2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe Drivers’ Notes Review

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S is another in a growing list of high-performance crossovers and SUVs hitting the market. Like its big brother the GLE 63 S Coupe, the GLC Coupe ditches some practicality in the name of style. Unlike coupes from other automakers (looking at you BMW), the Autoblog staff is much more positive on the Mercedes’ styling. Yes, most of us still prefer the standard model, but the fastback format is growing on us, too.

In the U.S., the only way to get the more powerful 4.0-liter V8 GLC 63 S model is as the so-called “four-door coupe.” The standard model makes 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, so it’s no slouch either.

John’s right, the cabin’s kind of tight — like a sports car, which all the red leather and carbon fiber insists that it is. It’s a gorgeous cabin, so much so that my now-calm passenger made a great “Price Is Right” guess while digging in the glovebox for the Monroney — his $95,000 was close without going over. Expensive, snug, lifted and wildly powerful. All told, it’s hard to know exactly who this vehicle is for, but whoever they are, they’ll have fun with it.

Associate Editor Reese Counts: Migliore is wrong. Every GLC needs a meaty twin-turbo V8 with more than 500 horsepower and a 0 to 60 mph under 4 seconds. This thing is so silly, and I loved every minute I spent behind the wheel.

Associate Editor Joel Stocksdale: I very much enjoyed the twin-turbo V8 of the GLC 63 S, as did my other colleagues. But that was about all I really enjoyed about this hot crossover. My real problem with it and many other high-performance luxury SUVs is that it’s trying far too hard to be a performance car.

I’d much rather it be a little softer so that it still has the comfort of an SUV and its prodigious suspension travel. Especially since all the GLC’s handling upgrades still won’t make it as quick as its equivalent car counterpart. But hey, that V8 is sweet, and even though my colleagues seem to be disappointed by the interior space (I actually found it fine), it’s a lovely interior to be in, like with all Mercedes.