2019 Mercedes AMG GLC 63 vs. 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes AMG GLC 63 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 SRT doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The AMG GLC 63’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 SRT doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The AMG GLC 63’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 SRT doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the AMG GLC 63 and the Grand Cherokee SRT 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, available lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The AMG GLC 63 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 SRT’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 AMG GLC 63 has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Grand Cherokee SRT.

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

The AMG GLC 63’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (479 vs. 470) than the Grand Cherokee SRT’s 6.4 V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the AMG GLC 63 gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee SRT (16 city/22 hwy vs. 13 city/19 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the AMG GLC 63’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 SRT 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 higher (5 out of 10) than the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT (1). This means the AMG GLC 63 produces up to 39 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Grand Cherokee SRT every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the AMG GLC 63’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Grand Cherokee SRT:

AMG GLC 63

Grand Cherokee SRT

Front Rotors

15.4 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

13.78 inches

Tires and Wheels

The AMG GLC 63’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 SRT’s standard 45 series tires. The AMG GLC 63’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 SRT’s 45 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

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

The AMG GLC 63 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The AMG GLC 63’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Grand Cherokee SRT doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The AMG GLC 63’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 SRT doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis

The Mercedes AMG GLC 63 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 pounds less than the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.

The AMG GLC 63 is 5.5 inches shorter than the Grand Cherokee SRT, making the AMG GLC 63 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the AMG GLC 63’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 SRT 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 SRT, the AMG GLC 63 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 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 SRT doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the AMG GLC 63 offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Grand Cherokee SRT 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 SRT isn’t available as a coupe style sport utility.

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