2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe
- Elegant and premium interior design
- Excellent balance between agile handling and a comfortable ride
- Abundant driver safety aids work great
- Four- and six-cylinder engines are fuel-efficient for the class
- Less useful cargo area than in regular GLC
- Infotainment controls aren't always easy to use
- Rear headroom isn't great, especially in the middle
- Hard to brake smoothly
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Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating8.1 / 10
Don't be fooled by its name; the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe is not a two-door version of the GLC crossover. Rather, the coupe designation refers to the vehicle's fastback profile, which stands in contrast to the boxy designs of most other SUVs. Other than reduced headroom in the back seat and a ding to cargo capacity, the coupe is as easy to live with as its GLC sibling.
Like the standard GLC, the GLC coupe features a world-class cabin inspired by the vaunted S-Class sedan's. Every touch point feels rich and substantial, from the grippy, leather-covered steering wheel to the window switches. As with many Mercedes-Benz products, buyers can select exotic leather upholsteries, trim pieces and automated driving features even on the base model. And there are plenty of configurations to choose from, including an efficient yet sprightly turbocharged four-cylinder and a bellowing turbo V8 with 503 horsepower. As long as you don't mind the hit to practicality and the price premium over the standard model, we think you'll enjoy the comfort, luxury and performance offered by the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe configurations
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe is a compact luxury crossover SUV with a sleeker profile than the standard GLC-Class. It's offered in four trim levels, each with unique engine tuning. Starting things off is the four-cylinder GLC 300, which has a reasonable starting price and can be ordered with a wide range of luxury and safety enhancements. Next up is the AMG GLC 43, which adds a turbocharged V6 engine and several features that are optional on the GLC 300. True performance-minded buyers will appreciate the V8-powered AMG GLC 63 and AMG GLC 63 S.
The base GLC 300 comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine (241 horsepower, 273 pound-feet of torque). Like all GLC models, power is sent to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include 19-inch wheels, adaptive suspension damping (not driver selectable), a power liftgate, auto-dimming rearview and driver-side mirrors, a sunroof, automatic wipers, a power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings, 40/20/40-split power-folding rear seats, simulated leather upholstery, a rearview camera, dual-zone climate control, a 7-inch central display screen, Mbrace Connect (includes smartphone app integration), and an eight-speaker sound system with HD radio and two USB ports.
The AMG GLC 43 is the first of the performance-oriented trims. It comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (362 hp, 384 lb-ft), 20-inch wheels, a sport-tuned version of the GLC 300's optional adaptive air suspension, upgraded brakes, simulated-suede seat inserts, heated front seats, steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles and the contents of the GLC 300's Premium package (blind-spot monitoring, keyless ignition and entry, satellite radio and a 115-volt power outlet).
The AMG GLC 63 receives a plethora of performance upgrades, starting with a turbocharged V8 (469 hp, 479 lb-ft). It also gets a sport-tuned version of the nine-speed automatic, a mechanical limited-slip differential, variable torque distribution for the all-wheel drive system, and a 14-speaker premium Burmester sound system. The AMG GLC 63 S goes even further with a punchier engine tune (503 hp and 516 lb-ft), along with an electronically controlled limited-slip differential and simulated suede grips on the steering wheel.
Most packages are available across the GLC lineup. Safety-minded buyers might consider the Driver Assistance package, which adds adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and mitigation, rear cross-traffic alert, and forward collision warning and mitigation (with automatic braking). It also includes the contents of the Premium package for the GLC 300. There's also the Advanced Parking Assist package, which includes a top-down parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors, an automated parking system and a hands-free liftgate. For the ultimate night cruiser, check out the Advanced Lighting package, which adds adaptive LED headlights, automatic high-beam control, interior ambient lighting and illuminated doorsills.
For the techies out there, a Multimedia package is offered, with a navigation system, touchpad controller and an 8.4-inch central display screen. There's also an option that bundles Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but note that it's incompatible with the Multimedia and Driver Assistance packages.
A few of the features in the above packages can be ordered as stand-alone options. There are a number of separate items that buyers might want to add. Styling upgrades include 21-inch wheels, the Night package (glossy black exterior elements) and the AMG Line (GLC 300 only), which adds interior and exterior appearance modifications, a flat-bottom steering wheel and the GLC 43's upgraded brakes.
