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

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2017 BMW X5

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2017 Mercedes GLC

Safety Comparison

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When descending a steep, off-road slope, the X5 xDrive’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The GLC doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the X5 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 doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the X5 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, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and driver alert monitors.

The BMW X5 weighs 624 to 1204 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 X5’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the GLC’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X5 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.

There are over 12 percent more BMW dealers than there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X5’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X5 has a standard 210-amp alternator. The GLC’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the X5’s reliability will be 11% better than the GLC.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X5 first among midsize premium SUVs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The GLC isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

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The X5 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’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The X5 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’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The X5’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 14 more horsepower (255 vs. 241) and 140 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 273) than the GLC’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X5 is faster than the Mercedes GLC:

 

X5 s/xDrive35i

X5 xDrive50i

GLC

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

4.3 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

12.8 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.1 MPH

106.9 MPH

90.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the X5 xDrive35d gets better fuel mileage than the GLC 4MATIC (23 city/29 hwy vs. 21 city/28 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the X5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GLC doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The X5 has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLC (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 X5 xDrive50i’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GLC:

 

X5 xDrive50i

GLC

Front Rotors

15.2 inches

13.5 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

The X5 stops shorter than the GLC:

 

X5

GLC

 

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

112 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the X5 has larger standard tires than the GLC (255/50R19 vs. 235/60R18). The X5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GLC (F:275/40R20 & R:315/35R20 vs. 255/45R20).

The X5’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’s standard 60 series tires. The X5’s optional 275/40R20 front and 315/35R20 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the GLC’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X5 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the GLC.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The X5 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.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X5’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the GLC (115.5 inches vs. 113.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the X5 is .8 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than on the GLC.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The X5 offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the GLC can only carry 5.

The X5 has 2.7 inches more front headroom, 3.2 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLC.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The X5’s cargo area provides more volume than the GLC.

 

X5

GLC

Third Seat Removed

35.8 cubic feet

19.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

76.7 cubic feet

56.5 cubic feet

The X5’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The GLC’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

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Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the X5 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.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the X5 has a standard rear variable 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 X5 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GLC doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the X5 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the X5 with a number “3” insurance rate while the GLC is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X5 is less expensive to operate than the GLC because typical repairs cost less on the X5 than the GLC, including $39 less for a water pump, $35 less for front brake pads, $131 less for a starter, $28 less for a fuel pump and $29 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the X5 second among midsize premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The GLC was rated third in its category.

The X5 is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The GLC is not ranked.

The BMW X5 outsold the Mercedes GLK/GLC by almost two to one during 2015.

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