Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Mercedes Benz GLC VS 2017 BMW X5 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Mercedes Benz GLC

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2017 BMW X5

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes GLC have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW X5 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The GLC’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The X5 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes GLC are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X5 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the GLC and the X5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty Comparison

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There are over 10 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are BMW dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the GLC’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 14th.

Engine Comparison

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The AMG GLC43’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 62 more horsepower (362 vs. 300) and 84 lbs.-ft. more torque (384 vs. 300) than the X5 s/xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the GLC300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the X5 s/xDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.:

 

GLC

X5

Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.4 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.8 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

15.7 sec

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the GLC’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the X5:

 

GLC

X5

Front Rotors

13.5 inches

13.1 inches

The GLC stops much shorter than the X5:

 

GLC

X5

 

70 to 0 MPH

154 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The GLC’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The X5 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The AMG GLC43 handles at .94 G’s, while the X5 xDrive35i xDrive pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the GLC’s turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the X5’s (38.8 feet vs. 41.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Mercedes GLC may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 1100 pounds less than the BMW X5.

The GLC300 is 9.9 inches shorter than the X5, making the GLC easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Mercedes GLC amounts to more than styling. The GLC has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .31 Cd. That is lower than the X5 (.32 to .34) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the GLC get better fuel mileage.

The front grille of the GLC uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The X5 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The GLC has .4 inches more front legroom and .7 inches more rear legroom than the X5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The GLC has a much larger cargo area than the X5 with its rear seat up (19.4 vs. 12 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the GLC’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The X5 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

The GLC’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the GLC’s available cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The X5 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The GLC has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the X5, the GLC offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The GLC offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the GLC is less expensive to operate than the X5 because typical repairs cost much less on the GLC than the X5, including $650 less for an alternator, $110 less for fuel injection, $617 less for a timing belt/chain and $2293 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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Motor Trend selected the GLC as their 2017 Sport Utility of the Year. The X5 has never been chosen.

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