2020 BMW X1 vs. 2019 Mercedes GLC Coupe

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Safety

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When descending a steep, off-road slope, the X1 xDrive’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The GLC Coupe doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the X1 and the GLC Coupe 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 driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X1 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The GLC Coupe has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The X1’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the GLC Coupe’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 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 Coupe.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

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.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the X1 xDrive28i xDrive gets better fuel mileage than the GLC 300 Coupe (23 city/31 hwy vs. 21 city/28 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the X1’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GLC Coupe doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW X1 higher (7 out of 10) than the Mercedes GLC Coupe (5). This means the X1 produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the GLC Coupe every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The X1’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 Coupe doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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The X1 stops much shorter than the GLC Coupe:

X1

GLC Coupe

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The X1’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 Coupe’s standard 55 series tires.

The X1 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 Coupe; 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

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The X1 xDrive28i handles at .85 G’s, while the GLC 300 Coupe pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X1 xDrive28i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the GLC 300 Coupe (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X1’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the GLC 300 Coupe’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

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The BMW X1 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 500 pounds less than the Mercedes GLC Coupe.

The X1 is 10.8 inches shorter than the GLC Coupe, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the BMW X1 amounts to more than styling. The X1 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is significantly lower than the GLC Coupe (.369) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the X1 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The X1 has 3 inches more front headroom and 1.1 inches more rear headroom than the GLC Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

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The X1 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the GLC Coupe with its rear seat up (27.1 vs. 17.6 cubic feet). The X1 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the GLC Coupe with its rear seat folded (58.7 vs. 49.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The X1’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The GLC Coupe’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the X1 has a standard rear wiper. The GLC Coupe doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Model Availability

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The X1 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The GLC Coupe doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the X1 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the X1 will cost $1015 to $2265 less than the GLC Coupe over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW X1 will be $14056 to $24016 less than for the Mercedes GLC Coupe.

Recommendations

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The X1 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 3 years. The GLC Coupe has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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