In this battle of the brands, it's BMW vs. Mercedes-Benz. These two German luxury giants build some of the most energetic sports cars on the market today. They also manufacture luxury vehicles that will astound the senses.

If you're ready to embark on your car-buying journey in Birmingham, Irondale, and Hoover, AL, you may be wondering which brand you should start shopping with. Our team at BMW of Birmingham is here to help you find out!





Top Compact Luxury SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLC

Six Awards

2019 J.D. Power Awards

Two Awards

Active Protection System

Advanced Safety System


60,000 miles

CPO Milage Limit

75,000 miles

1-year/unlimited miles

CPO Warranty

1-year/unlimited miles

Battle of the Compact SUVs: BMW X3 vs Mercedes-Benz GLC

One key attribute of a compact SUV is efficiency, and the BMW X3 has a clear advantage in that category. When outfitted with its standard 2.0L TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine, it achieves an EPA-estimated 25 city/29 highway MPG. The standard configuration of the Mercedes-Benz GLC only manages an EPA-estimated 22 city/29 highway MPG.

You will be able to stay connected to the world around you in either the BMW X3 or the Mercedes-Benz GLC. They both come with intuitive infotainment systems that include:

  • 10.25-inch central information display
  • Apple CarPlay™
  • Premium Surround Sound System
  • Navigation System with Real Time Traffic Info

Both SUVs can seat up to five passengers, but you will have more room to stretch out in the X3. It offers 41.1 inches of front headroom, while the GLC only has 37.8 inches of headroom up front.

BMW vs Mercedes-Benz: Safety

Both BMW and Mercedes-Benz have been pioneers in automotive safety since their inception. They both offer an intuitive system that prepares the vehicle for an imminent collision. Once these systems detect an impact, they can automatically tighten the safety belts, close the windows, and activate post-crash braking.

Most BMW and Mercedes-Benz models also include innovative driver-assistive features. BMW puts them all into one streamlined safety suite known as the Active Driving Assistant. It includes:

  • Frontal Collision Warning
  • Active Blind Spot Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning

These brands also offer an adaptive cruise control system that will put your mind at ease on the open road. This technology will keep you moving at a consistent speed, while also maintaining a safe distance between you and the vehicle ahead. It's available with most BMW and Mercedes-Benz models.

Who Has the Better Certified Pre-Owned Program: BMW or Mercedes-Benz?

If you're thinking about getting behind the wheel of a certified pre-owned car, you're in luck. Both BMW and Mercedes-Benz have confidence-inspiring programs that help ensure the reliability of their certified pre-owned cars. All vehicles must pass a rigorous inspection and reconditioning process, for starters.

You may find that BMW Certified Pre-Owned cars have a little more life left in them. They must have less than 60,000 miles on the odometer to qualify for the program. A certified pre-owned Mercedes-Benz could have as many as 75,000 miles when you get behind the wheel.

The certified pre-owned vehicles from both brands come with a 1-year/unlimited-miles certified pre-owned warranty. It kicks in once the new vehicle warranty expires, so you'll have more peace of mind.

BMW vs Mercedes-Benz: We Have a Winner!

The competition is always close between BMW and Mercedes-Benz. If you're looking to buy from a brand that has a better certified pre-owned program, advanced safety features, and a better compact SUV, BMW is the brand for you.

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