2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class  RealSafeCars89Safety Rating

#13 of 2021 SUVs

#20 of all 2021 vehicles

Pictured: 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
The GLC-Class, which Mercedes-Benz introduced in 2016, is a midsize SUV with seating up to 5. The GLC-Class provides exceptional fuel efficiency for its class, saving your wallet and the environment. It has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it bypasses mud and snow with ease. Mercedes-Benz offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is safe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class has a score of 89, implying a 0.03% chance of driver death (2.7% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.026%, and the chance of injury falls to 2.4%.

We estimate that the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.03% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.4282%, meaning the average driver has a 0.03% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 3.4282% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is 36% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is 26% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 12%.

Active safety features can substantially reduce the risks of harm to vehicle occupants by preventing severe accidents. All trims and versions of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class include the following active safety systems: Active Brake Assist with Cross Traffic Function and Active Blind Spot Assist.

Another safety feature seems simpler but should still be considered. Standard side mirror turn signals can help when you don't see a vehicle in your blind spot, by alerting them to your intention to switch lanes, which allows the other driver to avoid an accident with you.

But it is about as safe as many comparable models.

9874Lexus NXLincoln CorsairHyundai Genesis G70Cadillac XT5BMW X3Volvo XC60Audi Q5M.-B. GLC-ClassAcura RDXAudi Q3Lincoln NautilusLexus RCComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 74 to 98. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is safer than the 2021 Lexus NX, the 2021 Lincoln Corsair, the 2021 Hyundai Genesis G70, the 2021 Cadillac XT5, and the 2021 BMW X3 and less safe than the 2021 Volvo XC60. It is about as safe as the 2021 Lexus RC, the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus, the 2021 Audi Q3, the 2021 Acura RDX, and the 2021 Audi Q5.

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