×

About Us Credits Terms of Service Privacy Policy Contact Us

This site uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use.

Featured Review

Test Drives

So confused on my GLC 63 test drive

Mercedes-Benz GLC Review

GLC SUV (X253, facelift 2019) - (2020) | AMG GLC 63 V8 (476 Hp) 4MATIC+ MCT


Car Owner Reviewer -
July 4, 2020, 10:54 p.m.
Reviewer's Score

7.5

Practicality and Comfort (6.6)
Performance and Handling (7.0)
Looks and Style (9.0)
Model Avg. 8.0 Generation Avg. 7.5 Engine Avg. 7.5

The Review

Test Drives SUVs Mercedes-Benz GLC GLC SUV (X253, facelift 2019) - (2020) AMG GLC 63 V8 (476 Hp) 4MATIC+ MCT

A C63 estate, saloon, jeep, pumped up a little, with 4wd. What could possibly go wrong?


Summary

Those who have read any of my other reviews will know that I have a bit of a sweet/sour spot for Mercedes all singing all dancing 4.0 bi-turbo V8. Don't get me wrong, its an awesome engine engine, but definitely had lost something in the shadow of the mighty fire-breathing 6.2 litre V8 of yesterday. However, at the same time, I have nothing but love for the C63 in general, and still believe that this is one of the best all rounders alive! So when I heard the C63 was getting a big brother, the even mightier 'GLC' 63, I was literally drooling with excitement. This would be essentially the perfect mix. A C63 floor plan, the sweet/sour 4.0 Bi-Turbo that lives in the heart of many of the grown up AMG range, estate like practicality, and... wait for it, 4 wheel drive! 4..wheel...drive. No more drifting in the rain when leaving my driveway (I am sure any C63 driver can attest). What could possibly go wrong? I wanted one!

BUT, the first sign of all not being well in Narnia, was when I test drove a GLC 43 AMG (see my other review) and was quite underwhelmed. It was just not the thing that the C63 had been designed to be. Yes I take the point that it was actually a different car, but at the same time, if you put coke from a can into a glass, you kinda still expect to drink coke, right?

Back to the GLC 63 AMG. I am now about to change my TTS daily drive (which is a great car for what it is and does). I have a local dealership in London who had what looked like, the perfect GLC 63 for my next car. A black car, with 21" black alloys and a pretty high spec on the inside. So far so good. So I went to test drive the car. As a quick side note, I was quite surprised when they handed me the keys and said "here you go, take the car out, see what you think and when you come back we can talk, we are not allowed to come with you....". err, thanks you COVID?

So with that I was off.

Practicality and Comfort

On the road, the first thing I noticed, and it was exactly the same on the GLC 43 of course, was that I could not for the life of me, find a comfortable driving position. Somewhere between the steering wheel, seat and pedals, there just was not a position that felt right. Legs comfortable meant I was too far from the steering wheel. Arms comfortable, meant I was too close. And all the while something was digging into my back. Tried fiddling with all the lumbar and other supporting controls, but nothing! Weirdly these are the same seats as in my 2017 C63 I had a year or so back. So quite odd. Aside from this the car was pretty much "C Class business as usual".

Performance and Handling

This was where I ran into another slight kink in the bullet proof armour of the GLC. When I drove the 43 a while back, the drive felt a little numb. I didnt feel connected to the road in the way that I do with the C63 of even the Macan GTS, in which I felt so connected, I might as well have been running 'Flintstones style!' :) It was the same story with the 63. Before I get destroyed by the GLC 63 fan clubs, I have to say that this thing is fast, very fast. 4 wheels driving the car, means that it goes! and goes! and goes! However, from behind the wheel, it felt like the car was going very fast, but I was just watching it happen on the screen in front of my, from my relatively uncomfortable arm chair. I drove for a little while down a variety of roads but never felt that planted feel you get in the C63 or Macan. Very odd indeed. This car was not fitted with the switchable exhaust, which I think makes some difference to the experience, however, not to the driving feel.

At one point on the test drive, I caught myself looking very sad indeed, pondering whether this was it.... After 20 years of nothing but love for the C63 and previous incarnations (from the first C43 onwards), had I finally outgrown the AMG C class formula? and in what should have been the best form considering the 4wd system. A very sad moment indeed! BUT, that was until I test drove the C63 S Coupe on the same day. I will review that in a moment!

