2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe evaluate: Self-importance over versatility

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe

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

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On the lookout for a high-performance luxurious utility automobile however need one thing with a bit extra visible aptitude? Should you discover the usual Mercedes-Benz GLC just a little too atypical, contemplate the coupe variant, particularly in AMG GLC43 guise. Its gently sloping roofline offers further pizzazz, whereas its pumped-up powertrain delivers ample efficiency. You might debate till the proverbial cows come house about whether or not this four-door SUV is definitely a coupe, however no matter what aspect you fall on, it is each dynamic and upscale.


  • Husky-sounding non-obligatory 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 acquired 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-obligatory ($200) 20-inch wheels intensify my tester’s typically tasteful look. However that drooping lid continues to be a head-scratcher — if not a head-basher — to me. To be truthful, Mercedes-Benz is much 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 continues to be fairly spacious inside — cargo capability hasn’t been as savaged by that roofline as you may count on. The coupe gives round 17.7 cubic toes of room behind the rear seats and about 49.Four with the backrests folded. The usual GLC43 SUV is barely 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. Should you favor a cloth shucked off an precise animal, a spread of real leather-based is obtainable for $1,620 extra. A brilliant-premium Nappa leather-based can be obtainable 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 capable of accommodate my 6-foot body. There may be sufficient house for my legs, however headroom comes up brief, inflicting my noggin to the touch the ceiling. Additionally, the rear backrest is just 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 simple to navigate by way of the 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, or reconfigure the obtainable 12.3-inch instrument cluster. Curiously, these digital gauges are usually not commonplace, 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, every thing is stable 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 house 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 nice place, with loads of wealthy supplies and a great deal of tech.

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Per common, the GLC Coupe’s MBUX infotainment system is very responsive and straightforward sufficient to make use of, however it gives lots 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 plenty of shiny UI components and drop shadows which I am not essentially an enormous fan of since they give the impression of being outdated. However hey, at the least the system is tremendous responsive and each Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are commonplace throughout the vary. One instance of how advanced MBUX could be is the way you modify 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 by way of the infotainment display screen. 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 spread of helpful superior security options. Issues like lane centering, adaptive cruise management and computerized excessive beams are usually not commonplace. As a substitute, these options, and others, are bundled within the $1,700 driver-assistance bundle. It appears Mercedes-Benz is getting relatively Porsche-esque in the way it handles choices. As an illustration, 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 ought to be commonplace on a automobile that prices as a lot because the AMG GLC43 Coupe.

Thankfully, Benz hasn’t skimped out within the powertrain division. Motivation is offered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that’s each clean and potent. Respiration by way of an non-obligatory and driver-selectable AMG efficiency exhaust system ($1,250), the engine makes all types of snorty sounds when labored arduous. Should you 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 computerized transmission with a torque converter as a substitute 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 hostile situations. In order for you extra velocity, contemplate 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 a lot sporty, its transmission is clean and really fast to vary gears if you’re in a playful temper. Sadly, this gearbox will not be fairly excellent, because it has a slight lag when taking off, if you roll on the accelerator from a standstill. This delay is fairly annoying and does not appear to vary even when rifling by way of the varied driving modes. 

Grievances apart, this powertrain in all fairness environment friendly for the efficiency it offers. The GLC43 Coupe is rated at 18 miles per gallon within the metropolis and 24 mpg on freeway drives. Mixed, you need to count on 21. In blended use, I truly topped that estimate, averaging 21.7 mpg in accordance 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 gives three completely different damper settings: consolation, sport and sport+. Per common, I favor leaving it in consolation, which offers a journey that is nonetheless fairly tuat however by no means sloppy. It is just a little extra forgiving than the opposite two settings, although, truthfully, I do not discover an enormous distinction in journey high quality between any of them. The GLC43 is agency and effectively behaved. 

The AMG GLC43 Coupe is about $3,500 costlier than its extra conventional two-box counterpart. My tester rolled off the meeting line in Bremen, Germany sporting 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. Truthfully, I might relatively simply have the usual GLC and name it a day, however if you need one thing just a little swoopier, by all means contemplate the coupe.

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