Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Land Rover DISCOVERY VS 2017 Mercedes GLC Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Land Rover DISCOVERY

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2017 Mercedes GLC

Safety Comparison

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Both the Discovery and GLC have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Discovery has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The GLC’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Discovery. But it costs extra on the GLC.

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

To help make backing safer, the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The GLC doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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

The Land Rover Discovery weighs 834 to 1025 pounds more than the Mercedes GLC. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

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The Discovery’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the GLC’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine Comparison

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The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 99 more horsepower (340 vs. 241) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 273) than the GLC300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 13 more horsepower (254 vs. 241) and 170 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 273) than the GLC300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 384) than the AMG GLC43’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The Discovery Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 5.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLC (22.5 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Discovery Gas’ standard fuel tank has 6.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLC (23.5 vs. 17.4 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

Discovery

GLC

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.5 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Discovery’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GLC (285/40R22 vs. 255/45R20).

The Discovery’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the AMG GLC43’s 45 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Discovery has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the GLC. The Discovery’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels on the GLC.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Discovery’s wheelbase is 1.9 inches longer than on the GLC (115 inches vs. 113.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the GLC.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Discovery offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the GLC can only carry 5.

The Discovery has 2.2 inches more front headroom, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, .3 inches more rear legroom and 2.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLC.

The Discovery offers an optional rear tailgate seat that can be flipped rearward and used for tailgate picnics. (Do not use seat reversed while vehicle in motion.) The GLC doesn’t offer a rear tailgate seat.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Discovery’s cargo area provides more volume than the GLC.

 

Discovery

GLC

Third Seat Folded

40.2 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

43.5 cubic feet

19.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

77.3 cubic feet

56.5 cubic feet

The Discovery’s cargo area is larger than the GLC’s in almost every dimension:

 

Discovery

GLC

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

11.8”/44.1”/77.3”

n.a./36.6”/61.3”

Max Width

55.6”

n/a

Min Width

39.3”

43.3”

Height

37”

n/a

Ergonomics Comparison

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To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Discovery has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the GLC only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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

Optional air conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Discovery’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The GLC doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

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