The GLC’s car-like ambience is replicated in its straight-line performance. Although not a match for the sonorous six-cylinder diesels favoured by Audi and BMW, the more powerful variant of Mercedes’ omnipresent 2.1-litre four-cylinder oil-burner feels suitably urgent once you’ve pushed past half an inch of accelerator pedal shrug.
Objectively, the engine is neither particularly spirited nor tonally pleasing, but the result of its toil is unmistakable, the GLC on test recording a lively 7.8sec for its sprint to 60mph, despite being half-filled with road testers.
As a point of comparison, the Land Rover Discovery Sport we tested last year – admittedly fitted with the outgoing 188bhp 2.2-litre unit – took 8.9sec. The GLC measured more than a second quicker from 30-70mph, too.
Much of the credit goes to the engine’s exemplary delivery of its 369lb ft, although the acclaim must be shared with the automatic gearbox, as it is only by virtue of the transmission’s nine ratios that the motor manages to remain so close to its most productive phase.
In other guises, particularly the C-Class, working the engine beyond the functionality of its low to mid-range performance means enduring an oddly pitched thrash in the cabin.