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On a steep, off-road slope, the X5 xDrive’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The GLC doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.When you lease a BMW X5 as an optional extra you can ask for is a passive infrared night vision system. This helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The GLC doesn’t offer a night vision system.Both the X5 and the GLC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and driver alert monitors.When leasing the BMW X5 it might be interesting to know that the BMW X5 is a heavy vehicle and heavier than the Mercedes GLC. It is advised that heavier vehicles are much safer in accidents than lighter vehicles. 


Economy and Range After testing the BMW X5 xDrive35d rated better on fuel mileage than the GLC 300 4MATIC .Regenerative brakes improve the X5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GLC doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.The X5 has 22 Litres more fuel capacity than the GLC making for much longer journey's in-between filling up. 

Tyres and Wheels 

The BMW X5 has larger standard tyres and hence has better traction – than compared to the Merc GLC. Due to the BMW X5's 19 inches wheels verses the GLC's 18 inches wheels the BMW X5 is a better drive and has better handling and brake cooling. 

Suspension, Off Road and Handling 

The X5 has an adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Mercedes doesn’t offer an active suspension on the GLC.The X5 is a smoother drive compared to the Merc GLC – this is due to the extra 2.4 inches on the wheelbase. The BMW X5 has a higher clearance off the ground by 1.5 inches, allowing the X5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space 

The X5 has 2 extra seats in the back while the GLC doesn’t not have this capacity but can be added as an optional extra.

Boot Capacity

The X5’s cargo area provides more volume than the GLC.


When winter roles round and windscreens freeze over the X5 has heated windshield washer nozzles. These are standard on the X5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles can be added as at an extra cost when leasing the Mercedes GLC.To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the BMW X5 has a standard rear variable intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the GLC only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The X5 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GLC doesn’t offer headlight washers.


We would recommend leasing both the BMW X5 and the Mercedes GLC, based on reliability, safety and performance.In 2017 The BMW X5 was a more popular car choice amoungst those that lease and leased the Mercedes GLC by 10% during the 2017 model year. 

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