The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC available from Loeber Motors near River Grove, IL

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs BMW X3 Comparison for River Grove, IL

Ready to upgrade to a latest model year luxury SUV? Once you've decided on a compact size, you may find your research comes down to two leading models: the Mercedes-Benz GLC and the BMW X3.

When comparing the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC versus the BMW X3, you'll find these compact luxury SUVs have similar starting prices for their base models. You'll begin to notice a real difference in engine power in upper trims of the GLC, as well as differences in the availability of various technology and interior perks, like rear seat entertainment and advanced safety features. If you're Eco-conscious or just looking to save money at the pump, you'll want to seriously consider the only hybrid model between the two makes, the GLC 350e.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs BMW X3 Performance

The base GLC 300 comes with a 241-horsepower, 2.0L turbocharged engine. The more performance-oriented AMG trims come with an option of two engines. The AMG GLC 43 provides a 469-horsepowerV6 engine, while the AMG GLC 63 boasts a 503-horsepower V8.

The BMW X3 features a similar base engine with a 2.0L turbo engine providing 248 horsepower, though it provides only eight speeds compared to the GLC's nine-speed transmission. The sportier BMW X3 M40i comes in with slightly more power using a 355-horsepower 3.0L six-cylinder engine. Still, this puts the Mercedes-Benz AMG models at the top of the list for engine specs, as evidenced by their 0-60 mph times (5.9 seconds for the GLC 300 4MATIC® and 6.2 seconds for the base BMW).

Mercedes-Benz is also the only of the two to offer a plug-in hybrid model, the GLC 350e, which hits 315 horsepower with a substantially cost-saving combined fuel rating of 75 mpg-e.

Both the BMW and Mercedes-Benz compact SUV models come standard with rear-wheel drive with optional upgrade to all-wheel drive.

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The stylish exterior of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs BMW X3 Exterior

The GLC lineup has a 113” wheelbase compared to the X3's 112”, though when it comes to overall length the GLC is several inches shorter. This gives the GLC a slightly shorter nose with more stable handling. The side windows on the GLC taper to a fine point for a sleek look, while the X3's rear windows in a more sedan-like boxy style.

The Mercedes-Benz lineup comes in 9 exterior colors compared to the BMW's 10. However, drivers seeking a red option will be limited to the GLC.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs BMW X3 Interior

Both the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC and the 2019 BMW X3 come standard with leatherette upholstery. On the GLC, you'll find the driver's seat comes standard with 14-way, power-adjusting driver's seat while the BMW's standard seats are 10-way. Only the Mercedes-Benz comes with standard heated front seats, but both models also offer upgrades for genuine leather seats, heated and ventilated seats, and heated steering wheel. Each model also comes with a standard powered liftgate for easier loading.

The GLC offers a few more comfort-oriented perks, such as three-zone automatic climate control. This allows driver, front passenger, and rear passengers to set different temperatures, which the car will automatically maintain within a range.

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Touchscreen display inside the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs BMW X3 Technology Features

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen display (compared to the X3's 6.5” screen) and two USB ports (compared to the X3's one). Otherwise, the interior technology is quite similar, with both models offering standard HD radio and Bluetooth® connectivity. Upgrades for the GLCinclude an 8.4” touchscreen, navigation, voice commands, Apple CarPlay. However, the X3 does not offer Android Auto or rear-seat entertainment.

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Safety Features of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs BMW X3

Any competitive luxury SUV should offer a range of advanced safety features. Here, the two models we are reviewing are quite similar. Both offer both standard and optional features like:

  • Rear-view camera
  • Driver drowsiness monitoring
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane keep assistance
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Heads up displays
  • Active park assist / Parallel park assist
  • Blind spot monitoring

The GLC comes out on top, however, with its more advanced technology. For instance, Mercedes-Benz is also unique among luxury SUVs with its PRESAFE® system, which detects imminent collision and pre-tightens seat belts, rolls up windows, and re-positions the head rests for maximum protection.

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When you work with Loeber Motors, you'll get access to the lowest APR offers near River Grove, IL. This helps your monthly payment go further. We use our decades of history with various lenders to help you find the best purchase or lease deal.

We encourage you to apply for pre-approval today using our secure online finance application.

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Why Loeber Motors near River Grove, IL?

The Loeber family is proud to have served the residents of River Grove, IL for over 80 years. We have built a long-standing reputation with our repeat customers thanks to our dedication to customer service. From beginning to end, our team is highly trained and experienced in providing knowledgeable sales assistance, quick financing, and expert vehicle service.

We specialize in luxury Mercedes-Benz vehicles, a testament to our passion for superior quality, powerful performance, and ultimate comfort. We believe purchasing or leasing a luxury car like the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC is worthy of a VIP experience.

We invite you to browse our model pages to learn more about each Mercedes-Benz vehicle's specs and features. You can also view our current inventory using our online showroom.

Not ready to spring for the 2019 models? Consider our more budget-friendly pre-owned models, which are also available to view online. We offer quality used vehicles of all makes and models priced under $25k or offering 30 mpg or greater fuel economy.

Loeber Motors is able to offer the best deals in River Grove, IL by combining manager specials and manufacturer deals, like limited time leasing offers and cash-back rebates.

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