2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43

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2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 23, 2020

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The Mercedes Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV, though the name may sound like an algebra formula its actually a car and quite a good one. This AMG-fied GLC is a complete beast but with some high standards. The AMG GLC 43 is powered with a 3.0L V6 engine mated to a crazy 9-speed transmission.

Amidst the performance configuration, the German commands power with a style statement in amalgamation with a host of sumptuous features and advanced technology.

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Pros

Uber interior

Plethora of standard features

Smooth ride

Decent cargo space

Cons

Rivals are more fuel efficient

Low towing capacity

What's New?

Redesigned headlight setup

AMG light-alloy wheels

MBUX infotainment system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$59500

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

385 hp @ 6100 rpm

torque

384 lbs.-ft. @ 2500 rpm

transmission

9-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.2/14.2

dimensions

wheelbase

113.1 in.

length

183.5 in.

width

76 in.

height

64 in.

curb weight

4191 lbs.

ground clearance

6.7 in.

capacity

cargo volume

56.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/24/21 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

roadside assistance

4 yr. / 50000 mi.


Pictures & Videos

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Styles

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 in Polar White color 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 in Black color 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 in Iridium Silver Metallic color
Polar White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Final Verdict

7.9

7.7

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Base

Base

power
385 hp @ 6100 rpm
fuel
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$59,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $59,500 MSRP (18/21/24) 385 hp @ 6100 rpm, 3 L, V-6, Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded
9-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 S

S

power
503 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$63,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4MATIC 2dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl 9A) Starting at $63,000 MSRP (18/21/24) 503 hp @ 5500 rpm, 4 L, V-8, Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded
9-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.7

Overall Rating


Starting at $59,000, the Mercedes AMG GLC 43 comes kitted with rich and opulent highlights while housing a widespread list of safety tech. Moving up against the likes of Audi SQ5 and the BMW X3 M40i, the SUV sees a healthy rivalry with these SUVs. Can it survive ? 

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV Front View
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV Rear View

7.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.9/10
Final Verdict


2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Features

7.0/10

The AMG GLC 43 is an integral member of the GLC family. The SUV is offered in just one trim offered at a sticker price of $59,000. For that price, you get a 3.0L V6 engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission and a 4matic drivetrain. 

Trims

AMG GLC 43 4matic

MSRP

$59,500

Key Features

AMG DYNAMIC SELECT

 

AMG Sport Suspension based on AIRMATIC

 

20-inch AMG multispoke wheels, silver

 

3-spoke multifunction steering wheel

 

Electromechanical power steering

 

ESP Dynamic Cornering Assist

 

Adaptive braking technology

 

Nappa leather multifunction steering wheel

 

Topstitched MB-Tex upper dash and door trim

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However, the AMG GLC 43 is loaded with all the necessary features you can still have more. With a little more dough you can add the Advance light package and AMG Night Package to enhance the feel.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The AMG GLC 43 is the first Merc to feature the AMG-tweaked Twin-turbo 3.0L V6 engine. This powerplant is mated to a crazy 9-speed automatic transmission which isn't just for show, it does enhance the handling and keep the engine on the boil. The V6 churns out an impressive 362 hp of power and 384-pound-feet of torque. 

 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV has 385 Horsepower

Models

Mercedes Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV

Audi SQ5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 M40i

Porsche Cayenne

Maserati Levante

Jaguar F-Pace S

Range Rover Velar S (V6)

Engine

3.0L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.0L TFSI V6

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6 3.0L

3.0L turbo V6

3.0L twin-turbo V6

3.0L Supercharged V6

3.0L Supercharged V6

Transmission

9G-TRONIC 9-Speed Automatic

8-speed DCT

8 Speed Auto

8 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

Horsepower

385 hp@ 6100rpm

354hp@5400rpm

355hp @ 5,500 rpm

340hp

345hp

380 hp

380hp

Torque

384 ft-lbs@ 2500rpm

369ft-lbs@1370rpm

369 lb.-ft. @ 1,520 rpm

331 lb.ft

369 lb.ft

332 lb.ft

332 lb.ft

The powertrain beneath the GLC 43 is as convincing as most of the other midsize luxury SUVs in the class, on par with Jaguar F-Pace S and the Range Rover Velar S which come with a supercharged V6 engine.

Acceleration

The GLC 43 might have quite a powerful engine and that translates to the tarmac. It takes 4.7 seconds to accelerate to a speed of 60 MPH. It is almost the fastest of the lot and on par with the BMW X3 while the rest of the competition lags behind by close to half a second and more. The supercharged engines on the F-Pace and Range Rover aren’t as quick either.

