2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2018 BMW X3 Comparison

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2018 BMW X3

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 2018 BMW X3
FUEL CAPACITY
  17.4 gal 17 gal
ENGINE TORQUE
  273 ft-lbs 258 ft-lbs
TRANSMISSION
  9-Speed Shiftable Automatic 8-Speed Automatic

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2018 BMW X3

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When it comes to luxury SUVs, consumer expectation is at an all time high. Car buyers and auto enthusiasts expect a brand’s best technological features and a bit of everything from the style bag. That makes it hard for automakers to make truly distinctive vehicles as they try to satisfy these needs. Yet, two vehicles have done just that. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC and the 2018 BMW X3 are getting lots of attention for their individuality and sophistication. Yet, which one is better?

The 2018 BMW X3 got a new performance model trim, new technology and an impressive design for this latest rendition. But the verdict is still out on whether or not the new look is refreshing or just plain revolting. Mercedes-Benz already modernized the SUV range back in 2016, but now they have some powerful and stylish AMG® versions of the Mercedes-Benz GLC to choose from. Admittedly, the Mercedes-Benz GLC has a difficult time in beating the X3, but it manages to overtake BMW in three very crucial categories.

Interior Amenities

Critics might be raving about the 2018 BMX X3 performance upgrades, but the interior of the vehicle is rather disappointing for a high-end luxury SUV. When stacked against a Mercedes-Benz, it’s just not elegant enough. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC has more rear legroom and shoulder-room than the BMX X3. The BMX X3 has flashy, neon runner lights and a discotheque feel to it. By comparison, the Mercedes-Benz GLC and it’s C Class leather and wood just have more refinement. Yes, the X3 boasts up to 63.3 cubic feet of cargo space, but the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC has placed greater emphasis on how that space is utilized. It has a lockable storage area beneath the carpeted cargo floor, spring-loaded pop-out brackets in the side trim, a 12-volt power port, a pair of grocery bag hooks, a side cargo net, and chrome-plated tie-down hooks.

Performance Options

For the 2018 model, BMW has beefed up its X3 performance with the inclusion of the m40i model trim. Yet, they still only have two engine options: the turbo-charged 2.0 Liter inline 4 and this new turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six. Both are managed by all-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic. It’s a bit too little too late in this extremely competitive category. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC gives you more options and more power. The Mercedes-Benz GLC has two model trims that feature a 2.0 Liter, 4 cylinder engine with 9-speed automatic transmission. The nail in the coffin has to be the Mercedes-Benz AMG® GLC 43 which employs a biturbo V6 engine to crank out a whopping 362 horsepower. It turns this family mover into a coupe-like racer with a toggle of the onboard driving mode selector.

Exterior Design Elements

The 2018 X3 from BMW has been given a facelift, but it looks a lot like a crushed down version of the X5, it’s big brother. There are new vents behind the front wheels, some redrawn lines on the hood and along the side, as well as M style lighting on the new m40i. It was due for a refresh, but the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC trumps those minor changes with its AMG® version of the Mercedes-Benz GLC. The new AMG® SUV has bold 20 inch and 21 inch wheels with silver-grey and black accents. Chrome-tipped pins accent the diamond block front grille and the body shape itself is finely sculpted and polished.


The 2018 BMW X3 was well overdue for some new features and upgrades to catch up to the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC. The Mercedes-Benz GLC simply outclasses the X3 in terms of interior elegance, performance options and exterior style. If you want to judge for yourself, then be sure to visit your local Mercedes-Benz dealer and test drive a Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV today. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and can help you choose which model is right for you.