2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2017 Lexus NX 200t

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2017 Lexus 200t

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 2017 Lexus NX 200t
HORSEPOWER
  241 hp 235 hp
FUEL CAPACITY
  17.4 gallons 15.9 gallons
REAR LEG ROOM
  37.3 inches 36.1 inches

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2017 Lexus NX 200t

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The compact luxury SUV segment is enjoying increased sales and a continuously expanding market share. Its demand is facilitated by recent technology breakthroughs that have allowed manufacturers to produce better, more powerful SUVs at a fraction of the previous price.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC and the 2017 Lexus 200t are the buyers’ top choices, and though they compare in several aspects, the GLC is undoubtedly the better of the two.

PERFORMANCE

Performance-wise, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC is the clear winner. The base model receives a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder engine that spits out 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. The engine is complemented by a nine-speed automatic transmission that transmits to the rear wheels. An available 4MATIC® model upgrades the drivetrain to AWD. In Edmunds testing, a RWD 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 made it from zero to 60 mph in about 6.0 seconds. That is an impressive figure for a compact SUV fitted with a base engine. Fuel economy is also impressive with 24 mpg combined (22 city/28 highway) and 24 mpg combined (21 city/28 highway) for the RWD and 4MATIC® variations respectively. A turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 rated at 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque graces the AMG® GLC 43. On the other hand, the 2017 Lexus 200t is sold in two models: the NX 200t with a 235-horsepower turbocharged inline-4 engine and the NX 300h with a 194-hp hybrid powertrain. The Lexus NX 200t employs a less versatile 6-speed automatic transmission.

HANDLING

The two vehicles handle quite differently, especially because of the difference in their engineering starting points and underpinnings. The GLC is built on the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class model’s true sport-sedan-based platform. It is, however, taller-riding and more rugged than its sedan sibling. The 200t is developed from a less potent underpinning, that of the Toyota RAV4. The GLC’S 4MATIC® AWD system divides torque between the front and rear wheels in a 45:55 ratio via a planetary differential. It also has the capability to transmit up to 100 percent of the torque to the rear wheels if the need arises. The Lexus 200t’s system lets it function as an FWD vehicle during normal driving and sends only up to 50 percent of torque to the rear wheels as needed. The Mercedes-Benz GLC provide better ride comfort even when fitted with the base steel-spring suspension and variable damping. Stepping up to the Dynamic Select settings and the Air Body Control suspension gives the GLC an unmatched “waftability.” The Lexus 200t model’s suspension leaves much to be desired and an upgrade to the F-Sport setup does nothing but increase the road noises.

INTERIOR

The GLC model’s interior does not deviate far from that of the C-Class. The cabin is plush, warm, and well above what you pay for the GLC. It is layered with inlaid metallic bezels, soft-touch materials, and authentic wood accents. The Lexus 200t offers a more restrained interior characterized by drab materials and unusual designs. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC also edges out the 2017 Lexus 200t when it comes to interior space. It offers more headroom, legroom, and shoulder room than the competing Lexus. The GLC model’s 40-20-40 split bench allows for more cargo space with the rear seats down as compared to the 200t model’s 60-40 split bench.


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