Used test: Mercedes-AMG GLC vs Porsche Macan

Two hairy-chested sporting SUVs now available for substantially less than their original price, but which one's worth splashing the cash on? We have the answer.....

Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S
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What Car? team
22 Nov 2018 09:00

Our Verdict

Popular though they may be there’s always a compromise when it comes to sports 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. True, its running costs may be higher, but its greater practicality and superior safety should surely seal the deal.

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

Read our review of the all-new Mercedes-AMG GLC

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1st – Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S

New Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 vs Porsche Macan

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

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

4 out of 5 stars

Read the full used Mercedes-AMG GLC review 


2nd –Porsche Macan Turbo Performance Pack

New Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 vs Porsche Macan

For Fantastic steering; great chassis balance; cheaper to run

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

3 out of 5 stars

Read the full used Porsche Macan review


Specifications: Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S

Engine size 4.0-litre petrol

Power 503bhp

Torque 516lb ft

0-60mph 3.6sec

Top speed 174mph

Fuel economy 21.7mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 244g/km


Specifications: Porsche Macan Turbo Performance Pack

Engine size 3.6-litre petrol

Power 434bhp

Torque 443lb ft

0-60mph 4.0sec

Top speed 169mph

Fuel economy 24.8mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 217g/km


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