New 2018 Mercedes‑Benz Mercedes‑AMG GLC SUV
Mercedes‑Benz Mercedes‑AMG GLC SUV
The Mercedes-AMG versions of the GLC up the ante with more power and better handling, but without sacrificing any family-friendly utility.
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The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC SUV adds oomph to the excellent Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class with more power, better handling and brakes, and an overall better driving experience. Joining the 362-horsepower Mercedes-AMG GLC43 introduced last year is a new-for-2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 SUV with a 469-horsepower twin-turbo V8. Both AMG models get appearance and equipment upgrades befitting their enhanced performance and higher price tags, but neither lose any of the essential goodness of the Mercedes-Benz GLC300 (reviewed separately) on which they're based. Priced competitively, the GLC43 goes head-to-head with competitors like the Audi SQ5, BMW X3 xDrive4.0i, and Jaguar F-Pace S. The GLC63 squares off against the Porsche Macan Turbo and not much else.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you like the looks and utility of the standard Mercedes-Benz GLC300 but crave more power, these AMG models are just what you need. The GLC43 offers AMG-style performance for less money, while the GLC63 bumps up the performance quotient even more with its hand-assembled twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8.
You May Not Like This Car If...
In utility, the BMW X3 offers more cargo space. In driving, the Audi SQ5 is as exhilarating as the GLC43. In extreme performance, the 550-horsepower Porsche Macan Turbo handily outmuscles the 469-horsepower GLC63.
What's New for 2018
The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 SUV is new this year, with its hand-built big-horsepower twin-turbo V8, enhanced handling, and other performance upgrades. Other updates include an available new Sport Exhaust System and a new AMG Track Pace App.
Drive the GLC43 or GLC63 calmly in traffic or around town, and you'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference between these high-performance models and the standard GLC300. That's a good thing. Neither feels musclebound or unwieldy. Light and quick steering, a comfortable ride (despite the handling enhancements), and excellent brakes make the AMG versions of the GLC perfectly livable. But what fun is that? Mash the throttle and the GLC43 SUV leaps forward with an excellent growl from underhood. The GLC63 is considerably quicker, and its 9-speed AMG MCT Speedshift automatic transmission shifts crisply, exactly when you expect it to. In Sport or Sport+, the MCT gearbox -- which has a clutch pack in place of a standard torque converter -- is even more responsive. All told, these AMG-built GLCs are quite tossable for small SUVs, and they both benefit from razor-sharp steering. As for the standard start/stop system, the best thing we can say about it is this: The "off" button is easy to find.
The 362-horsepower twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 in the GLC43 boasts the kind of responsive power we used to associate with V8 engines. Aided by the 9-speed automatic, the GLC43 offers excellent performance at a reasonable price.
Then again, we're suckers for power, and the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 has 107 more horsepower than the V6. What’s more, unlike the V6, it boasts the AMG heritage of being hand-built by one person, even bearing that person’s signature.
The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 and GLC63 largely share their elegantly crafted interiors. The sport seats, carbon-fiber trim, and aluminum panels give them a purposeful look, but the soft leather and padded organic shapes all remind you of the luxury heritage of the vehicle you're driving. Best of all, these AMG SUVs lose nothing in utility despite their higher performance threshold. There's plenty of room for five, good cargo space, and excellent outward vision all around. The infotainment system's COMAND interface proves easy enough to use, and there's even decent storage space with a large glove box, center console bin and door pockets.
The AMG GLC43 presents a sporty take on the standard GLC300 with a diamond-pattern grille bisected by wings extending from the centrally mounted 3-point star. Beefier wheels and a unique rear-end treatment also distinguish the GLC43 from its 4-cylinder brother, but it's a subtle difference, one that implies a higher level of performance without shouting it. The AMG GLC63, on the other hand, bellows its pedigree from the rooftops. A deeper front bumper and larger grille with AMG GT-inspired vertical slats, wider wheel arches, and an aggressive rear end with rectangular tailpipes distinguish the V8-powered AMG model.
