Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2018 BMW X3 VS 2018 Mercedes GLC Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2018 BMW X3

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2018 Mercedes GLC

Safety Comparison

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The X3 has standard Active Protection, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The GLC doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the X3. But it costs extra on the GLC.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the X3’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 X3’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 X3 and the GLC 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, rearview cameras, available 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 7 years longer than the GLC’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X3 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GLC.

Reliability Comparison

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the X3’s reliability 54 points higher than the GLC.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X3 second among compact premium SUVs in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The GLC isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 9 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine Comparison

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The X3 xDrive30i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 7 more horsepower (248 vs. 241) than the GLC 300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the X3 gets better fuel mileage than the GLC:

 

 

X3

GLC

 

2WD

 

n/a

22 city/28 hwy

300/Auto

4WD

xDrive30i/Auto

22 city/29 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

300/Auto

 

M40i/Auto

20 city/27 hwy

18 city/24 hwy

AMG 43/Auto

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The X3 stops shorter than the GLC:

 

X3

GLC

 

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

131 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The X3’s optional 245/40R21 front and 275/35R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the AMG GLC 43’s 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X3 offers optional 21-inch wheels. The GLC’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The X3’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.4% to 49.6%) than the GLC’s (53% to 47%). This gives the X3 more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the X3 xDrive30i’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the AMG GLC 43’s (39.4 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the X3 has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GLC (8 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the X3 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The X3 has 3.3 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room and .6 inches more rear headroom than the GLC.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The X3 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the GLC with its rear seat up (28.7 vs. 19.4 cubic feet). The X3 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the GLC with its rear seat folded (62.7 vs. 56.5 cubic feet).

Recommendations Comparison

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Consumer Reports® chose the BMW X3 as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Mercedes GLC isn't recommended.

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