2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43

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2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 13, 2020

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T. Banerjee

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One of the most popular segments in the automotive industry these days is the performance SUV segment. Mercedes-AMG has been dominating this segment for quite some time now with its powerful yet luxurious models which have also become the favorite of the segment. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV is based on the powerful and luxurious GLC Class, that houses a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 belting out 385 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque.

The AMG GLC 43 SUV priced at $59,500, is a perfect choice for those who want a powerful luxury SUV but absolutely hate the unconventional Coupe SUV models. The high performance, luxury, features, and driving manners are reasons that make the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV a great choice among other luxury performance SUVs such as the 2021 BMW X3 and the Audi SQ5, and the purely performance oriented Porsche Cayenne SUV. 

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Pros

Ambitiously powered engine

Sharp driving dynamics

Nicely outfitted interior

Cons

Cramped Cargo Space

Stiff ride quality

Cabin noise

What's New?

The 2021 GLC 43 SUV now comes with front and rear parking sensors as standard. 

New Cirrus Silver introduced into the existing color choice.


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$59900

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

385 hp @ 6100 rpm

torque

384 lb.-ft. @ 2500 rpm

transmission

9-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

14.2/12.6 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

113.1 in.

length

187 in.

width

76 in.

height

62.4 in.

curb weight

4235 lbs.

ground clearance

6.7 in.

capacity

cargo volume

36.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/20/24 mpg

highway range

417.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos

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Trims

Base $59,900 onwards

385 hp @ 6100 rpm | 3 L | V6 | premium unleaded

  • 10-speaker Harman kardon premium audio system
  • 12.3" Digital Instrument Cluster
  • 2 - 1st Row LCD Monitor
  • 40/20/40 Split Fold Rear Seat
  • All door remote Keyless Entry
  • DINAMICA/MB-Tex Simulated Suede/Leatherette Seat Trim
  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Dual-zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Eco Start/Stop System
  • Firmer suspension tuning
  • Front Air Conditioning, Dual Zone THERMATIC Automatic
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Keyless Go
  • PARKTRONIC w/Active Parking Assist
  • Power front sport seats with memory
  • Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • Rear Fog/Driving Lights
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, Seek-Scan Radio

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Colors and Styles

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designo Cardinal Red Metallic

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


The thing which makes the GLC 43 SUV a perfect option in the segment is its all round character. Mercedes also has a high-performance GLC class below the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 and the extremely insane GLC 63 Coupe SUV. The Mercedes GLC Class, GLC 63, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 wins on all fronts because of the perfect mix of performance and luxury. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV continues to do the same proving to be a great SUV in its segment.

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2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Pricing and Features

We have the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV in just one trim which comes with a 3.0-liter bi turbo V6 engine. Other than the more powerful engine in the GLC 43 SUV all the other luxury features and space remain very identical to the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC Class SUV.

Model

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV (Estimated)

MSRP (AWD)

$59,500

Key Features

Cruise Control

 

Lane departure warning

 

Dual zone automatic climate control system

 

Optional 12.3 inch digital instrument cluster

 

Burmester surround sound system

 

10.25 inch touchscreen infotainment system

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

The features onboard include the likes of cruise control, lane departure warning, an optional 12.3 inch digital instrument cluster, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, Burmester surround sound system, dual zone automatic climate control system, and 10.25 inch touchscreen infotainment system.

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Mercedes-AMG has been in the automotive industry for as long as the industry. And they know not to just make cars but the cars which run as long as their company has been over all these years. Mercedes-AMG produces some very high-performance luxury cars in the world that are very easy to own for a long time because of their fantastic reliability.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV is a very good SUV to own and maintain in terms of reliability which is hugely thanks to its Mercedes-AMG roots from all these years. The J.D. Power has rated the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV with an overall score of 80 out of 100 for dependability which is a very good score for a luxury SUV like the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43. 

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV also score well in the quality and reliability rating aspect in the J.D. Power Report which again is very respectable considering its high-performance luxury SUV. All these included makes sure that you will have a good ownership experience in owning the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV over a period of five years or more.

The accurate and close total ownership cost for the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV is still not known and will be updated as available.

Warranty

Mercedes-AMG has also given a good warranty package with the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV which along with its impressive build quality and strong reliability factor makes it a great choice in the segment. The basic warranty covers 4 years or 50000 miles followed by a drivetrain warranty for 4 years or 50000 miles along with 24-hour roadside assistance for 4 years or 50000 miles.

Criteria

Period

Basic Warranty

4 years / 50,000 miles; whatever is earlier

Drivetrain Warranty

4 years / 50,000 miles; whatever is earlier

Corrosion Warranty

4 years / 50,000 miles; whatever is earlier

24 hr Roadside Assistance

4 years / 50,000 miles; whatever is earlier

We also get a corrosion warranty for about 4 years or 50000 miles and the powertrain components get a warranty duration for a good 4 years or 50,000 miles. Though these warranty figures look great, it is still very close to its rivals and there is not much differentiating from the rivals in terms of just the warranty package. And when taking into consideration the Japanese rivals like Lexus, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV just falls short of Lexus's extensive warranty coverage.

