should it be preferred to a DS 7, a Lexus NX, a BMW X3 or a Volvo XC60?

should it be preferred to a DS 7, a Lexus NX, a BMW X3 or a Volvo XC60?

At its best, the Mercedes GLK managed to attract just over 30,000 European buyers, that was in 2012. For its first full year, in 2016, its successor, the GLC, sold more than 70,000 copies, and this is his worst vintage. With us, it was still in 2021 the 3rd best sale of the brand. There is no photo, it is a real success. So, as much to say that the Etoile brand played the card of caution when renewing it. Does the latest vintage have the necessary arguments to win over buyers against the segment’s best-sellers such as the BMW X3 and Volvo XC60 and even against more atypical and less popular proposals such as the DS7 or the Lexus NX? Our answers.

The new Mercedes GLC

New Mercedes GLC
New Mercedes GLC©Mercedes

The GLC II almost looks like the one it replaces. But, on the technical level, the evolutions are numerous. All three plug-in hybrid variants now benefit from a huge 31.2 kWh battery that allows them to roll on paper a hundred kilometers on a single charge. Another example, the passenger compartment has been completely redesigned and is modeled on that of the C-Class, from which it also derives. The screen is better integrated than before, comfort and soundproofing are very neat, the space is still generous, the finish slightly down, however. As for the prices…

The advantages of the new Mercedes GLC

  • Comfort and soundproofing
  • Interior space
  • A relevant plug-in hybrid diesel option and Crit’Air 1

The disadvantages of the new Mercedes GLC

  • High tariffs
  • Quality of finish down slightly

The DS7

The DS7
The DS7© DS

For the start of the school year, the DS 7 – no more appellation Crossback – offers itself a second youth with a deep restyling. This can be seen outside, in particular with the astonishing light signature, but also inside, where, behind the still flattering execution, the instrumentation has been redesigned, the central screen enlarged and the interface reviewed. Enough to further improve the quality of life of this SUV manufactured in Mulhouse, which seduces with its good manners and its suspension comfort. In terms of engines, the range now includes a small 130 hp diesel (from €46,300) and three rechargeable hybrids. Alongside the already known E-Tense 225 and 300, there is a 360 hp version born on the DS 9.

The advantages of the DS 7

  • Comfort and soundproofing
  • Refined and customizable interior
  • Made in France

Less of the DS 7

  • Ergonomics to tame
  • Inflation of restyling prices

The BMW X3

The facelifted BMW X3
The facelifted BMW X3©BMW

Every Mercedes finds a BMW on its way. In this case, the 2nd generation of GLC faces the X3. Restyled in the summer of 2021, the Bavarian SUV displays many similarities with its starred competitor. It starts with its almost identical footprint, the X3 displaying 4.71 m long (- 1 cm) by 1.89 m wide (idem). On the engine side, the BMW SUV also offers 4-cylinder petrol and diesel micro-hybrids, rechargeable hybrid, a sports version as well as a 100% electric variant, called iX3 (opposite the EQC Mercedes). Well-mannered, pleasant to live in and to drive, the X3 is not lacking in argumentsits range starting at €51,750.

The advantages of the BMW X3

  • Driving pleasure
  • Neat and spacious interior
  • Extensive engine range

The disadvantages of the BMW X3

  • Comfort with 20 inch rims
  • PHEV tank limited to 50 l

The Lexus NX

The new Lexus NX
The new Lexus NX© Lexus

The advantages of the Lexus NX

  • Plenty of space on board
  • Manufacturing quality
  • 3 year warranty

Less of the Lexus NX

  • CVT effect
  • Low speed tremors
  • Chassis not very dynamic

The Volvo XC60

The facelifted Volvo XC60
The facelifted Volvo XC60©Volvo

the Volvo XC60 represents a great alternative to traditional German SUVs. Launched in 2017 and reworked last year, the Volvo SUV boasts a Swedish way of life, coupled with a strong sense of family. Thus, the space is not lacking, the attentions on board either, with, in particular, the most pleasant seats. Its priority is to ensure passenger comfort, even if this XC60 is penalized by its weight in use. This overweight prevents the two diesels offered – B4 (197 hp) from €59,230 and B5 (235 hp) from €76,530 – from being as sober as hoped. The XC60 is also available as a plug-in hybrid, under the name Recharge.

The advantages of the Volvo XC60

  • Warm and rewarding interior atmosphere
  • Welcoming seats
  • Comfort

The disadvantages of the Volvo XC60

  • Heavy weight
  • “German” prices

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