2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC VS 2019 BMW X3

There’s a class of luxury compact SUVs that caters to the demands of a loyal fan base and the models of both Mercedes-Benz and BMW deliver. We’re honing our razor sharp focus on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2019 BMW X3, to task ourselves with the impossible chore of picking a winner between the two. Sure it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it and we’re up for the challenge. Enjoy this comparison of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2019 BMW X3. We’ll get started by approaching the performance of the Mercedes-Benz and the BMW side-by-side.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2019 BMW X3: Performance

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC focuses on comfort above all else. The GLC has nimble handling, and AMG® models have some of the most powerful engines in the class. You’re bound to find an engine to like in this Mercedes-Benz. The base GLC 300 comes with a 2.0-liter 241-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that should satisfy most shoppers. It delivers quick acceleration that’s great for both city and highway driving, but if you want even more power there are a number of options. All of the engines come with a smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The GLC is very maneuverable and has no trouble maintaining its composure around twists and turns in the road. Its driving modes help it transition from smooth to sporty on the fly.

The 2019 BMW X3 delivers just about everything you could want from a crossover SUV. Both engines feel energetic, and it handles well. The BMW X3 features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 248 horsepower. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine provides more than enough juice to move this small crossover in any driving situation. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is available. The X3’s sharp steering and nimble handling combine to make this SUV fun to drive. But there’s more to this BMW than just handling prowess; it rides comfortably over most road surfaces, and its high ground clearance makes it moderately capable for light off-roading.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2019 BMW X3: Feature Comparison

The Mercedes-Benz GLC’s interior is nothing short of lavish. There are soft-touch surfaces all around the cabin, and standard wood trim adds another element of luxuriousness. There’s seating for up to five people in the GLC. The seats are supple, supportive, roomy and comfortable, and there’s plenty of room for adults in both rows. Leatherette upholstery, a 14-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a driver’s seat with memory settings are standard. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control and an infotainment system with a 7-inch display, two USB ports, HD Radio, and *Bluetooth®. You’ll also get a suite of safety features, including a rearview camera, driver drowsiness monitoring, active brake assist, crosswind assist, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. PRESAFE® is also standard. This system tightens the seat belts and rolls up the windows if a collision is imminent.

The 2019 BMW X3 uses plenty of premium materials throughout its attractive cabin, but the interior lacks the panache of some competitors. It seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable front seats. You can fit two adults in the back seat with no problem, but three makes a crowd. Standard features in the X3 include tri-zone automatic climate control, *Bluetooth®, a USB port, a 12-speaker audio system, HD Radio, and the iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch screen. Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, driver drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and traffic sign recognition. It takes some time to master the infotainment controls, but they sit within easy reach of the driver and work well once you get used to them.

*Bluetooth® is a registered mark Bluetooth® SIG, Inc.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2019 BMW X3: Overall Comparison

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC is one of the highest-ranking luxury compact SUVs. It has an exceptionally lavish cabin, lots of features, and a supple ride. It also has a solid lineup of engines and easy maneuverability. The GLC’s base price is a little lower than the class average, and this Mercedes-Benz has a level of opulence and refinement that you’ll have a hard time finding from any of its competition.

The 2019 BMW X3 finishes in the top third of the luxury compact SUV rankings. While it’s not a class leader in any one area, it is a well-rounded SUV with good performance and few obvious flaws. In fact, the X3 really doesn’t do anything badly; there are just some rivals that stand out a little more in some respects. However, because of its above-average base price, you could argue that some competitors are a better value.

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