When I first saw this week’s review vehicle, I was not sure what it was. Is it a sedan, a large hatchback or an SUV? Turns out it is a compact SUV, in spite of its full name: the 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63 S coupe. Yes, Mercedes calls this a coupe. Let me set the stage for you. This may be an SUV, but it performs and handles like a sports car, but with all the functionality of an SUV.
Let’s start under the hood where you’ll find a bi-turbo 4-liter V8 that puts out 503-horses and 516 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to a shiftable 9-speed automatic. The massive engine is hand-built by an AMG craftsman. This SUV will take you from 0-to-60 in 3.3 seconds, and 0-to-100 in 3.8 seconds. To put it in perspective, in the quarter-mile, the GLC 63 is faster than Corvette ZR1. All GLC 63 models have all-wheel drive which helps with the incredible acceleration and takeoff power of this 4500-pound SUV. The quad exhaust emits a deep, throaty sound that is addictive. The crackling and popping on deceleration is like music to my ears.
The exterior looks are a matter of taste, some people like it, others do not. I love the menacing front end with the huge star in the grill, the wheels, the big red brake calipers, and the large rear spoiler.
The GLC has an incredible interior with Nappa leather and quilted seating for 5 people. The heavily bolstered and stitched Sport performance front seats have aluminum just below the headrests. The interior features a lot of dash and seat stitching and soft touch surfaces, and the power seats are handily operated from the quilted door panels. From behind the multi-function steering wheel, you see bright, colorful gauges with a driver information center in the middle. The center console is where you operate the different Dynamic driving modes. You can choose individual, comfort, sport, sport plus, and race. Each setting gives you a different feel, and when in race mode, you can activate the launch control, which is a blast. I spent most of my wheel time in sport plus, race mode was just a bit jerky for everyday driving. There is an 8.4” screen in the middle of the dash that controls the Mercedes COMAND system which is the navigation system, Burmeister sound system, 360-degree camera, Bluetooth, real-time traffic and weather, voice activation, and a host of apps. COMAND is controlled from the center console where a touchpad and rotary knob team up to get you through all the functions of the system. The touchpad will allow you to swipe, pinch, and even write on it. It takes a little while to get used to it, but when you do, it’s fine. Also on the center console you can turn on the performance exhaust, turn off the start/stop system, and you car raise the GLC if you go off-road thanks to the air suspension system.
Cargo area is OK, with the back seat folded down, there are almost 50-cubic feet of cargo area, and it has a cargo cover.
Standard Equipment and Options
As expected, the GLC is extremely well equipped. At no charge, you get a power sunroof, power lift gate, heated front seats, keyless entry, power tilt wheel, and pushbutton start. On the safety front, you get active brake assist, blind spot monitoring, LED headlights, and attention assist. If the SUV senses you are getting drowsy, it gives you an alarm and tells you on screen to take a break. Another neat feature is brake hold, which allows you take your foot off the brake at any stop. My tester has a little over $17,000 in options, including the 21” AMG wheels, Performance exhaust, the performance seats, parking assist package, and the AMG Night package.
This SUV is a blast to drive, its handling is amazing, and this SUV would be a fantastic family truckster and it would also be great on a racetrack. The transmission shifts itself hard and fast, but I enjoy the downshifts from the paddle shifters to better hear the fantastic exhaust. What You’ll Pay Gas mileage of course, isn’t great at 16 in town and 22 on the highway. Also as you could guess, this SUV is quite expensive with an MSRP just over $100,000. If you are looking at performance SUVs, this one has to be on your shopping list.
2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63 S Coupe
- What I liked most: The stunning performance and handling.
- What I would change: I’d like the infotainment controls to be simpler.
- MSRP: Base price $81,800 as equipped $100,175 with transportation.
- Fuel Economy: 16 city/22 highway/18 combined.
- Official Color: Obsidian Black Metallic.
- Odometer reading when tested: 1900 miles.
- Weight: 4511 pounds.
- Spare Tire: None.
- Length-Width-Height: 186” long/82.5” wide/62” high.
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.4 gallons with the filler on the passenger side.
- Towing Capacity: 3500 pounds.
- 2019 GLC 63 in a few words: This SUV offers something for everyone: It is a pleasurable daily driver or have a blast on the racetrack.
- Warranty: 4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper with roadside assistance.
- Final Assembly Location: Bremen, Germany.
- Manufacturers website: www.MBUSA.com
- Up Next: 2019 Chevy Equinox