BMW X3 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Comparison

bmw x3 vs mercedes benz glc class comparison

BMW and Mercedes-Benz come in different sizes and forms, and at one time Mercedes-Benz had the most comparable but different models the same as BMW. BMW has most variants that try to look similar but differ in many aspects such as BMW X3 and GLC. In this article, we will review Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class and BMW X3 models by comparing their practicality, interior, exterior, and engine. The BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class both come in SUV style and can be hard to convince one from the other—or which one you should own!

Our review of the Mercedes-Benz GLC vs BMW X3 is full of information about the interior, exterior, styling, and design department on both models, plus what is under the bonnet. Please let’s go through.


(*Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD pricings as of February 2022.)

 BMW X3Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
Capacity/Doors5 door/5 seater5 door/5 seater
Torque290 Nm – 600 Nm520.6 Nm - 699.6 Nm
Top Speed

260 Km/h200 Km/h
0-100 km/h5.8 sec – 9.9 sec7.2 sec – 8.6 sec
Max Power180 hp – 360 hp385 hp – 503 hp
Engine2.0L – 3.0L2.0L – 4.0L
Fuel Tank Capacity67L66L
Key Features SRS Airbags, Curtain airbags,

DCS and TCS, ABS, Electronic

Stability Control, Adaptive

Headlights
Dual-zone climate control

and power-adjustable front

seats with heated cushions,

head-up display, heated rear

seats, ventilated front seats
Fuel Consumption19.68 Km/L - 22.23 Km/L11.76 Km/L – 15.87 Km/L
Length x Width x Height4.65×1.88×1.67 m

4.73×1.89×1.63 m
BE FORWARD PRICEUSD 4,640 - USD 58,260USD 25,910 - USD 86,710

Interior & Exterior Comparison

BMW X3

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The BMW X3 exterior is angular front to the curvy rear and smooth and well-shaped. The M Sport comes with extra detailing and bigger alloy rims that give it an impressive pose with all higher grades.

(a) Cabin Storage

The BMW X3 is roomy for a car its size, given with enough space for both head and legs in the front cabin. The passenger cabin can carry three passengers without any stress. Due to the transmission tunnel, the legroom for the center seat passenger is somehow limited especially for a tall passenger but the 2 passengers will be much more comfortable and all grades come dressed with leather seats.

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The X3 interior is good and you will find stowage cubicles that are useful for storing items such as handbags, goggles, beverages, smartphones, etc. In the driver row, you will enjoy 4 cup-holders, the center box, a glovebox, and door panel storage. In the second row, passengers will enjoy front seat jacket pockets, 4 cupholders, and door pockets.

(b) Cargo Space

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The cargo space is fairly great and can comfortably carry luggage for a family of 5. When more space is required, the back seats can fold flat in a split format to create an even bigger space.

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

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The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class was produced by Mercedes-Benz in 2015 and GLC is one of a full compact luxury crossover SUV in Mercedes-Benz lineups with a body style of 5-door SUV and 5-doors coupé SUV. The GLC layout is a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, or 4-wheel-drive (4MATIC). The GLC has been produced for only one generation from 2015 to the present.

(a) Cabin Storage

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The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class has a high-quality interior and is comfortable. As you might expect from a Mercedes-Benz the interior is refined and elegant. The cabin is versatile and spacious but still high-tech and luxurious. The cabin materials are premium.
In the first row, the space is elegant for people of average height and the driver has sufficient space. In the second row, passengers can sit comfortably either in a short or a long journey, apart from having the transmission tunnel, the center passenger can seat much more comfortably.
In the cabin, you will find storage boxes that are useful for storing items such as documents, beverages, and smartphones. In the driver row, you will find a glove box, the center box, and a door panel. In the passenger row, you will find the Map pockets on the back of the front seats and door panel storage.

(b) Cargo Space

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The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class has enough cargo space that can accommodate sizable luggage and can carry luggage up to a family of 5. When extra cargo space is needed, you can fold-flat the second-row seat.

Engine, Performance & Fuel Consumption

BMW X3

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(a) Engine & Performance

The BMW X3 third generation is comes fitted with different engine size options, 3.0L B58B30/S58B30T0 I6 turbo/twin-turbo, 2.0L B48B20B I4 turbo petrol engines, petrol plug-in hybrid 2.0L B47D20 I4 turbo, 2.0L B48B20 I4 turbo with an electric motor, and 3.0L B57D30M0 I6 turbo diesel engine. All these engines are mated to 8-speed ZF 8HP automatic Single-speed with fixed ratio (iX3) and for the petrol plug-in hybrid equipped with a 12 kWh Lithium-ion (PHEV) and 80 kWh Lithium-ion (iX3).

(b) Fuel Consumption

The fuel consumption depends on several factors such as engine fitted, fuel used, and driving habit but the BMW X3 fuel consumption is around 19.68 Km/L to 22.23 Km/L.

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

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(a) Engine & Performance

The GLC comes fitted with a 2.0L M270/M274 I4 turbo, 3.0L M276 DELA 30 V6 bi-turbo, 4.0L M177 (Mercedes-AMG) V8 bi-turbo petrol engines, 2.0L M264 E20 DEH LA I4 Mild-Hybrid Turbo (EQ Boost) mated combined with 21.5 hp (16 kW) BorgWarner 48V eBooster Electric Starter-Generator Motor and 87.2 hp (65 kW) Schaeffler PSM P2 Hybrid Module High Voltage (GLC350 e), 2.0L M274 I4 turbo mated with petrol PHEV petrol hybrid engines and 2.2L OM651 I4 turbo, 2.0L OM654 I4 turbo, and 3.0L OM642 V6 turbo diesel engines. These engines are mated with a 9-speed automatic (9G-Tronic) while the Hybrid version drivetrain is mated with Mild-Hybrid (EQ Boost) and Plug-in hybrid (GLC350 e/GLC300 e).

(b) Fuel Consumption

Apart from having different engine sizes fitted under the bonnet, the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class offers a standard fuel consumption range from 11.76 Km/L – 15.87 Km/L.

Final Verdict

BMW and Mercedes-Benz are at top of automobile makers who produced good cars that are going anywhere without stress. The BMW X3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class are those models that are boundless in almost every aspect of car details, The BMW X3 seems to be better in fuel consumption rather than Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, but Mercedes-Benz seems to be better in luxury and comfortability.

In terms of space, the Mercedes-Benz has a roomy interior and modern look inside with more features rather than BMW X3 but both cars are well in speed though the BMW X3 has a top of 280 kph while the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class has a top speed of 210 kph if you don’t have enough financial muscles BMW X3 is your right choice. After passing through this piece of article, you will be filled with enough tips which will give you room to choose which model between BMW X3 vs Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class.

The interior and exterior of the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class speak for themselves while the BMW X3 interior and exterior look old in style and design. Do you need one of them? Please visit BE FORWARD.

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Written by: Josephat Lukaza

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