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2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe review: Vanity over versatility

In profile, you possibly can actually see the GLC Coupe’s sloping roofline. 


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Searching for a high-performance luxurious utility automobile however need one thing with a bit extra visible aptitude? For those who discover the usual Mercedes-Benz GLC a little bit too extraordinary, think about the coupe variant, particularly in AMG GLC43 guise. Its gently sloping roofline supplies further pizzazz, whereas its pumped-up powertrain delivers ample efficiency. You may debate till the proverbial cows come residence about whether or not this four-door SUV is definitely a coupe, however no matter what facet you fall on, it is each dynamic and upscale.

Like

  • Husky-sounding non-compulsory exhaust
  • Excessive-quality inside trimmings
  • Robust acceleration

Do not Like

  • Porsche-esque choices pricing
  • Slight transmission lag
  • Backseat is a bit tight

This Mercedes is straightforward on the eyes, with a perky bottom and smiling entrance finish. For 2020, it has obtained a number of design tweaks together with a brand new grille, an enhanced decrease rear fascia and slimmer headlights for a barely extra menacing look. Black-finish quad exhaust ideas and non-compulsory ($200) 20-inch wheels intensify my tester’s usually tasteful look. However that drooping lid remains to be a head-scratcher — if not a head-basher — to me. To be truthful, Mercedes-Benz is way from the one automaker doing this. The GLC Coupe has a number of soggy-top rivals together with the BMW X4, Porsche Cayenne Coupe and upcoming Infiniti QX55

Regardless of its collapsed profile, this model of the GLC remains to be fairly spacious inside — cargo capability hasn’t been as savaged by that roofline as you would possibly count on. The coupe affords round 17.7 cubic toes of room behind the rear seats and about 49.Four with the backrests folded. The usual GLC43 SUV is just barely extra spacious, providing 19.Four cubes behind the rear seats and 56.5 with them upright.

Consolation within the GLC43 AMG Coupe is usually good. The entrance chairs are agency and supportive, trimmed in MB-Tex imitation leather-based and Dinamica synthetic suede. For those who desire a cloth shucked off an precise animal, a variety of real leather-based is obtainable for $1,620 extra. A brilliant-premium Nappa leather-based can also be accessible in placing black and white, although this combo prices a further $3,100. This automobile’s entrance buckets are additionally heated and supply loads of bolstering with out being too cosy. Sadly, the backseat is much less hospitable, barely in a position to accommodate my 6-foot body. There’s sufficient area for my legs, however headroom comes up brief, inflicting my noggin to the touch the ceiling. Additionally, the rear backrest is simply too upright to be snug for lengthy. 

Contained in the GLC is Mercedes-Benz’s new steering wheel with touch-control buttons. These little nubbins on the tiller’s spokes make it straightforward to navigate via the 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, or reconfigure the accessible 12.3-inch instrument cluster. Curiously, these digital gauges will not be normal, they value an additional $750. The remainder of this automobile’s cabin is nice, with loads of high-quality supplies and substantial-feeling controls. From the air vents to the door handles, all the pieces is strong and feels premium. The brilliant-red seat belts are oh-so cool and match the distinction stitching on the seats, door panels and dashboard. About the one factor I do not take care of is the infotainment system’s trackpad, which takes up fairly a little bit of area on the middle console, and the black-colored ash-wood trim. It seems and feels a bit an excessive amount of like plastic, however different choices can be found. 

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe

This AMG’s inside is a pleasing place, with loads of wealthy supplies and a great deal of tech.


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Per regular, the GLC Coupe’s MBUX infotainment system is extremely responsive and straightforward sufficient to make use of, however it affords quite a lot of performance — doubtlessly an excessive amount of. In some methods, it jogs my memory of a pc’s desktop working system, because it has extra layers than phyllo dough. There are additionally a lot of shiny UI parts and drop shadows which I am not essentially an enormous fan of since they give the impression of being outdated. However hey, no less than the system is tremendous responsive and each Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are normal throughout the vary. One instance of how advanced MBUX will be is the way you regulate the exhaust system or the dampers. I depend 4 methods of doing this: devoted buttons on the steering wheel, a rotary dial on the steering wheel, separate switches on the middle console or through the infotainment display. There are additionally a number of instrument-cluster designs to select from, too. Speak about overkill!

Regardless of having a price ticket north of $70,000, my AMG GLC43 Coupe nonetheless lacks a variety of helpful superior security options. Issues like lane centering, adaptive cruise management and automated excessive beams will not be normal. As an alternative, these options, and others, are bundled within the $1,700 driver-assistance package deal. It appears Mercedes-Benz is getting slightly Porsche-esque in the way it handles choices. For example, they need $450 for ventilated entrance seats, $250 for a heated steering wheel, $760 for three-zone local weather management and an additional $200 for an emergency spare tire. Name me loopy, however these items must be normal on a automobile that prices as a lot because the AMG GLC43 Coupe.

Happily, Benz hasn’t skimped out within the powertrain division. Motivation is offered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that’s each easy and potent. Respiratory via an non-compulsory and driver-selectable AMG efficiency exhaust system ($1,250), the engine makes every kind of snorty sounds when labored exhausting. For those who do not take care of all of the theatrics, you possibly can recork these pipes on the push of a button, which makes this Mercedes as quiet as Camry.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe

This 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 delivers a more-than-respectable 385 horsepower.


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The GLC43’s engine delivers a wholesome 385 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Aided and abetted by a extremely responsive nine-speed automated transmission with a torque converter as an alternative of a multi-plate moist clutch, which is obtainable in different high-performance Mercedes-Benz fashions, this automobile can rocket to 60 mph in simply 4.7 seconds, a correctly fast (if not bone-crushing) efficiency. An AMG-tuned all-wheel-drive system ensures this SUV can put that energy to the pavement, even in antagonistic situations. In order for you extra velocity, think about one of many GLC63 variants. They’re propelled by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 that, in S trim, delivers a formidable 503 horsepower.

Pushed usually, this machine is lots sporty, its transmission is easy and really fast to vary gears once you’re in a playful temper. Sadly, this gearbox just isn’t fairly good, because it has a slight lag when taking off, once you roll on the accelerator from a standstill. This delay is fairly annoying and would not appear to vary even when rifling via the assorted driving modes. 

Grievances apart, this powertrain in all fairness environment friendly for the efficiency it supplies. The GLC43 Coupe is rated at 18 miles per gallon within the metropolis and 24 mpg on freeway drives. Mixed, it is best to count on 21. In combined use, I truly topped that estimate, averaging 21.7 mpg in line with the journey pc, which is not too shabby.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe

This can be the AMG GLC43’s most engaging angle. 


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The AMG GLC43 Coupe’s adjustable air-suspension system affords three completely different damper settings: consolation, sport and sport+. Per regular, I desire leaving it in consolation, which supplies a experience that is nonetheless fairly tuat however by no means sloppy. It is a little bit extra forgiving than the opposite two settings, although, actually, I do not discover an enormous distinction in experience high quality between any of them. The GLC43 is agency and effectively behaved. 

The AMG GLC43 Coupe is about $3,500 dearer than its extra conventional two-box counterpart. My tester rolled off the meeting line in Bremen, Germany carrying a $71,805 price ticket. That whole contains $995 in supply charges and simply shy of 11 grand in choices, although it may have been pushed effectively into the 80s with out a lot effort. 

Snug and effectively made, fast and lightweight on its toes, the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe is sweet enjoyable and suitably luxurious, however it’s nonetheless a product not everybody will perceive. Actually, I would slightly simply have the usual GLC and name it a day, however if you’d like one thing a little bit swoopier, by all means think about the coupe.

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