2021 Volvo XC40 vs. 2020 Mercedes GLC

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Safety

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Both the XC40 and GLC have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XC40 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 XC40 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The XC40 offers an optional CTA Auto Brake that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The GLC doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the XC40’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The GLC doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the XC40 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 and available around view monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XC40 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 32 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The GLC has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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The XC40’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the GLC’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC40 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 XC40’s reliability 21 points higher than the GLC.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the XC40 gets better fuel mileage than the GLC:

MPG

XC40

2WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

4WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

GLC

2WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

4WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

The XC40 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 XC40 stops shorter than the GLC:

XC40

GLC

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The XC40’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GLC’s standard 60 series tires.

The XC40 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.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the XC40’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the GLC’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the XC40 has a 3.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GLC (8.3 vs. 5 inches), allowing the XC40 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The XC40 is 9.1 inches shorter than the GLC, making the XC40 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The XC40 has 1.2 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more rear headroom than the GLC.

The front step up height for the XC40 is 2.3 inches lower than the GLC (17.7” vs. 20”). The XC40’s rear step up height is 4.3 inches lower than the GLC’s (18.2” vs. 22.5”).

Cargo Capacity

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The XC40 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the GLC with its rear seat up (20.7 vs. 19.4 cubic feet). The XC40 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the GLC with its rear seat folded (57.5 vs. 56.5 cubic feet).

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Mercedes GLC is limited to 3500 pounds. The XC40 offers up to a 4630 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XC40 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 XC40’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 XC40 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GLC doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the XC40 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the XC40 will cost $250 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 Volvo XC40 will be $9281 to $15790 less than for the Mercedes GLC.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Volvo XC40 and the Mercedes GLC, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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