Models

Mercedes AMG GLC 43 SUV

Audi SQ5 Premium

BMW X3 M40i

Porsche Cayenne

Maserati Levante

Jaguar F-Pace S

Range Rover Velar S (V6)

0-60 MPH

4.7 sec

5.1 sec

4.6 sec

5.9 sec

5.8 sec

5.1 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter mile

12.9 sec

13.5 sec

13.4 sec

14.4 sec

12.3 sec

TBD

TBD

Engine

3.0L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.0L V6

3.0L

3.0L turbo V6

3.0L twin-turbo V6

3.0L Supercharged V6

3.0L Supercharged V6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4149

4321

4277

4,377

4,649

4,090

4,471

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

7.4

7.7

5.04

6.4

TBD TBD

Though the AMG competes right on with the competition and brings justice to the AMG name. Most of the rivals are slower than the Benz.

Braking

The braking on the AMG GLC 43 is strong and firm, paired with the summer tires you get a grippy ride. The pedal feel is long and steady, easy to apply on city and highway. The car can halt from a speed of 60mph at 115 feet.

Model

Mercedes AMG GLC 43 SUV

Audi SQ5 Premium

BMW X3 M40i

Porsche Cayenne

Maserati Levante

Jaguar F-Pace S

Range Rover Velar S (V6)

Brake Front (in.)

14.2

13.3

13.7

13.7

14.9

Tbd

13.8

Brake Rear (in.)

12.6

13

13.5

12.9

12.9

Tbd

12.8

60-0 MPH (ft.)

TBD

N/A

109

TBD

118

TBD

TBD

The opposition may show some commendable numbers but when it comes to braking but the GLC 43 is the true winner in the braking aspect. The Audi SQ5 Premium Plus is the heaviest car in the lot whose effects are clearly visible in its 123 feet performance. 

Ride and Handling

The GLC 43 is impressive for an SUV, the steering might lack the necessary feel but the sports mode covers that up. The handling is nimble though you may experience some body roll on tricky pavements. The sports mode brings the necessary heaviness to the steering for a more responsive steer and the comfort mode gives it a plush ride experience.

 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV 's Front View

Beginning with AMG Dynamic Selects, it presents the driver with multiple driving modes such as Individual, Comfort, Slippery, Sport, and Sport + modes. These modes control the suspension and drivetrain and therefore produces traction in accordance with the road conditions.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The V6 staring powertrain might be a little thirsty but doesn't share the same appetite as the competitors. Its 19 mpg of city mileage might not be that compelling but the car gains an edge on the highway with its 25 mpg mileage. Combined the 21 mpg mileage fits the performance SUV segment perfectly. 

Model

Mercedes AMG GLC 43 SUV

Audi SQ5 Premium

BMW X3 M40i

Porsche Cayenne

Maserati Levante

Jaguar F-Pace S

Range Rover Velar S

MPG (city)

19

19

20

25

16.2

18

TBD

MPG (highway)

25

24

27

35

24

23

TBD

MPG (combined)

21

21

23

30

20.2

20

TBD

The 21 mpg of combined mileage is not the best on the market but it does strive well with the competition. The X3, however, is the more glamorous car with the best fuel efficiency amongst the lot. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Interior

8.0/10

Only the Mercedes could bring justice to the performance luxury combination. The uber interior quality topped with the Merc styling is a decent cabin to be in. The turbine-like air vents are molded in chrome and blend right with the black Nappa leather seats. The AMG GLC 43 offer top-notch comfort with its front and rear heated seats, everyone can be nice and toasty in this car. 

 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV Front Seats

The 41.9 inches of headroom space and 40.8 front legroom is enough to accommodate longer drivers. The rear section also shares a spacious 38.5 inches headroom and 37.3 inches of legroom space.

Model

Mercedes AMG GLC 43 SUV

Audi Q5 2.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 M40i

Porsche Cayenne

Maserati Levante

Jaguar F-Pace S

Range Rover Velar S

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

41.9/57.3/40.8

41.7/57.7/41.0

40.0/57.6/40.3

TBD

TBD

37.8/57.7/40.3

38.1/NA/40.3

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.5/56.5/37.3

39.3/56.5/37.8

38.5/56.0/36.4

TBD

TBD

37.5/55.8/37.2

38/NA/37.2

The AMG GLC 43 blends right with the SUV standards, however, no car outdid the other, no sense of competition here.

Interior Features

Some interior features include in the GLC 43 are as follows -

  • Power front sport seats with memory
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 3 years of Mercedes me Connect Services
  • Mercedes me connect Assist Services
  • Remote Start via Mercedes Me Mobile App
  • Heated front seats
  • 40/20/40-split rear seats with power folding
  • Power-folding side mirrors
  • MB-Tex/DINAMICA upholstery
  • KEYLESS-START
  • KEYLESS-GO
  • Power liftgate
  • The automatic lowering for easier cargo loading
  • Household-type 115V power outlet
  • Illuminated entry system
  • Refined cargo compartment

Infotainment System

The 7-inch infotainment screen takes the center stage, it's controlled through a touchpad controller between the seats. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard on the AMG GLC 43. Jumping from menu to menu on this car is easy but it will take time getting used to the controller. Other features on the infotainment territory are- 

  • Central controller and 7-inch color display
  • FrontBass system
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Prewiring for GARMIN MAP PILOT
  • Dual USB audio ports
  • HD Radio receiver
  • SiriusXM Radio with 6-month All Access trial

Cargo volume

The automatic tailgate on the AMG GLC 43 opens up a nice 19.4 cubic feet space. However, with the touch of a button, the second seats go 60/ 40 split to unlock the complete 56.5 cubic feet cargo potential on the AMG GLC 43, making enough space to pack for a weekend fishing.

