Not long ago, a coupe-SUV was a concept almost unheard of in India, with the pioneer of this breed being the BMW X4. Gradually, more such vehicles began to launch in India, primarily from other German carmakers only, such as Porsche Cayenne Coupe and Mercedes Benz GLE Coupe. Both BMW and Mercedes Benz decided to make this body style more accessible at lower price points with their respective offerings – BMW X4 and Mercedes Benz GLC Coupe.
While the GLC Coupe is in India for quite some time now, BMW recently updated the X4 with a facelift with minor changes in and out. Here, we have compared both the SUV-Coupes in all the possible parameters, and let you know which one of the two is worth the money.
Both the BMW X4 and Mercedes Benz GLC Coupe are priced very similarly to each other. While the petrol variant of the GLC Coupe carries a slight premium over the petrol-powered X4, it is vice versa in the case of the diesel iterations of both the SUVs. The BMW X4 is currently launched with the M Sport X Black Edition trim as standard in India.
- xDrive 30i M Sport X Black Edition – Rs 70.50 lakh
- xDrive 30d M Sport X Black Edition – Rs 72.50 lakh
Mercedes Benz GLC Coupe
- GLC 300 4MATIC – Rs 71.00 lakh
- GLC 300d 4MATIC – Rs 72.00 lakh
|Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)||BMW X4||Mercedes Benz GLC Coupe|
|Electric||Rs 70.50-72.50 lakh||Rs 71.00-72.00 lakh|
(All prices mentioned above are ex-showroom, pan India)
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Engine and Performance
Let’s talk about petrol-powered engines first. Both the BMW X4 and Mercedes Benz GLC Coupe have 2.0-litre inline-four turbocharged petrol engines, with that of the GLC Coupe is more powerful and torquey. While the engine of the GLC Coupe produces 255 bhp of power and 370 Nm of torque, the X4’s engine churns out 248 bhp of power and 350 Nm of torque.
However, when it comes to the oil burners, the story gets a role reversal. Here, the BMW X4 is more powerful and torquey with its bigger 3.0-litre inline-six diesel, as compared to the 2.0-litre inline-four diesel in the GLC Coupe. The bigger diesel engine in the X4 pumps out 261 bhp of power and 620 Nm of torque, as opposed to 241 bhp of power and 500 Nm of torque produced by the GLC Coupe’s diesel engine.
|Specifications||BMW X4||Mercedes Benz GLC Coupe|
|Engine||2.0-litre inline-four B48 petrol / 3.0-litre inline-six B57 diesel||2.0-litre inline-four M264 petrol / 2.0-litre inline-four OM654 diesel|
|Maximum power||248 bhp (petrol) / 261 bhp (diesel)||255 bhp (petrol) / 241 bhp (diesel)|
|Maximum torque||350 Nm (petrol) / 620 Nm (diesel)||370 Nm (petrol) / 500 Nm (diesel)|
|Transmission||8-speed automatic||9G-Tronic automatic|
Exterior and Dimension
The BMW X4 has a significant advantage over the Mercedes Benz GLC Coupe when it comes to length and width. However, despite having a shorter length, the GLC Coupe boasts a longer wheelbase and better boot compartment, which makes it more spacious on the inside. Both the SUVs are almost equally taller, but the X4 has a minor advantage over the GLC Coupe in the ground clearance.
|Dimensions||BMW X4||Mercedes Benz GLC Coupe|
|Length||4751 mm||4731 mm|
|Width||1918 mm||1890 mm|
|Height||1621 mm||1620 mm|
|Wheelbase||2864 mm||2873 mm|
|Boot space||525 litres||550 litres|
|Ground clearance||204 mm||201 mm|
The BMW X4 and Mercedes Benz GLC Coupe are based on the X3 and GLC SUV respectively, though both of them get a sloping coupe-like design to distinguish themselves from the latter SUVs. Both the coupe-SUVs look well-planted, despite sitting high off from the ground. The BMW X4 is available in India with the M Sport X Black Shadow trim as standard as of now, which gives it an all-black and sporty visual appeal to it, with some of the design bits retained from the M-specific version. The Mercedes Benz GLC Coupe, on the other hand, looks the more sophisticated out of the two with its wider front grille and sleeker headlamps and tail lamps.
Both the SUVs get premium-looking LED lights in the headlamps and tail lamps and sporty looking 19-inch alloy wheels. Choose any of the two SUVs, and both of them guarantee a strong road presence and a premium aura around them.
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Interior and Features
The BMW X4, in this facelifted version, looks much swankier and futuristic on the inside, and a touch above the Mercedes Benz GLC Coupe in modernity. The SUVs here come equipped with TFT screens for the instrument console, with the X4 impressing you more with its bigger and more modern looking 12.3-inch screen for the same.
Both the SUVs also have a free-standing touchscreen infotainment system with a crisp display and host of features, though the 12.35-inch unit in the X4 is bigger and offers more features in comparison. The centre console of both the SUVs looks less cluttered with sleek-looking buttons, with round-shaped AC vents in the GLC Coupe and horizontal vents in the X4.
The cabins of both the SUVs here are richly equipped with features like a panoramic sunroof, premium sound-systems three-zone automatic climate control, hands-free parking, adaptive suspension, premium leather upholstery and powered front seats. The list of safety features in both the SUVs here comprises a 360-degree parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, eight airbags and a few ADAS features.
While both the SUVs are priced similar to each other, there are a few key things to note. Both the SUVs have a stylish road presence, which makes them instantly recognizable. However, in terms of modernity, the BMW X4 has the upper hand with an edgier looking exterior, a fancier cabin with slightly more amount of features. While the Mercedes Benz GLC Coupe offers slightly better performance in its petrol guise, the BMW X4 is the one to go for with its bigger and more powerful diesel engine, if you have a thing more for oil burners.