Which Luxury SUV Should I Buy: GLC or X3?
There is a large selection of luxury SUVs on the market today, and we know how tough it can be to settle on a final decision. Our team at Hendrick Motors of Charlotte has decided to make your decision easier by comparing the 2021 Mercedes Benz GLC to the 2021 BMW X3 to show you why the GLC stands above the X3. The comparison of the GLC and X3 will feature their performance, interior design, exterior features, and safety technology - so let's have a look at some of the specifics. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC | Hendrick Motors of Charlotte


Performance, Transmission, and Engine

2021 Mercedes Benz GLC

The 2021 Mercedes Benz GLC is a standout SUV in both overall performance and engine specs, and the Hendrick Motors of Charlotte team is confident that you’ll find the GLC more suited to your needs. The base model GLC offers smooth acceleration and good transmission behavior with 255- horsepower for every confident driver out there that is looking to take on any adventure in North Carolina. The Mercedes-Benz GLC also offers an incredible 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, DYNAMIC SELECT (multimode drive program selector), and 4MATIC® all-wheel-drive capability, for a smooth, bold, and astonishing experience. If you’re looking to find out more about the GLC and its amazing features, come check out the inventory or schedule an appointment at Hendrick Motors of Charlotte. 


2021 BMW X3

The disadvantage in the X3 would be that the base GLC stands out more than the base X3 model. With the 248-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder under its hood, the rear-wheel-drive sDrive30i and all-wheel-drive xDrive30i provide enough power to comfortably negotiate almost any traffic situation, but they're hardly exhilarating. Those seeking a performance-oriented crossover will find the X3 M40i more to their liking. Its 382-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine provides almost brutish power, out accelerating all but the most potent version of the Macan Turbo and the Mercedes-AMG GLC43. 


Interior Design

2021 Mercedes Benz GLC

The GLC interior provides one of the most comfortable rides with its attractive materials, wonderful build quality, and comfortable passenger accommodations. Mercedes also stocks the GLC with luxurious standard equipment that includes dual-zone climate control and power-adjustable front seats with heated cushions. The GLC offers comfort more than cargo with a smaller but still spacious 57 cubic feet of cargo space. Along with space, the GLC also has standard features including:

  • Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system 

  • 10.25-inch touch screen

  • Bluetooth

  • Apple CarPlay

  • Android Auto

  • HD Radio

  • Two USB ports.

2021 BMW X3 

The BMW X3 has a well-equipped, stylish interior that bolsters comfortability with plush seats that feature multiple adjustable functions. The rest of the X3's cabin is handsome and put together competently, with well-chosen materials and tight panel gaps. The X3 also has standard features like: 

  • 10.3-inch infotainment display 

  • In-dash navigation

  • Apple CarPlay 

  • Android Auto

  • Bluetooth phone connectivity

  • Wi-Fi hotspot

  • One USB port


Exterior Features

2021 Mercedes Benz GLC

The GLC blends an eclectic mix of fancy and sporty with more emphasis on the luxurious aspects of the SUV. It can come in options of 18, 19, or 20-inch wheels. There are also 12 elegant exterior color options available for this model:

  • Black

  • Polar White

  • Obsidian Black Metallic 

  • Silver Metallic

  • Mojave Silver Metallic

  • And More


2021 BMW X3 

The X3 is a sleek-looking SUV that is more focused on the interior look. It is available in four trim levels that are primarily based on engine choices. Along with the engine choices are 8 options for exterior color:

  • Alpine White 

  • Black Sapphire Metallic 

  • Dark Graphite Metallic

  • Glacier Silver Metallic

  • Phytonic Blue Metallic

  • And more


Safety Technology

2021 Mercedes Benz GLC

Both The GLC and the X3 have top-of-the-line safety features to ensure the safest possible ride for you and your family. Our main priority at Hendrick Motors of Charlotte is your safety. The GLC features several safety features that include:

  • Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking

  • Available lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist

  • Available adaptive cruise control

  • Active Brake Assist

  • Rear-Cross Traffic Alert

  • Blindspot® Assist with Exit Warning Assist

  • Rearview Camera

  • Anti-lock Braking System


2021 BMW X3 

The standard safety features for the X3 include:

  •  Standard automated emergency braking with forward-collision warning

  •  Standard lane-departure warning

  •  Available adaptive cruise control

Which SUV would we choose as the winner in this case? The new Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV wins out the X3 interior luxury design, overall performance, exterior characteristics, and security technology, looking at just the facts alone. The key difference between them is their overall performance when comparing these distinct models. The GLC and X3 have similar fuel economies, with the X3 having a slight edge. Both are very spacious, with the X3 having slightly more space for cargo. With more options in engines, tires, and colors, the GLC proves to be a better SUV choice. Browse our latest GLC inventory and contact us with any questions! Come schedule an appointment to visit our dealership or call us to learn more.

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