2020 Lincoln Nautilus vs. 2020 Mercedes GLC

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Safety

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The Nautilus has standard Post Impact Braking, 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.

Both the Nautilus and the GLC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, available all-wheel drive and around view monitors.

Warranty

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Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the Nautilus 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 Nautilus’ 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 Nautilus’ reliability 16 points higher than the GLC.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

Engine

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The Nautilus’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 273) than the GLC’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Nautilus’ optional 2.7 turbo V6 produces 80 more horsepower (335 vs. 255) and 107 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 273) than the GLC’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Lincoln Nautilus uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The GLC requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Nautilus 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.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Nautilus has larger standard tires than the GLC (245/60R18 vs. 235/60R18). The Nautilus’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GLC (265/40R21 vs. 255/45R20).

The Nautilus’ 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 Nautilus offers optional 21-inch wheels. The GLC’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

The Nautilus has a standard 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; 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.

Chassis

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The Nautilus 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.

Passenger Space

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The Nautilus has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more front legroom, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 2.3 inches more rear legroom and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLC.

The front step up height for the Nautilus is 2.5 inches lower than the GLC (17.5” vs. 20”). The Nautilus’ rear step up height is 4.5 inches lower than the GLC’s (18” vs. 22.5”).

Cargo Capacity

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The Nautilus has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the GLC with its rear seat up (37.2 vs. 19.4 cubic feet). The Nautilus has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the GLC with its rear seat folded (68.8 vs. 56.5 cubic feet).

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

Nautilus

GLC

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.5”/75”

36.6”/61.3”

Min Width

45”

43.3”

Height

31”

31.1”

Ergonomics

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In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Nautilus’ exterior PIN entry system. The GLC doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Economic Advantages

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

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Lincoln Nautilus will be $1351 to $1824 less than for the Mercedes GLC.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Lincoln Nautilus, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Mercedes GLC isn't recommended.

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