Increasingly sanctioned by the malus manufacturers and especially the premium convert their powerful models to the hybrid. This is precisely the case of Mercedes, which made the 2019 Mercedes GLC 350 E The most sold refillable hybrid in all categories.
Indeed, in a market that continues to swell (+ 48.9% this year, more than 10 000 copies), the luxury SUV charged 56 550 € at the bottom of the word meets more success than some generalists like the Volkswagen Golf GTE, the Toyota Prius PHEV or the Kia Niro Plug-in hybrid D. This success owes it to its seniority in the market (since 2015), to a very limited direct competition, to a clientele of professionals who choose it in a steering vehicle (since exempted from TVS over 24 months) and above all to a tax which, so far, was still attractive. In fact, in 2018 the advantages are reduced for the purchase of a refillable hybrid vehicle. The bonus of €1000 that was awarded disappears simply and the conversion premium is lowered to €1000 against €2500 before.
In the end, only people with a model to be scrapped will get help. Given the high-end positioning of the GLC, the beneficiaries should not be numerous. The main advantage of the GLC hybrid today is to escape the ecological malus while offering luxury car services with a high power (320 hp).
The architecture chosen by Mercedes is quite classic. It combines a 4-cylinder petrol 211 HP, the 250, with an electric motor of 116 HP housed in the automatic gearbox and powered by a lithium-ion battery of 8.7 kWh, all delivering a cumulative power of 320 hp and 560 Nm to the four wheels since The 2019 Mercedes GLC 350 E is automatically associated with the 4Matic integral transmission.
2019 Mercedes GLC 350 E Recharge
The recharge of the GLC is carried out via a door located on the bumper, the rear right side of the vehicle, which is practical in most cases. For a full charge, you will have to count 4:30 on a domestic outlet and 2:00 via a suitable wall-box. Note that the plug unlocks the key. In all-electric mode, the 2019 Mercedes GLC 350 E is homologated (NEDC standards) with an autonomy of 34 km. In reality, it is necessary to increase more than a dozen kilometers (12 km exactly during our test). A small score, certainly, but sufficient for those who realize much of their daily journey in town or in traffic jams and who have the possibility to recharge in their place of work. Four modes are available (Hybrid, e-mode, E-save, and Charge) to reduce your average consumption and if you are tired of playing the thrifty, the electronics will automatically take over. Once the battery has been exhausted, the GLC 350 e behaves like a “full-hybrid” model. In other words, the electric motor only comes into play in the start-up phases in order to reduce consumption and at low speed to lighten the task of the thermal engine, which for the shot shows a much more pronounced appetite.
We carried out our two-stroke test on the same route – a mixed journey of about 100 km consisting of 40% highway, 30% city, and 30% road. The first trip made with the battery charged at 100% will have cost us an average of 9, 3l/100 km with respect to the legal speed and traveling a total of 12 km in all-electric mode. On the second, realized with the empty battery, in “full-hybrid” mode, we reached 11 L/100 km. Scores very far from the official consumption of 2.6 L/100 km and especially very close to traditional thermal SUV. At the discharge of the 2019 Mercedes GLC 350 E, we carried out this test during the winter period when the cold starts the autonomy of the batteries but overall the value added to lessen the invoice at the pump proves almost nil for the customer, except on short trips.
In order to animate the 2 025 kg of GLC and to compensate for a Norman cabinet aerodynamics, the engines must provide a lot of energy at all times. If the benefits of this hybrid version of economics are not proven, those in terms of approval are indeed real. Especially for lovers of comfort. The powertrain is almost inaudible and its flexibility to operate a happiness in the city. The 320 ch announced on the datasheet are well present when the right pedal is requested and according to the driving mode chosen from the four proposed: Eco, Hybrid, sport, or Sport +. The latter allows adjusting the direction, the engine response, the management of the gearbox or even the suspension. To make the painting better, we would have liked a less brutal gearbox and a more natural braking sensation. In fact, depending on the selected modes (recharge or ECO) the pedal varies in consistency and in stroke.
The GLC is not reputed to be the agilest on the market and it is all the truer at the wheel of this hybrid version, heavier than a hundred kilos. However, nothing to complain about comfort. If you check the option “Pneumatic suspension” (2 300 €), the German will make the trips even more enjoyable as a bonus to be safe thanks to its 4-wheel drive and its battery of driving aids.
2019 Mercedes GLC 350 E Interior
On board, the only notable difference compared to a classic GLC is the volume of the trunk (395 liters), amputated by a hundred liters for the benefit of the battery. The space in the rear seats remains unchanged and rather good for the category.