2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 vs the BMW X3

January 8th, 2016 by

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 vs the BMW X3

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 vs the BMW X3

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 vs the BMW X3

We recently enjoyed a visit from the all new 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4MATIC® and one of its top competitors, the BMW X3 28i. They were brought into our showroom so we could see, touch, (and drive) them in order to acquire a real sense of how they compare. Starting with the exterior walk-around, I noticed that the GLC 300 had a more finished and upscale look versus the BMW X3. Details like the chrome LED headlights, chrome door handles and accents along with the sleek integrated exhaust definitely stood out to me. The BMW has basic halogen headlights and its taillights are not recessed. Inside was pretty much the same story; I felt that the GLC 300 offered a more comfortable and luxurious feel versus the utilitarian vibe of the BMW X3. Plus, as a tall person, I loved that the GLC had wider door wells and a taller deck lid compared to the X3.

The test drive. This was the best part. Who wouldn’t love driving two of the most prestigious car brands in the world? My overall thoughts: while the BMW X3 28i is a very nice car, it still didn’t stack up to the GLC 300 on the road. It was louder (inside the cabin) and didn’t handle as well as the Mercedes-Benz. This makes sense considering the extent of science and engineering that went into making the cabin of the GLC 300 so quiet; about 40 pounds of spray insulation along with noise deflecting windshield glass and side mirror diffusers are just a few things that add to the Zen-like driving experience. I also loved the GLC’s driving modes (DYNAMIC SELECT). You can literally feel the suspension tense up in SPORT and SPORT+ Modes. I was having a blast winding through back Bucks County roads and taking the corners a little faster than I should. Switching to COMFORT mode, the GLC loosened up just the right amount to achieve that lovely “quiet comfort” feeling you would expect from a premium luxury suspension. There’s even an INDIVIDUAL setting which you can calibrate to your liking, or focus on getting the most MPG’s possible with ECO mode.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 also has more power than the BMW X3 (241 HP and 273 lb/ft of torque vs. 240 HP and 260 lb/ft of torque), and extra popular features like a rearview camera and power lift gate are also standard. So if you are looking for more luxury along with a truly refined driving experience, I would definitely opt for the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 versus the BMW X3.

Now we have the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 in stock, we invite you to experience it for yourself. Schedule your test drive or visit us at Keenan Motors in Doylestown, PA today.

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