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Compare the New 2019 BMW X3 to Major Charleston Competitors from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and More

Fresh off of a major redesign in 2018, the new 2019 BMW X3 is charging forward in Charleston to keep its crown as a top compact luxury crossover. This premium SAV seats five, offers all-wheel-drive capability, and can be equipped with a variety of incredible new features. Some of its top rivals are stepping up to the challenge--but can they compete?

We take a look at the new 2019 BMW X3 compared to some of its toughest rivals: the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300, and the Audi Q5 Premium. See how these models match up, consider the differences for yourself, and contact us if you'd like to learn more about how the new BMW X3 comes out on top against other luxury brands.

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2019 BMW X3 vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC

  • Starting prices for the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 and the BMW X3 sDrive30i are nearly identical--separated by only a few hundred dollars.
  • Prices for the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC® SUV and BMW X3 xDrive30i (all-wheel-drive-equipped crossover models) are also nearly identical--price likely won't be a factor in your decision.
  • The 2019 BMW X3 gives you up to 62.7 cubic feet of cargo space--the Mercedes-Benz GLC only gives you a maximum of 56.5 cubic feet of storage area.
  • Both models come standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, though the BMW X3 is slightly more powerful.
  • The BMW X3 sDrive30i sees 23 mpg city / 30 mpg highway--the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 only gets about 22 mpg city / 28 mpg highway.
  • Both the X3 sDrive30i and X3 xDrive30i boast a 0 - 60 time of just 6.0 seconds.
  • The GLC 300, however, gets to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, and the GLC 300 4MATIC® takes even longer, getting from 0 to 60 in 6.4 seconds.
  • Both brands offer an available high-performance variant of their compact luxury crossover.
  • The BMW X3 M40i offers 355 horsepower and starts at around $54,500.
  • The Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 offers 362 horsepower, but starts at $56,250--an even more powerful AMG GLC 63 gives you 469, but pushes the starting price to nearly $70,000.

2019 BMW X3 vs 2018 Audi Q5

  • The 2019 BMW X3 sDrive30i starts at a lower price than the 2018 Audi Q5 Premium model.
  • BMW offers choice of rear-wheel drive or xDrive all-wheel drive on its new 2019 X3 SAV--Audi makes quattro all-wheel drive a standard requirement on all new Q5 SUVs.
  • Both of these capable crossovers offer 8.0 or more inches of ground clearance for all-terrain versatility.
  • The 2019 BMW X3, equipped with rear-wheel drive, can see 26 combined mpg--the combined mpg rating of the Audi Q5 is only 25.
  • Both compact luxury crossovers come standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine--power ratings are nearly identical.
  • While the 2018 Audi Q5 is limited to a single engine option, the 2019 BMW X3 M40i comes standard with a 355-horsepower 3.0-liter BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine.
  • 0 - 60 time for both the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 are nearly identical, so acceleration likely won't be a deciding factor for you.
  • BMW's updated iDrive interface makes interacting with your media, music, and smartphone functions easy--Audi's infotainment system doesn't offer as many features.
  • The 2019 BMW X3 offers 28.7 cubic feet of standard cargo space behind the rear seat--the 2018 Audi Q5 is limited to 26.8 cubic feet of space in the back.
  • BMW's SAV gives up a total 62.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats folded--Audi's SUV, just over 60 cubic feet.