2019 Lincoln MKC vs. 2018 Mercedes GLC

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Lincoln MKC are height-adjustable, and the 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 has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

To help make backing safer, the MKC (except Premiere)’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 MKC and the GLC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and driver alert monitors.


Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the MKC 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the GLC. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the GLC ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 2 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the MKC’s warranty.


The MKC has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The GLC doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

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 MKC’s reliability 12 points higher than the GLC.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the MKC first among compact premium suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The GLC was rated third.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 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 Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.


The MKC’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 4 more horsepower (245 vs. 241) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 273) than the GLC 300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Lincoln MKC 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the GLC 300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:




Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.1 MPH

89.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Lincoln MKC 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 MKC 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

The MKC stops much shorter than the GLC:





60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The MKC’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 MKC AWD’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the AMG GLC 43’s 45 series front tires.

Suspension and Handling

The MKC AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the GLC 300 4MATIC pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The MKC AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the GLC 300 4MATIC (26.7 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.3 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the MKC’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the GLC’s (38 feet vs. 38.8 feet). The MKC’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the AMG GLC 43’s (38 feet vs. 39.7 feet).


The MKC is 4.1 inches shorter than the GLC 300, making the MKC easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The MKC 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 MKC AWD is quieter than the AMG GLC 43:





73 dB

80 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

The MKC has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more front legroom and .2 inches more rear headroom than the GLC.

Cargo Capacity

The MKC has a much larger cargo area than the GLC with its rear seat up (25.2 vs. 19.4 cubic feet).


In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the MKC’s exterior PIN entry system. The GLC doesn’t offer an exterior PIN 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 MKC 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

Insurance will cost less for the MKC owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the MKC will cost $970 to $6035 less than the GLC over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the MKC is less expensive to operate than the GLC because it costs $207 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the MKC than the GLC, including $292 less for a water pump, $31 less for a muffler, $128 less for front brake pads, $427 less for a starter, $355 less for fuel injection, $135 less for a fuel pump and $303 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Lincoln MKC will be $11784 to $15977 less than for the Mercedes GLC.

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