2019 BMW X2 vs. 2019 Mercedes GLC

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the X2’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The GLC doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

To help make backing safer, the X2’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The GLC doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the X2 and the GLC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

The X2’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the GLC’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X2 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GLC.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the X2’s reliability 16 points higher than the GLC.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 9 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine

The X2 M35i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 61 more horsepower (302 vs. 241) and 49 lbs.-ft. more torque (322 vs. 273) than the GLC 300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X2 s/xDrive28i is faster than the GLC 300:

 

X2

GLC

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

89.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X2 gets better fuel mileage than the GLC:

 

 

 

MPG

X2

 

FWD

sDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

 

 

M35i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

GLC

 

FWD

300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

 

AWD

300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

 

 

AMG 43 3.0 turbo V6

19 city/25 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the X2’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GLC doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

The X2’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The GLC doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

The X2 stops much shorter than the GLC:

 

X2

GLC

 

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The X2’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GLC’s standard 60 series tires.

The X2 offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the GLC; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive handles at .92 G’s, while the GLC 300 4MATIC pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the GLC 300 4MATIC (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.3 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X2’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the GLC’s (37.2 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The X2’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the AMG GLC 43’s (37.2 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the X2 has a 2.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GLC 300 (7.2 vs. 5 inches), allowing the X2 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The X2’s minimum ground clearance is .5 inch higher than on the AMG GLC 43 (7.2 vs. 6.7 inches).

Chassis

The BMW X2 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 pounds less than the Mercedes GLC.

The X2 is 11.1 inches shorter than the GLC 300, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the X2 xDrive28i is quieter than the AMG GLC 43:

 

X2

GLC

At idle

37 dB

40 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

80 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the X2 is 3.4 inches lower than the GLC (16.6” vs. 20”). The X2’s rear step up height is 5.5 inches lower than the GLC’s (17” vs. 22.5”).

Cargo Capacity

The X2 has a much larger cargo volume than the GLC with its rear seat up (21.6 vs. 19.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

Consumer Reports rated the X2’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the GLC’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X2, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Mercedes GLC isn't recommended.

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