2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43

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2018 MODEL

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What are crossovers and why are they so acclaimed? Let Mercedes explain that, and impress you while doing so. When introduced, it was welcomed with open hands and to follow it up, the men in suits in Stuttgart decided to unleash the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe to the mass public.

Retaining its form and powertrain from the previous iteration, the crossover coupe is driven by a 3.0L V6 mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Powered by an AWD system, which Mercedes calls it 4MATIC, the sleek coupe has many a trick up its sleeve and promises to deliver just as its predecessor.

When you go against the likes of your German rivals, Audi SQ5, Porsche Macan GTS, and the BMW X3 M40i, you tend to want to do things differently. Have the Bremen engineers delivered? We certainly think so, yes.


8.5/10
Features

 

5.6/10
Engine

 

6.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.9/10
Interior

 

5.6/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

What are crossovers and why are they so acclaimed? Let Mercedes explain that, and impress you while doing so. When introduced, it was welcomed with open hands and to follow it up, the men in suits in Stuttgart decided to unleash the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe to the mass public.

Retaining its form and powertrain from the previous iteration, the crossover coupe is driven by a 3.0L V6 mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Powered by an AWD system, which Mercedes calls it 4MATIC, the sleek coupe has many a trick up its sleeve and promises to deliver just as its predecessor.

When you go against the likes of your German rivals, Audi SQ5, Porsche Macan GTS, and the BMW X3 M40i, you tend to want to do things differently. Have the Bremen engineers delivered? We certainly think so, yes.

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Features

8.5/10

The GLC 43 is basically an introductory, “AMG-enhanced” Coupe, so it is not handcrafted by the German manufacturer’s performance division. Its features include its little sister’s, GLC 300, premium package while also introducing its own namely –

  • Chrome diamond block-grile
  • AMG Dynamic Select
  • AMG Performance Braking System
  • FrontBass sound system

Want a more powerful and luxurious GLC Coupe with proper AMG handcrafted powertrain? Mercedes has got you covered. Each starting at $73,150 and $83,750 respectively, AMG GLC 63 and 63 S Coupe offer V8 engines with with AMG 9-speed automatic 

Trim 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe
MSRP $60,400
Key

 

 

  • Blind Spot Assist
  • Air Body Control
  • Heated front seats
  • MB-Tex/DINAMICA upholstery
  • AMG DYNAMIC SELECT
  • ECO Start/Stop system
  • Integrated garage-door opener
  • 7″ high-resolution COMAND infotainment system
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps, LED taillamps
  • KEYLESS-GO
  • Bluetooth audio streaming

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Engine

5.6/10

A middle ground between the mainstream GLC 300 Coupe and hooligan’s choice GLC 63, the GLC 43 delivers thrilling performance when it counts. It’s also agile for its size.” – Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

Under the hood of the luxury crossover, you’d find a 3.0L V6 engine which churns out 362 hp and 384 lb.-ft of torque, mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Despite the fact that the soul of the car is not truly an AMG performance division craft, it drives just like one. To sweeten the deal, switch to Sport or Sport+ mode for that aggressive driving with swift acceleration, racy exhaust pops, more responsive and quicker gearbox, and firm ride.

The GLC 43’s brawny V6 sounds as good as it performs on the tarmac. Coming to the dual-clutched 9-speed automatic transmission, the gearbox is neatly tuned to deliver just perfectly timed smooth downshifts and upshifts. Depending on the driving mode, the gearbox is either Bruce Banner on comfort mode, or the Hulk on Sport modes.

Models 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe Audi SQ5 BMW X3 M40i Porsche Macan GTS
MSRP $60,400 $54,300 $54,500 $68,900
Engine AMG-enhanced 3.0L V6 Biturbo Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6 3.0 L/183 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6 3.0 L/183 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6 3.0 L/183
Transmission AMG-enhanced 9G-TRONIC 9-speed Eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission with Sport and Manual shift modes 7-speed PorscheDoppelkupplung (PDK) with Auto Start Stop function
Horsepower 362hp @ 5,500 rpm 354hp @ 5,400 rpm 355hp @ 5,500 rpm 360hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 384 lb.-ft. @ 2,500 rpm 369 lb.-ft. @ 1,370 rpm 369 lb.-ft. @ 1,520 rpm 369 lb.-ft. @ 1,650 rpm

With almost evenly matched powertrains, the competition stands on a common pedestal, although the AMG GLC 43 has the most powerful powertrain amongst its rivals.

Acceleration

The V6 under the GLC 43 Coupe zips the car from naught to 60 in 4.8s while completing the quarter mile race in 13.4s. Only the BMW X3 M40i betters it by a mere 0.2s but the GLC catches it up on quarter mile race at a faster 104mph.