Luxury enhancements are also available, such as a cabin fragrance and air purification system, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, rear side-window shades, various trim accents and multiple premium leather upholsteries (paired with adjustable passenger thigh support and memory settings). The GLC 300 can be ordered with the sport exhaust system found on the AMG models, while an upgraded performance exhaust is available for those models.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Coupe (turbo 3.0L V6 | 9-speed automatic | AWD)
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current GLC-Class Coupe has received some revisions, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which became available just this year. Our findings remain applicable to this year's GLC-Class Coupe, however.
Noise & vibration8.5
Ease of use9.0
Getting in/getting out8.0
Child safety seat accommodation8.0
Audio & navigation8.5
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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe video
CARLOS LAGO: That is the Mercedes-Benz GLC 63 S AMG coupe. Now, that's a mouthful. And what does it mean? Well, is a compact luxury SUV that Mercedes-Benz's in-house performance division, AMG, has given some sporty intentions. You may think that's cute. After all, how can you take the performance intentions of a compact luxury SUV seriously, especially one that weighs 4,500 pounds? Within the realm of the AMGs, it's hard to place this one. It's not the biggest, the smallest, the most powerful, least powerful, the most expensive, or the least expensive. So who cares? Well, what if I were to tell you that this thing is faster in a straight line than most vehicles you'd come across on the road today? In fact, to 60 miles an hour, this is faster than the AMG GTR flagship that we tested only a few months ago. How does it do that? Before we get to it, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and visit edmunds.com for all your car shopping needs. [MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS LAGO: If you couldn't tell from the "coupe" part of the name, Mercedes has a tough time acknowledging reality. And that also extends to the engine, because even those is called a 63, the engine actually displaces four liters. Now, it's the same twin turbo, four liter V8. You can actually see the turbos in the V the V8 engine right there. It's the same twin turbo V8 you'll find in other AMG models across the lineup. And now, those turbos help boost output to 503 horsepower and 516 pound feet of torque. That's solid. But let's be honest. It's not amazing. After all, today's sports cars, you have Dodge Chargers running around with over 700 horsepower. And it isn't just power alone that makes a vehicle fast. You need quick shifts. You need lots of traction. To that end, it's the stuff going on behind this engine that helps get you that. Now, you have a 9-speed automatic transmission that's going to give you those quick shifts. And you have an all-wheel drive system that's going to give you the traction through these massive wheels and tires. And that traction is what's going to help this thing get off the line really quickly. And that's what's going to get you that really quick 0 to 60. Now, managing all that hardware is a launch control process and procedure that's going to help you repeat that performance and access it easily. We've already tested this car. But I want to show you exactly what happens during an acceleration run. We know it's really fast if you just slap the gas down. But let's put it in launch control. We're going to do that by hitting this dynamic rocker, and put it in race. I'm going to mash the brake with my left foot, then mash the gas with my right. Launch control should happen at that point, and we'll go for a ride. Release brake to start. We're [INAUDIBLE] 4 RPM. Oh, ho! [ENGINE ROARS] CARLOS LAGO: [LAUGHS] That is really fast. And it pulls hard. Wow! When it comes to acceleration runs, all-wheel drive is a beautiful thing. This thing gets out of the hole really quick, 3,500 RPM or so. As soon as you release that brake, this thing just and goes. The shift from first into second gear hits like a-- it hits you hard. I have driven faster cars. But the fact that I'm doing that in this compact luxury SUV is shocking. Let's do it again. On the second run, I'm going to put it out of manual mode. Because I felt like it was actually hitting a limit of some kind as it got to red line. But let's do it again. [ENGINE ROARS] CARLOS LAGO: [LAUGHS] It's still kind of making that noise. But it's shifting a couple hundred RPM before redline. But oh, man, this thing pulls really hard at 118, 120. It's still going hard. And what's incredible is that this is a compact luxury SUV, but does 0 to 60 in 3 and 1/2 seconds, or 3.3 seconds, if you use a roll out like you would on a drag strip. And it does a quarter mile in 11.7 seconds. I mean, that's ridiculous. And it kind of makes me wonder, like, the point of acceleration results anymore when you have a luxury SUV that can do that? It rides comfortably. It's still a Mercedes-Benz. But it just is a Mercedes-Benz that can out accelerate most things that you find on the road. It's nuts. [ENGINE ROARS] CARLOS LAGO: It feels like you're getting rear-ended. Oh! That shift into fifth gear, the acceleration resumes at a pace that you would not think it would