2019 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S Coupe Essentials Review & Changes – The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S Coupe is the swoopy “four-door coupe” cousin of the GLC63 SUV. It gets the company’s now-ubiquitous 4.0-liter biturbo V8, related in this application to a nine-speed multi clutch transmission. The AMG range includes this 503-hp 63 S, a 479-hp GLC63, a 362-hp GLC43, and the basic GLC, which makes 241 hp using a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four. For 2018, the GLC coupe lineup added heated windshield wipers, performance exhaust on AMGs and new entrance lamps as standard features. This GLC63 S gets an electronically limited slip differential with Mercedes’ 4Matic plus all-wheel-drive system, as very well as three-stage ride control with AMG’s sports suspension. I just got done blasting the BMW X4 for its shape so I can’t switch all over now and praise this one, despite the fact that I had three guys over for a BBQ on Friday and none of them hated the styling. Like the X4, this car is truly fun to drive, but that alone does not a good car make.
OK, the engine is glorious. I’ve said that it and Jag’s V8 are two of the best out there right now. Speed and acceleration are stomach-lightening and braking from the $5,400 ceramic discs are just as abrupt. In sport plus mode the pipes open up and it sounds even better than in comfort mode. Thankfully for us here in the snowbelt, I could set the suspension to soft and the engine to sports plus. That mode means a super sensitive throttle and hard shifts from the nine-speed. It has no torque converter, but it does feel smoother at slow speeds than an average dual-clutch box. Like all AMGs, this GLC63 S has giant wheels with skinny-sidewall tires. The suspension does have the give — at least in comfort mode — to absorb most bumps. But, it, however, is loud and crashy, and anything not nailed down will rattle all over. Sport and sport plus modes stiffen that suspension even further, making for a rough ride in a soft-roader that should be a ton a lot more focused on compliance. Mercedes would most likely say, “don’t get the AMG if you want cushy,” and that would be hard to argue with. Still, it feels almost as hard as the C63 sedan, which is too a lot for an SUV/crossover/coupe, AMG moniker be damned. There was ONE instance, when I had to cross some bumpy dirt in a makeshift driveway during construction, that I was pleased to have the extra 3 inches of ground clearance over a C63 sedan.
Also, I did pack the cargo place with what I thought was a ton of stuff, but I nonetheless didn’t need the additional few cubes that the non-coupe GLC63 delivers. It is on the small side while. With two kid seats in back, the wife and I each had to scoot our seats forward, me to an uncomfortable position. Elsewhere inside, I like the redundant buttons for nav, radio, and media, as opposed to something like the AMG GT C, where they are in a position to only be accessed through the central controller. I’m not against the central wheel/jog dial controller, I just like the redundant buttons too. In summary, this car makes no sense to me. The engine is great, but the ride is not soft enough to warrant the glance. If I’m getting an SUV/crossover, I do want it to be quick, however, it doesn’t need to have a flamethrower under the hood like this. And although I didn’t use them this weekend, I’ll take the 6 more cubic feet of cargo space you get in the normal-looking GLC SUV.
Options: Carbon ceramic brakes ($5,450), 21-inch AMG forged wheels ($2,250), driver assistance package including active blind location assist, distronic plus w/steering assist and stop & go pilot, active lane keeping assist, pre-safe plus, cross traffic assist, pre-safe brake w/pedestrian recognition and speed limit assist ($2,250), multimedia package including command navigation, 8.3-inch high resolution color display and touchpad ($2,200), exterior carbon fiber package including AMG lip spoiler and exterior mirror housings in carbon fiber ($1,750), advanced parking assist package including parktronic with active parking assist, surround view system and hands-free accessibility ($1,290), AMG performance exhaust system ($1,250), advanced lighting package including active LED headlamps, adaptive highbeam assist, ambient lighting and AMG illuminated door sills ($1,050), head-up display ($990), AMG carbon fiber trim ($975), selenite grey metallic ($720), heated rear seats ($580), heated and ventilated front seats ($450), air balance cabin filtration and fragrance system ($350)