The 4 German squad almost match each other in the quarter mile, but seem to differ only in the 0-60 mph race. The SQ5 with a V6 performs the slowest, with the Porsche Macan GTS complementing it, while the BMW and the Mercedes seem very evenly matched.

Models 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe Audi SQ5 BMW X3 M40i Porsche Macan GTS
0-60 MPH 4.8 sec 5.1 sec 4.6 sec 5.0 sec
Quarter mile 13.4 sec @ 104mph 13.7 sec @ 102mph 13.4 sec @ 102mph 13.6 sec @ 102mph
Engine 3.0L 3.0L 3.0L 3.0L
Emission

 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.8 8.4 7.7 9.3

Ride and Handling     

The 4MATIC, Mercedes’ market term for all wheel drive system, helps the car remain firm on the ground with just the right level of body roll. Crank up to the two sport modes and you’d get a more sporty feel under your control. The steering on the crossover Coupe feels solid and delivers accurate feedback from the road.

Braking

The braking system on the AMG GLC 43 Coupe delivers the precision and craft of the AMG performance division. The pedals have a solid and firm feeling to it. But the crossover Coupe suffers from one common point as seen in most cars this type, weight; it can be a bit difficult to maneuver such a heavy duty on corners at high speeds or under heavy braking.

Amongst its competition, the AMG GLC 43 Coupe has a 154 ft braking distance from 70-0 mph, which is a commendable feat. It is only bested by the Audi SQ5 which stops in 148 ft.

Model 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe Audi SQ5 BMW X3 M40i Porsche Macan GTS
Brake Front (in.) 14.2 13.8 13.7 14.2
Brake Rear (in.) 12.6 13.0 13.5 13.0
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4145 4398 4277 4178
70-0 MPH (ft.) 154 148 158 159

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Fuel Economy

6.7/10

The burly V6 powering the GLC is not very fuel friendly; an mpg of 18 in the city, 24 mpg on highway, and a combined 21 mpg are not welcoming figures. The X3 bests its German rival by quite a margin, with the Porsche and Audi performing level with that of the Bremen make.

Model 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe Audi SQ5 BMW X3 M40i Porsche Macan GTS
MPG (city) 18 19 20 17
MPG (highway) 24 24 27 23
MPG (combined) 21 21 23 20

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Interior

7.9/10

“The GLC-class’s high-quality interior gets sportified in the GLC43 models, with highly bolstered seats, paddle shifters, and optional interior embellishments such as carbon-fiber trim and red seatbelts.” – Caranddriver

With MB-Tex DINAMICA upholstery on seats and cabin, the GLC 43 has a sporty aesthetic infused with elegance and luxury; AMG elements are clearly evident at first sight. The interior has a roomy environment, with enough legroom and headspace, although the rear seats take a hit on the headspace because of the tapering roof.

Capacity to fit 5 passengers inside, the Coupe provides a cozy experience for all passengers plus the driver.

Interior features

The GLC 43 has a wide range of interior features including:

  • 3-spoke multifunctioning sports steering wheel
  • Red seat belts
  • Heated front wipers
  • Cabin and dash stitched in high quality MB-Tex DINAMICA upholstery
  • COMAND 7” Infotainment system
  • Brushed Aluminum pedals
Model 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe Audi SQ5 BMW X3 M40i Porsche Macan GTS
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 41.9/57.3/40.8 40.2/57.7/41.0 40.0/57.6/40.3 38.6/–/40.9
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.5/56.5/37.3 37.7/56.5/37.8 38.5/56.0/36.4 38.7/–/35.6

Infotainment System

Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system can be accessed through a high resolution 7” tablet, which “floats” above the AC vents on the dash. But unlike Audi, the infotainment system is not touchscreen, and can be controlled via a console-mounted rotary knob.

The system is quite intuitive while remaining easy to use. Some features provided include:

  • SiriusXM Radio with 6 month free trial
  • USB connection
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Voice Command

Cargo volume

The GLC 43 is no doubt a performance oriented crossover, but what about cargo? With rear seats up, the Mercedes is 19.4 cube feet, while hauling 56.5 cube feet with the rear seats folded. These volumes are adequate at best. Its competition allows a bit better cargo hauling, with its rival, BMW X3 M40i, offering the best storage space in this field.

