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...

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What Car? team
24 Aug 2017 06:00 | Last updated: 25 Sep 2018 11:40

Our verdict

There’s always a compromise when it comes to SUVs; being higher and heavier than sports cars, they’ll never handle as well. So, despite the fact that both cars are impressive to drive, judging them purely on handling finesse seems less important than asking: which one brings the biggest smile?

Answer? The GLC. Its thundering soundtrack, straight-line pace and more playful handling make it more fun on the road. Its greater practicality and superior safety seal the deal.

If driving precision matters but you don’t want the impracticality of a proper sports car, there’s joy to be had from the Macan’s crisp steering and chassis balance. But it’s just too compromised elsewhere.

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1st – Mercedes-AMG GLC

New Mercedes-AMG GLC vs Porsche Macan

For Incredible straight-line performance; greater practicality; awesome engine noise

Against Firm ride; so-so infotainment system; heavier depreciation

Rated 4 out of 5

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2nd – Porsche Macan

New Mercedes-AMG GLC vs Porsche Macan

For Fantastic steering; great chassis balance; cheaper to buy and run

Against Tight rear-seat space; interior looks dated; limited modern safety systems

Rated 3 out of 5

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Specifications: Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4Matic

Engine 8cyl, 3982cc, turbo, petrol

List price £76,070

Target Price £72,631

Power 503bhp @ 5500-6250rpm

Torque 516lb ft @ 1750-4500rpm

Gearbox 9-spd automatic

0-60mph 3.6sec

Top speed 174mph

Gov't fuel economy 23.8mpg

CO2 emissions 244g/km


Specifications: Porsche Macan Turbo Performance Pack

Engine size 6cyl, 3604cc, turbo, petrol

List price £69,505

Target Price £69,505

Power 434bhp @ 6000-6700rpm

Torque 443lb ft @ 1500-4500rpm

Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic

0-60mph 4.0sec

Top speed 169mph

Gov't fuel economy 25.3mpg

CO2 emissions 217g/km


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