Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe 2019 review (face-lifted version)

17/06/2019

Face-lifted version of the Mercedes's quickest SUV, Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Coupe is a delight on it own in the area of exterior added features and awesome interior refinement. Read on!

2019 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe overview

Obviously, this is the refined and upgraded version of the quickest SUV made by Mercedes. Similar to other models present in the GLC line-up, the AMG 63 and 63 S, super-heated, have been exposed to mid-life nip and tuck treatment. This also leads to some tweaks in its cosmetics, an infotainment system that has been well upgraded and other remarkable additional driver modes.

2019 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe has a subtle change in its outside look with the presence of sleeker headlights on the GLC Coupe and the regular GLC. It also comes with revised taillights, more prominent grille and a pair of natty trapezoidal tailpipe surrounds. Its wheels also enjoy part of the changes too with the additional 21-inch (optional) and fresh alloy wheels.

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There have been lots of design tweaks on this Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe, enough to excite you

On the inside, it enjoys the noble influence of the most recent A-Class, bringing in the newest digital dial pack and MBUX infotainment. It also offers newest steering wheel design of Mercedes coupled with many switches and buttons. When you hold it, it feels so good.

Mechanically speaking, it gets few changes. It comes equipped with adaptive dampers and multi-chamber as standard on the two versions – 63 or 63 S, which is limited-slip differential (electronically controlled). The 9-speed automatic gearbox offered in this model comes with a 4Matic AWD and AMG Speedshift MCT channeling power. With this, torque power can be sent wherever it is needed.

Part of the different features added to this model is the linkage of the transmission to the AMG Dynamics software with the existing Sport, Comfort, Sport+, Race driving modes and the introduction of new Slippery setting for conditions that are slippery. These modes are also separated into:

  • Basic- Comfort and Slippery
  • Advanced – Sport
  • Pro – Sport+
  • Master – Race

These programmes works in the background and trim back the stability control interaction and delivery of very aggressive split of torque effectively as you move through every mode of driving.

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It comes with a higher ground to ensure better viewing of the road while driving

It appears like the model still retains the engine with other versions which includes the V8 4.0-liter turbocharged engine with the generative output of 503 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque with a 1750rpm. The Mercedes 63 S enjoys the adaptive mounts in its engine which offers a stiff driving mode that is sportier and more precise in its steering.

We are absolutely sure you would be intrigued by these impressive numbers. Just before you get contented, there is also a performance exhaust that is optional.

2019 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe driving experience

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe weighs 1945kg and is still shockingly fast and well composed despite its kerbweight. The fact that it is raised higher for better view of the road and the availability of ceramic brakes is quite incredible.

The Sport and Sport+ modes promise quickness while on the road with the high center of gravity of the car being taken charge of by the springs and dampers. The throttle is livened a little, putting high alert on the gearbox with some considerable heft added to the already muted steering.

It offers a surprisingly turn-in bite even when you move on wet conditions, getting more speed than you could imagine. Looks like the front drive usually gives up before the rear wheels do. So, you can literally say it’s under-steered and sometimes could be over-ambitious.

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With the introduction of new driving modes, you sure couldn't ask for a better coupe for high road perfromance

Its stability control is being cut in and it reminds you of a heavy work rate even when you put it on more relaxed driving modes and the fact that the system has been fully retuned. Though, you can decide to switch it off but that thought wouldn’t even cross your mind. It might not be wholly tactile or rewarding in conventional sense since you cannot just throw the car round with abandon.

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Latest digital dial pack, MBUX infotainment and other added features bring elegance to its interior look

Don’t feel bad yet; the availability of V8 twin-turbo engine gives you complete sense of excitement about the rapidness of the car in reaching zero to 62mph in just 3.8 seconds. The car firing it out of every corner effortlessly via its torque its relentless and instant muscle get you pretty hooked up. The twist in the revs could make you absolutely believe there is a hidden electric motor right under the hood.

With the presence of the optional performance exhaust, you can get the bypass valves opened just with the touch of a button. This when put altogether might get you pretty sad when you expect the 9-speed to be super fun while running on the road, which it isn’t. But, when you use it at comfort mode, it is still swift and smooth but can get so hyperactive when you deploy the Sport and Sport+.

Overall, the 63 S is quite impressive and this is very much corroborated with the ways its air spring deals with long bumps and undulations. It enjoys moderate wind noise suppression just like every GLC out there.

Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 2019 review

The integration of the MBUX infotainment system is one of the strong points as the 12.3-inch screen present on the instrument cluster gives it a perfect elegant look. The ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice control might be somehow gimmicky but it surprisingly works very well especially when you approach a junction.

Why you must buy one?

Although the main price for this 2019 model is not yet out but we think it should be around the 70,000 euro (~N28.4 million) for the GLC 63 standard version and 80,000 euro (~N32.4 million) for the S Coupe version. The engine is the highlight of the folds. Although there are more suitable rival models such as Alfa Romeo Steve Quadrifoglio, Jaguar F-Pace SVR, BMW X3 M and X4 M, Porsche Macan Turbo (facelifted).

Buying a car depends on solely on your budget and your needs. We feel if this Mercedes suits your kind of car, you should definitely go for it. The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe is a very attractive car both from the outside and inside. The performance level is topnotch as long you can afford to get one.

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