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Comparing Crossovers: The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. the BMW X3

GLC SUV

Work The Tri-State Highways Like a Runway

Without question, the BMW X3 is closer to what one would expect an SUV to look like, but the Mercedes-Benz GLC has a fresher, sleeker exterior look and design. On the inside, the differences grow even more stark.

  • The cabin of the GLC reflects an elegant simplicity with elements that don't feel overdone - perfect for those who are going for sophisticated, not pretentious. While the X3 does offer a larger display screen and embedded iDrive system, for those who prefer the simplicity of timeless luxury style, the GLC is just the ticket.
  • The X3 boasts big door pockets and cupholders, a hidden storage area by the driver's knee and a wallet/phone cubby under the fascia - but the center console and glovebox are surprisingly small. Meanwhile, the GLC's console and glovebox are better looking and practical, with a more attractive storage area that is properly recessed in the fascia.
  • The GLC and X3 are evenly matched when it comes to interior space and trunk size, but the GLC does offer the benefit of 2.5 cm more shoulder room and 3.5 cm more headroom, giving you those added inches to get comfortable for longer journeys.

Not Just Smooth Talk, But Smooth Running

Let's just look at the numbers:

  • X3 has a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine at 248 hp that reaches a maximum of 258 lb-ft of torque at 1450 rpm
  • The GLC's 2.0-liter turbo inline-4 outputs 241 hp and reaches its maximum torque of 273 lb-ft at 1300 rpm
  • The X3's standard comes with an 8 speed ZF transmission; the GLC comes with the 9 speed 9G-Tronic, with both offering sport all-wheel drive

While the X3 may edge out the GLC when it comes to carving corners and driver feedback/involvement, the GLC offers superior ride quality, better technology, larger tires, creates less in-cabin movement and yields a smoother ride over bad roads. And let’s face it: when you're driving with the family, you aren't going to travel the roads like a racecar driver. Drivers focused on comfort, styling and roominess will love the GLC.

Mercedes-Benz Continues to Outshine the Competition

The GLC plainly outshines the X3, with a more sophisticated looking interior, sleeker exterior and smoothness of the ride. Surprisingly, it even has a lower price tag, despite having LED Intelligent Lights over the X3's Bi-Xenons and 20-inch alloys instead of the X3's 19-inch alloys. On top of this, the GLC comes with keyless entry, Active Lane Assist, radar cruise, and blind spot monitoring. These are extras for the BMW that will cost in the neighborhood of $10,000.

Find out how comfortable traveling can be for you and your passengers by visiting Benzel Busch for a test drive. We can't wait to show you what the new Mercedes-Benz GLC has to offer, backed by lease deals that make it all-the-more impressive. Contact us today to learn more.