Miles Per Dollar

Taking into consideration the City based MPG for calculating the Miles per dollar figure of the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV, the vehicle offers 19 MPG. Considering a gallon of fuel costs $2.30 dollars, the average Miles per dollar will be 8 miles per dollar.

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Buying Advice

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe comes in just one trim level with this engine configuration which is a 3.0 liter turbocharged inline six cylinder engine. This sole trim level starts at $76,500 and as it is the only trim level gets all the features that Mercedes-AMG has to offer as standard.

Is buying a used Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV a good idea?

A used GLE 53 Coupe might sound like a great deal in the used car marker but it is very difficult to spot one. And even if you manage to spot one, make sure that all the powertrain components are working fine because it is a high-performance engine tuned for performance. Other than that, it is a great buy given you are getting all the features and luxury at a very good price.

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Engine and Performance

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV comes with a 3.0-liter twin turbocharged V6 engine. This V6 unit produces 385 hp and has 384 lb-ft of torque on offer which is the best figure in the segment. This engine is mated to a 9 speed 9G Tronic automatic gearbox and the power is distributed to all the four wheels.

Model

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV (Expected)

2021 BMW X3

2021 Audi SQ5

2021 Porsche Cayenne

MSRP

$59,500

$55,900

$53,895

$66,800

Engine

3.0 liter twin turbocharged V6 engine

3.0 liter turbocharged inline 6 cylinder engine

3.0 liter turbocharged V6 engine

3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

9 speed 9G Tronic automatic

8 speed shiftable automatic

8-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) automatic

8 speed Tiptronic automatic

Power (hp)

385 hp @ 6100 rpm

382 hp @ 5500 rpm

354 hp @ 5400 rpm

335 hp @ 5300 rpm

Torque (lb-ft)

384 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm

365 lb-ft @ 1520 rpm

369 lb-ft @ 1370 rpm

332 lb-ft @ 1340 rpm

Both the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV and the BMW X3 have very close power figures at 385 hp and 382 hp respectively. Both the Audi SQ5 and the Porsche Cayenne have lesser power and torque figures compared to the GLC 43.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV Acceleration and Braking Performance

The 3.0-liter twin turbocharged V6 engine under the hood helps the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV reach 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.7 seconds. The quarter mile takes 13.3 seconds along with a very impressive top speed of 155 mph.

2021 Mercedes-benz amg glc 43 suv cover 0-60 4.7 sec

Model

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV (Expected)

2021 BMW X3

2021 Audi SQ5

2021 Porsche Cayenne

0 - 60 MPH (seconds)

4.7 secs

4.6 secs

5.1 secs

5.9 secs

Quarter Mile (seconds)

13.3 secs

13.4 secs

13.5 secs

14.4 secs

Top Speed MPH

155 mph

155 mph

155 mph

155 mph

60 - 0 MPH (ft)

N/A

114 ft

119 ft

N/A

Among its rivals, the BMW X3 reaches from zero to 60 mph the fastest at just 4.6 seconds. The Mercedes-AMG 43 follows at 4.7 seconds and also has the fastest quarter mile figures at 13.3 seconds.

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Fuel Economy

These high-performance luxury SUVs are not bought considering the fuel economy. But still, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV does reasonably well with providing 19 mpg in the city followed by 25 mpg in the highway and has a combined mpg rating of 21. The fuel tank capacity is at 17.4 gallons which gives it a respectable combined range of 365 miles.

Model

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV (Expected)

2021 BMW X3

2021 Audi SQ5

2021 Porsche Cayenne

MPG (City)

19

21

19

19

MPG (Highway)

25

27

24

23

MPG (Combined)

21

23

21

20

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

17.4 gallons

17.7 gallons

18.5 gallons

23.7 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

313/418/365 miles

372/478/407 miles

333/425/388 miles

450/ 545.1/ 474 miles

All the SUVs here provide decent fuel efficiency figures given their performance levels. The BMW X6 and GLC 43 have the best fuel efficiency figures but the Cayenne has the best range thanks to its massive fuel tank capacity at 23.7 gallons.

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Interior

Mercedes-AMG has always been known for making great interiors with the built quality and the quality of the materials used are top notch. It can be even said that the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV has the best interiors in the segment with its design elements and use of soft touch materials all over the cabin. All 5 passengers on the interiors will be completely comfortable in the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV with very supportive and comfortable seats.

2021 Mercedes-benz amg glc 43 suv front seats

Model

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV (Expected)

2021 BMW X3

2021 Audi SQ5

2021 Porsche Cayenne

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row Space (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

41.9/57.3/40.8

40.0/57.6/40.3

41.7/57.7/41.0

N/A

Rear Row Space (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.5/56.5/37.3

38.5/56.0/36.4

39.3/56.5/37.8

N/A

Cargo Capacity (cu ft)

17.6 cu ft

28.7 cu ft

25.1 cu ft

27.1 cu ft

The rivals are also very spacious on the interiors but it is the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV which has the most space both at the front row and rear row of seats. The Porsche Cayenne is focused more on sportiness thus have a little bit lesser space on the inside.

