2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe review: Vanity over versatility

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe

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

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Seeking for a large-overall performance luxury utility car but want anything with a little bit far more visible flair? If you find the typical Mercedes-Benz GLC a tiny far too standard, consider the coupe variant, in particular in AMG GLC43 guise. Its carefully sloping roofline gives additional pizzazz, although its pumped-up powertrain delivers ample overall performance. You could debate right until the proverbial cows appear dwelling about irrespective of whether this four-door SUV is actually a coupe, but irrespective of what facet you drop on, it is really both of those dynamic and upscale.


  • Husky-sounding optional exhaust
  • Substantial-excellent interior trimmings
  • Sturdy acceleration

Don’t Like

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

This Mercedes is effortless on the eyes, with a perky bottom and smiling entrance finish. For 2020, it has been given numerous structure tweaks together with a new grille, an enhanced decreased rear fascia and slimmer headlights for a slightly far more menacing visual appeal. Black-complete quad exhaust recommendations and optional ($200) twenty-inch wheels accentuate my tester’s usually tasteful visual appeal. But that drooping lid is however a head-scratcher — if not a head-basher — to me. To be truthful, Mercedes-Benz is significantly from the only automaker carrying out this. The GLC Coupe has numerous soggy-major rivals together with the BMW X4, Porsche Cayenne Coupe and impending Infiniti QX55

Regardless of its collapsed profile, this variation of the GLC is however quite roomy within — cargo capability hasn’t been as savaged by that roofline as you could assume. The coupe offers close to seventeen.7 cubic toes of space at the rear of the rear seats and about forty nine.4 with the backrests folded. The typical GLC43 SUV is only slightly far more roomy, presenting 19.4 cubes at the rear of the rear seats and fifty six.5 with them upright.

Ease and comfort in the GLC43 AMG Coupe is usually great. The entrance chairs are firm and supportive, trimmed in MB-Tex imitation leather and Dinamica artificial suede. If you desire a materials shucked off an real animal, a variety of authentic leather is provided for $1,620 far more. A super-high quality Nappa leather is also readily available in hanging black and white, though this combo prices an extra $3,100. This vehicle’s entrance buckets are also heated and present plenty of bolstering devoid of staying far too cosy. Unfortunately, the backseat is much less hospitable, scarcely in a position to accommodate my 6-foot frame. There is plenty of space for my legs, but headroom will come up brief, leading to my noggin to touch the ceiling. Also, the rear backrest is far too upright to be at ease for prolonged. 

Inside of the GLC is Mercedes-Benz’s new steering wheel with touch-regulate buttons. These tiny nubbins on the tiller’s spokes make it effortless to navigate by the ten.twenty five-inch touchscreen infotainment process, or reconfigure the readily available twelve.3-inch instrument cluster. Curiously, all those electronic gauges are not typical, they charge an additional $750. The rest of this vehicle’s cabin is enjoyable, with plenty of large-excellent components and significant-experience controls. From the air vents to the door handles, all the things is solid and feels high quality. The bright-purple seat belts are oh-so awesome and match the contrast stitching on the seats, door panels and dashboard. About the only detail I you should not care for is the infotainment system’s trackpad, which normally takes up pretty a little bit of space on the center console, and the black-colored ash-wooden trim. It appears to be and feels a little bit far too substantially like plastic, but other choices are readily available. 

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe

This AMG’s interior is a enjoyable put, with plenty of wealthy components and hundreds of tech.

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For each standard, the GLC Coupe’s MBUX infotainment process is remarkably responsive and effortless plenty of to use, but it offers a whole lot of features — likely far too substantially. In some techniques, it reminds me of a computer’s desktop functioning process, since it has far more levels than phyllo dough. There are also a lot of shiny UI aspects and drop shadows which I’m not automatically a big lover of since they seem outdated. But hey, at minimum the process is super responsive and both of those Apple CarPlay and Android Car are typical throughout the variety. One example of how elaborate MBUX can be is how you modify the exhaust process or the dampers. I rely four techniques of carrying out this: dedicated buttons on the steering wheel, a rotary dial on the steering wheel, individual switches on the center console or by way of the infotainment monitor. There are also various instrument-cluster styles to select from, far too. Talk about overkill!

