MERCEDES GLC

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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

FOR:

Crisp graph­ics, on­line ser­vices, pow­er­ful sound sys­tem

AGAINST:

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

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