It does have a coupe in its name, but the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe is not a two-door version of the GLC crossover. Instead, the coupe tag refers to the GLC fastback profile, which is opposite to the box design of most other SUVs. Other than reducing headroom in the back and cargo capacity, this coupe is as easy as its GLC SUV brother.
Like the standard GLC, the GLC coupe offers a high-class cabin inspired by the flagship S-Class sedan. Each point feels rich and substantial, from the leather-covered steering wheel to the window switches. Like other Mercedes-Benz models, buyers can choose exotic leather upholsteries, trim pieces and automatic driving features even on the base model. There also many configurations to choose from, including fast but fuel-efficient turbocharged four-cylinder to the high-performance V8 turbo with 503 horsepower.
If you don’t mind the lack of practicality and premium prices, we think you will not be disappointed with the luxury, comfort and performance offered by the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe.
For 2018, two new performance models join the lineup: the AMG GLC 63 and AMG GLC 63 S. Heated wipers are now standard. Mercedes has renamed most of the GLC options packages to better convey the features added. The Smartphone Integration package now includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Trim levels and features
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe is a compact luxury crossover SUV offered in four trim levels: GLC 300, AMG GLC 43, AMG GLC 63 and AMG GLC 63 S.
Standard equipment for the base GLC 300 includes 19-inch wheels, adaptive suspension damping, automatic wipers, a power liftgate, a sunroof, auto-dimming rearview and driver-side mirrors, dual-zone climate control, simulated leather upholstery, driver-seat memory settings, a power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 40/20/40-split power-folding rear seats, a rearview camera, Mbrace Connect with smartphone app integration, a 7-inch central display screen and an eight-speaker sound system with two USB ports and HD radio.
The GLC 300 Premium package adds keyless ignition and entry, blind-spot monitoring, a 115-volt power outlet and satellite radio.
The performance-oriented AMG GLC 43 adds 20-inch wheels, upgraded brakes, a sport-tuned adaptive air suspension, heated front seats, simulated-suede seat inserts, steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles and the Premium package contents.
The high-performance AMG GLC 63 gets variable torque distribution for the all-wheel-drive system, a mechanical limited-slip differential and a 14-speaker premium Burmester sound system. The AMG GLC 63 S goes further with an electronically controlled limited-slip differential and simulated suede grips on the steering wheel.
Most optional packages are available across the 2018 GLC coupe lineup. The Driver Assistance package adds lane departure warning and mitigation, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning and mitigation with automatic braking, and the Premium package contents. The Advanced Parking Assist package adds a hands-free liftgate, front and rear parking sensors, a top-down parking camera system and an automated parking system. The Advanced Lighting package adds automatic high-beam control, adaptive LED headlights, illuminated doorsills and interior ambient lighting.
The Multimedia package adds an 8.4-inch central display screen, touchpad controller and a navigation system. There’s also an option that bundles Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but it’s incompatible with the Multimedia and Driver Assistance packages.
Stand-alone options include 21-inch wheels, and the AMG Line (GLC 300 only), which adds GLC 43’s upgraded brakes, a flat-bottom steering wheel, interior and exterior appearance modifications. The Night package adds glossy black exterior elements.
Luxury features are also available, such as ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, rear side-window shades, a head-up display, a cabin fragrance and air purification system, various trim accents and multiple premium leather upholsteries. The GLC 300 can be added with the AMG models sport exhaust system, while an upgraded performance exhaust is available for the AMG models.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe is offered with four different powertrains. All-wheel drive system (4Matic) and nine-speed automatic transmission are standard. All engines also feature with an automatic stop-start technology, which shut off the engine in order to save fuel.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. In performance testing, the GLC 300 4Matic accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, an average time for this segment. EPA fuel economy is impressive at 24 mpg combined (22 city/27 highway).
The 2018 AMG GLC 43 4Matic gets a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine good for 362 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. In performance testing, the AMG GLC 43 went to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, which is seriously quick. The EPA estimates it will earn 20 mpg combined (18 city/24 highway).
Under its hood, the 2018 AMG GLE 63 has a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that makes 469 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. The AMG GLE 63 S is powered by a tuned version of the turbo V8 and produces 503 hp and 516 lb-ft. Both engines get a sport-tuned version of the nine-speed automatic transmission. In track testing, the 2018 AMG GLE 63 S hit 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 174 mph. Fuel economy for both is models rated at 18 mpg combined (15 city/22 highway).
Inside, the 2018 GLC-Class Coupe roomy cabin provides space for five passengers. Sweeping lines and dazzling shapes give eye candy looks. Mercedes adds beautiful wood and genuine metal trim with a matte finish, confirming the luxury of this SUV. The result is the best cabin in this class in terms of material quality.
The seats are very comfortable and wrapped in imitation leather with a real look and feel. Genuine leather is an expensive option, but it’s worth and we highly recommend the upgrade. The rear seat is suitable for two adults even on a long journey, although adding a third to the mixture can only be tolerated on a short trip. The cargo space is quite spacious, with 18 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 56.5 when the rear seats are folded, which is pretty much normal for this segment.
Release Date and Price
Official pricing for the base GLC 300 coupe starts at $47,595. The AMG GLC 43 has a price tag of $61,395, while the AMG GLE 63 starts at $73,150. The range-topping AMG GLE 63 S is priced at $80,750.