy to follow.
Our car was fitted with the COMAND Online system, which can only be ordered as part of the eye-wateringly expensive £2,995 Premium Pack Plus upgrade. On the plus side, you get a much larger 8.4-inch screen that features slicker graphics, as well as access to Mercedes’ various online functions and apps. A hard disc drive gives faster operation, while there’s 10GB of storage for music files, which is a good thing, because a 13-speaker Burmester sound system is also included in the pack. FOR & AGAINST
Crisp graphics, online services, powerful sound system
Hugely expensive upgrade, limited smartphone connectivity compared with rivals
SETTINGS Range of drive modes is at your fingertips, with menus easy to access via the COMAND dial on the console
SCREEN GLC’S seveninch display sits on top of dash. It shows sat-nav maps and lets you connect devices easily