2021 Porsche Cayenne vs. 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC43

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne has dazzled everyone lucky enough to drive it. The outstanding powertrains, sports car level handling and herculean towing capacity make it one of the best SUVs ever made. But what happens when it battles the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC43, an SUV which has been lauded for its multiple engine options, sharp handling, and royal interior?

Design & Style

A number of additions have been made to the newest Mercedes-AMG GLC43, which include parking sensors for the front and back, a camera with 360 degree vision and a newer selection of colors, which includes the fabulous Cirrus Silver. Its body sits on twenty inch wheels with five spokes and the LED lights utilize automated projector beams. Rack rails are available on the roof for those who want to go camping or haul heavier cargo.

The Cayenne is Porsche’s flagship SUV, and offers a host of customization choices. Its suspension has been further enhanced with a battery that is even more powerful and long lasting than before. The seats are incredibly comfortable and passengers within the cabin will have plenty of space to stretch out their legs.

Technology & Safety

The Porsche Cayenne comes with a variety of driver assistance tools. Among them are frontal impact alerts, parking sensors, an infrared camera, emergency automated brakes, and the ability to monitor blind spots. Luxuries within its cabin are extensive and include a touchscreen that is 12 inches, rotary controller that alleviates distractions while handling the vehicle and Wi-Fi with Apple CarPlay. The temperatures within the cabin can be regulated at any time with climate control.

The Mercedes-AMG GLC43 has received excellent safety ratings from the IIHS, capturing the prestigious Top Safety Pick award. It is outfitted with most of the features found in the Porsche Cayenne, which include cruise control that is adaptive, lane management, and emergency automated brakes. Luxuries within its cabin include an instrument cluster which is 12 inches in size, smartphone compatibility and an MBUX infotainment unit.


The performance of the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 is marvelous.  It comes with a 362 horsepower engine that enables it to accelerate from zero to sixty in just 4.3 seconds, with a top speed of 157 miles per hour. The Porsche Cayenne GTS answers with a V6, 3 liter engine that can generate 455 horsepower that enables it to accelerate from zero to sixty in 4.2 seconds.

The Bottom Line

Though it would seem that these two German SUVs are nearly tied across the board, the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 is lacking when it comes to cargo space, the tire roar can be heard inside while the vehicle is moving, and the riding experience is too stiff especially when moving over tough pavement, which makes the Porsche Cayenne the winner.

Ready to Schedule a Porsche Cayenne Test Drive Today?

If you are interested in experiencing the luxury package that the 2021 Porsche Cayenne offers, you can test drive this stellar car with us at Porsche of Princeton. We are located in New Jersey and proudly serve car buyers in the Tri-State area. Drop by our showroom today or simply call us in advance to book a Porsche Cayenne test drive appointment.


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