Scaled for urban life, powered for the track, and roomy enough for a family road trip.
The Mercedes GLC 43 sits at the transition point between sports sedan and SUV. Driving the GLC 43 in its AMG trim left me with a question: would I give up a third row in exchange for a lot more fun on the road?
DESIGN AND INTERIOR
The GLC 43 is smaller in person than I expected. But the interior seems bigger than its size would suggest, especially with the panoramic moon roof adding a sense of expanse overhead. The rear cargo area is very spacious, and easily fit all the accoutrements for a family of four on a three-night trip, including two portable beds for children.
The size may be thoroughly practical, but the AMG grille with its massive star, the 20-inch Y-spoke wheels and dual exhausts make it clear that there’s serious sports sedan DNA in the GLC 43. The bucket seats envelope you when you get behind the aggressive AMG steering wheel with its wide diameter and flattened lower half.
The custom ambient lighting is like having the interior rigged with Hue bulbs, and it was fun to play around with different mood lighting for a long…