The BMW X3 is nearly as powerful as some of the M class vehicles that are available from BMW today. BMW has upgraded the powertrain and the overall power of this SUV for the year. With a turbo six powertrain this SUV is one of the most powerful SUV’s that BMW has ever made in its upgraded version. Many drivers even say that it handles close to some of the M powered sedans in testing. BMW also changed the cabin a bit in the x3 so that more space could be added. This can be a massive help when it comes to getting more space for the interior cabin and for your family. The tech in the BMW X3 is currently one of the biggest drawbacks of this vehicle however it is one of the most expensive vehicles to upgrade to Apple car play and the 6.5 inch infotainment display is clunky to use. The fun of driving this car however can take over for all of its technological fumbles.
The upgraded cabinet interior this year is part of what is making so many headlines with this vehicle. Mercedes has added a number of customization options so that you can choose the body style you are looking for, the engine that you want and even the option for AMG power tuning. With this SUV hosting AMG power, it can blow the doors off of some surprising rivals. Even with its base performance package there's a nine speed automatic transmission with 273 foot-pounds of torque and 241HP. This puts the Mercedes-Benz GLC above the overall power output that the BMW can offer with ease. The interior touches like automatic climate control and the large color display modules with power adjustable seats also deliver a comfort advantage with the Mercedes.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC is rated slightly above the BMW X3 for the sheer amount of customize nation that Mercedes has offered as part of its new SUV for 2018. It can be outfitted in almost any configuration that you may want and it delivers a slight performance advantage over the BMW. The BMW X3 however is rated as one of the more fine SUVs to drive if you are looking for something with sport handling. The BMW may not be quite so versatile for everyday life but it's hard to beat the feeling that you can get on a winding country road with an SUV that handles like a sporty sedan.
For the luxury interior and the slight performance advantage that you could get with the Mercedes, it just beats out the competition from BMW for our 2018 SUV of choice.