Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 BMW X3 VS 2016 Mercedes GLC-Class Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 BMW X3

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2016 Mercedes GLC-Class

Safety Comparison

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When descending a steep, off-road slope, the X3 xDrive’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The GLC-Class doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the X3 and the GLC-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty Comparison

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The X3’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the GLC-Class’ (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X3 for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GLC-Class.

There are over 12 percent more BMW dealers than there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X3’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X3 has a standard 210-amp alternator (180-amp - X3 diesel). The GLC-Class’ 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

Engine Comparison

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The X3 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 59 more horsepower (300 vs. 241) and 27 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 273) than the GLC-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The X3’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 273) than the GLC-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the X3 xDrive28d gets better fuel mileage than the GLC300 4MATIC (27 city/34 hwy vs. 21 city/28 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the X3’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GLC-Class doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the X3 has larger standard tires than the GLC-Class (245/50R18 vs. 235/60R18).

The X3’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GLC-Class’ standard 60 series tires. The X3’s optional 245/40R20 front and 275/35R20 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the GLC-Class’ 45 series tires.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The X3 has 2.9 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLC-Class.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The X3 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the GLC-Class with its rear seat up (27.6 vs. 19.4 cubic feet). The X3 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the GLC-Class with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 56.5 cubic feet).

The X3’s cargo area is larger than the GLC-Class’ in almost every dimension:

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Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37”/68”

36.6”/61.3”

Max Width

48”

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Min Width

43”

43.3”

Height

31”

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Ergonomics Comparison

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Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the X3 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 GLC-Class.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The X3 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GLC-Class doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Recommendations Comparison

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The BMW X3 has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

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GLC-Class

Consumer Reports® Recommends

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Kiplinger’s Award

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