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

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Range Rover doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the AMG GLC 63 and the Range Rover 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 rear parking sensors.

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’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’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 129 more horsepower (469 vs. 340) and 147 lbs.-ft. more torque (479 vs. 332) than the Range Rover’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6. The AMG GLC 63’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 89 more horsepower (469 vs. 380) and 147 lbs.-ft. more torque (479 vs. 332) than the Range Rover HSE’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6. The AMG GLC 63’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 71 more horsepower (469 vs. 398) and 184 lbs.-ft. more torque (479 vs. 295) than the Range Rover P400e’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Car and Driver the AMG GLC 63 is faster than the Range Rover SVAutobiography:

AMG GLC 63

Range Rover

Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 sec

2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.6 sec

5.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.9 sec

12.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4.4 sec

5.8 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.4 sec

2.5 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.1 sec

3.3 sec

Quarter Mile

12 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

115 MPH

104 MPH

Top Speed

157 MPH

136 MPH

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 Range Rover.

The AMG GLC 63’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 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

AMG GLC 63

Range Rover Td6

Range Rover 380HP/5.0

Front Rotors

15.4 inches

13.7 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

12.8 inches

14.4 inches

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

AMG GLC 63

Range Rover

70 to 0 MPH

159 feet

188 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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

The AMG GLC 63’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’s standard 65 series tires. The AMG GLC 63’s optional 295/35R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Range Rover’s optional 40 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the AMG GLC 63’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Range Rover’s (39.7 feet vs. 40.5 feet). The AMG GLC 63’s turning circle is 3.2 feet tighter than the Range Rover LWB’s (39.7 feet vs. 42.9 feet).

Chassis

The Mercedes AMG GLC 63 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 1250 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover.

The AMG GLC 63 is 1 foot shorter than the Range Rover, making the AMG GLC 63 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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

The AMG GLC 63 is 8.6 inches shorter in height than the Range Rover, making the AMG GLC 63 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Cargo Capacity

The AMG GLC 63’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Range Rover’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

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

If the windows are left open on the AMG GLC 63 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote (remote must be aimed at door sensor). On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Range Rover can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Range Rover 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 Range Rover 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 has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover 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 isn’t available as a coupe style sport utility.

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