2021 BMW X2 vs. 2020 Mercedes GLC Coupe

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Safety

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When descending a steep, off-road slope, the X2’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The GLC Coupe doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the X2 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, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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 X2 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 132 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The GLC Coupe has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The X2’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the GLC Coupe’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X2 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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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 X2’s reliability 36 points higher than the GLC Coupe.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X2 third among small premium suvs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The GLC Coupe isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 18th in initial quality. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 30th.

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 2019 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 4 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine

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The X2 M35i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 46 more horsepower (301 vs. 255) and 58 lbs.-ft. more torque (331 vs. 273) than the GLC Coupe’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X2 2.0 is faster than the Mercedes GLC Coupe:

X2

GLC Coupe

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

89.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the X2 xDrive28i xDrive with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the GLC 300 Coupe (24 city/31 hwy vs. 21 city/28 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the X2’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GLC Coupe doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

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The X2’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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For better stopping power the X2 M35i’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the GLC Coupe:

X2 M35i

GLC Coupe

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.5 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

The X2 stops much shorter than the GLC Coupe:

X2

GLC Coupe

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The X2’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 X2 M35i’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the GLC Coupe’s optional 45 series front tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The X2 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The GLC Coupe’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive handles at .92 G’s, while the GLC 300 Coupe pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the GLC 300 Coupe (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X2’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the GLC 300 Coupe’s (37.2 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

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The BMW X2 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 500 pounds less than the Mercedes GLC Coupe.

The X2 is 1 foot, 2.5 inches shorter than the GLC Coupe, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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The X2 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the GLC Coupe with its rear seat up (21.6 vs. 17.6 cubic feet). The X2 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the GLC Coupe with its rear seat folded (50.1 vs. 49.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the X2 has a standard rear wiper. The GLC Coupe doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Model Availability

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The X2 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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IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW X2 will be $3646 to $12393 less than for the Mercedes GLC Coupe.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X2, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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