What’s the point of an SUV? If the marketing teams of numerous manufacturers are to be believed, they offer a commanding view of the road, all-weather dependability (assuming you’ve got four-wheel drive) and plenty of space for friends, family and all their lifestyle accessories. The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 adds one more thing to that list: neck-snapping acceleration.
You see, on our private test track a GLC 63 S clocked the fastest 0-60mph and 0-100mph times of any SUV we’ve ever tested. For all you Top Trumps fans, the numbers are 3.6sec and 9.0sec – figures that put it well ahead of the slices of Italian exotica that adorned teenagers’ walls throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
As with other 63-badged Mercedes-AMG cars, the motive force is provided by a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 that, in the GLC 63 S it delivers 503bhp and a monster 516Ib ft of torque to all four wheels. Should that be a little too barmy for you, there’s a non-S version with a mere 469bhp. Both come as standard with a nine-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive with an electronically controlled rear differential for maximum traction, plus air suspension so you can stiffen or soften it depending on road conditions and your mood.
Like the rest of the Mercedes GLC range, the 63 received a facelift in 2019. The engine and suspension are untouched, but you now get a 10.3in infotainment system running Mercedes’ latest software. That means pin-sharp graphics, advanced voice control and the choice to control it with a touchscreen, the touchpad between the seats or another smaller one on the steering wheel.
But the GLC 63 isn’t alone in the world of bonkers-fast SUVs. There’s also the Porsche Macan, Audi SQ5, an incoming BMW X3 M and X4 M, plus the exhilarating Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio all vying for your attention.
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