The Mercedes GLC isn’t as big as other 4x4s on our list, trading internal space for sleeker styling and sportier performance.
This isn’t a working car for the farm, rather a well-equipped car for icy Waitrose carparks.
From the outside, the Mercedes is a thing of beauty. Leaning slightly towards the crossover mould with big wheels and a low slung chassis. The big grille is impressive and its chunky vents down below are brilliantly menacing.
Inside, the design is outstanding.
Chrome, black leather and soft-touch plastics are everywhere and the design screams highly-engineered German luxury.
The only problem with the interior is the tech, which does let the GLC down. The low res infotainment screen is particularly disappointing and, if I'm being honest, I expected much better from Mercedes.
On the road, the GLC is smooth and comfortable. The soft suspension irons out all but the deepest potholes and the superb sound insulation wipes out virtually all wind, traffic and engine noise. Just plant for your foot and drift along in peaceful serenity.
There’s four engines on offer — one petrol and three diesels — and they’ll do the job wherever you are. On motorways, in cities and on B roads, it's difficult to fault the GLC. All models come with a nine-speed automatic gearbox that’s fast, smooth and efficient.
All in all, a super stylish, great-driving 4x4!