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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2018 BMW X3

side by side images of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC and 2018 BMW X3 compact crossovers

When luxury car shoppers go looking for a compact crossover, there are plenty of options on the road and available on dealership lots. In this 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2018 BMW X3 comparison, we are going to look at two attractive models that offer drivers a tall ride height, respectable fuel economy, confident engine output and attractive standard and available features. The models in this comparison come with many similar features, but what they do with them can be significantly different.

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC comes with MB-TX leatherette seating, and the 2018 BMW X3 comes with leatherette. Both models come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine (with different engine outputs), automatic climate control, and infotainment systems. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC comes standard additionally with a 14-way power adjustable driver seat, several USB charging ports, and a seven-inch central display screen.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 vs 2018 BMW X3 30i
$40,050 Starting MSRP $42,650
241 hp, 273 lb-ft Engine Output 248 hp, 258 lb-ft
6.3 seconds 0-60 Time 8.3 seconds
1,466 pounds Payload Capacity 937 pounds

Engine Output and Performance on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC is the smaller vehicle in this 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2018 BMW X3 comparison, but it can deliver more practical driving advantages than its BMW rival. Though both engines have the same displacement and number of cylinders, there are output differences between them. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 offers 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. While the 2018 BMW X3 offers slightly more horsepower, it delivers significantly less torque. This manifests in less acceleration performance for the BMW. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 is up to two seconds faster than its BMW rival in the base 30i model.

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC also offer more payload capacity, even though it has less maximum interior cargo space. Other attractive features that the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC offers for discerning luxury shoppers include the PRESAFE®* crash-minimization system, a large selection of available real wood trim interior options, five years of complimentary Mercedes-Benz mbrace® Connect smartphone services and an available in-car Wi-Fi hotspot.

For more information on this comparison, or to test drive a 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC in D’Iberville MS, contact a member of the Mercedes-Benz of South Mississippi sales team.

*PRESAFE® closes the side windows when the system's sensors detect side movements that suggest a possible rollover. A small gap is left near the fully closed position. Seat and head restraints adjust only when equipped with memory system.


driver side, steering wheel and infotainment system of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC
rear seats of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC in white
front dashboard of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC in dark wood
exterior view of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC