2019 Volvo XC60 vs. 2018 Mercedes GLC

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Safety

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Both the XC60 and GLC have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XC60 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The GLC’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The XC60 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The GLC doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the XC60’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 XC60’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 XC60 and the GLC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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The XC60’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the GLC’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GLC.

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 XC60’s reliability 14 points higher than the GLC.

Engine

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The XC60 has more powerful engines than the GLC:

Horsepower

Torque

XC60 T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

316 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T8 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

400 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

GLC 300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

241 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

AMG GLC 43 3.0 turbo V6

362 HP

384 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the XC60 T5 is faster than the GLC 300:

XC60

GLC

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.5 MPH

89.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the GLC 300 4MATIC (60 city/58 hwy MPGe vs. 21 city/28 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the GLC 300 4MATIC (26 city/28 hwy vs. 21 city/28 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T5 FWD gets better fuel mileage than the GLC 300 RWD (22 city/29 hwy vs. 22 city/28 hwy).

The XC60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 14 miles. The GLC must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the XC60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GLC doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The XC60 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 XC60 stops much shorter than the GLC:

XC60

GLC

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XC60 R-Design offers optional 21-inch wheels. The GLC’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XC60 is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than the average track on the GLC.

The XC60 T5 AWD Momentum handles at .87 G’s, while the GLC 300 4MATIC pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The XC60 T5 AWD Momentum executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the GLC 300 4MATIC (26.6 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.3 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XC60’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the GLC’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.8 feet). The XC60’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the AMG GLC 43’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the XC60 has a 1.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GLC (8.5 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the XC60 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The XC60 has .2 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room and .7 inches more rear legroom than the GLC.

Cargo Capacity

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The XC60 has a much larger cargo area than the GLC with its rear seat up (30.2 vs. 19.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XC60 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.

Consumer Reports rated the XC60’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the GLC’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The XC60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GLC doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XC60 is less expensive to operate than the GLC because it costs $153 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the XC60 than the GLC, including $350 less for a water pump, $332 less for a muffler, $53 less for front brake pads, $72 less for a starter, $90 less for fuel injection, $210 less for front struts, $33 less for a timing belt/chain and $747 less for a power steering pump.

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