2020 Mercedes AMG GLC vs. 2019 Maserati Levante

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes AMG GLC 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’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’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 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 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, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The AMG GLC’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’s warranty.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the AMG GLC 63 is faster than the Levante S 3:

AMG GLC 43

AMG GLC 63

Levante

Zero to 30 MPH

1.6 sec

1.3 sec

2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

3.6 sec

5.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.6 sec

8.9 sec

12.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.5 sec

4.4 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

12 sec

13.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

105 MPH

115 MPH

105 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the AMG GLC gets better fuel mileage than the Levante:

MPG

AMG GLC

43 3.0 turbo V6

18 city/24 hwy

63 4.0 turbo V8

16 city/22 hwy

Levante

3.0 turbo V6

15 city/21 hwy

3.8 turbo V8

14 city/18 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

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

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

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

AMG GLC 43

AMG GLC 63

Levante

Levante S/GTS/Trofeo

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

15.4 inches

13.6 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

14.2 inches

13 inches

13 inches

The AMG GLC stops much shorter than the Levante:

AMG GLC

Levante

60 to 0 MPH

109 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction and acceleration, the AMG GLC has larger standard rear tires than the Levante (285/40R20 vs. 265/50R19).

The AMG GLC 43’s standard 255/45R20 front and 285/40R20 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 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Levante.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the AMG GLC can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Levante doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The AMG GLC 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 average track (width between the wheels) on the AMG GLC is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 0 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Levante.

The AMG GLC 43 handles at .94 G’s, while the Levante S pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The AMG GLC 43 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Levante (25.2 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .69 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Mercedes AMG GLC may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 450 pounds less than the Maserati Levante.

The AMG GLC 43 is 1 foot, 1.5 inches shorter than the Levante, making the AMG GLC easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the AMG GLC 63 is quieter than the Levante S:

AMG GLC

Levante

At idle

42 dB

51 dB

Passenger Space

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The AMG GLC 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’s rear seats recline. The Levante’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Levante, the AMG GLC offers an optional 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 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 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 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 has standard extendable sun visors. The Levante doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The AMG GLC has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, 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’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park by itself, starting and stopping automatically, with the driver only responsible for switching from reverse to drive. The Levante doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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