2019 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2018 Mercedes GLC

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the Chevrolet Equinox’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Mercedes GLC doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Equinox are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The GLC doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

To help make backing safer, the Equinox (except L/LS)’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 Equinox and the GLC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Equinox 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the GLC. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the GLC ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Equinox’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the GLC’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Equinox. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GLC.

There are almost 8 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Equinox’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 Equinox’s reliability 14 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 Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 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 Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

Engine

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The Equinox’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 11 more horsepower (252 vs. 241) than the GLC 300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Equinox 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the GLC 300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

Equinox

GLC

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

6.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.1 MPH

89.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Equinox

GLC

 

2WD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

28 city/39 hwy

22 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

AWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

28 city/38 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

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

 

 

Equinox

GLC

 

2WD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

26 city/32 hwy

22 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

22 city/29 hwy

n/a

 

4WD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

25 city/30 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

22 city/28 hwy

n/a

 

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Equinox uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The GLC requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Equinox has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The GLC doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Equinox stops shorter than the GLC:

 

Equinox

GLC

 

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Equinox has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The GLC doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The Equinox Premier handles at .83 G’s, while the GLC 300 4MATIC pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Equinox’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the GLC’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

Chassis

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The Chevrolet Equinox may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 600 pounds less than the Mercedes GLC.

The Equinox uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The GLC doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Equinox LT AWD is quieter than the AMG GLC 43:

 

Equinox

GLC

Full-Throttle

73 dB

80 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

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The Equinox has 2.2 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom and 2.4 inches more rear legroom than the GLC.

Cargo Capacity

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The Equinox has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the GLC with its rear seat up (29.9 vs. 19.4 cubic feet). The Equinox has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the GLC with its rear seat folded (63.5 vs. 56.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Equinox’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The GLC does not have an oil pressure gauge.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Equinox LS/LT/Premier’s available exterior keypad. The GLC doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its mbrace can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Equinox has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the GLC only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Equinox owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Equinox will cost $2070 to $6700 less than the GLC over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Equinox is less expensive to operate than the GLC because typical repairs cost much less on the Equinox than the GLC, including $368 less for a water pump, $26 less for front brake pads, $224 less for a starter, $82 less for fuel injection, $323 less for front struts and $585 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Equinox will be $17815 to $28792 less than for the Mercedes GLC.

Recommendations

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The Chevrolet Equinox outsold the Mercedes GLC by almost six to one during 2017.

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