Notable Standard Equipment
Both AMG GLC models come standard with 4Matic all-wheel drive, performance-biased of course, and with the GLC63 getting a fully variable torque distribution compared to the GLC43's 31:69 front/rear split. Beyond that, the GLC43 SUV boasts a sport suspension using Air Body Control, keyless ignition and entry, and safety systems like collision avoidance, blind-spot monitoring and a rearview camera. The AMG GLC63 SUV mainly ups the ante with its more powerful engine, MCT transmission and mechanical limited-slip differential. Interestingly, neither model comes standard with leather.
Notable Optional Equipment
Topping the option list is a wide variety of infotainment and safety upgrades. The COMAND system with its 8.4-inch screen is one option package; integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is another. Active cruise control and steering assist, along with active blind spot, speed limit, a surround-view system and more are all bundled together as an upgrade package. Additionally, you can choose among multiple leather interior packages, as well as a variety of interior trims if carbon fiber isn't your thing. LED headlights, standard on the GLC63, are optional on the GLC43. On the sillier side of things, the cabin fragrance system occasionally spritzes the interior with a light scent...don't knock it until you've tried it.
Under the Hood
The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 comes with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that we've come to love. With 362 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque, the GLC43 is plenty quick, and the 9-speed automatic shifts as firmly or as softly as you like, depending on what drive mode you've selected. The AMG GLC63 comes with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with 469 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, enough to get this SUV to 60 mph in about 3.9 seconds according to Mercedes-AMG. Its 9-speed automatic is fitted with a clutch pack that’s far sportier than a torque converter. Both of these AMG-built SUVs come with standard all-wheel drive, and the GLC43 returns a laudable 24 mpg on the highway. The GLC63 isn’t quite as good, rated by the EPA at 22 mpg highway. That’s still impressive, though, considering the 63’s prodigious power.
3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (Mercedes-AMG GLC43)
362 horsepower @ 5,500-6,000 rpm
384 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/24 mpg
4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 (Mercedes-AMG GLC63)
469 horsepower @ 5,500-6,250 rpm
479 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22
The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 SUV has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $57,200, including the $995 destination charge. Options add up quickly. A lot of what you're going to want -- leather, navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto among them -- fall on the options list. Even paint colors besides white and black cost extra. It's not hard to push the price over the $70,000 mark, and beyond. The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 SUV starts at around $70,900. It, too, can climb quickly in price. Nappa leather, for example is a $2,590 option, while a Driver Assistance package and a Multimedia Package (COMAND navigation with a high-res 8.4-inch screen) add $2,250 and $2,200, respectively. GLC43 prices are in line with those for the Audi SQ5, Jaguar F-Pace S, and BMW X3 xDrive4.0i, while the GLC63 is priced competitively against the Porsche Macan Turbo. Be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area paid. In resale, the GLC43 and GLC63 should hold their value well.
Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-AMG GLC Consumer Reviews
February 18, 2018
Best Mercedes we have had
We have had this car for nearly two years and it has fulfilled every need. Snappy style and size, great carrying capacity, excellent...
February 11, 2018
I have over 6000 mi on my GLS. As expected it is a great car for both highway and city driving. I also took it to the mountains -...
January 13, 2018
Basically a SUV Sportscar
Decided to try this car while I waited to order the new Porsche Cayenne in Fall 2016. Ordered virtually every option without regret. ...
December 11, 2017
Just beautiful. Not only do I love it but my wife adores it. Finally, the real test is 4 teenage boys drove it/sat in it for a long ride...
July 23, 2017
great SUV, refined styling and fun ride
Have owned it for 7 months and I am a happy owner. Handled NewEngland winter with ease with the AWD. Love the Merc App thru which I can...
March 19, 2017
best vehicle ever
looked and drove all the competitive SUVs, BMW, Lexus etc. none compared to the Benz
March 16, 2017
Have over 10,000 miles and everything has been super. Love to drive this car. Has all the room one needs for a load of groceries or...
February 10, 2017
Have owned 5 SUVs, this is my favorite, not close
Researched this purchase for 3 months, comparing it to smaller lux SUVs. Ordered the vehicle from the factory in order to get the exact...
January 25, 2017
I love my GLC!
I love everything about this car now that I know how to use it.
October 13, 2016
Best car we've ever owned.
Looked at Audi and BMW. Traded an Acura we only had for 10 months. Have had Lexus and MB E-series in the past. The CLG 300 4 Matic is...
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