2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 SUV Review

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 SUV Review, Couple the fungal bloom of crossovers together with the spread of Mercedes-AMG’s welterweight “43” model designation, and this high-performance GLC-class compact luxury ute seemed inevitable. Fortifying the 2017 GLC43 with a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine, the AMG people painted a bull’s-eye on Porsche’s comparison-test-winning Macan GTS, landing somewhat around the softer side but using a a lot more harmonious bundle.

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 SUV Review

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 SUV Review

A wagon-on-stilts derivative of the C-class sedan and coupe, the base GLC300 is a pretty if sobering mall runner powered by a 241-hp turbocharged four-cylinder. The phase as much as the GLC43 runs a hefty $13,750 but adds Benz’s gutsy-and more and more ubiquitous-M276 three.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 and assorted hardware that considerably alter the entry-level GLC’s effectiveness and character. Mercedes also stirs in subtly pumped up fascias front and rear, a flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters and red contrast stitching, AMG-specific instruments, and red seatbelts. (Black belts like individuals on our test car or truck might be substituted at no value.) When the V-6 may well not be one of AMG’s hand-built engines, its raspy growl offers ample evidence of its 362 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque.

AMG has massaged the GLC’s nine-speed automatic and all-wheel-drive system for high-performance duty, the latter to direct a lot more torque rearward (it splits torque 31/69 front to rear as in contrast with 45/55 while in the GLC300). The AMG-enhanced transmission deftly rifles as a result of its ratios, quickening shifts and aggressively downshifting after you switch from the standard Comfort driving mode to Sport or Sport Plus. There is also a lazier Eco mode and an individual setting that allows for the mixing and matching of throttle, steering, suspension, and gearbox parameters to your liking.

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 SUV Review - Interior:

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 SUV Review

Although the GLC43 carries 236 fewer pounds compared to the 360-hp Macan GTS, the lack of the launch-control program limited the 4256-pound Mercedes to a 4.5-second run to 60 mph as well as a quarter-mile pass of 13.1 seconds at 105 mph-properly quick for this class nonetheless trailing the Porsche by a tenth on each counts. But in contrast using the typical GLC300 4MATIC, which requirements five.9 and 14.7 seconds to hit the exact same marks, the AMG is a rocket. EPA fuel-economy estimates for your SUV mirror individuals with the mechanically identical (but pricier) GLC43 coupe at 18 mpg while in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and twenty mpg mixed. We averaged 17 mpg on this test motor vehicle; when that observed fuel economic climate is comparatively poor on account of our exuberance, it is two mpg superior than what the Porsche returned through a comparison check using the Jaguar F-Pace. The GLC43 averaged 23 mpg on our 200-mile highway driving test carried out at a constant 75 mph, which can be a far more most likely indicator of what owners would accomplish on the street journey.

The Mercedes is slightly additional softly sprung and capacious than the Macan; its 19-cubic-foot cargo hold is one cube greater than the Porsche’s, but the latter’s sloping roofline limits rear-seat headroom. But the AMG moves with just about precisely the same fluidity, a quality unknown to lesser crossovers. The GLC43 shines on balance, its electrically assisted helm being precise and tactile for an SUV, thanks in part to a fortified front axle with a lot more damaging camber. AMG’s three-stage adjustable suspension affords superb dexterity in excess of tough roads, nevertheless the chassis always cushions occupants within a method the stiffer Porsche only can not, even on our check car’s optional 21-inch wheels ($1000) shod with 255/40 front and 285/35 rear summer tires (20s with all-season rubber are conventional).

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 SUV Review - Features:

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 SUV Review

The sticky Continental rubber aided the comfier AMG obliterate the Macan’s skidpad figure (0.94 g to 0.88) and, with assist from its upgraded brakes (14.2-inch front rotors, 12.6-inchers out back), return a marginally shorter 154-foot stop from 70 mph.

When the $55,825 AMG GLC43 is not cheap, nor is it as targeted since the Porsche at the limit, that quantity of coin would barely get you into a 340-hp Macan S, though the more athletic GTS prices $12K additional. Our automobile also extra the $2350 Premium package deal (ambient lighting, illuminated doorsills, and navigation having a touchpad atop the COMAND system’s console scrolling wheel), $1900 for black leather upholstery with red stitching, a $1480 panoramic sunroof, an $850 Burmester premium audio process, $850 LED headlights, and $250 for a heated steering wheel. But even with the as-tested price of $64,505, it’s an attractive and practical purchase for those keen to very own a spicy luxury crossover. With an eager demeanor as well as a wonderful interior shared using the C-class, such as a back seat that can really fit several grownups devoid of complaint, AMG’s GLC43 is really a formidable contender.

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