Peter Anderson road tests and reviews the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.
A few years ago we had a good giggle over fast, high-riders like this and quickly had the smug smirk wiped from our faces, replaced with the kind of grin you get from supercar performance in a family package.
The ‘normal’ GLC has been slightly overshadowed by the recently-arrived GLC Coupe, but it’s still here and it’s powering on, with a twin-turbo V6 supplying the grunt and Mercedes engineering supplying the finesse.
Price and features
Not to be confused with the X6-alike Coupe version, the more upright GLC 43 SUV comes in at $101,400 and does battle with Audi’s ageing (and soon-to-be replaced) SQ5 diesel-powered rocket, which is about $12,000 cheaper. If you can live with losing boot space and like… er… unconventional beauty, the aforementioned GLC Coupe might be for you at $108,900.
In the Merc, you'll get 21-inch alloys, sports pedals, a 13-speaker Burmester-branded surround sound stereo with DAB, an 8.5-inch screen, head-up display, dual-zone climate control, AMG exhaust and steering, air suspension, panoramic glass sunroof, leather trim, keyless entry and start, sat nav, active cruise control, auto parking, electric tailgate, active LED headlights, auto headlights and wipers, reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, around-view cameras, heated electric front seats with memory, power everything and tyre inflation kit.