Looks and Style

Despite everything else I have said about the drive, looks it a very different category. This car looks HOT! REAL HOT!! Black car, with the upgraded black alloys and night pack! Like woah! Every time I see this car on the road, I want one. Mercedes have got this so right in terms of the formula I want in an SUV look. Chunky, mean looking and square with the edges curved. I would have scored this in the high 9's if not for the interior which definitely could be a little more special. This was pretty much the base spec inside. Single tone blac seats, shiny black centre console and silver trimmings. So AWESOME outside and business as usual inside pretty much sums it up here.

Would I recommend it? MAYBE

Looks aside, I feel like I can safely say that the C63's big brother is not for me. It didn't excite in the way that the Macan GTS did when I test drove that, however, if you have able to get comfortable, and are looking for practical, reasonably sized and very very fast, then this still might be a car worth trying to see for yourself.

Mercedes-Benz GLC

Do you want to review this car?

Review this car Review another car

Review Comments

All posts are reactively-moderated and must obey the community rules

Latest Posts

Automatic vs Manual - What to do? - Faitheldriver
Blog

Automatic vs Manual - What to do?

Blog Author - Faitheldriver
Country Flag - United Kingdom

112 views 1 0
C63 AMG S - A Walkaround Review - Faitheldriver
Blog

C63 AMG S - A Walkaround Review

Blog Author - Faitheldriver
Country Flag - United Kingdom

124 views 1 0
How to write a car review - Lovecarreviews
Blog

How to write a car review

Blog Author - Lovecarreviews
Country Flag - United Kingdom

189 views 0 0
It’s Official.. We have too much choice - Lovecarreviews
Blog

It’s Official.. We have too much choice

Blog Author - Lovecarreviews
Country Flag - United Kingdom

80 views 2 0
How to remove bad odors from your car: tips and tricks - Saadraza
Article

How to remove bad odors from your car: tips and tricks

Article Author - Saadraza
Country Flag - United States

44 views 2 0
LCR launches News, Blogs and Articles - Lovecarreviews
News

LCR launches News, Blogs and Articles

News Author - Lovecarreviews
Country Flag - United Kingdom

93 views 1 0

Related Reviews...

Mercedes-Benz C-class - (W204) (2007) AMG C 63 (457 Hp) Speedshift | Faitheldriver | LoveCarReviews
Featured
8.6
Simply 'the beast'
Ultimate Hot Hatch

LoveCarReviews.com

Ultimate Hot Hatch

Which would you prefer?

(View All Surveys)

  • 0 VW Golf R
  • 4 Mercedes A45 AMG
  • 2 Audi RS3 Sportback
  • 1 Ford Focus RS
Porsche Cayenne - II (facelift 2014) S 4.1 diesel V8 (385 Hp) 4x4 Tiptronic | Faitheldriver | LoveCarReviews
Featured
7.7
Cayenne Diesel 4.1 V8
Featured
9.4
Refined Range Rover sport 2018
Featured
9.6
New 2020 Mercedes C Class review
Mercedes-Benz C-class - T-mod (S205) (2014) AMG C 63 V8 (476 Hp) SPEEDSHIFT MCT | Faitheldriver | LoveCarReviews
9.1
More rhythm, less soul than before
Mercedes-Benz GLA - (X156, facelift 2017) AMG 45 (381 Hp) 4MATIC DCT | Faitheldriver | LoveCarReviews
8.1
Mean looks, but missing 4 cylinders
Audi SQ5 - I (2014) 3.0 TDI V6 (313 Hp) quattro Tiptronic | Klau | LoveCarReviews
9.0
A car I can always count on
Mercedes-Benz E-class - (W212) (2009) E 500 (388 HP) 7G-Tronic | Faitheldriver | LoveCarReviews
7.1
All aboard the sailing ship
Land Rover Range Sport - I (facelift 2009) 3.6 LR-TD V8 (272 Hp) AWD Automatic | Dct | LoveCarReviews
10.0
Ranger Rover Sport V8
Mercedes-Benz CLA - Coupe (C117) (2013) AMG 45 (360 Hp) 4MATIC | Dct | LoveCarReviews
8.0
360bhp in a 2.0Ltr
Audi RS Q3 - (2013) 2.5 TFSI (310 Hp) quattro S tronic | Faitheldriver | LoveCarReviews
7.4
Audi’s 300+ bhp fast mini SUV