Model 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe Audi SQ5 BMW X3 M40i Porsche Macan GTS
Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3) 19.4 26.8 28.7 17.7
Cargo Volume with rear seats down (ft.3) 56.5 60.4 62.7 53

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Exterior

5.6/10

Extra-large wheels, chrome grille accents, and body-sill extensions differentiate this Mercedes-AMG from its more conventional Mercedes-Benz counterpart. The GLC43 also shoulders itself in among its competitors with similar dimensions.” – Caranddriver

Exterior features

The 43 Coupe comes with a plethora of exterior features, including:

  • 20” AMG multispoke wheels with black accents
  • Power tilt/sliding sunroof
  • AMG body styling
  • Chrome diamond-block grille

Dimensions and Weight

The GLC 43 Coupe offers a stylish, yet sporty exterior with an AMG styling. All the German manufacturer’s have designed their car in similar dimensions. Though ground clearance on the Mercedes is the lowest while on the Audi SQ5 is highest at 8.2in.

Model

2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe Audi SQ5 BMW X3 M40i Porsche Macan GTS
Curb weight (lbs.) 4145 4398 4277 4178
Length(in) 183.5 183.9 186.1 185
Width(in) 74.4 74.5 74.7 76.1
Height(in) 64.1 65.3 66.0 63.4
Ground clearance (in) 6.7 8.2 8 7.2
Wheelbase (in) 113.1 111.2 112.8 110.5
Track width (in) F/R 64.5/65.2 63.9/63.6 63.0/63.6 65.2/65.0

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Safety

The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe comes with a plethora of safety and convenience features which include:

  • COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • Advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Rearview camera
  • Blind Spot Assist
  • 7 air bags offering 9-way protection
  • Emergency-sensing Brake Assist (BAS)
  • Antitheft alarm system with remote panic feature

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Competition

Mercedes Benz AMG GLC 43 Coupe vs Audi SQ5

Aside from the fact that the Mercedes has a stronger powertrain and hence performs quicker, the Audi SQ5 evidently is an overall better package. Cargo volume, fuel efficiency, touchscreen infotainment system for which they’re the best in industry, and costing a tad cheaper, the Audi is a clear winner.

Mercedes Benz AMG GLC 43 Coupe vs BMW X3 M40i

With the BMW X3 M40i, the choice is a thin line to walk on because they go hand-in-hand on most premises. It is quicker, delivers similar braking performance, has greater fuel economy, and easy to use infotainment system with gesture controls. Pricing? 6 grand cheaper than the Mercedes. At the end of the day, it totally depends on what brand you’d prefer.

Mercedes Benz AMG GLC 43 Coupe vs Porsche Macan GTS

No comparison here. The Mercedes completely obliterates the Porsche on almost every aspects. The Macan GTS has a good package if considered a car in itself, and exhibits almost all features and figures similar on paper to the GLC 43, but that’s about it – it is only on paper. Also, being unecessarily expensive for so little is Porsche’s forte. By now it should be absolutely clear who the winner is, and it clearly does not spell out Porsche.

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Final Verdict

Power? Check. Comfort? Check. Drivability? Check.  Fuel economy? – could’ve been better, but AMG branding is not known for that anyway. Having said that, they are known for all the boxes checked above. At $60,400, the AMG GLC 43 Coupe offers bang for the buck. It may not have the most stylish rear design or the best looking design for that matter, but it sure does have the element of being an eye turner.

The Mercedes has many great alternatives, but is it worth the buy? Well, if this German marquee is the only choice you desire, then yes, it definitely is.

Pros

Commendable performance for a V6

Spacious cabin with plush seats

Fun to drive

Cons

Not so good handling

Larger carbon footprint

What's New?

Android Auto and Apple Carplay is now available

New 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Two new colors available



Styles

 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 in Polar White color  2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 in Obsidian Black Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 in Lunar Blue Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 in Iridium Silver Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 in Dakota Brown Metallic color
Polar White

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Ratings

Features

8.5

Engine

5.6

Fuel Economy

6.7

Interior

7.9

Exterior

5.6

Comfort

9.3

Driving

8.5

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 base

base

power
362 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
N/A
mpg
20 combined

$60,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Base 4dr Coupe (3L 6cyl 9AM) Starting at $60,400 MSRP (18/20/24) 362 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, V6,
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9-speed automated manual all wheel drive 5   Dakota Brown Metallic
  Iridium Silver Metallic
  Lunar Blue Metallic
  Obsidian Black Metallic
  Polar White

 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 AMG GLC 43

AMG GLC 43

power
362 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
20 combined

$60,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
AMG GLC 43 4dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $60,400 MSRP (18/20/24) 362 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Dakota Brown Metallic
  Iridium Silver Metallic
  Lunar Blue Metallic
  Obsidian Black Metallic
  Polar White

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