hit you at in fifth gear. That's-- that's incredible. What I love is that this is also a compact luxury SUV with a race mode. And it's not something that's going to make the ride terrible because it's something that you would only use if you're going to show off launch control to your buddies. But it's a GLC with race mode. What are cars anymore? [MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS LAGO: Acceleration figures mean little without context. So what I have here on this clipboard is a curated list of vehicles from Edmund's testing database that this car is faster than. Now, we started out to 60 miles an hour. It beats the Chevrolet Corvette Zr1, the Jaguar F-type SVR, the Tesla Model S P85D, Tesla Model X, Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR, the last Dodge Viper we tested, the most recent Audi TT RS. Now, a lot of these cars are faster to the quarter mile. And they should be. They reap better aerodynamic benefits at that point. They can go faster. They can accelerate harder. But this is still a compact luxury SUV. And not only that, this is the fastest SUV we've tested in a straight line. At the quarter mile, at best, Hellcats tie it. Any Hellcat we've ever tested, at best, has tied this thing. Now, this is still, again, a luxury SUV. It has two rows of seats. It has usable cargo volume. It has decent headroom. And it's a Mercedes-Benz, so it feels pretty luxurious too. That all makes the $105,000 as-tested price seem worth it. And that's why we care. If you like what you saw, be sure to subscribe to this YouTube channel and visit edmunds.com for all your car shopping needs. [MUSIC PLAYING]
The Mercedes-Benz GLC 63 S AMG Coupe Is Faster Than Most Sports Cars
Carlos Lago tests and reviews the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 63 S AMG Coupe. We weren't sure what to make of this compact luxury SUV until we went to our test track. Once we got to the acceleration strip, we found that the length of this vehicle's name is equally absurd as its straight-line speed. In this video, Carlos explains why the GLC 63 S AMG is so quick, demonstrates what its acceleration looks and feels like, and compares its results to traditional sports cars.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite GLC-Class Coupe safety features:
- Active Lane Keeping Assist
- Warns you when you're drifting over the lane lines on the highway and can help steer you back into your lane.
- Parktronic with Active Parking Assist
- Guides the GLC-Class Coupe into a parking spot with minimal driver assistance.
- Pre-Safe Brake with Pedestrian Recognition
- Alerts the driver if a front collision is imminent; can apply the brakes automatically to lessen the impact. Can also identify pedestrians.
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The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe is a five-passenger SUV with coupelike styling and four doors. In the relatively new class of "sport-utility coupe," the GLC is a leader in interior quality and available technology features. We also think the base GLC 300 trim level is priced to be competitive with its main rivals. What you'll need to decide at the Mercedes dealership is what kind of options packages and stand-alone options you want. Most options are bundled into packages, but if you're the kind of shopper who likes to pick and choose your equipment, there's a way to do that as well.
The 2018 GLC Coupe is sold in four trim levels, primarily differentiated by the engine. The GLC 300 Coupe comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a sunroof, dual-zone climate control, the Mercedes COMAND interface with a 7-inch infotainment display, and an eight-speaker sound system.
The AMG GLC 43 Coupe is the first of the performance-oriented trims, with upgrades that include a twin-turbo V6 engine, larger brakes and a sport-tuned version of the GLC 300's optional air suspension. The AMG GLC 63 kicks it up a notch with a twin-turbo V8, a mechanical limited-slip differential and a sport-tuned transmission. The top-trim AMG GLC 63 S includes an even more powerful V8 and additional performance upgrades. Naturally, the GLC-Class Coupe offers plenty of optional features, including some class-leading safety technology, a 360-degree parking camera, various trim pieces and elegant leather upholstery choices.
Materials quality in any GLC is excellent, making us believe this is one of the highest-quality vehicles in the class. It has the fit and finish that you'd expect from a much more expensive luxury vehicle, even in the GLC 300 form. Of course, prices can balloon considerably once you start adding sport and luxury enhancements, but that's par for the course for a luxury SUV. Whatever your perfect 2018 GLC-Class Coupe looks like, we'll help you find it here at Edmunds.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe Overview
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe is offered in the following submodels: GLC-Class Coupe AMG GLC 43, GLC-Class Coupe SUV, GLC-Class Coupe AMG GLC 63 S, GLC-Class Coupe AMG GLC 63. Available styles include GLC 300 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), AMG GLC 43 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A), AMG GLC 63 S 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), and AMG GLC 63 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A).
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