BMW X4 vs Mercedes-Benz GLC

2019 BMW X4
2019 BMW X4
$50,450MSRP
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2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC
2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC
$47,100MSRP
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2019 BMW X4
$50,450MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC
$47,100MSRP
Overview
Overview
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Overview

MSRP

$50,450

MSRP

$47,100

Average price

$37,577

Average price

$32,860

Listings

1197

Listings

9633
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

8.0 out of 10

Expert reviews

6.3 out of 10
Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Premium interior materials
  • Fuel-efficient
Cons
  • Not much cargo space
  • Not very exciting to drive

Reviews Summary

From fastback sedans to coupe-inspired crossovers like the BMW X4, automakers have spent the last decade forging new ground with “in-between” vehicle segments.

BMW classifies the X4 (and the larger X6, for that matter) as a Sport Activity Coupe. If you are up on your corporate jargon, that might seem like a sly rebranding of Sport Utility Vehicle, but minus the Utility. That's not a coincidence. BMW came up with this terminology when it introduced the X6 for the 2008 model year. It hints at "SUV," but doesn’t commit to the utility, so BMW can suggest versatility without actually delivering on that promise.

The first-generation X4 was introduced for the 2014 model year. And despite my derision of the SUV-coupe idea, BMW would not have introduced the second generation this year if it were not popular. It will compete with a similar fastback SUV, the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Coupe, but in a broader sense, the X4 has very tight competition. Other popular compact luxury SUVs include the all-new 2019 Acura RDX, Audi Q5, Porsche Macan, Jaguar F-Pace, and Lexus NX. The X4 even has a competitor in its own lineup—the similarly sized X3.

But the 2019 BMW X4 is slightly longer, taller, and wider than the model it replaces. BMW hopes this will result in a bit more cabin space and an actually usable rear seat. Will it be enough to make buyers choose the X4 over its competition, even from within its own lineup?

Reviews Summary

It may be all-new for 2023, but the GLC's redesign is so conservative, it's hard to tell. Bigger changes can be found inside and the overall upgrades keep it at the top of the small luxury SUV class. The previous-generation GLC Coupe returns unchanged but replacements are in the works.
Popular Features & Specs

Engine

2.0L 245 hp I4

Engine

Drive Train

AWD

Drive Train

Seating Capacity

5

Seating Capacity

5

Horsepower

245 hp @ 5200 rpm

Horsepower

MPG City

22

MPG City

MPG Highway

29

MPG Highway

2019 BMW X4
2019 BMW X4
$50,450MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC
2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC
$47,100MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2019 BMW X4
$50,450MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC
$47,100MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
Overview
MSRP
$50,450
$47,100
Average price
$37,577
$32,860
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.5
4.7
Expert reviews

8.0 out of 10

Read full review

6.3 out of 10

Read full review
Pros & cons
Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Premium interior materials
  • Fuel-efficient
Cons
  • Not much cargo space
  • Not very exciting to drive
Summary

From fastback sedans to coupe-inspired crossovers like the BMW X4, automakers have spent the last decade forging new ground with “in-between” vehicle segments.

BMW classifies the X4 (and the larger X6, for that matter) as a Sport Activity Coupe. If you are up on your corporate jargon, that might seem like a sly rebranding of Sport Utility Vehicle, but minus the Utility. That's not a coincidence. BMW came up with this terminology when it introduced the X6 for the 2008 model year. It hints at "SUV," but doesn’t commit to the utility, so BMW can suggest versatility without actually delivering on that promise.

The first-generation X4 was introduced for the 2014 model year. And despite my derision of the SUV-coupe idea, BMW would not have introduced the second generation this year if it were not popular. It will compete with a similar fastback SUV, the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Coupe, but in a broader sense, the X4 has very tight competition. Other popular compact luxury SUVs include the all-new 2019 Acura RDX, Audi Q5, Porsche Macan, Jaguar F-Pace, and Lexus NX. The X4 even has a competitor in its own lineup—the similarly sized X3.

But the 2019 BMW X4 is slightly longer, taller, and wider than the model it replaces. BMW hopes this will result in a bit more cabin space and an actually usable rear seat. Will it be enough to make buyers choose the X4 over its competition, even from within its own lineup?

It may be all-new for 2023, but the GLC's redesign is so conservative, it's hard to tell. Bigger changes can be found inside and the overall upgrades keep it at the top of the small luxury SUV class. The previous-generation GLC Coupe returns unchanged but replacements are in the works.
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Popular Features & Specs
Engine
2.0L 245 hp I4
Drive Train
AWD
Seating Capacity
5
5
Horsepower
245 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG City
22
MPG Highway
29
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