2019 Mercedes AMG GLC 63 Coupe vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2019 Mercedes AMG GLC 63 Coupe

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Safety

Both the AMG GLC 63 Coupe and the Range Rover Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, 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, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

There are over 2 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the AMG GLC 63 Coupe’s warranty.

Reliability

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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 15th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 68 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st, 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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 87 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The AMG GLC 63 Coupe has more powerful engines than the Range Rover Sport:

Horsepower

Torque

AMG GLC 63 Coupe 4.0 turbo V8

469 HP

479 lbs.-ft.

AMG GLC63 S Coupe 4.0 turbo V8

503 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport P400e 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid

398 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport Supercharged/Autobiography 5.0 supercharged V8

518 HP

461 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the AMG GLC63 S Coupe is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport:

AMG GLC 63

Range Rover Sport Supercharged/Autobiography

Range Rover Sport SVR

Zero to 60 MPH

3.3 sec

4.6 sec

4.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.1 sec

11 sec

10.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4.2 sec

4.9 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

13.1 sec

12.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

119 MPH

109 MPH

111 MPH

Top Speed

174 MPH

133 MPH

144 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the AMG GLC 63 Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Sport SVR (16 city/22 hwy vs. 15 city/20 hwy).

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 Range Rover Sport.

The AMG GLC 63 Coupe’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the AMG GLC 63 Coupe’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Range Rover Sport:

AMG GLC 63

AMG GLC63 S

Range Rover Sport Diesel

Range Rover Sport Gas

Front Rotors

15.4 inches

15.8 inches

13.7 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

14.2 inches

12.8 inches

14.4 inches

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 Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The AMG GLC 63 Coupe stops much shorter than the Range Rover Sport:

AMG GLC 63

Range Rover Sport

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the AMG GLC 63 Coupe has larger tires than the Range Rover Sport (F:265/45R20 & R:295/40R20 vs. 235/65R19).

The AMG GLC 63 Coupe’s standard 265/45R20 front and 295/40R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover Sport’s standard 65 series tires. The AMG GLC 63 Coupe’s optional 295/35R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Range Rover Sport’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the AMG GLC 63 Coupe has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Range Rover Sport.

Suspension and Handling

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 Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The AMG GLC63 S Coupe handles at .94 G’s, while the Range Rover Sport HSE pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The AMG GLC63 S Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.5 seconds quicker than the Range Rover Sport HSE (24.1 seconds @ .85 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the AMG GLC 63 Coupe’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport’s (39.7 feet vs. 40.6 feet). The AMG GLC 63 Coupe’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Range Rover Sport SVR’s (39.7 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

The Mercedes AMG GLC 63 Coupe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 600 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport.

The AMG GLC 63 Coupe is 5.3 inches shorter than the Range Rover Sport, making the AMG GLC 63 Coupe easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The AMG GLC 63 Coupe is 5.6 inches narrower than the Range Rover Sport, making the AMG GLC 63 Coupe easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The AMG GLC 63 Coupe is 8.8 inches shorter in height than the Range Rover Sport, making the AMG GLC 63 Coupe much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the AMG GLC63 S Coupe is quieter than the Range Rover Sport HSE (40 vs. 45 dB).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With an 89% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Ergonomics

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 Range Rover Sport 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 Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the AMG GLC 63 Coupe has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

The Mercedes AMG GLC 63 comes in traditional 4-door sport utility and 4-door coupe bodystyles; the Land Rover Range Rover Sport 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 two places higher than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR.

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