The interior layout, fit and finish
Compared to the regular car, all GLC 63s get an AMG makeover for the interior, including electrically adjustable figure-hugging sports seats in nappa leather, a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles and adjustable ambient lighting.
You also get a 12.3in digital instrument cluster instead of regular analogue dials with AMG specific displays. The graphics are impressively sharp and it’s fairly easy to navigate using another touchpad on the steering wheel. It can show a huge variety of information clearly while keen drivers will love the flashing shift light when driving hard and using the paddle shifters to control the gearbox manually.
Thanks to a multitude of electric adjustments for the seat and wheel, it’s easy to find a driving position that suits, regardless of your height. Indeed, the only black mark is that the pedals are offset to the right, although this doesn’t get uncomfortable, even on long journeys.
The GLC 63’s dashboard might look swanky with its metal effect trims, carbon fibre garnish and high-definition displays, but a few prods and pokes reveals that it isn’t quite so impeccably screwed together as a Porsche Macan. It is however much plusher than the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s rather flimsy interior.
All GLC 63s come with Mercedes’ 10.3in ‘MBUX’ infotainment system that can be operated as a touchscreen, via a touchpad between the seats or another much smaller one on the steering wheel. It’s a responsive system with sharp graphics and menus that are for the most part logical, but it isn’t quite as user friendly as Audi’s MMI system found in the SQ5.