Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe review: 362bhp SUV tested
What have we here? A Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe review?Indeed we do. The Mercedes GLC Coupe is, to all intents and purposes, a slightly less practical version of the regular GLC SUV. Like the BMW X6 is to the BMW X5.It gets a sloping, coupe-like roofline that impinges on boot space, rear-headroom and rear-visibility in the name of style. Or a lack thereof, depending on your point of view.Weve driven the GLC Coupe before – but with the familiar, 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel. This ones the AMG 43, which means its got a(rather lovely) 3.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V6 petrol with 362bhp, 519Nm and four-wheel drive thats biased towards the rear axle. Which is what you want.Numbers? 0-100kph comes up in 4.9secs and the top speed is 249kph. Think of it as an entry-level AMG, one-rung below the inevitable, as-yet unannounced GLC 63 AMG Coupe.They do a normal GLC 43 too, dont they?Yep. Weve driven that too, and we quite liked it. Swift enough (no slower than the Coupe, in fact), and the air suspension gave “the right amount of support and control without introducing any harshness”, according to Ollie Marriage at the time. The same cannot be said of the Coupe.Really? Why not?Much as we respect Mercedes for having a muck about with the Coupes standard air suspension – so this isnt merely a less practical, more expensive version of the regular GLC, but something with, in their eyes, a tangible dynamic benefit – we dont think its worked.In any of its three suspension modes – comfort, sport and sport plus – the GLC Coupe thumps over potholes and expansion joints. In comfort it floats a bit too much over big crests and dips, and it never really seems to settle on the motorway. Not uncomfortable, but odd.If the GLC Coupe were to offer a much better drive than the normal GLC 43 we might be able to forgive it, but it doesnt. Yes, its quite agile, but the steering isnt anything special and the chassis, while competent, doesnt involve you like a Porsche Macans would.In short, the Coupe is not a massively more dynamic proposition than the SUV, and we reckon thats a bit of a missed opportunity.So I should just buy the SUV?Yes, please. The Coupe is not without merit – its fast, fairly agile and theres little roll. You can cover ground really very quickly, traffic law permitting, naturally. The interior is as good as any C-Class-based Mercedes, and the engine is a strong, sonorous performer. We like it a lot.The gearbox even responds pretty faithfully to a flicked paddle. But if youre someone who wants a performance SUV, and are wondering whether the Coupes supposed added dynamism outweighs the inherent compromises you get in an SUV like this, dont. The regular GLC 43 is a surprisingly good thing, and worthy of your consideration. Buy the Coupe only if the looks are worth the extra couple of lakh rupees to you.