2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2018 BMW X3

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

Luxury shoppers in the market for a premium compact crossover may be torn between the two models in this 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2018 BMW X3 comparison. Each of these models offers five seats and plenty of attractive features at a comparable price point.

Both of these crossovers come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with slightly different output. The BMW model has a slight advantage when it comes to horsepower, but the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC takes the lead when it comes to torque. On the base 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300, this engine allows the compact crossover to go from 0-60 mph in just 6.3 seconds when equipped with rear-wheel drive. Models that features the elite Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC® all-wheel drive system* lose a fraction of a second on that time and have a 6.6 second acceleration time, but add plenty of capability when in challenging road and weather conditions.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 vs 2018 BMW X3 xDrive30i
$40,050** Starting MSRP $42,650
241 hp, 273 lb-ft Base Engine Output 248 hp, 258 lb-ft
9-speed automatic Transmission 8-speed automatic
Both Available Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Available/Not Available

Safety and Technology Features on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC

In addition to competitive engine options, the two models in this 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2018 BMX X3 comparison offer many advanced technology features. Both models come standard with advanced sound systems, leatherette seating, and bold infotainment systems. The Mercedes-Benz crossover is available with features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, while the 2018 BMW X3 only offers Apple CarPlay. The BMW model offers standard 10-way power-adjustable seating, but drivers in the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 can enjoy standard 14-way power-adjustable seating with four-way powered lumbar support and memory settings that include the steering wheel and mirror positions.

Those who enjoy confident handling can meet their match in either of the models in this 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2018 BMX X3 comparison, but the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 is available with features like an adaptive air suspension, and a trailer hitch that can allow this compact crossover to tow up to 3,500 pounds.

If you are interested in learning more about the handling and features available on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC in the Kansas City area, contact a member of the Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City sales team today.

*Best performance on snow and ice obtained with winter tires. Please always drive carefully, consistent with road conditions.

**MSRP for a 2018 GLC includes transportation charge. Excludes all options, taxes, title, registration, and dealer prep. Options, model availability, and price may vary. See dealer for details.


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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC driver cockpit with blue ambient lighting
five seats of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC
rear and side view of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC


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