Regardless of owning a value tag north of $70,000, my AMG GLC43 Coupe however lacks a variety of beneficial highly developed basic safety characteristics. Matters like lane centering, adaptive cruise regulate and automatic large beams are not typical. Rather, these characteristics, and other individuals, are bundled in the $1,seven hundred driver-aid package deal. It appears Mercedes-Benz is getting fairly Porsche-esque in how it handles choices. For instance, they want $450 for ventilated entrance seats, $250 for a heated steering wheel, $760 for a few-zone climate regulate and an additional $200 for an unexpected emergency spare tire. Call me ridiculous, but this things should really be typical on a car that prices as substantially as the AMG GLC43 Coupe.

Fortuitously, Benz hasn’t skimped out in the powertrain department. Drive is offered by a 3.-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that is both of those easy and strong. Respiration by an optional and driver-selectable AMG overall performance exhaust process ($1,250), the engine helps make all kinds of snorty appears when labored difficult. If you you should not care for all the theatrics, you can recork all those pipes at the push of a button, which helps make this Mercedes as peaceful as Camry.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe

This 3.-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 delivers a far more-than-respectable 385 horsepower.

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The GLC43’s engine delivers a nutritious 385 horsepower and 384 pound-toes of torque. Aided and abetted by a remarkably responsive nine-velocity automatic transmission with a torque converter as a substitute of a multi-plate soaked clutch, which is provided in other large-overall performance Mercedes-Benz styles, this car can rocket to sixty mph in just 4.7 seconds, a effectively fast (if not bone-crushing) overall performance. An AMG-tuned all-wheel-generate process makes sure this SUV can set that electrical power to the pavement, even in adverse ailments. If you want far more velocity, consider 1 of the GLC63 variants. They are propelled by a 4.-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 that, in S trim, delivers an extraordinary 503 horsepower.

Pushed normally, this device is plenty sporty, its transmission is easy and quite fast to alter gears when you might be in a playful mood. Unfortunately, this gearbox is not pretty best, as it has a slight lag when taking off, when you roll on the accelerator from a standstill. This hold off is quite frustrating and won’t appear to be to alter even when rifling by the many driving modes. 

Grievances apart, this powertrain is moderately effective for the overall performance it gives. The GLC43 Coupe is rated at 18 miles per gallon in the city and 24 mpg on highway drives. Merged, you should really assume 21. In blended use, I actually topped that estimate, averaging 21.7 mpg in accordance to the trip pc, which is not far too shabby.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe

This might be the AMG GLC43’s most interesting angle. 

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The AMG GLC43 Coupe’s adjustable air-suspension process offers a few different damper options: ease and comfort, activity and activity+. For each standard, I desire leaving it in ease and comfort, which gives a trip which is however quite tuat but hardly ever sloppy. It truly is a tiny far more forgiving than the other two options, though, truthfully, I you should not detect a massive variation in trip excellent between any of them. The GLC43 is firm and perfectly behaved. 

The AMG GLC43 Coupe is about $3,five hundred far more expensive than its far more standard two-box counterpart. My tester rolled off the assembly line in Bremen, Germany carrying a $seventy one,805 value tag. That total consists of $995 in shipping and delivery fees and just shy of 11 grand in choices, though it could have been pushed perfectly into the 80s devoid of substantially hard work. 

Snug and perfectly produced, fast and mild on its toes, the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe is great enjoyable and suitably deluxe, but it is really however a product or service not every person will fully grasp. Truthfully, I’d fairly just have the typical GLC and simply call it a working day, but if you want anything a tiny swoopier, by all signifies consider the coupe.