2019 Mercedes AMG GLC 63 vs. 2019 Maserati Levante

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 Maserati Levante 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 Levante 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 Levante doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The AMG GLC 63 has standard Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Levante doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the AMG GLC 63 and the Levante have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The AMG GLC 63’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Levante’s (5/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are over 3 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the AMG GLC 63’s warranty.

Engine

The AMG GLC 63’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 124 more horsepower (469 vs. 345) and 110 lbs.-ft. more torque (479 vs. 369) than the Levante’s standard 3.0 turbo V6. The AMG GLC 63’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 45 more horsepower (469 vs. 424) and 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (479 vs. 428) than the Levante S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the AMG GLC 63 is faster than the Levante S:

AMG GLC 63

Levante

Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 sec

2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.6 sec

5.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

5.8 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.9 sec

12.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4.4 sec

6.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.4 sec

3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.1 sec

3.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12 sec

13.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

115 MPH

105 MPH

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 Maserati Levante (1). This means the AMG GLC 63 produces up to 39 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Levante 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 Levante.

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 Levante 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 Levante:

AMG GLC 63

Levante

Levante S/GTS/Trofeo

Front Rotors

15.4 inches

13.6 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

13 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the AMG GLC 63 has larger rear tires than the Levante (295/40R20 vs. 265/50R19).

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 Levante’s standard 50 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 Levante.

Suspension and Handling

The AMG GLC 63 has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Levante doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the AMG GLC 63 is 2.4 inches wider in the front than on the Levante.

Chassis

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

Passenger Space

The AMG GLC 63 has 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, 2.7 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Levante.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the AMG GLC 63’s rear seats recline. The Levante’s rear seats don’t recline.

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 Levante doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Levante, 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 Levante doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 Levante can only operate 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. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the Levante.

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 Levante doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The AMG GLC 63 has a 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Levante doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The AMG GLC 63’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Levante doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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

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