Mercedes GLC vs. BMW X3 Front Three-Quarter - Comparison #1

Mercedes GLC vs. BMW X3
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GLC versus X3

Mercedes-Benz completely redesigned and renamed its Small Luxury SUV, the GLC, which is more than ready to take on rivaling, recently restyled, BMW X3.

For the 2016 model year, US customers get more options for the engine when looking at the X3. While the GLC offers (for now) only a 2.0-liter inline-4 turbo, X3 has a diesel alternative and a more powerful inline-6 3-liter option. Both SUV's offer rear and all wheel drive drivetrain options: 4MATIC system for the Benz and xDrive for the BMW. GLC comes with a 9-speed automatic transmission, while the older X3 has an 8-speed one.

Looking at the dimensions we get pretty close numbers. GLC has a longer wheelbase and sits slightly lower, which doesn't affect on the passenger head room.

Starting prices for both SUVs are perhaps coincidentally the same, from $38,950.

Specification Comparison

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class2016 BMW X3
  • GLC300 SUV
  • SDrive28i SUV
  • XDrive28d SUV
  • XDrive28i SUV
  • XDrive35i SUV
MSRP$38,950 - $40,950$38,950 - $46,800
Engine2.0L Inline-4 Turbo
  • 2.0L Inline-4 Turbo
  • 2.0L Inline-4 Turbo Diesel
  • 3.0L Inline-6 Turbo
Power241 hp180 - 300 hp
Torque273 lb-ft260 - 300 lb-ft
Transmission9-Speed Automatic8-Speed Automatic
  • All Wheel Drive
  • Rear Wheel Drive
  • All Wheel Drive
  • Rear Wheel Drive
Towing Capacity-3,000 lbs
0 to 60 mph-5.3 - 7.8 sec
Fuel Consumption
MPG (City / Comb. / Hw.)-19 - 27 / 22 - 30 / 27 - 34
Tank Capacity-17.7 gal
Exterior Dimensions
Width82.5 in82.2 in
Width w/o Mirrors74.4 in74.1 in
Length183.3 in183.4 in
Height64.5 in66.1 in
Wheelbase113.1 in110.6 in
Interior Dimensions
First Row Leg Room-39.9 in
First Row Head Room41.9 in40.7 in
First Row Shoulder Room-58.4 in
Second Row Leg Room-36.8 in
Second Row Head Room39.6 in39.1 in
Second Row Shoulder Room-57.4 in

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