Scaled for city life, powered for the monitor, and roomy sufficient for a household street journey.
The Mercedes GLC 43 sits on the transition level between sports activities sedan and SUV. Driving the GLC 43 in its AMG trim left me with a query: would I quit a 3rd row in trade for lots extra enjoyable on the street?
DESIGN AND INTERIOR
The GLC 43 is smaller in individual than I anticipated. However the inside appears greater than its measurement would counsel, particularly with the panoramic moon roof including a way of expanse overhead. The rear cargo space may be very spacious, and simply match all of the accoutrements for a household of 4 on a three-night journey, together with two moveable beds for kids.
The dimensions could also be totally sensible, however the AMG grille with its large star, the 20-inch Y-spoke wheels and twin exhausts make it clear that there’s critical sports activities sedan DNA within the GLC 43. The bucket seats envelope you while you get behind the aggressive AMG steering wheel with its huge diameter and flattened decrease half.
The customized ambient lighting is like having the inside rigged with Hue bulbs, and it was enjoyable to mess around with totally different temper lighting for a protracted drive.
There’s a big touchscreen, a contact pad on the middle console, and controls to regulate between the driving modes. The machined aluminum Burmester audio system and spherical air vents make this really feel almost as fancy as Benzes that price twice as a lot. There’s a normal sense contained in the GLC 43 that efficiency, consolation, and measurement have discovered a stability.
The dimensions could also be simply what you want, however fortunately, the AMG GLC 43’s efficiency delivers greater than you want. The three.0L V6 Biturbo Engine delivers 385-horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Paired with AMG Efficiency 4MATIC (4WD), Sport Suspension, and a downright telepathic 9-speed gearbox, the AMG GLC 43 is a blast to drive. I took it on a drive via the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the place a full-sized SUV will exhibit physique roll within the hairpin turns, the GLC 43 hugs the sharp curves like a rally automotive. And when the sharp turns come, the AMG-enhanced brakes are commanding.
You may customise the drive modes until your coronary heart’s content material. Say, for instance, you wish to drive it in Sport Mode however don’t need the sport-sounding exhaust. There’s a whole lot of room for digital tinkering right here, if that’s your factor.
Regardless of the AMG designation, the GLC 43 was additionally extra fuel-efficient than I anticipated. I stuffed it with zero-ethanol 93 octane, and managed to do barely higher than the EPA 24mpg freeway. And I wasn’t driving it timidly.
I reside in a metropolis, however I like to go to the mountains as usually as attainable. If we solely had one automotive, the GLC 43 can be an ideal candidate. It has loads of room inside and there’s no parking storage or road spot that it might’t breeze into. It’s stable on the freeway for a protracted drive, however nimble while you get it on mountain roads. And it has all of the house you want with out sacrificing the efficiency you really need.
The GLC 43 has a base worth of $59,000, however the one I examined had an MSRP of $71,685.