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2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC43

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 8/28/2018 Drew Dorian
2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 / GLC43 Coupe in Depth: Wunder Twins: The Mercedes-AMG GLC43 and GLC43 coupe are a pair of unnaturally sporty compact luxury SUVs with a near-perfect blend of comfort, athleticism, and utility.© Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc The Mercedes-AMG GLC43 and GLC43 coupe are a pair of unnaturally sporty compact luxury SUVs with a near-perfect blend of comfort, athleticism, and utility.

Overall Rating: Exterior Design and Dimensions© Car and Driver Exterior Design and Dimensions

For driving enthusiasts, nothing satisfies like a sports car—but the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 comes close, and it requires no compromises for passengers or cargo space. Opt for the fastback GLC43 coupe and you'll get one that even looks like a sports car—or at least a sports SUV. The standard 362-hp twin-turbo V-6 rocketed both GLC43 models from zero to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds in our testing. Underneath their suavely styled sheetmetal are an adaptive suspension and all-wheel drive, which provide unnaturally sporty handling for an SUV. But the GLC43s are not alone in the high-performance-crossover marketplace: numerous manufacturers ranging from Porsche to Jaguar offer models that compete with these two swift Mercedes-AMG SUVs. 

What's New for 2018?

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Not much has changed for 2018, and that's not surprising considering the GLC43 and GLC43 coupe are only entering their sophomore year. Mercedes-AMG's new Track Pace app is now available as a $150 option (but requires the addition of the $2200 Multimedia package), and a performance exhaust system joins the options list for $1250. Mercedes also now offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the GLC43; the two features are bundled together in the Smartphone Integration package for $350. For 2018, the GLC43 is joined by the utterly mental V-8­–powered GLC63, which can be had with up to 503 horsepower; we review that model separately.

Trims and Options We'd Choose

We'll leave it to you to decide between the conventional-looking squareback GLC43 (with a base price of $57,245) and the racy-looking GLC43 coupe (which starts at $61,395), but in either form we'd suggest checking the boxes for the premium Burmester sound system ($850) and the Multimedia package ($2200), which adds:

• 8.4-inch infotainment display with navigation
• Real-time traffic and weather updates via SiriusXM Travel Link
• Touchpad controller

The final thing we'd add to our GLC43 would be the optional 21-inch wheels with summer tires for $1000. Normally we find that wheels this large deliver a stiff ride when coupled with a sport-tuned suspension, but on the GLC43 they improve cornering grip without sacrificing ride comfort. Plus, they look dope.

For details about the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43, see our in-depth review.

Continue Reading:

• 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Overview
• Engine and Transmission
• Fuel Economy and Driving Range
• Performance and Driving Impressions
• Interior and Passenger Space
• Audio and Infotainment
• Cargo Space and Storage
• Exterior Design and Dimensions
• Safety and Driver Assistance
• Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Video Overview: Interior, Infotainment, Cargo Space

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