New Mercedes-AMG GLC vs Porsche Macan
Mercedes-AMG’s new GLC 63 S enters the ring with one of Porsche’s hardest-hitting SUVs: the Macan Turbo...
Space and practicality
Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot
We doubt prospective buyers will base their purchasing decision solely on practicality, but a key attribute of performance SUVs should be that they demand fewer compromises than similar-priced sports cars. So, the fact that the GLC offers more leg room, both front and rear, than the Macan can’t be ignored. Indeed, a tall adult sitting behind someone equally lanky in the Macan will find their knees wedged against the front seatback; there’s no such issue in the GLC.
Granted, head room in the GLC is a little restricted with the optional panoramic sunroof fitted (part of the £2595 Premium Package), but only those well over six feet tall will struggle. And if you need to fit three abreast in the rear, the GLC’s wider interior again betters that in the Macan, which is tight on shoulder room for three burly adults.
The GLC’s longer boot will swallow eight carry-on suitcases to seven in the Macan’s. Thanks to a wider aperture and the absence of a load lip (the Macan’s boot has a small lip that can restrict access), you’ll find loading hefty items into the GLC’s boot easier, too.
Both cars have useful 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats. The GLC’s are folded using two handy remote releases by the tailgate opening; you have to open the rear doors of the Macan to reach the levers on the top of its seatbacks.
Official boot capacity 550-1600 litres Suitcase capacity 8
GLC’s boot is longer than Macan’s with the rear seats down and the aperture is wider; it has handy remote seat releases, too. There’s more leg room, front and rear, but head room is only average with a panoramic roof fitted.
Official boot capacity 500-1550 litres Suitcase capacity 7
Macan is surprisingly narrow in the rear, so space is tight for three sitting abreast. Rear leg room is poor, too; tall passengers will find their knees pressed against the front seatback if they’re sitting behind someone equally lanky.