2020 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2020 Mercedes GLC

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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Both the Discovery and GLC have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Discovery 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.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Discovery. But it costs extra on the GLC.

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

Both the Discovery and the GLC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.

The Land Rover Discovery weighs 734 to 1009 pounds more than the Mercedes GLC. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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

Engine

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The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 85 more horsepower (340 vs. 255) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 273) than the GLC’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 170 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 273) than the GLC’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Discovery is faster than the Mercedes GLC:

Discovery

GLC

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.7 MPH

89.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Discovery Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLC (22.4 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Discovery Gas’ standard fuel tank has 6.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLC (23.8 vs. 17.4 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Discovery’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GLC:

Discovery Td6

Discovery P340

GLC

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.3 inches

13.5 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

The Discovery stops much shorter than the GLC:

Discovery

GLC

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Discovery’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GLC (285/40R22 vs. 255/45R20).

The Discovery’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GLC’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Discovery has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the GLC. The Discovery’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels on the GLC.

The Discovery offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the GLC, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires that 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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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Discovery’s wheelbase is 1.9 inches longer than on the GLC (115 inches vs. 113.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery is 2.8 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the GLC.

For greater off-road capability the Discovery has a 3.7 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GLC (8.7 vs. 5 inches), allowing the Discovery to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Discovery Air Suspension’s minimum ground clearance is 6.1 inches higher than on the GLC (11.1 vs. 5 inches).

Passenger Space

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The Discovery offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the GLC can only carry 5.

The Discovery has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, .3 inches more rear legroom and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLC.

Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the Discovery when its optional tailgating rear seats are deployed, allowing people to sit facing out of the liftgate. (Do not use while vehicle is in motion.) The GLC doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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The Discovery’s cargo area provides more volume than the GLC.

Discovery

GLC

Third Seat Folded

40.2 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

43.5 cubic feet

19.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

88.3 cubic feet

56.5 cubic feet

The Discovery’s cargo area is larger than the GLC’s in almost every dimension:

Discovery

GLC

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

11.8”/44.1”/77.3”

n.a./36.6”/61.3”

Max Width

55.6”

49.4”

Height

37”

31.1”

Towing

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The Discovery’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the GLC’s (8201 vs. 3500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Discovery 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 Discovery’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the GLC’s headlights that 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 Discovery offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GLC doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Optional air-conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Discovery’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The GLC doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

Economic Advantages

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The Discovery will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Discovery will retain 47.79% to 49.86% of its original price after five years, while the GLC only retains 44.66% to 45.7%.

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