2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 First Test Review: The Best Gets Quicker


If we weren’t already fans of the new Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, we certainly would be now. Our reigning SUV of the Year, which won on the strength of the entry-level model before any other trim existed, is putting even more pressure on the compact luxury SUV class with its hotted-up AMG 43 variant.
Far from a slouch, the standard GLC300 overachieved with its little 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which hustles its 4,083-pound body to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. Not bad for just 241 hp and 273 lb-ft. If you’re the type to stoplight drag your luxury SUV, though, you’ll want more. The AMG GLC43 delivers.
The same story plays out across our performance data. Where the GLC300 needs 112 feet to stop from 60 mph and the sexy Jag needs 115, the GLC43 needs just 109 feet. On the skidpad, the GLC43’s 0.91 average lateral g easily tops the Jag’s 0.85 and the GLC300’s 0.82. Naturally, that applies to our figure-eight test, too. The quicker, grippier GLC43 put down a 25.2-second lap at 0.75 average g compared to the Jag’s 26.1-second lap at 0.69 average g and the GLC300’s 26.6-second lap at 0.66 average g.