2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2018 BMW X3

Shoppers looking for a compact luxury crossover can find a lot to love in both of the vehicles in this 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2018 BMW X3 comparison. Each one of the crossover SUVs in this comparison offers a tall ride height, attractive interior space, and confident engine performance. For the sake of this comparison, we are looking at the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 SUV and the 2018 BMW X3 xDrive30i. While both of these models represent the base option in their lineup, that doesn't mean that they skimp on features or quality.

Both of these crossovers seat five passengers, and come with a sunroof. The BMW comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the Mercedes-Benz model comes with an advanced nine-speed automatic transmission. Attractive features like the DYNAMIC SELECT selectable driving modes and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS are standard on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300, while the 2018 BMW X3 xDrive30i comes with the Active Protection system.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 vs 2018 BMW X3 xDrive30i
$40,050 Starting MSRP $42,450
2.0-L 4-cylinder (273 lb-ft) Engine 2.0-L 4-cylinder (258 lb-ft)
9-speed Transmission 8-speed
22/28 mpg Mileage (city/highway) 22/29 mpg

Engine Output on the 2018 GLC

Both models in this 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2018 BMW X3 comparison come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, but the engine output and mileage that they offer is slightly different. The 2018 BMW X3 xDrive30i is rated for slightly more horsepower (coming in at 248 horsepower compared to the 241 horsepower on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 SUV) but it falls behind when it comes to torque. The Mercedes-Benz crossover is rated for 273 pound-feet of torque while this BMW model offers just 258 pound-feet.

Attractive standard features on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC include a 14-way power driver seat with memory settings, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote engine start, a power liftgate, and premium leatherette upholstery. It also has 56.5 cubic feet of maximum interior cargo space, which is less than that available on the 2018 X3, but still impressive. To learn more about this Mercedes-Benz crossover model, contact a member of the Star Motor Cars sales team. We have the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC crossover available to test drive in Houston TX.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC driver cockpit with steering wheel and infotainment system
side view of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC driver seat
steering wheel and dashboard of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC
interior seating of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC