Reviews 2021 BMW X3 or Mercedes-Benz GLC? What to Know About These Luxury SUVs
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe
Pros Sporty styling Awesomely quick AMG Confident handling Cons Tricky MBUX Compromised headroom and cargo space No hybrid option The idea of an SUV coupe may sound like an oxymoron, but it appears the hybrid body style is here to stay. Mercedes-Benz is one of the automakers leading the pack, and the GLC Coupe is the swooping-roof, more dramatically styled variant of its compact SUV. It makes sacrifices in interior space at the cost of fashion, but some folks will like the design enough to make that trade.After introducing the GLC Coupe as a 2017 model, the style-focused variant and the more mainstream GLC got a midcycle refresh for 2020.
This is a high-stakes matchup. The rivalry between BMW and Mercedes-Benz is a contentious one, and theand compete in one of the most popular vehicle segments. Among , these are two of the most prominent entries, and each SUV tries to outdo the other's features and specs. What advantages does the 2021 BMW X3 have over the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, and vice versa? Here's what you need to know.
2021 BMW X3: Pros Over the GLC-Class
Top-selling X3 models get better fuel economy than comparable GLCs. The RWD X3 sDrive30i gets 25/29 mpg city/highway, while the GLC300 gets 22/29 mpg. Their AWD equivalents, the X3 xDrive30i and GLC300 4Matic, get 23/29 and 21/28 mpg, respectively.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class: What You Need to Know
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB has one of the roomiest interiors in the luxury compact SUV class, as well as a coddling ride. We don’t give the GLB an overall score or ranking because of incomplete safety data. © Mercedes-Benz USA 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class Is the Mercedes-Benz GLB a Good SUV? Yes, the Mercedes-Benz GLB is a good luxury compact SUV. It offers an exceptionally roomy cabin, fantastic build quality, a refined ride, ample engine power, and above-average fuel economy estimates. However, the GLB does have a few shortcomings.
In the sporty realm, theachieves 21/27 mpg, while the GLC43 AMG only manages 18/24 mpg. In a twist, however, the I-6-powered X3 M models get worse fuel economy than the V-8-equipped GLC63 AMG: 14/19 mpg against 15/22 mpg.
Additionally, the X3 xDrive30e trails the GLC350e in. In 2020, the BMW was EPA-rated at 60 mpg-e (miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent) in combined city and highway driving and 18 miles of all-electric range; the Mercedes earned 68 mpg-e with 22 miles of electric range.
Regarding the "U" part of, the X3 bests the GLC. The BMW offers 28.7 cubic feet of space behind its 40/20/40 split-folding second row, and up to 62.7 cubic feet when those seats are folded. The Mercedes counters with in those measures.
2021 Mercedes E-Class Pros and Cons Review: Business Class Gets An Upgrade
Pro Excellent chassis Great powertrains Premium interior Con Complicated infotainment Gets pricey quickly Climb into a 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, in either sedan, coupe, convertible, or wagon form, and you will understand the true meaning of luxury. For 2021, Mercedes has freshened the E-Class‘s sheetmetal, updated its engines, and upgraded its infotainment system. It even fiddled rather heavily with the station wagon variant, rechristening the tougher-looking, SUV-cosplaying model the E450 All-Terrain.
The X3 and GLC trade advantages in passenger space. Front-row headroom measures 41.1 inches in the X3, much more than the 37.8 inches in the GLC. Second-row headroom is identical at 38.5 inches. The X3 trails the GLC slightly in front-row legroom, with 40.3 inches against 40.8 inches. The BMW is also behind in second-row legroom, offering 36.4 inches to the Mercedes' 37.3 inches.
Although some performance figures favor the GLC, the X3's fun feel is harder to put a number on. Like, there's not a lot of feel from the steering wheel, but steering is accurate with the driver's inputs. The X3 feels balanced for an SUV and is willing to be tossed through corners like a lifted hot hatch. That's most evident in the , which stands out with sharp steering and torque-vectoring AWD that allows for some drifty fun. Trade-offs to that are its and needlessly fat steering wheel. Nevertheless, any X3 is decent fun. GLC models below the hardest-core AMGs also handle nicely, albeit with a somewhat .
2020 BMW X7 xDrive40i Arrival: One Year With the Biggest Bimmer
“I am pre-programmed to resent a giant, heavy SUV purporting to be a BMW. Maybe the X7 can challenge my preconceptions.” I know what you’re thinking. Why? What is MotorTrend thinking running a car that represents the antithesis of what BMW should be all about? Vast, groaningly heavy, as elegant as Jonny Lieberman on roller skates and fitted with a kidney grille you can see from outer space, the X7 xDrive40i seems to embody everything that's gone wrong at BMW. It is the anti-Ultimate Driving Machine. Thing is, that's the point. If BMW has sprinkled this most unlikely of vehicles with some of its old magic dust, it really will be an achievement.
