2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic Reviews; Super Mercedes SUV
An SUV with a powerful motor is not the most obvious combination. Mercedes disagrees and the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic shows us how it is possible to combine comfort and performance. Since the curves do not close too, the V6 is a serious case of effectiveness.
While the “paparazzi” automobile industry fills memory cards with images of the latest tests of that that will be the Mercedes AMG 63 GLC, the Stuttgart start the marketing of 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic. With a name so big, the motor cannot be V8. It’s a tacit rule of nomenclature of AMG. The three magic letters appear only at the end when the block has at least four pairs of cylinders and, currently, more than 500 HP.
Thus, the three-litre V6 and 367 HP this 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic “just” more sporty version of the GLC. And also the only fed exclusively gasoline, which can represent a decisive factor for the purists, they don’t want to hear working diesel and not riders review in plug-in hybrid technology associated with another petrol engine, the two-liter 292 HP turbo.
This is the GLC combines the poise and the functionality of this type of vehicles with the soul of a sports V6 turbo gasoline. If this combination makes sense of the dynamic point of view is a different story.
Mercedes has developed specific laws for damping the air suspension Air Body Control, has opted for the rear axle on a binary distribution made by permanent and integral traction system 4Matic variable and, in our case, to set up shows optional 21-inch rims with tires in front and behind 285/35 255/40. All in the name of the dynamics in curves. However, taking an 1845 kg mass accelerated and balanced in a moving Center of gravity high is not easy.
There are many opposing forces in action, with the inertia imposed by the other. Regardless of the driving mode in Dynamic Select, the usual four steps between the Eco and Sport +, the GLC never questions the occupant comfort. A behavior in line with the dimensions for that, despite the soul, never forget that we are behind the wheel of an SUV. Almost never, because when accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds is easy to ignore the first two initials and focus only on the C 43 AMG.
Well managed by the integral drive system and the nine-speed box 9 g-Tronic, the 520 Nm of torque, stable between 2500 and 4500 rpm, are transferred to the asphalt almost without losses. A powerful acceleration, the box in the automatic mode remains uninterrupted. This progressivity is, along with the control of consumption, one of the strengths of the box, that’s still not the fastest to reduce. As is done to speed up, overtaking succeed a dizzying pace, always accompanied by the resonance Chamber exhaust AMG sports. Vigorous, the notes go up to tom in a crescendo that defies the limits of the “red line”.
This sports enthusiasm contrasts the corpulence of an SUV that, despite the surprising agility, “hulking”. Penalized at the entrance of the curves by overweight, always drag the front axle or being strangled by the electronics. Relying on the vigorous response of the engine is always faster and more effective. With the electronics switched off can take advantage of the movement of the body to balance the GLC to the curve by leveraging the consequent slip the back out in. A “treat” integral traction, despite sharing the 520 Nm of variable shape by two axes, always favors where rear in normal conditions, 69% torque sends.
This maneuver requires such addition to weight, as anticipation of braking effort, not to fall into the inevitable understeer.
Driving a compact SUV so involved requires a lot of brakes and tires, which can be measured by the smoke released by some and by the amount of bits of rubber and debris, the “marbles” of racing, accumulated on the surface of the other.
Despite the intensive use, both perforated and ventilated discs at the front, 360 mm at the front axle and 320 in the rear, as the Continental ContiSportContact 225/40 measurement in front and behind 285/35 overcame the trials with a positive note.
2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic Pricing
Because not only of power and curves sweeping lives a vehicle with the seal of quality AMG, the GLC brings an aesthetic package to match the benefits. Details in red, ranging from the V in the engine cover to seat belts, passing the seams of the various finishes, underline the AMG equipment packages for indoor and outdoor. However, the most visible elements, such as aluminum Stirrups, the interior finishes in carbon, leather steering wheel, or comfort, entail costs banks totaling 2700€. Nothing out of the ordinary, when it individualizes an 83650€ SUV.
In the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic images GLC customization pricing in 100 446€. A value which, once excluded some 10000 euros in unnecessary extras, the Stirrups, for example, that serve only to soil his pants, is perfectly justified by the pure performance of the V6. And the comfort, because if the GLC isn’t agiler in sports driving, is because the suspension never becomes too dry.