2019 Mercedes AMG GLC 63 Coupe vs. 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2019 Mercedes AMG GLC 63 Coupe

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes AMG GLC 63 Coupe have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The AMG GLC 63 Coupe’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The AMG GLC 63 Coupe offers an optional Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The AMG GLC 63 Coupe’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the AMG GLC 63 Coupe and the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and available lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

The AMG GLC 63 Coupe comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the AMG GLC 63 Coupe have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 15th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 5 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the AMG GLC63 S Coupe is faster than the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk:

AMG GLC 63

Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Zero to 60 MPH

3.3 sec

3.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.1 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

12 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

119 MPH

115 MPH

In a Car and Driver race course test, the Mercedes AMG GLC63 S Coupe was clocked 5.2 seconds faster than the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (181.7 sec. vs. 186.9 sec.).

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the AMG GLC 63 Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk:

MPG

AMG GLC 63 Coupe

4.0 turbo V8

16 city/22 hwy

S 4.0 turbo V8

16 city/22 hwy

Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

6.2 supercharged V8

11 city/17 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the AMG GLC 63 Coupe’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes AMG GLC 63 Coupe higher (5 out of 10) than the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (1). This means the AMG GLC 63 Coupe produces up to 39 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes AMG GLC 63 Coupe, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

Brakes and Stopping

The AMG GLC 63 Coupe’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk are solid, not vented.

The AMG GLC 63 Coupe S offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The AMG GLC 63 Coupe stops much shorter than the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk:

AMG GLC 63

Grand Cherokee

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

168 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

108 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The AMG GLC 63 Coupe’s standard 295/40R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s standard 45 series tires. The AMG GLC 63 Coupe’s optional 265/40R21 front and 295/35R21 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the AMG GLC 63 Coupe offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the AMG GLC 63 Coupe uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The AMG GLC 63 Coupe’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The AMG GLC63 S Coupe handles at .94 G’s, while the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The AMG GLC63 S Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (24.1 seconds @ .85 average G’s vs. 24.7 seconds @ .79 average G’s).

Chassis

The Mercedes AMG GLC 63 Coupe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 800 to 900 pounds less than the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

The AMG GLC 63 Coupe is 3 inches shorter than the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, making the AMG GLC 63 Coupe easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the AMG GLC 63 Coupe’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the AMG GLC 63 Coupe’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Jeep. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 67% lower rating, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, the AMG GLC 63 Coupe has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The AMG GLC 63 Coupe offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The AMG GLC 63 Coupe’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the AMG GLC 63 Coupe to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the AMG GLC 63 Coupe offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Model Availability

The Mercedes AMG GLC 63 comes in traditional 4-door sport utility and 4-door coupe bodystyles; the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk isn’t available as a coupe style sport utility.

Recommendations

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its October 2018 issue and they ranked the Mercedes AMG GLC63 S Coupe three places higher than the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

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