The GLC and X3 both come with a four-year, 50,000-mile warranty. However, the BMW includes scheduled maintenance for the first three years or 36,000 miles. Routine maintenance such as oil changes, filter swaps, and problem inspections are all covered under BMW's Ultimate Care program. In the case of our long-term X3 M40i, that resulted inspent on maintenance over the course of our year with the vehicle. Meanwhile, the two regular scheduled dealership visits in our long-term GLC300 .
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class: Pros Over the X3
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We're of the opinion that the GLC is better looking than the X3. It may not have the presence of the X3, but the GLC's clean, cohesive lines come together. Stylish LED head- and taillights provide a high-tech impression. With wheels pushed out toward the corners, the GLC has muscular presence, more evident on the . In comparison, the X3's design looks busy.
2021 BMW 540i xDrive First Test: Quick, But Not Exactly Fun
The seventh generation of the BMW 5 Series, coded “G30,” has not earned universal praise at MotorTrend as had some earlier models. When it competed in our 2018 Car of the Year contest, we chided its “numb handling and response” and lamented “an anodyne feel that permeates all of these 5 Series entries.” We attributed thatWell, BMW has sharpened its pencils and rolled out a revamped G30 5 Series for 2021. This new 5 Series boasts loads of detail improvements, including a 48-volt mild hybrid system for the heart-of-market 540i, in direct competition with the similar mild hybrid setup found in the Mercedes E450.
We much prefer the GLC's interior. It puts forward high-quality materials, and the available dual-display infotainment setup looks thoroughly modern. That said, Mercedes'isn't quite as user-friendly as . Nevertheless, the X3's interior lacks the upscale feel of the GLC.
Acceleration and Braking
In MotorTrend testing, the GLC has edged out the X3 in two important measures: acceleration and braking. We recorded the X3 xDrive30i accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. The long-term 2017 GLC300 we drove for a year did the same in 6.9 seconds, but a 2020 model. Our long-term X3 M40i , a blink behind the GLC43's 4.7-second run. Launching the X3 M Competition results in a 4.0-second 0-60 mph time. Although we've only tested the GLC63 S AMG , it did the sprint in just 3.2 seconds. We wouldn't be surprised if the conventional SUV version performed similarly.
Stopping distances from 60 to 0 mph are close but favor the GLC. Our testing recorded a 123-foot best stop from the X3 xDrive30i, while the GLC300 needed only 110 feet. The X3 M40i was just behind the GLC43, at 112 feet against 109 feet. The sportiest versions stop best, with the X3 M Competition halting in 110 feet and the GLC63 S Coupe in 105 feet.
2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS600 first drive review: Opulence embraced
The Mercedes-Maybach GLS600 SUV is a standout example of luxury and excess.That in mind, meet the 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS600. This two-tone, nearly three-ton SUV clearly and unashamedly embraces its fancy side.
Our sample size is small, but between the X3 M40i and GLC300 4Matic we kept in our long-term review fleet, there was a winner in build quality. After its suspension started creaking and the roof, we can't say it was the X3. Nor can we say our long-term GLC300 was problem-free—the cargo cover stopped retracting, the automatic windshield wipers glitched, and the sunroof shade . However, those were minor inconveniences compared to the X3's more significant quality issues.
What's better: the X3 or GLC? We've lived with both, so we know their pros and cons quite well. We know which one we'd prefer to live with again in 2021: the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. It looks better, feels more luxurious, and delivers impressive performance. Cargo capacity and fuel economy aren't quite as good as the X3, but these deficits are small enough that ourremains our preference between these luxury compact crossovers. Factor in its top value rating, and it seems like the better buy.
2021 BMW X3: Pros Over the GLC-Class
- Better fuel economy (mostly)
- More cargo space
- Fun handling
- Scheduled maintenance included
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class: Pros Over the X3
- Excellent value
- More attractive styling
- Quicker acceleration
- Higher quality
New 2021 Mercedes S-Class's New Price Tag Nearly $16,000 Higher .
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class might look a little dull on the outside—let’s call it stately—but inside, it’s packed with the brand’s latest comfort and convenience technology. The new S-Class includes a giant 12.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a surround-view camera system that displays a three-dimensional view of the car, and a 429-hp six-cylinder engine that incorporates the German automaker's EQ Boost "mild-hybrid" technology. The latter powertrain is standard fare for the entry-level S500 4Matic (Mercedes-speak for all-wheel drive) and bests the output of the outgoing—base—S450's six-cylinder engine by 67 horses.