2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Performance

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2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV Performance, 0-60, Top Speed And MPG

Updated on: November 6, 2020

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Still relatively new to the SUV coupe scene, the brand Mercedes-Benz has enough market knowledge and experience to make some confident strides in the segment, as seen with the compact GLC range. This whole range was launched in 2016 along with the AMGs and each has a unique touch and flavor to them. The Mercedes AMG GLC 43 SUV sits conveniently between the not-so-mild GLC 300 and the boisterous AMG GLC 63

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV

For the exteriors, it skimps on some practical aspects of what an SUV should be. For the tech department, the brand has made some changes too which makes it stand out a little bit in the segment. The 2021 Mercedes AMG GLC 43 SUV has now a more AMG character to it, however, it still fits the elegance and comfort of a Mercedes Benz, although the car is popular because of its 3.0L V6 engine producing 385 horsepower to go from 0 to 60 in just less than 4.7 seconds. The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV was refreshed a year ago making the Mercedes AMG GLC 43 much more prominent, we will not see any major changes in the 2021 model of the car. 

What’s under the 2021 Mercedes AMG GLC 43 SUV?

Under its tremendous hood we will get a 3.0-Liter bi-turbo V6 motor, which is also seen in other cars of the brand. However this engine, in this arrangement, is tuned to pump out more power. It produces a total of 385 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque and sounds astounding. The performance figures however, are claimed to be equivalent to when the engine made 23 hp less.

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV engne bay

The engine has all that could possibly be needed - sport and muscle. The wide range of various vehicles in the opposition use V6s and some of them are quicker as well.

Models

Mercedes Benz AMG GLC 43

Audi SQ5

BMW X3 M40i

Porsche Cayenne

MSRP

$59,500

$53,895

$55,900

$66,800

Engine

3.0L Bi-Turbo V6

3.0L TFSI V6

3.0L Turbocharged Inline-6

3L Turbocharged V6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

9G-TRONIC 9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed DCT

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

385@6,100

354@5,400

382@5,500 

335@5,300

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

384@2,500

369@1,370

365@1,520

332@1,340

Here in the competition, the Mercedes AMG GLC 43 SUV provides the maximum power output. You get some awesome performance hardware for the money with the AMG GLC 43 SUV. Although the Audi SQ5 and the BMW X3 M40i are a bit cheaper, the Mercedes is totally worth the money if you look at it on paper. The Cayenne on the other hand, is significantly more expensive and produces less power. As to how this translates to real world performance, we shall look below.

How fast is the 2021 Mercedes AMG GLC 43 SUV?

The car comes with a twin-turbo setup that utilizes the said forced induction method to reduce the lag in throttle response. That being said, the optimizations done by Mercedes have still not made any difference in the speed aspect of the car with it having the same 0-60 time.

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV accelerate 0-60 mph in 4.7 sec

The power will be distributed to all 4 wheels through a nine-speed automatic gearbox, and there are several driver modes available for the driver to select. You can choose between Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Individual modes and it alters the transmission shifts and throttle responses. 

Models

Mercedes Benz AMG GLC 43

Audi SQ5

BMW X3 M40i

Porsche Cayenne

0-60 MPH (sec)

4.7 

5.1 

4.6 

5.9 

Quarter Mile (sec)

13.3 

13.5 

13.4 

14.4 

Top Speed (MPH)

155

155

155

152

Curb Weight

(lbs.)

4235

4317

4321

4662

Although the Mercedes has three more horsepower compared to the BMW, the BMW inches forward on the sprint to 60 by 0.1 second. Even though this is a negligible difference, it is truly something amazing because the BMW manages to do this despite weighing 80 lbs more. On the other hand the SQ5 and the Cayenne are slower by a considerable amount. The top speed for all cars amount to pretty much the same due to electronic limiters.

How good are the brakes in the 2021 Mercedes AMG GLC 43 SUV?

The 2021 AMG GLC 43 is fitted with 20-inch AMG Y 5-spoke alloy wheels to offset the muscular look with the elegant wheels. The car comes with ventilated disc brakes in the front and ventilated discs in the back, which makes sure that the mighty car can come to a stop in severe situations.

And it does so within 105 feet from 60 mph which is a very impressive braking distance for a car as big as this.

Model

Mercedes Benz AMG GLC 43

Audi SQ5

BMW X3 M40i

Porsche Cayenne

Brake Rotors Front (in)

14.2

13.3

13.7

13.7

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

12.6

13

13.5

12.9

Curb Weight (lbs)

4235

4317

4321

4662

60-0 MPH (ft)

105

112

109

N/A

Seeing the figures the car comes to a stop in the shortest distance in its class. The car comes with ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist as standard across all trims. It also comes with an additional adaptive brake assist system that ensures the brakes offer optimum performance under all circumstances. It is no surprise then that it has the biggest brake rotors up front compared to anything else in its class, including the much heavier Porsche Cayenne.

How does the 2021 Mercedes AMG GLC 43 SUV handle?

Mercedes Benz is a known and recognized brand for the past numerous years and is likewise known for its sheer finesse in taking care of driving delight. The vehicle just floats on the road and with its grand extravagance, it looks more attractive. Being an AMG, the vehicle gets a sports-tuned suspension system and its husky brakes move up to deal in parallel to the jump in power. The mobility and the treatment of the AMG GLC 43 are groups separated from the standard GLC 300 by a significant margin.

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV ride and handling

This being a midsize luxury SUV and riding quite high as because of its SUV configuration, the car is comfortable compared to its competition. The car leans ever so slightly when going into turns but it’s nothing to worry about thanks to the adaptive suspension control system.

What MPG figures you can expect from the 2021 Mercedes AMG GLC 43 SUV?

Being a V6 engine, the fuel economy isn’t the best. Although, the MPG figures are not too bad in the grand scheme of things and it is on par with its competitors. The fuel tank on this car is quite big but you still need to make fuel stops a bit frequently. We're not complaining, we understand it's an AMG.

Models

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV

2021 BMW X4 M40i

2021 Audi SQ5

2021 Porsche Cayenne

MPG (city)

16

21

18

19

MPG (highway)

22

27

24

23

MPG (combined)

18

23

20

20

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

17.4

17.7

18.5

23.7

Range (city/highway) (miles)

278.4/382.8/313.2

371.7/477.9/407.1

333/444/370

450/545/474

Here the BMW X4 M40i takes the lead, giving out the best MPG by a considerable margin. The Porsche Cayenne may not have blistering performance compared to the others, but its advantage lies in the fuel economy and range which is mighty impressive.The car also has the advantage having a much larger fuel tank compared to the rest of the cars. The BMW and Mercedes have very similar sized fuel tanks.

Should you buy the 2021 Mercedes AMG GLC 43 SUV?

If we talk about the performance statistics of all the cars of this segment then the Mercedes AMG GLC 43 SUV is the best. This car is a conventional five-door SUV that almost behaves like a sedan.. The only department where the car stays behind is the fuel economy sector otherwise the car is dominant over other cars of the same segment.But considering this is an assessment of performance, we feel we can argue very strongly on behalf of the GLC 43 AMG. But if your budget is constrained, you can make do with several of the used GLCs available.

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