2020 BMW X3 vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Comparison in Norwalk, CA

These days, California families are choosing between the capacity they need and the performance they crave from their next family car -- but what if you didn't have to choose? The 2020 BMW X3 is a compact SUV that provides family car comfort and utility along with luxury car refinement and sports car quickness! So it's little wonder why the X3 is America's best-selling BMW model. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC offers similar size and power for a similar price, but a closer look at both models reveals that the BMW is a better value. We'll prove it to you in the information below.

BMW X3 Cargo Hold

Size & Capacity: 2020 BMW X3 vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC

The 2020 BMW X3 provides very similar space inside for passengers, with comparable legroom to the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC, but with the added benefit of even more room for cargo. It's got a more squared-off profile like a traditional SUV with a more upright posture and more room for cargo -- up to 62.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat. That means this is a sporty driver you can use for the family big box store haul or bringing home that fancy new TV.

Furthermore, the 2020 BMW X3 is more capable when hauling trailers, offering a maximum towing capacity of up to 4,400 lbs! The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC is only capable of towing up to 3,500 lbs.

BMW X3 Voice Control

Features & Technology: 2020 BMW X3 vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC

Powered by BMW iDrive multimedia and the BMW Live Cockpit dashboard, taking the helm of the 2020 BMW X3 surrounds you in technology. This includes built-in turn-by-turn navigation with voice control. Just say where you want to go and your BMW can get you directions using the fastest route with real-time traffic data. Similar technology can be found on the 2020 Mercedes GLC, but not at the entry level! You'll have to spend more for that level of convenience if you want the Mercedes-Benz.

The 2020 BMW X3 even keeps you comfortable with standard tri-zone automatic climate control and keeps you entertained with a 12-speaker, 205-watt standard audio system! The 2020 Mercedes GLC features standard dual-zone climate control and just six standard speakers.

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BMW X3 xDrive

Performance & Drive: 2020 BMW X3 vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC

Both these SUVs generate similar horsepower from turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, but the 2020 BMW X3 is much more fuel efficient in the city. Around town, you'll get an extra 3 MPG in the BMW compared to the 2020 Mercedes GLC! That makes the 2020 BMW X3 a more practical choice for families.

What's more, don't think that the horsepower advantage of the Mercedes GLC translates to a performance advantage. Take it from the impartial experts at Car and Driver magazine. They said, "What the numbers don't tell you is that the BMW's engine simply works better in the real world and sounds more engaging than GLC's engine. We have to give some credit to BMW's ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, which downshifts more authoritatively and willingly than the Benz's more relaxed nine-speed automatic," adding that, "Driving both back to back reveals that the X3 is the more athletic of the two. It has better body control, heavier and more direct steering, and a playful eagerness to challenge corners. The Benz's driving experience is subdued by comparison."

BMW X3 Kidney Grille

Active Safety & Driver Assistance: 2020 BMW X3 vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC

Having earned a 2019 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2020 BMW X3 is among the safest premium SUVs on the road. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz earned no such praise from the IIHS.

The 2020 BMW X3 even gives you some standard safety equipment you don't get on the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC entry-level model, namely parking sensors. Every 2020 BMW X3 is easy to park without dinging the paint, even with its raised ride height and generous dimensions. That's yet another feature that'll cost you more on the Mercedes.

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Which Premium SUV Is A Better Fit For Your Budget?

Starting at an MSRP of $41,950, the 2020 BMW X3 isn't just a better vehicle than the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC, it's a better fit for your wallet! The 2020 Mercedes GLC just can't stack up to all you get from the BMW X3, yet it costs a little bit more at a starting MSRP of $42,500. When you want to get the most powerful performance and impressive interior with tons of technology from your next luxury vehicle, the brand to choose is BMW.

2020 BMW X32020 Mercedes-Benz GLC
$41,950Starting MSRP*$42,500
Rear-Wheel Drive (AWD Available)DrivetrainRear-Wheel Drive (AWD Available)
25 MPG City / 29 MPG HighwayFuel Economy22 MPG CIty / 29 MPG Highway
28.7 Cubic FeetCargo Volume19.4 Cubic Feet
62.7 Cubic FeetMax. Cargo Volume (Rear Seats Folded)56.5 Cubic Feet
Standard3 Zone Automatic Climate ControlAvailable Upgrade
StandardVoice-Controlled NavigationAvailable Upgrade
StandardParking SensorsAvailable Upgrade
2019 Top Safety Pick+IIHS Safety AccoladeNone

*MSRP excludes destination & handling fee of $995, tax, title, license, and registration.