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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. BMW X3

Exterior view of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2021 BMW X3

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300


2021 BMW X3 sDrive30i
$43,200 MSRP*

Starting Price

$43,000 MSRP

Trim Options

2.0L inline-4 turbo

Standard Engine

2.0L inline-4 twin-turbo

Powertrain Options

9-speed automatic transmission


8-speed automatic transmission

Mercedes-Benz vs. BMW is a very popular brand matchup in Beachwood and Mayfield, but what if you compare the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. BMW X3? Although the two models offer similar starting prices and comparable standard engines, the Mercedes-Benz GLC wins out by offering stronger powertrain options and a more luxurious suite of standard features. 



2021 GLC vs. BMW X3: Standard Features

Both the Mercedes-Benz GLC and the BMW X3 come standard with 10.25-inch touchscreen displays, Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, voice control, and much more! However, the Mercedes-Benz GLC goes above and beyond to provide a superior touring experience. It alone comes standard with each of the following:

  • Heated power front seats 
  • Natural Language Understanding
  • Remote Start via Mercedes me Mobile App
  • Power folding for the split rear seats
  • PARKTRONIC® with Active Parking Assist
  • Active suspension

The Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV starts at $43,200* MSRP, while the BMW X3 starts at $43,000 MSRP. While many of these features are offered as options in higher-level X3 trims, why would you pay more to access what the GLC offers as standard? Your money would be better spent on the GLC, where options like a dual-panel moonroof are available right from the start. If you’re looking for an even more impressive feature suite, compare the Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE.


2021 GLC vs. BMW X3: Performance & Powertrain Options

Both of these models come equipped with 2.0L inline-4 turbocharged engines and offer near-equivalent amounts of power as standard. However, where the X3 offers an 8-speed automatic transmission, the GLC SUV offers a standard 9G-TRONIC® 9-speed automatic transmission that gives you a little bit more room to play around. If you’re anything like most of the driving enthusiasts in the Cleveland area, you’ll spend plenty of time considering your options. And as you move down the line, it’s easy to identify a clear winner:

Available Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV Powertrains

  • 2.0L inline-4 turbo Engine + 90kW Electric Motor – 315 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque
  • AMG®-enhanced 3.0L V6 biturbo Engine – 385 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque
  • Handcrafted AMG® 4.0L V8 biturbo Engine – 469 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque

If you’d also consider a GLC Coupe, you should know that this alternative offers its own range-topper: another handcrafted AMG® 4.0L V8 biturbo engine that puts out 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

Available BMW X3 Powertrains

  • 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo i4 + Integrated Electric Motor – 288 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0-liter M TwinPower Turbo i6 – 382 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque

Comparing the GLC vs. BMW X3 on performance, you’re bound to reach the following conclusions:

  • The 2020 GLC 350e 4MATIC® SUV is much more powerful than its rival plug-in hybrid, the X3 xDrive30e.
  • If it’s raw power you’re after, you’ll only truly be satisfied with one of the upper-level GLC trims. 


Test Drive the Mercedes-Benz GLC at Mercedes-Benz of Bedford

Are you ready to see the new Mercedes-Benz GLC for yourself? If you like what we’ve shown you so far, you’ll find even more to love when you explore our new model lease specials. Although we’re easy to reach from anywhere in the Beachwood area, you can always shop entirely online if you prefer.

*Base MSRP excludes transportation and handling charges, destination charges, taxes, title, registration, preparation and documentary fees, tags, labor and installation charges, insurance, and optional equipment, products, packages, and accessories. Options, model availability, and actual dealer price may vary. See dealer for details, costs, and terms.


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