Based on C Class Mercedes Benz GLC is positioned between the GLA and GLE

When it comes to luxury automakers present in India, the German trio will surely come up at the forefront. These three German luxury automakers are the Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz. While all these three auto manufacturers have strong bases in Indian market, the BMW has established itself as the most popular and best selling German luxury automobile brand in the country. The closest competitor against the BMW is the Audi. Meanwhile the Mercedes Benz has taken a very aggressive strategy in recent times to expand its business in the country.

Earlier this month Mercedes Benz launched its all new SUV GLC, which has been derived from the GLK class. The GLC comes a bit longer than the C Class, and the car is fitted with exclusive premium luxurious features similar to the C Class. On the other hand, talking about the design, the car resembles with the GL Class; therefore the nomenclature has been given as the GLC. The Mercedes Benz GLC comes with a rivalry against the two other German brand models alongside the Swedish Volvo XC60. Among the German rivals of the Mercedes Benz GLC the BMW X3 is the most muscular and bold looking car present in Indian market. Introduced in 2003 the model has been pretty popular across the world because of its muscular and aggressive design, appealing on and off roading capability, luxurious features inside the cabin and powerful engine options. The BMW X3 is built on the 3 Series platform and it shares some design cues from the bigger sibling X5.

The Mercedes Benz GLC is an attempt of the German brand to fill up the gap between the GLA and the GLE. Based on the Mercedes Benz C Class the GLC 220d 4MATIC directly competes with the BMW X3 xDrive20d.

EXTERIOR

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The Mercedes Benz GLC is a pretty stylish SUV from the German automaker. The sporty and tough looking Mercedes Benz GLC features sharp headlamp clusters with dual unit headlamps and LED daytime running lights. The front grille gets dual chrome garnished slats running horizontally, and the three pointed star logo sitting at the middle. The lower front fascia gets an aggressive appearance with the large air intake and large dual slated air dams at both sides. The front fascia also boasts a skid plate. At the side profile the car looks muscular and stylish with the side sills, subtle character lines, slight rectangular wheel arches, sporty and aggressive alloy wheels, side turning indicator integrated wing mirrors, chrome lining highlighting the blackened glass area, the squarish and boxy design, and roof rails. The rear profile gets LED taillamps roof spoiler, silver skid plate and twin rectangular exhaust vents.

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The BMW X3 looks more muscular and beefy compare to the GLC. The X3 has the signature BMW kidney grille with vertical slats, dual round headlamps, and LED daytime running lights. The round fog lamps are positioned just below the headlamp clusters, while the lower fascia sports a butch look with the large air intake and slated air dams at both sides and a skid plate. The hood gets muscular appearance with the sleek cuts and creases running toward the nose section. At the side profile, the BMW X3 gets sharp character lines, alloy wheels, blackened glass area, side sills, and subtle roof rails. At the rear the car gets shark fin antenna at the roof, roof spoiler, wrap around taillights, silver skid plate and a round exhaust vent.

Dimensionally the Mercedes Benz GLC measures 4656 mm in length, 1890 mm in width, 1639 mm in height and 2873 mm in wheelbase. On the other hand the BMW X3 comes with 4657 mm of length, 1881 mm of width, 1678 mm of height and 2810 mm of wheelbase. Length wise both the car is identical, while the GLC is a bit wider and shorter than BMW X3. The GLC offers 63 mm of extra wheelbase, which certainly makes the interior spacious for the rear occupants.

DIMENSION

Specifications Mercedes Benz GLC BMW X3
Length 4656 mm 4657 mm
Width 1890 mm 1881 mm
Height 1639 mm 1678 mm
Wheelbase 2873 mm 2810 mm

INTERIOR

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Being a luxury SUV the Mercedes Benz GLC offers premium comfort inside the cabin, which comes through space, premium quality material and several features. It gets three spoke multifunction steering wheel, dual pod instrument cluster, and 7 inch mounted touchscreen infotainment system at the centre console which also gets gesture control, touchpad. The centre console comes with wooden trim alongside the door trims, while the dashboard is wrapped with premium leather. It sports 30 litres of luggage space, which offers ample room for luggage at the rear.

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The interior of BMW is seemingly appealing with a three spoke multifunction steering wheel, dual large round dials and dual small dials at the instrument cluster, sleek centre console with a touchscreen infotainment system, wider control area filled with control buttons and knobs, chrome garnished, premium leather upholstery and wooden trims at the dashboard, centre console and doors. Both the Mercedes Benz GLC and the BMW X3 come with some luxurious features like rear occupant climate control, arm rests for the occupants.

DRIVETRAIN

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The Mercedes Benz GLC is available in both the petrol and diesel engine options. The diesel variant of the car gets power from a 2.2 litre engine which generates 170 hp of peak power and 400 Nm of peak torque with capability to accelerate 0 – 100 kmph in 8.3 seconds with a top speed of 210 kmph. The petrol variant of the model on the other hand draws power from a 2.0 litre petrol engine under the hood which churns out 245 hp of peak power and 370 Nm of peak torque. The car can reach 0 – 100 kmph in 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 222 kmph.

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The BMW X3 on the other hand is powered by range of diesel engines. The 2.0 litre diesel engine mated to an 8 speed automatic gearbox churns out 184 hp of peak power and 380 Nm of peak torque. While the performance oriented variant is powered by a larger 3.0 litre six cylinder engine, which is paired with 8 speed automatic transmission producing around 260 hp of peak power and 560 Nm of peak torque.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

Specifications Mercedes Benzs GLC BMW X3
Engines 2.2 litre / 2.0 litre 2.0 litre / 3.0 litre
Fuel type Diesel / Petrol Diesel / Diesel
Maximum power 170 hp @ 3000 – 4200 rpm / 245 hp @ 5500 rpm 184 hp @ 4000 rpm / 260 hp
Maximum torque 400 Nm / 370 Nm 380 Nm / 560 Nm
0 – 100 kmph 8.3 seconds / 6.5 seconds NA
Maximum speed 210 kmph / 222 kmph NA

PRICE

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The Mercedes Benz GLC is priced between INR. 50.70 lakh to INR. 50.90 lakh depending on variants, while on the other hand the BMW X3 is priced between INR. 47.50 lakh to INR. 60.50 lakh depending on variants. All the prices are ex showroom, Delhi.

CONCLUSION

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Both the Mercedes GLC and BMW X3 are capable Offroaders, and these cars can equally fit in the urban traffic. The Mercedes Benz GLC looks more suave and stylish compare to the butch and rugged looking BMW X3. Talking about the appeal, both the cars come appealing. Inside the cabin of both these cars plenty of luxurious and premium features are available. On the power front the Mercedes Benz GLC sits a bit lower than the all diesel BMW X3. Moreover the starting price of the BMW X3 is a bit lower than the Mercedes Benz GLC.

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