Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 BMW X6 VS 2016 Mercedes GLC-Class Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 BMW X6

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2016 Mercedes GLC-Class

Safety Comparison

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When descending a steep, off-road slope, the X6 xDrive’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The GLC-Class doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the X6 helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The GLC-Class doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the X6 and the GLC-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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.

The BMW X6 weighs 629 to 1279 pounds more than the Mercedes GLC-Class. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

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The X6’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 X6 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 X6’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X6 has a standard 210-amp alternator. 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 X6 s/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 X6 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 204 more horsepower (445 vs. 241) and 207 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 273) than the GLC-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The X6 has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLC-Class (22.4 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the X6’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GLC-Class:

X6 s/xDrive35i

X6 xDrive50i

GLC-Class

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.4 inches

13.5 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the X6 has larger standard tires than the GLC-Class (255/50R19 vs. 235/60R18). The X6’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GLC-Class (F:275/40R20 & R:315/35R20 vs. 255/45R20).

The X6’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 X6’s optional 275/40R20 front and 315/35R20 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the GLC-Class’ 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X6 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the GLC-Class.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The X6 offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Mercedes doesn’t offer an active suspension on the GLC-Class.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X6’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the GLC-Class (115.5 inches vs. 113.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the X6 is .9 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than on the GLC-Class.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The X6 has .5 inches more front headroom, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLC-Class.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The X6 has a much larger cargo area than the GLC-Class with its rear seat up (20.5 vs. 19.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the X6 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 X6 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GLC-Class doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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