Model

Mercedes AMG GLC 43 SUV

Audi SQ5 3.0L Premium

BMW X3 M40i

Porsche Cayenne

Maserati Levante

Jaguar F-Pace S

Range Rover Velar S

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

56.5

25.1

28.7

27.1

19.4

33.5

34.4

With the rear seats up the 19.4 cubic inch space might not feel that compelling, the competition feature better boot space. However, the AMG GLC 43 overcomes this adversity with the full 56.5 cubic inch space after the seats down. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Exterior

8.0/10

No other SUV can undermine the GLC 43s exterior, the car is bad in black for Christ's sake! Right, from the extra-long wheels to extended fender flares you get a decent looking car from front to back. The SUV measures a long 183.5 inches in length while the width and height for the car are 74.4 inches and 64.1 inches respectively. 

 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV Three Quarter View

The GLC seems like SUV which is pretty compact but stands tall when placed beside its rivals. It has a sporty aesthetic with arches and a defining exterior that define well its appearance.

Model

Mercedes AMG GLC 43 SUV

Audi SQ5 Premium

BMW X3 M40i

Porsche Cayenne

Maserati Levante

Jaguar F-Pace S

Range Rover Velar S

Curb weight (lbs.)

4149

4321

4277

4,377

4,649

4,090

4,471

Length(in)

183.5

183.6

186.1

193.7

197

186.3

189

Width(in)

74.4

74.5

74.7

86.4

85

81.5

85.4

Height(in)

64.1

65.3

66.0

66.8

66.1

65

65.5

Ground clearance (in)

6.7

8.2

8.0

8.2

TBD

8.4

8.3

Wheelbase (in)

113.1

111.2

112.8

114

118.3

113.1

113.1

Track width (in) F/R

64.5/65.2

63.9/63.6

63.0/63.6

66.2/65.9

63.9/66

64.6/65.1

64.6/65.2

All of the SUVs are of the same size as the AMG GLC 43 the only difference maker here is its low 6.7 inches of ground clearance. About the weight, according to the modern-day market, the AMG GLC 43s 4145-pound weight is perfect for the class.

Exterior Features

The GLC 43 comes with some of the following exterior features -

  • Aggressively elegant design
  • The class standard in cabin style
  • Spaciousness and solidity
  • Performance-focused cockpit
  • Anodized roof rails
  • AMG body styling
  • Chrome diamond-block grille
  • Gloss Black exterior accents
  • 20-inch AMG multispoke wheels, silver 
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Safety

The 2020 AMG GLC 43 comes standard with active safety features like emergency braking, forward collision alert, driver drowsiness monitor and more. The SUV scored a nice all-star rating from the NHTSA, it was also named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS.

  • ATTENTION ASSIST
  • PRE-SAFE
  • COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS
  • Integrated Restraint System
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Seat belt technology
  • Occupant Classification System (OCS)
  • ISOFIX / Universal LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
  • Integrated 3-button garage door control
  • Antitheft alarm with remote panic feature
  • Driver-programmable driveaway locking
  • Night Security Illumination

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Competition

BMW X3 M40i Vs Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43

The BMW X3 is priced a little lower than the AMG GLC 43, the lack of standard features and weaker power justifies the gap. Where the X3 is the nice everyday drive SUV the AMG GLC 43 is a luxury creature. The X7 is one up on fuel efficiency but the Mercs extra horsepower covers it up.

BMW X3 M40i

Overall the Mercedes Benz AMG GLC43 turns up the true winner as a complete performance SUV.

AUDI SQ5 Premium Plus Vs  Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43

Equipped with just enough features the X7 is an ideal SUV on the market. While it accomplished the SUVS practicality somehow it missed out on the performance part. The GLC 43, on the other hand, is a true performer, its better at acceleration, power, and weighs less. To an extent, the GLC 43 feel like a more aggressive car to drive as well.

AUDI SQ5 Premium Plus

So, if you are shopping for an everyday driver then go for the SQ5 and if performance is what you aim to go for the AMG GLC 43.

Jaguar F-Pace S Vs Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43

The Jaguar devotees will enjoy this new niche SUV, it's fast, capacious, and comfortable everything a performance luxury SUV stands for. On the contrary, AMG GLC 43 is a quicker car that delivers more value. The F- Pace is more inclined towards comfort while the GLC 43 is a more luxurious SUV.

Jaguar F-Pace S

Considering the price slab, the AMG GLC 43 is an ideal choice for the class.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Final Verdict

7.9/10

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 is the more athletic car in the class, right from its blistering acceleration to the magnetic interior the car knocks the ball out of the park in every aspect. Luxury shoppers looking for an SUV will not think again, it can be both the type of car you get your groceries in and the one which you could drag race with.

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