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2020 Lincoln Corsair vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC: Which Is Better?

Quick Facts

  • The Lincoln Corsair is all-new for 2020
  • The GLC-Class gets a substantial mid-cycle refresh that includes the exterior, interior, and standard tech.

2020 Lincoln Corsair

2020 Lincoln Corsair

Base Price: $35,945 / Read our 2020 Lincoln Corsair Review

What we like: The Corsair is an all-new model for 2020. The Corsair features a beautiful exterior to go with a sophisticated interior. In addition, the second row moves back and forth to provide more additional space for rear passengers.

What we would change: The ticket price for the more desirable trims is over $55,000.

Overview: Lincoln has discontinued the MKC crossover and introduced the all-new Corsair as it’s replacement. Engineered to be an improvement over the outgoing MKC, the new Corsair demonstrates Lincoln’s “Quiet Flight” approach to exterior design. This includes a signature grille, unique contouring on the side panels, and full-width rear tail lights. The Corsair only comes with combustion engines in 2020, but the forthcoming 2021 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring plug-in hybrid (PHEV) will feature an all-wheel-drive system. We expect around 25 miles of pure-EV range.

What’s new for 2020: The Lincoln Corsair is all-new for 2020.

Features and technology: Inside the cabin of the Corsair, front occupants are treated to standard 10-way power-operated seats. Opting for the Perfect Postion front seats upgrades them to 24-way adjustment with massage function. Synthetic leather upholstery is standard (Bridge of Weir Deepsoft leather-trimmed seats are optional), as is dual-zone climate control and a 360-degree camera.

Standard audio technology includes a Lincoln Premium Audio System with 10-speakers and an 8-inch LCD touchscreen. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are both standard fitment. Lincoln offers several different ways for owners to connect and interact with their vehicle via mobile apps. These include Lincoln Connect and Lincoln Way. Lincoln’s MyKey technology helps parents restrict settings to promote safer teen driving.

What does the future hold: Lincoln will most likely make the 2021 Corsair a carryover model with only minimal changes. However, the company has indicated that it will introduce a third powertrain — a plug-in hybrid variant — that will debut for next year. Details are scarce, but we expect it to offer 25 miles of pure-EV driving before the combustion engine fires up. See the 2020 Lincoln Corsair models for sale near you

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

Base Price: $$38,275 / Read our Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Review

What we like: The GLC is a premium vehicle with an excellent, fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine.  And just in case that doesn’t have enough pep for you, the AMG versions offer plenty of the performance you crave.

What we would change: Top shelf quality comes at a top shelf price, but in a perfect world we’d love to see a slightly smaller MSRP.

Overview:  The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is available as an “SUV” and a “coupe”, or in practical terms, a regular version and a fastback with a sloping roof.  The GLC gets almost everything right, from it’s opulent interior to its marvelously engineered powertrains to the long list of available options. It’s an amazing vehicle for the price, despite the price being more than some folks make in a year.

What’s new for 2020: Mercedes updated the GLC significantly for the 2020 model year, refreshing both the exterior and the interior and the end result is spectacular.  The automaker’s options for paint, wheels, upholstery and trim have also been freshened up and standard equipment has been upgraded.  In fact, every variant now gets Mercedrs’ MBUX system standard.

In addition, two powerplants get more horsepower, the Plug-In hybrid gets a larger battery and more range, and the GLC 63 AMG gets a limited slip differential.

Features and technology: The GLC has a long list of available features and tech. Just the GLC-300 has adaptive suspension, LED headlights/daytime running lights/taillights, heated/power-adjustable front seats with driver’s-side memory settings, heated/rain-sensing wipers, power-folding side mirrors (self-dimming on the driver’s side), self-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, drive mode settings, power-folding rear seats (40/20/40 split), roof rails, powered tailgate, 10.25-in touchscreen for the MBUX infotainment system, touchpad, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring with exit assistance, 115-volt outlet, 8-speaker audio system, two USB-C ports, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, HD radio and Bluetooth phone/audio streaming.

There’s a a Dirver Ssistance package that includes advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assistance, cross-traffic assistance and active steering assistance. A Parking Assist package brings a 360-degree camera system, automated parking, hands-free tailgate operation and parking sensors at both ends.

Other available options include leather upholstery, heated/ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, 12.3-in digital driver information display, Burmester 13-speaker/590-watt surround-sound system, cabin air purification/fragrance treatment, tri-zone automatic climate control, 20-in alloy wheels, automatic high beams, brushed aluminum running boards, panoramic sunroof, heat/noise-insulating glass, head-up display, heated steering wheel, Wi-Fi, wireless charging, rear seat entertainment system, Class II trailer hitch and an illuminated grille badge

What does the future hold: Given the recent updates, not much will likely change over the next few years.  A second generation of the GLC might not be to far off though, given the recent mid-cycle refresh.  See the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class models for sale near you

Corsair vs. GLC: Strengths comparison

Lincoln Corsair Benefits: Lower base price, more cargo room and a more desirable transmission.

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Benefits: Preferable driving dynamics and chassis engineering, and a far more engine choices

Corsair vs. GLC: Which is better?

Lincoln has been putting together a high-quality lineup of stellar vehicles over the last few years and the Corsair is no exception.  That being said, the GLC is an incredibly well rounded and capable vehicle, engineered to the highest of standards and offering a gorgeous presentation inside, as well as out.  The sheer amount of variations the GLC is also a huge advantage, as there is a GLC for virtually every consumer on the spectrum.  Well, those with the budget, that is.  At the end of the day, we think the GLC is the better vehicle.Find a Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class for sale or Find a Lincoln Corsair for sale

2020 Lincoln Corsair 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC
Popular Powertrains
Engine 2.0-liter turbo I4 2.0-liter turbo I4
Horsepower 250 hp 255 hp @ 5,800 rpm
Torque 280 lb-ft 273 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic 9-speed automatic
Fuel Economy 24 mpg (21 city/29 highway) 24 mpg (21 city/28 highway)
Also Available 2.3-liter turbo I4 3.0-liter V6, 4.0-liter V8
Warranty 4-year/50,000 miles 4-year/50,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5-stars 5-stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Curb Weight 3,842 pounds 3,977 pounds
Wheelbase 106.7 inches 113.1 inches
Overall Length 180.6 inches 183.8 inches
Width 76.2 inches 74.8 inches
Height 64.1 inches 65.5 inches
Turning Diameter n/a 38.7 feet
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 39.6 inches
Legroom, Front 43.2 inches 40.8 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 57.1 inches 57.3 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 102.5 cu. Ft. n/a
EPA Cargo Volume 27.6 cu. Ft. 19.4 cu. Ft.

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