German engineering represents a high quality standard that other companies strive to achieve. Both luxurious and affordable, the BMW X3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC have much in common. Branching further than country of origin, their similarities actually outnumber the differences, making it difficult to differentiate the two. In fact, one could argue that the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2016 BMW X3 debate may be nothing more than a simple matter of opinion. All things considered, who better to know which vehicle is right for you than you? This side-by-side comparison highlights the major distinctions between these iconic SUVs.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC is brand new for the 2016 model. Redesigned from the discontinued GLK, the GLC300 is the most modern SUV money can buy and it comes with an MSRP identical to that of the BMW X3 sDrive28i, which is $38,950. The BMW X Series has work experience, but the last time it was redesigned was 2010, resulting in some slightly outdated technology.
To get some answers, we opened the hood to find two 2.0L Turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engines. As it turns out, the 1-horsepower difference between the two isn't enough to notice behind the wheel. At low RPM however, you do appreciate the 13 extra lb-ft of torque in the Mercedes-Benz. Underneath the engine, we also found a discrepancy between transmissions. The GLC has one extra gear, giving it a fairly significant advantage. The BMW may have been ahead of its time six years ago, but the 9-speed automatic in the GLC300 is brand new for the GLC, offering performance and reliability that is truly state of the art.
When it comes down to it, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 is more powerful, comfortable, and efficient than the 2016 BMW X3 sDrive28i. It is lighter, more spacious, and costs the same amount from the factory, down to the penny. For now, it seems the answer is an obvious one. For a luxury SUV, the best value is the GLC. If you have any questions about this 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2016 BMW X3 comparison, contact us today at Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale.