2021 Volvo XC60 vs. 2020 Mercedes GLC Coupe

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Safety

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Both the XC60 and GLC Coupe have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XC60 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 Coupe’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 Volvo XC60 offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. Mercedes doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the GLC Coupe. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; XC60 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The XC60 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 Coupe 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.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the XC60’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The GLC Coupe doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the XC60 and the GLC Coupe 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, available all wheel drive and around view 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 XC60 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 XC60’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the GLC Coupe’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC60 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 Coupe.

Engine

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The XC60 T6’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder produces 61 more horsepower (316 vs. 255) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 273) than the GLC Coupe’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The XC60 T8’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid produces 145 more horsepower (400 vs. 255) and 199 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 273) than the GLC Coupe’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid produces 160 more horsepower (415 vs. 255) and 221 lbs.-ft. more torque (494 vs. 273) than the GLC Coupe’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the XC60 T5 is faster than the Mercedes GLC 300 Coupe:

XC60

GLC

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.5 MPH

89.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the GLC 300 Coupe (56 city/57 hwy MPGe vs. 21 city/28 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the V60 T8 Polestar running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the GLC 300 Coupe (26 city/28 hwy vs. 21 city/28 hwy).

The XC60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 19 miles. The GLC Coupe must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the XC60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GLC Coupe doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The XC60 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLC Coupe (18.5 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XC60’s standard fuel tank has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLC Coupe (18.8 vs. 17.4 gallons).

The XC60 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 Coupe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the GLC Coupe:

XC60 T8 P. E.

GLC Coupe

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

13.5 inches

The XC60 stops much shorter than the GLC Coupe:

XC60

GLC Coupe

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GLC Coupe (265/35R22 vs. 255/45R20).

The XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GLC Coupe’s optional 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XC60 offers optional 21-inch wheels. The GLC Coupe’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The XC60 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 XC60 T6/T8 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The XC60’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The GLC Coupe doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XC60 is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the GLC Coupe.

The XC60 T5 AWD Momentum handles at .87 G’s, while the GLC 300 Coupe pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The XC60 T5 AWD Momentum executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the GLC 300 Coupe (26.6 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XC60’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the GLC 300 Coupe’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Passenger Space

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The XC60 has .7 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLC Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

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The XC60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the GLC Coupe with its rear seat up (30.2 vs. 17.6 cubic feet). The XC60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the GLC Coupe with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 49.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XC60 has a standard rear wiper. The GLC Coupe doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The XC60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GLC Coupe doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The XC60 Inscription offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the GLC Coupe.

Model Availability

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The XC60 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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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XC60 is less expensive to operate than the GLC Coupe because it costs $155 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the XC60 than the GLC Coupe, including $366 less for a water pump, $351 less for a muffler, $61 less for front brake pads, $77 less for a starter, $94 less for fuel injection, $212 less for front struts, $34 less for a timing belt/chain and $762 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Volvo XC60, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the XC60 third among compact premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The GLC Coupe isn’t in the top three.

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