Mercedes-Benz GLC63 VS Porsche Macan Turbo

Its full name is Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 4MATIC+, but let’s call it GLC 63 for short. Many car enthusiasts feel the GLC 63 will beat Macan Turbo to pulp. Is that true? Let’s dig in to find out.

Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+, 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATI

How impressive is it?

Very. Let’s touch the look first. That Panamericana grill is something to behold. You usually get to see that on AMG GT lines but Mercedes will put that grill on their performance SUVs now.

Move on to the interior, you get ARTICO man-made leather for the seats, aluminum trip on the instrument panel, and black nappa leather on the steering wheel when you opt for the S variant.

Obviously, the Macan is no slouch in looks department. However, you have to agree that it’s dated. Those who prefer a fresher facade will undoubtedly consider the GLC63 as the stronger contender. The Macan is also more than capable to give the GLC a run for its money when it comes to interior. The Macan is smothered in high quality leather.

Show me the numbers!

Okay, here are some numbers for you to compare these two beautiful beasts.

  Mercedes GlC 63 Porsche Macan
Horsepower 469 252 hp at 5000 – 6800 rpm
Max. Torque 479 lb ft 273 lb ft at 1600 – 4500 rpm
0-60 mph 4 sec 6.3
Top Speed 155 mph 142 mph
Fuel Consumption (Combined) 22 mpg 22.5 mpg
Combined CO2 emissions 244 g/km 172 g/km

What about the interior?

Ah yes, since you’ll be spending hours of quality time in it Mercedes has put quite an effort there. They say it’s all about driving dynamcs in there. Ergonomic man-made leather seats, aluminum trim on the instrument panel, and everything you get from the ordinary GLC.
Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+, 2017 Interior
Truthfully, we feel the interior is not up to par compared to Macan. Everybody knows how wonderfully clean the Macan interior is. Porsche somehow manages to make it feels exclusive yet sporty at the same time. Macan has better dashboard too. A quick glance at the GLC’s and you can’t miss that slapped up tablet perching on it. Porsche’s approach on the Macan is so much more appealing. Interestingly, some car reviewers regard Merc’s as a “more modern setting”. In what way? We haven’t got a clue.
Porsche Macan Turbo Interior
Porsche is also very generous about the color scheme. They don’t just offer one or two but six different color schemes for the interior. Merc, on the other hand, only gives you black and gray. Some may feel a bit claustrophobic in there.

So, who will win this SUV battle?

Most likely GLC 63. Porsche is basically handing over the full cheat sheet on a silver platter with the Macan. It makes it so easy for the engineers at BMW to one up Macan in every aspect. Naturally, Porsche won’t stand idle. Not when they sold over 95,000 of Macan worldwide last year. That’s almost three times the number of 911 they sold. The mid-size SUV cake is too lucrative to ignore and the brains at Porsche know that very well. It will be interesting to see what Porsche will do to keep people choosing a Macan over a GLC63. A minor facelift won’t do, so they need something revolutionary to stay on top of the game.

Truth to be told. It’s not just Macan’s share the GLC63 will bite. Some who already put the payment down for a GLC43 or already bought a GLE63 regret their decision. The GLC63 is so much better than the two. It costs less too.

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