2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe review: Vanity over versatility

Looking for a high-performance luxury utility vehicle, but want something with a slightly more visual flair? If you find the standard Mercedes-Benz GLC Consider the coupe version a bit too simple, especially under the guise of the AMG GLC43. Its sloping roofline provides additional pews, while its pumped-up powertrain provides adequate performance. You can argue until the proverbial cows come home about whether this four-door SUV is actually a coupe, but no matter which side you’re on, it’s both dynamic and upscale.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe

In profile, you can actually see the sloping roof of the GLC coupe. Craig Cole / Roadshow


  • Husky-sound alternative exhaust
  • High-quality interior trimmings
  • Strong acceleration

Do not like it

  • Porsche-Esque option pricing
  • Little transmission lag
  • The backseat is a little tight

This Mercedes is easy on the eyes, with a spunky backside and a smiling front end. For 2020, it has received several design tweaks including a new grille, an enhanced lower rear fascia and slimmer headlights for a slightly more menacing appearance. The black-finish quad exhaust tips and optional ($ 200) 20-inch wheels reflect the generally tasteful appearance of my tester. But that sloping lid is still a head-scratch – if not a head-basher — for me. To be fair, Mercedes-Benz is far from the only automaker to do so. The GLC coupe has many bayonet top rivals Bmw x4, Porsche Cayenne Coupe More upcoming Infinity qx55.

Despite its collapsing profile, this version of the GLC is still very spacious – cargo capacity is not left as high as you might expect from that roof. The coupe offers about 17.7 cubic feet of room behind the rear seats and about 49.4 rooms in the rear. The standard GLC43 SUV is only slightly more spacious, offering 19.4 cubes behind the rear seats and 56.5 with them.

Comfort in the GLC43 AMG Coupe is generally good. The front chairs are firm and supportive, trimmed in MB-Tex fake leather and Dinamika synthetic suede. If you prefer a material snatched from a real animal, a range of genuine leather is offered for $ 1,620 more. A super-premium Nappa leather in striking black and white is also available, although the price of this combo is $ 3,100. The front buckets of this vehicle are also heated and provide a lot of bolting due to too much unleashing. Unfortunately, the backseat is less hospitable, barely able to accommodate my 6-foot frame. There is enough room for my legs, but the headroom is low, allowing my noggin to touch the ceiling. In addition, the back is also comfortable to be comfortable for a long time.

Mercedes-Benz steering wheel

The GLC has a new Mercedes-Benz steering wheel with touch-control buttons. These small nubbins on the tiller spokes make it easy to navigate through the 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system or reconfigure the available 12.3-inch instrument cluster. Curiously, those digital gauges are not standard, they cost an additional $ 750. The rest of the cabin of this vehicle is pleasant, with high-quality materials and adequate control. From the air vent to the door handle, everything is solid and feels premium. The bright-red seat belts are oh-so-cool and match contrast stitching on the seats, door panels and dashboard. The only thing I don’t care about is the trackpad of the infotainment system, which takes up a lot of space on the centre console, and the black ash-wood trim. It looks like plastic and feels a bit much, but other options are available.

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This AMG’s interior is a pleasant place, with lots of rich materials and loads of technology.¬†Craig Cole / Roadshow

In general, the GLC coupe’s MBUX Infotainment System Highly responsive and easy to use, but it provides much more functionality – possibly a lot more. In some ways, it reminds me of the desktop operating system of a computer, because it has more layers than Filalo Dough. There are also lots of flashy UI elements and drop shadows which are not necessarily a big fan as they look outdated. But hey, at least the system is both super responsive and Apple carplay And Android Auto There are standards across the border. An example of how complex MBUX can be is how you adjust the exhaust system or dampers. I count four ways of doing this: a dedicated button on the steering wheel, a rotary dial on the steering wheel, a separate switch on the center console or via an infotainment screen. There are also several instrument-cluster designs to choose from. Talk about overkill!

Price Tag $70,000

Despite having a price tag north of $ 70,000, my AMG GLC43 Coupe still lacks useful advanced safety features. Things like lane centering, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beam are not standard. Instead, these features, and others, are bundled into a $ 1,700 driver-assistance package. It seems that Mercedes-Benz is getting a Porsche-esque, how it handles the options. For example, they want $ 450 for ventilated front seats, $ 250 for a heated steering wheel, $ 760 for three-zone climate control, and an additional $ 200 for an emergency spare tire. Call me crazy, but this stuff should be standard on a vehicle that costs as much as the AMG GLC43 Coupe.

Fortunately, Benz has not dropped out in the powertrain department. The Inspiron is provided by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that is both smooth and powerful. Breathing through an optional and driver-selectable AMG performance exhaust system ($ 1,250), the engine makes all kinds of blinking sounds when the engine is tough. If you don’t care about all the theatrics, you can reconnect the pipes it makes at the push of a button Mercedes As cool as Camry.
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This 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 delivers a more-than-respectable 385 horsepower.Craig Cole / Roadshow

Engine GLC43

The engine of the GLC43 gives a healthy 385 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Aided and abetted via a highly sensitive nine-speed automatic transmission with a torque converter instead of a multi-plate wet clutch, which is offered in other high-performance Mercedes-Benz models, the vehicle is 60 miles in just 4.7 seconds. Can rocket up to an hour, a properly accelerated (if not bone-crushing) performance. An AMG-tuned all-wheel-drive system ensures that this SUV can put that power into the pavement even in adverse conditions. If you want more speed, then consider one Glc63 Variant. They are inspired by the 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 that, in the S trim, delivers an impressive 503 horsepower.

Powered normally, this machine is very sporty, its transmission is smooth and very fast to change gears when you are in a fickle mood. Unfortunately, this gearbox is far from perfect, as there is a slight laxity during unloading when you roll over the accelerator with an impasse. This delay is very annoying and does not show change even when rifling through various driving modes.

Complaints aside, this powertrain is reasonably efficient for the performance it delivers. The GLC43 coupe is rated at 18 miles per gallon in the city and 24 mpg on highway drives. Combined, you should expect 21. In mixed-use, I actually topped that estimate, averaging 21.7 mpg according to the travel computer, which is not too shabby.

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This may be the most attractive angle of the AMG GLC43.Craig Cole / Roadshow

AMG GLC43 Coupe’s

The AMG GLC43 Coupe’s adjustable air-suspension system has three different damper settings: Comfort, Sport and Sport +. In general, I prefer to leave it relaxed, providing a ride that is still very beautiful but never sloppy. It is a bit more forgiving than the other two settings, although, honestly, I don’t see a huge difference in ride quality between either of them. The GLC43 is firm and well behaved.

The AMG GLC43 Coupe is $ 3,500 more expensive than its more traditional two-box counterpart. My tester gave the assembly line in Bremen, Germany a $ 71,805 price tag. That total includes $ 995 in delivery fees and just 11 grand shy in options, though it could have been pushed well into the 80s without much effort.

Comfortable and well-built, quick and light on its feet, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe is good fun and suitably luxurious, but it’s still a product not everyone will understand. Honestly, I just have the standard GLC and call it a day, but if you want something a little swoop, by all means consider the coupe.

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