2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2020 BMW X3

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2020 BMW X3

Which German Luxury SUV Is Best for Your Drives?

Gray GLC in motion

CAPACITY

Seating

Doors

ENGINE

Liters/Type

Horsepower (hp)

Torque (lb-ft)

TRANSMISSION

Type

DRIVETRAIN

Type

FUEL CONSUMPTION

Estimated Fuel Economy (city / hwy)

STARTING MSRP

Price (USD)

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 SUV

CAPACITY

5 Adults

4 Doors

ENGINE

2.0L Inline-4 Turbo

255 hp @ 5,800-6,100 rpm

273 lb-ft @ 1,800-4,000 rpm

TRANSMISSION

9-Speed Automatic

DRIVETRAIN

Rear-Wheel Drive

FUEL CONSUMPTION

22/29

STARTING MSRP

$42,500

BMW X3 sDrive30i

BMW X3 sDrive30i

CAPACITY

5 Adults

4 Doors

ENGINE

2.0L TwinPower Turbo 4-Cylinder

248 hp @ 5,200 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1,450 rpm

TRANSMISSION

8-Speed Automatic

DRIVETRAIN

Rear-Wheel Drive

FUEL CONSUMPTION

25/29

STARTING MSRP

$41,950

SUV Showdown: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2020 BMW X3

It’s the showdown between the two German powerhouse SUVs you’ve been waiting for. Today, we’ll take a closer look at everything the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC and the 2020 BMW X3 can bring to your drives.

You can see from looks alone this will be a heated comparison. After all, the Mercedes-Benz GLC sets the standard for SUV design with its smooth lines and all-LED lighting. Not to mention, those wide and sporty proportions make this the SUV you’ll want to drive.

Then you’ve got the 2020 BMW X3. That kidney grille and high ground clearance set the visual tones right for an SUV.

As for visuals, the comparison’s almost dead-even. But we all know there’s much more to an SUV than looks alone. So, let’s take a look at which of these German vehicles offer the better drive and experience.

Or, try it out for yourself by visiting the Mercedes-Benz of Sacramento to test-drive the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC. Until then, here’s how it stacks up against its competition.

Which SUV Offers the Ride to Match Those Looks?

Right out of the gate, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 sets a high bar with its standard 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine. With 255 horsepower and 273 lb-ft torque, you’ll have all the power you’ll need to dart down highways and blast away from green lights. To be exact, you’ll race from 0-60 MPH in 6.1 seconds. That’s a new level speed you don’t find from your typical SUV.

When you’re ready to take your ride to supercar heights, the Mercedes-AMG® GLC 63 is here for you with a handcrafted AMG® 4.0L V8 biturbo engine. Generating 476 horsepower, it lets out some rowdy growls and rushes from 0-60 MPH in four seconds. Talk about a motor built for the track.

If fuel economy is more your pace, you’ll also find a hybrid model in the form of the Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e 4MATIC®. This AWD eco-friendly SUV packs a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder with an 85kW motor. But with 315 horsepower and 412 lb-ft torque, it outclasses most gas engines with a 0-60 MPH time of just 6.2 seconds. Plus, with EPA-estimated 57 MPGe highway fuel economy, you won’t need to stop at the pumps often; thus, your adventures and fun can continue for hundreds of miles.

Meanwhile, the BMW X3 comes ready to compete in the battle against the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC. Standard is a 2.0L BMW TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder. And with 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft torque, the performance is decent, but you’ll find slightly less power than what its Mercedes-Benz competitor offers.

When you upgrade to the BMW X3 M40i’s 3.0L TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder, the speed falls behind the competition with 383 horsepower and 365 lb-ft torque. A 0-60 MPH time of 4.4 seconds is more than respectable, but it still lags behind the Mercedes-AMG® GLC 63.

It’s All About that Luxury: But Which SUV Offers More?

You don’t buy a German SUV without expecting luxury and comfort inside. And the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 brings plenty with its spacious interior and natural-grain trims for an organic and upscale vibe.

For media, you’ll get a massive 10.25-inch central touchscreen ready to guide your drives with your favorite songs and comfort settings. You can point, touch (the screen or touchpad), or use voice commands to reach your next adventure.

Speaking of voice-controls, “Hey, Mercedes” allows you to casually make requests like “Hey, Mercedes, It’s getting warm in here,” and your SUV responds by raising your A/C. Even change to one of the 64 different available ambient lighting colors to set the driving mood right.

For more assistant features, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® are here to connect you to your favorite smartphone apps. Respond to any urgent texts or phone calls that come in hands-free — all while listening to your favorite tunes from your mobile device.

The BMW X3 is no slouch when it comes to cool comfort and tech features. Inside, you’ll find similar wood trims and upscale touches. However, the BMW SUV falls behind by only offering Apple CarPlay® — Android® users are left out of the fun in the BMW X3.

Also, the standard touchscreen starts off at 8.8 inches — not quite as large as the infotainment screen found in the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC.

What SUV Comes Out on Top for Safety Features

There’s no need to pay a premium for safety with the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300. It comes standard with Blind Spot Assistant. You’ll cruise down the I-80 and always know when it’s safe to merge lanes. Even after parking, your Mercedes-Benz SUV lets you know when it’s safe to open your door by alerting you of nearby drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

For more safety features, the available Driver Assistance Package brings all you’ll ever need for safe drives. A clear standout here for your highway drives is DISTRONIC® adaptive cruise control. You’ll stay centered in your lane while automatically staying a set distance away from cars ahead.

Avoid obstacles on the road with Evasive Steering Assist. You’ll avoid collisions altogether by moving out of the way and regaining control in the next lane.

Driver-assist features are also abundant in the BMW X3, but sadly, the exciting and noticeable ones don’t come standard.

Even worse, your Active Cruise Control with Stop and Go requires an upgrade to an available package before it’s available. And, it’s just Stop and Go — not near the conveniences you’ll find with the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC’s DISTRONIC®.

Interior infotainment and steering wheel of the 2020 GLC

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC for Sale in Sacramento

It’s clear the winner between the 2020 GLC vs 2020 X3 is the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC. After all, who wouldn’t want to cruise with a engine this responsive while also having an accident-avoiding driver-assist as a standard feature?

Take any model of the Mercedes-Benz GLC for a test drive at Mercedes-Benz of Sacramento. We’re here to help you find a luxury SUV to take you on thousands of miles of adventures and to meet the demands of your daily commutes. Feel free to ask our sales team for any assistance or questions that pop up. We’ll be glad to help.