2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC VS 2019 Infiniti QX50

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 Infiniti deliver. We’re honing our razor sharp focus on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2019 Infiniti QX50, 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 Infiniti QX50. We’ll get started by approaching the performance of the Mercedes-Benz and the Infiniti side-by-side.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2019 Infiniti QX50: 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 Infiniti QX50 comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that puts out 268 horsepower. It features a turbo-four engine that moves this luxury SUV with ease and is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. The engine is new for 2019, and it’s known as the VC-Turbo. Despite the fancy-sounding technology, the QX50’s engine doesn’t feel any different from a regular turbo-four. There’s a hint of turbo lag at times, but not enough to ruin your day. This Infiniti’s CVT is outstanding, but it doesn’t unlock the engine’s potential the way a dual-clutch transmission might. While the previous generation QX50 was relatively fun to drive, the redesigned 2019 edition loses much of that allure. It can seem overmatched on roads with many sharp curves, and the steering feels detached.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2019 Infiniti QX50: 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.

Infiniti redesigned the QX50 for 2019, and it looks amazing inside. It’s standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB port, *Bluetooth®, and the InTouch dual-screen infotainment system. Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and forward emergency braking. Not everyone hates the dual-screen infotainment setup, but most people are not fans of it. This system has many issues, including an unimpressive resolution, outdated software, and counter intuitive control mechanisms. The top screen is dedicated to a navigation system that doesn’t feel as responsive as the GPS system on your smartphone. Though it’s a touch screen, the lower screen is primarily controlled by an array of buttons beneath it. The QX50 still doesn’t offer connectivity features like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

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

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2019 Infiniti QX50: 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 Infiniti QX50 is a good SUV, but it’s not that impressive compared to its more well-rounded classmates. There are some significant drawbacks. The 2019 QX50 doesn’t have the eager handling feel of the old model, and this redesigned version is less athletic than nearly every rival. The infotainment system’s dual touch screens look high-tech, but in practice, the system isn’t as good as most competitors’.

Still Undecided?

Come drop by our Mercedes-Benz dealership in Fairfield, CA to check out our new cars, you’ll see just what makes them so appealing. Speak with our Mercedes-Benz sales associates about our latest Mercedes-Benz financing options, and take a test drive today!

Make an Inquiry

If you have any question or concerns, fill out the for below and we’ll get back to you soon, or call (707) 430-0101.
We are more than happy to help!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.