How's the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV's infotainment system?

Mercedes-AMG has totally upped the game with their latest MBUX infotainment system. This makes it right on par with the best infotainment systems in the industry like BMW's Drive and Audi's MMI interface. The interface on the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV is smooth and fast making it a breeze to use. And like always we do get the much-needed Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration as standard. 

2021 Mercedes-benz amg glc 43 suv infotainment display

Other infotainment features on the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV include a 10.25 touchscreen infotainment system, SiriusXM satellite radio, augmented video navigation, five USB-C ports, Bluetooth connectivity, and HD radio. Optional features on the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV include the Burmester premium sound system and wireless charging.

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2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Exterior

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV is based on the 2021 GLC Class and looks very similar to the same. And this is not a particularly bad thing given how the industry has started to prefer the unconventional yet striking Coupe SUV design. But not everyone loves such a design language and prefers the old conventional SUV design. Thankfully, Mercedes-AMG has got those customers covered with its 2021 GLC 43 SUV.

2021 Mercedes-benz amg glc 43 suv third quarter view

Model

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV (Expected)

2021 BMW X3

2021 Audi SQ5

2021 Porsche Cayenne

Curb Weight

4149 lbs

4317 lbs

4321 lbs

4582 lbs

Length

183.5 in

186.1 in

183.6 in

193.7 in

Width

74.4 in

74.7 in

74.5 in

86.4 in

Height

64.1 in

66.0 in

65.3 in

66.8 in

Ground Clearance

6.7 in

8.0 in

8.2 in

8.2 in

Wheelbase

113.1 in

112.8 in

111.2 in

114.0 in

All these SUVs here even though they are performance versions still focus a lot on luxury and comfort for the passengers on the inside. And yes these SUVs do not like so striking or aggressive like their Coupe counterparts but still not everyone loves the unconventional Coupe SUV design. For those who prefer the conventional SUV design will love any of these SUVs.

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2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Safety

When it comes to safety and reliability, Mercedes-AMG has always been very aware of all of their models in the lineup. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV is no exception to this and it one of the safest Coupe SUV in its segment among all of its rivals. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV has not been crash-tested and rated by either the NHTSA or the IIHS which is very obvious. 

Mercedes-AMG has packed the GLC 43 SUV with lots of safety features and driver assistance technologies making it very safe for all of its passengers. 

Some of the notable safety features and driver assistance technologies include active brake assist, attention assists, adaptive high beam assist, blind spot assist, seven airbags, crosswind-assist, and active parking assist. And like all Mercedes-AMG models, the GLC 43 has a very stable and strong chassis making it very safe and secure even if you meet with an accident.

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Competition

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV Vs 2021 BMW X3

A Mercedes-AMG will always be accompanied by a BMW counterpart as its main arch rival. This has been the norm for a long time and still continues to be the same. The only tough and equal competitor to the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV is the BMW X3. The fight between these two German stalwarts is so close that it is very hard to pick a winner from these duels. 

2021 BMW X3

Always with a Mercedes-AMG and BMW fight, we would still very much leave it to the customers preferred brand of choice. But the one thing which is for sure that you would never go wrong or regret when buying any one of these two SUVs. If you love BMW, get the X3 or if Mercedes-AMG is your thing, get the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV Vs 2021 Audi SQ5

Audi has come a long back from its past days to become a very competitive performance luxury SUV in its segment. It is of course with the help of the 2021 SQ5 which is a high-performance version of the regular Q5 just like the GLC 43 and the GLC Class. Though being a very good all round SUV, the Audi SQ5 still lacks a lot when competing with the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV. 

2021 Audi SQ5

 Audi SQ5 still has some work to do to match the BMW X3 which is the closest and toughest rival to the GLC 43. But still, the Audi SQ5 has a sharp Audi design on the outside along with great high-tech interiors combined with huge amounts of luxury and features just like in any Audi.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV Vs 2021 Porsche Cayenne

Porsche is the last German manufacturer to join in this all German showdown. The Cayenne is the one that rivals the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV but choosing one between these two performance SUVs is much easier when compared to the likes of the BMW X3 and the Audi SQ5. The Porsche Cayenne should be your first choice if all you need is performance and livelier driving dynamics. Whereas the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 is based on a luxury model which is the GLC Class. Thus it is a totally personal choice to choose one between these two German luxury performance SUVs.

2021 Porsche Cayenne

 

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Final Verdict

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV has always been a great performance SUV in the segment. It proved to be a perfect match between the low powered GLC Class and the more powerful Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 SUV. Another main reason for dominating the segment among its very competitive rivals is because of its perfect balance between luxury and performance.

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