2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

There's fierce competition in the compact crossover segment.

Mercedes' traditional rivals, Audi and BMW, both have excellent small crossovers.

The Q5, in particular, has just been redesigned and features an impressive technology suite and a terrific ride-and-handling compromise.

A redesigned BMW X3 arrives later this year with a new shape, new technology, and battery-enabled versions in the offing.

The new Volvo XC60 has a formidable combination of luxury and comfort, as well as a plug-in hybrid model.

Land Rover's Discovery Sport even features a third row of seats—although we wouldn't recommend sitting back there for long.

And don't discount the Lincoln MKC, which is based on the Ford Escape but feels suitably upscale in almost every respect.

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Quick Specs
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class captivates crossover types with its lush cabin and its plush ride; there’s AMG power on tap if you must.
The Audi Q5 is certainly the segment's most modern offering, delivering a high degree of technology, comfort, and conservative style.
The 2018 BMW X3 ventures into M territory, but doesn’t lose sight of its SUV duties.
The 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport builds on the automaker’s reputation in all the right ways. It’s comfortable, relatively affordable, and still capable.
The 2018 Lincoln MKC is a luxury compact crossover that’s a relative value compared to others. It’s an SUV with all the amenities, but without the cachet.
With the new 2018 XC60, Volvo has cached all the XC90’s good data, and trimmed some fat from its code.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 4WDN/ASmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WD
Style Name     
GLC 300 SUV2.0 TFSI PremiumxDrive30i Sports Activity VehicleSE 4WDPremiere FWDT5 AWD Momentum
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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