BMW X3 vs Mercedes-Benz GLC

Small Package, or Full Package? Compare the Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV to BMW X3

They say good things come in small packages--and when you're shopping for a compact luxury SUV that fits perfectly into your busy Charlotte lifestyle, you may be wont to agree. And you'll likely turn to the new Mercedes-Benz GLC and the BMW X3 as your two top options. But if you want to be certain that you're getting the full package, in a small package, you'll want to look closer at what these two crossovers can really offer for you.

We've compiled a few features, specs, and options that you need to know about the BMW X3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC before you make a final decision.

BMW X3

Mercedes-Benz GLC

Powertrain Performance and Capability: Mercedes-Benz GLC vs BMW X3

The ride quality of the BMW X3 is more advanced than that of the Mercedes-Benz GLC thanks to an expanded selection of powertrain options, and engineering that has been optimized for a true, sporting feel.

  • The BMW X3 offers two engine options; the Mercedes-Benz GLC offers only one
  • Standard horsepower is nearly identical (240 vs 241), but upgrade to BMW's available 3.0-liter six-cylinder and enjoy a max 300 horsepower
  • BMW X3 offers available xDrive All-Wheel Drive; Mercedes-Benz GLC offers available 4MATIC All-Wheel Drive

New Technology and Interior Comforts: Mercedes-Benz GLC vs BMW X3

MSRP for these two SUVs are identical--so price won't be a major factor in your decision of which luxury crossover will be the best fit for you. If powertrain hasn't yet made up your mind, it's time to take a look inside

  • If you're carrying passengers, the BMW X3 will give you an additional 8 cu. ft. of area for storage than the Mercedes-Benz GLC
  • If you're heading out for weekend away, or a long-planned trip, the BMW X3's maximum 63.3 cubic feet will hold significantly more luggage, gear, and bags than the Mercedes-Benz GLC
  • The easy-connect iDrive touchscreen infotainment system in the BMW X3 is easier to use, and more functional, than the COMAND system found in the Mercedes-Benz GLC

Get More Out of Your Next SUV: Try Out the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Then Explore the BMW X3

It wouldn't be an equal comparison without giving the competitor a fair shot; so, after you've taken a test drive in the new Mercedes-Benz GLC in Charlotte, visit your local BMW Center to get a feel for the more powerful, more comfortable, smarter, and more capable BMW X3.

Explore the new BMW X Series here to learn more about options.