2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Mercedes‑Benz AMG GLC 43. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Stylish design
  • Automatic emergency braking standard
  • Quickness

The Bad

  • Pant leg brushes against wide side sills
  • Front seats have hard cushions

Notable Features of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43

  • New for 2017
  • High-performance version of compact GLC SUV
  • Twin-turbo V-6 engine (GLC43)
  • Rear-biased all-wheel drive standard
  • Air suspension standard

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Road Test

Mike Hanley
The Verdict:

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 compact luxury SUV is considerably more engaging to drive than the regular GLC300, but some drivers think the cabin feels a little small.

Versus The Competition:
The GLC43's luxurious cabin is nicer than the Jaguar F-Pace's, and its driving experience rivals that of the BMW X4 M40i (the performance-oriented variant of the X4), but new challengers like the redesigned 2018 Audi SQ5 are on the way. See their specs compared here.

Mercedes-Benz has been on a multiyear quest to rename some (but not all) of its models, and the compact SUV once known as the GLK-Class became the GLC-Class with a redesign for the 2016 model year. Mercedes also changed how it names models from its AMG performance division, giving them the Mercedes-AMG label, followed by a series of letters and numbers — in this case, GLC43. In addition to the traditional SUV body style, Mercedes also sells a four-door, coupelike version of the GLC43 that competes with the X4. 

How It Drives

Many performance SUV enthusiasts will be pleasantly surprised by the GLC43. Where the GLC300 emphasizes luxury, smoothness and isolation from the road, the GLC43 offers more directness and connectedness, and its suspension tuning plays a big part in that. 

The Mercedes AMG GLC43 has an adaptive air suspension with settings controlled by a Dynamic Select system. Comfort mode, however, is a bit of a misnomer; bumps and other road imperfections are acutely felt in this setting. Sport is slightly firmer, but Sport Plus firms up the suspension considerably: The ride turns hard and there's very little damping. On the plus side, the GLC43 corners flatly and body motions are well-controlled.

The suspension is just one of the GLC43's adjustable systems. The Dynamic Select modes also tailor steering, gas pedal responsiveness and transmission operation. Selecting Sport Plus dramatically alters the transmission's shift program, lett...

Mercedes-Benz has been on a multiyear quest to rename some (but not all) of its models, and the compact SUV once known as the GLK-Class became the GLC-Class with a redesign for the 2016 model year. Mercedes also changed how it names models from its AMG performance division, giving them the Mercedes-AMG label, followed by a series of letters and numbers — in this case, GLC43. In addition to the traditional SUV body style, Mercedes also sells a four-door, coupelike version of the GLC43 that competes with the X4. 

How It Drives

Many performance SUV enthusiasts will be pleasantly surprised by the GLC43. Where the GLC300 emphasizes luxury, smoothness and isolation from the road, the GLC43 offers more directness and connectedness, and its suspension tuning plays a big part in that. 

The Mercedes AMG GLC43 has an adaptive air suspension with settings controlled by a Dynamic Select system. Comfort mode, however, is a bit of a misnomer; bumps and other road imperfections are acutely felt in this setting. Sport is slightly firmer, but Sport Plus firms up the suspension considerably: The ride turns hard and there's very little damping. On the plus side, the GLC43 corners flatly and body motions are well-controlled.

The suspension is just one of the GLC43's adjustable systems. The Dynamic Select modes also tailor steering, gas pedal responsiveness and transmission operation. Selecting Sport Plus dramatically alters the transmission's shift program, letting the engine rev higher before upshifting when accelerating, staying in lower gears even at higher speeds and downshifting more aggressively. If you'd prefer to change gears yourself, there are shift paddles on the steering wheel. 

The Mercedes AMG GLC 43's twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine is rated at 362 horsepower and 384 pounds-feet of torque. It teams with a nine-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels through a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system. Its AMG-tuned nine-speed automatic felt better sorted than the nine-speed I drove in an early GLC300. You can hear and feel the AMG's frequent upshifts when starting out from a stop, but it's not obtrusive, and if you're not paying attention to it, the gear changes blend into the background. I liked the transmission's responsiveness on the highway; press the gas pedal a bit when cruising, and it will immediately downshift to give you more power. 

While power from the turbocharged V-6 won't blow you away like the engines in some high-powered SUVs, it's more than adequate. Whether turning onto a road ahead of traffic or merging with fast-moving highway flow, the V-6 gets the GLC43 up to speed swiftly. Mercedes says it can go from zero-to-60 mph in 4.8 seconds, compared with 6.3 seconds in the GLC300 (6.4 seconds with all-wheel drive). 

