2018 Cadillac XT5 vs. 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class

Brands like Cadillac and Mercedes are no strangers to the competitive SUV landscape, offering their own entries into the large SUV segment each year. For those seeking something on the smaller end of the spectrum, these automakers have wisely designed the midsize crossover Cadillac XT5 and the Mercedes GLC.


The XT5 is a versatile, luxurious mid-size SUV offered in four trims with various levels of amenities. All XT5’s are powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that gets 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque.

The GLC is offered in five trims, with the base GLC 300 models powered by a 2.0-liter inline four with 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Two higher-powered AMG models are available, a 3.0-liter V-6 twin turbo and a 4.0-liter V-8 twin turbo that offer substantially higher power at a commensurately higher price.

Luxury and Convenience

Both cars like Cadillac and Mercedes are recognized around the world for the wealth of luxurious amenities they offer for a truly memorable driving experience.

The base models of both the XT5 and the GLC are packed with such standard features as a leather steering wheel, genuine wood trim, front power seats, charcoal filtering, tinted glass, and heated exterior mirrors.

The GLC includes some amenities on the base model not offered by the XT5 like optional leather seats and a power sunroof. By contrast, the XT5 provides a standard rear electronic parking aid, which is an optional add-on in the GLC.


The Cadillac XT5 is a slightly larger vehicle than the Mercedes GLC, nearly 5 inches longer and over 2 inches taller. Inside, the XT5 offers a bit more legroom in the front and rear seats than the GLC.

But where the XT5 really shines is its cargo capacity, providing 30 cubic feet compared to 19.4 cubic feet of volume with all seats up. Fold the rear seats down and the XT5 offers 63 cubic feet versus 56.5 cubic feet in the GLC. Even while comfortably seating five passengers, the XT5 provides ample storage space for groceries, sports equipment, or whatever you need to transport from point A to point B.


Even for automakers with such stellar track records as Cadillac and Mercedes, the unimaginable still can occur. The peace of mind offered by a comprehensive warranty is priceless, and both companies offer handsome packages.

The Cadillac is backed by a 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty and a 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty. The XT5 is further protected by a 6-year corrosion protection, 6 years/70,000 miles of roadside assistance, and complimentary scheduled maintenance for 3 years/36,000 miles.
Mercedes provides 4-year/50,000-mile limited, powertrain, and corrosion warranties. Roadside assistance is available for 4 years/50,000 miles, and there is no complimentary scheduled maintenance included in Mercedes’ warranty packages.

The Mercedes GLC and Cadillac XT5 are two sporty, vibrant crossover SUVs that offer a variety of compelling performance, style, and luxury amenities. The Cadillac, however, offers significantly more cargo space for increased versatility, as well as a very generous warranty and maintenance program. Test drive a 2018 XT5 today and experience this upscale drive first-hand.

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