2021 Volvo XC60 vs. 2020 Mercedes GLC

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Safety

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Both the XC60 and GLC 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’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. 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 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 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the XC60 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, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

Warranty

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The XC60’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the GLC’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.

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’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’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’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

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

XC60

GLC

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.9 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 4MATIC (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 4MATIC (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 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 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The XC60 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLC (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 (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 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:

XC60 T8 P. E.

GLC

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

13.5 inches

The XC60 stops much shorter than the GLC:

XC60

GLC

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

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 (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’s 45 series tires.

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

The XC60 T5/T6 has a standard space-saver spare (not available on Recharge) 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 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.

The XC60 T5 AWD Momentum handles at .87 G’s, while the GLC 300 4MATIC pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The XC60 T5 AWD Momentum executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the GLC 300 4MATIC (26.6 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.3 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XC60’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 XC60 has a 3.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GLC (8.5 vs. 5 inches), allowing the XC60 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The XC60 has .2 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room and .7 inches more rear legroom than the GLC.

The front step up height for the XC60 is 1 inches lower than the GLC (19” vs. 20”). The XC60’s rear step up height is 3 inches lower than the GLC’s (19.5” vs. 22.5”).

Cargo Capacity

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The XC60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the GLC with its rear seat up (30.2 vs. 19.4 cubic feet). The XC60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the GLC with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 56.5 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the XC60 easier. The XC60’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the GLC’s liftover is 28.8 inches.

Ergonomics

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To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XC60 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 XC60’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 XC60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GLC 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.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XC60 is less expensive to operate than the GLC 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, 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 both the Volvo XC60 and the Mercedes GLC, 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 isn’t in the top three.

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