The GLC's interior is a marvelous place to spend time. The interior is a mix of new and old, with Dinamica seats upholstered in Merc's MB-Tex leatherette leading the charge for old-school luxury, while the MBUX infotainment system adds a helping of modern technology. The 10.25-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster do a much better job than the previous infotainment systems. The AMG Performance steering wheel is not just a lovely thing to hold, but beautiful to behold with its Nappa leather wrapping. Overall, it's a wonderful space, reminiscent of Mercedes' glory days, but crammed with the latest creature comforts like power front seats, 64-color LED ambient lighting and a rocking Burmester sound system.
The GLC is a five-seater, offering plenty of space for the occupants in the front. In the rear, things are a little less rosy. Front passengers get 40.8 inches of legroom and 37.8 inches of headroom, while rear passengers have to make do with 37.3 inches of legroom. The rear headroom is slightly more, measuring in at 38.5 inches. Five grown adults can fit, but four would be more comfortable.
The standard seat offering is sublime. In front, there is power-adjustment in various directions, including contour-control, lumbar support, and a memory function. They're both comfortable and supportive, even when driving enthusiastically. The front seats are also heated for those cold winter mornings.
|Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 SUV Trims||AMG GLC 63 4MATIC SUV||AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC SUV|
|Headroom Front Seat||37.8 in.||37.8 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||38.5 in.||38.5 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||40.8 in.||40.8 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||37.3 in.||37.3 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||57.3 in.||57.3 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||56.5 in.||56.5 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||59 in.||59 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||58.1 in.||58.1 in.|
Mercedes has had a tough few years when it comes to interior quality. Some of its more expensive models have a few cheap fittings, but we're happy to report that this is not the case in the GLC 63. Even the standard seat cladding, which is a combination of Black MB-Tex leatherette and Dinamica upholstery, looks and feels superb. There's nothing cheap about this interior, with every surface feeling as expensive as it is. As it's a German car, there are multiple optional extras to choose from. The Nappa leather option costs $2,590 and can be had in Black, Platinum White Pearl/Black, Red Pepper/Black, or Magma Grey/Black with yellow accents. The designo Platinum White Pearl/Black Nappa leather option is $3,100, but you have to include the AMG Carbon Fiber trim as well, adding another $975 on top of the price. The interior trimmings are all no-cost options, except for the previously mentioned carbon-fiber trim. You can choose from inlays like Dark Brown Linden wood and Natural Grain Black Ash wood with aluminum.
Practicality is an important factor, otherwise the SUV body would be a moot point. Fortunately, the new AMG GLC 63 SUV easily beats the sedan on which it's based but it's still not the best. The C63 offers just 12.6 cubic feet of space, while the GLC offers 17.6 cubes of space. Unfortunately, the GLC doesn't fare as well against its competitors. It just beats the Porsche Macan's 17.2 cubic feet, but both SUVs fail to match the BMW's figure of 18.5 cubic feet. At least the available space remains large enough for the usual tasks that would be performed in a car like this, whether it be grocery shopping, going away for the weekend, or playing a round of golf. The interior storage consists of a storage compartment between the front seats, a glovebox, and door pockets. All of them are a decent size.
As the halo model within the GLC range, the 63 is equipped with a long list of standard features. Standard specs include parking sensors front and rear, as well as a surround-view camera system. Both are a welcome addition and should make parking as easy as pie. Other standard niceties include keyless entry and push-button start, a multi-function steering wheel with haptic feedback, heated power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, and an electric trunk liftgate. There are several optional extras available, but only one worth investing in. The Driver Assistance Package adds several advanced driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control, evasive steering assist, and congestion emergency braking, all at a reasonable $1,700.
Thankfully, Mercedes has fitted its newer MBUX interface to the GLC. This newer system is a giant leap forward from the old Comand system for many reasons, but mostly because it finally offers touchscreen functionality. The days of using a rotary dial are over and done. All of the infotainment features can be controlled via an iPad-like 10.25-inch screen mounted above the air vents, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The infotainment system incorporates absolutely everything you can think of, like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, HD radio, and SiriusXM. It has two USB ports in front and from this year, the rear-seat passengers get USB ports too, supplemented by a USB-C adapter cable. A 13-speaker Burmester sound system is standard. Mercedes is also making a lot of noise about its voice control, which you activate by uttering, "Hey Mercedes." It's the safest way of interacting with the car, but we still prefer a button as talking to a car remains somewhat creepy. We've seen the movie Her. Talking to an inanimate object never ends well.