Speed freaks might be wise to wait until the beginning of 2018 for the GLC63 and GLC63 S that were unveiled at the 2017 New York International Auto Show. The GLC63 pumps out 469 hp from its twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, while the higher-output GLC63 S makes 503 hp.

EPA-estimated gas mileage for the GLC43 is 18/24/20 mpg city/highway/combined. 

Mercedes has dramatically improved its vehicles' steering in recent years. You can see this in the GLC43, which has weighty steering that's direct and precise. It's a big part of why this SUV is enjoyable to drive.

Interior 

The GLC43's cabin complements its performance aspirations. The front bucket seats are finished in simulated leather with faux suede inserts, and the large side bolsters do a good job holding you in place through quick corners without feeling overly confining on the commute home from work. 

That's not to say Mercedes has abandoned the luxury part of the equation. The cabin is trimmed in high-grade materials like standard aluminum and optional carbon fiber, and the dashboard controls and knob-based Comand multimedia system are mostly intuitive. There are also features you might not expect, like an in-cabin fragrance system that perfumes the air coming out of the vents. 

I was a bit surprised by how snug the cabin feels. I like to have the seat raised when I drive, and there wasn't much headroom in the GLC43. (Our test car had an optional panoramic moonroof, a feature that tends to decrease headroom.)

Also, once I had the seat and steering wheel where I wanted them, I couldn't see the top of the trip computer in the instrument cluster. That happens to be where Mercedes puts information related to Dynamic Select mode and parking sensors, and having to duck my head to see around the steering wheel was an annoyance I don't experience in most cars.

The rear seats, surprisingly, feel a bit roomier than the front because the lower bench gives you more headroom. The seat doesn't slide and the backrest doesn't recline, but comfort is nonetheless good for adults.

The GLC43's overall cargo space and configurability are exceptional. The SUV has 19.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and folding the backseat gives you 56.5 cubic feet of maximum cargo room. The split backseat is spring-loaded for easier folding; switches in the rear seating and cargo areas release the backrests, which fold flat with the cargo floor. There's a shallow storage area for small items under the cargo floor, and the rear of the SUV lowers at the touch of a button to make loading and unloading cargo easier.

Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the GLC-Class a good rating (out of a possible good, acceptable, marginal or poor) in its moderate overlap front and side-impact crash tests. As of publication, the SUV hadn't been put through IIHS' difficult small overlap front crash test.

Standard safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a driver drowsiness monitor, a blind spot warning system, a backup camera and Pre-Safe. Pre-Safe prepares the SUV for an imminent crash by cinching the front seat belts, adjusting the position of the front passenger seat, and closing the windows and sunroof. Safety options include adaptive cruise control with steering assistance, adaptive LED headlights, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, cross-traffic assist and a 360-degree camera system.

Value in Its Class

The GLC43 probably doesn't make much sense to performance car purists; SUVs just have too many characteristics — from higher centers of gravity to increased bulk — that are at odds with on-road performance. But that hasn't kept automakers from making these kinds of vehicles, and it's easy to see why: Trucks and SUVs are becoming more popular each year as interest in cars — but not performance — wanes.

The GLC43 enters this new reality well-positioned to compete on both the performance and luxury fronts, but it'll cost you plenty. The move up from an all-wheel-drive GLC300 to a GLC43 costs nearly $14,000, for a starting price of around $56,000. Optional features and packages on our test car pushed our as-tested price to a heady $69,520.

But the existence of the GLC43 and the increasing number of models like it begs the question: Is this the sports car of the future? That's starting to look like a real possibility.


2017 AMG GLC 43 Video

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 is based on Mercedes-Benz's GLC-Class. Check out the video to see how it differs from the regular model.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Rear window

by Raja from Rockville maryland on July 26, 2018

Not able to see warning lights and the whole rear window view at the same time. Rear camera view is nice, but I would like to see whole rear window view through my rear view mirror. Currently I only ... Read full review

(5.0)

Took me away from Audi....

by ChrisTO from Toronto, Ontario on January 26, 2018

I had assumed I would end up with an SQ5 as I have long been an Audi owner and fan. The MB surprised me though, performing better, looking better on the outside and feeling far more "special" on the ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 currently has 5 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The AMG GLC 43 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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