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BMW X3 vs Land Rover Discovery Sport vs Mercedes GLC

We find out if the Mercedes-Benz GLC can outshine two previous What Car? Award winners – the BMW X3 and Land Rover Discovery Sport

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What will they cost?

The Mercedes-Benz GLC has the highest list price, while the BMW X3 is cheapest, both before and after discounts.

However, company car drivers will find the GLC makes the most financial sense. Its comparatively low CO2 emissions mean it works out Β£837 cheaper than the Land Rover Discovery Sport over three years for a 40% taxpayer, and Β£558 cheaper than the X3. Contract hire rates for the three are less diverse, with the BMW only slightly cheaper over three years than the other two.

Buyers looking to finance their next car with a PCP deal will tempted by the GLC, too. On a three-year, 12,000-mile-a-year deal with a Β£5000 deposit, it will cost Β£482 a month, the Discovery Sport Β£486 and the X3 Β£528.

There’s more good news for the GLC in our fuel tests, which revealed it to be the most efficient. It’s also the cheapest to tax and is predicted to hold on to its value for longer. Even so, the Discovery Sport is still, albeit marginally, cheaper to own privately over three years, with the X3 the most expensive by around Β£750.

Land Rover has been most generous with standard equipment. All three cars get 19in alloy wheels, climate control, heated leather seats (although the GLC’s are man-made leather), automatic headlights and wipers, front and rear parking sensors, an electric tailgate, cruise control and keyless start, but Land Rover and Mercedes add electric front seats and a reversing camera to that list, while the Discovery Sport is unique in adding a panoramic roof and keyless entry.

All three gained five stars in their respective Euro NCAP crash tests, but the GLC scored highest in the adult, child and pedestrian categories. City braking and tyre-pressure monitoring cost extra on the X3, and the GLC and Discovery Sport get one more airbag than the BMW. Security firm Thatcham awarded each car four stars (out of five) for resisting being stolen and three for resisting a break-in.

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