The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S E Performance, with its Formula 1-inspired technology, clever hybrid system, and more efficient engine, was expected to be a step in the right direction. However, after spending time with the vehicle, it’s challenging to pinpoint where the recipe has truly improved compared to its predecessor, the C63. While it boasts impressive power, with a combined 500kW from its hybrid powertrain, including up to 1020Nm of torque, it doesn’t deliver the expected thrills. The GLC 63’s initial surge feels sharp, but the performance quickly fades, and it lacks the engaging driving experience that makes cars like the BMW M3 or Alfa Giulia QV memorable.
The powertrain’s complex drivetrain and remarkable numbers appear impressive, but they mainly feel like statistics rather than a source of excitement. The GLC 63’s handling is similarly lackluster, feeling locked down and unwilling to engage the driver in the process. While it offers agility and responsiveness, it lacks feedback and fails to invite driver involvement. The vehicle’s brakes also feel underwhelming and lack modulation, making the driving experience less enjoyable.
Despite its underwhelming driving performance, the interior of the GLC 63 is well-designed and ergonomic, with supportive seats. However, some controls require using the central screen, and the steering wheel design could be improved. The trim and finishing materials used in the cabin may be too extravagant for some potential buyers.
In summary, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S E Performance, while powerful and technologically advanced, doesn’t offer many ways to engage with and truly enjoy the driving experience. It falls short of delivering the fun and character that the AMG sub-brand has been known for, and its electric-only range is limited to just 12km.