Drag Race: Tesla Model Y vs. BMW X3 M vs. Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63

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Price and MPG Comparison: X3 M Competition vs. AMG GLC 63 S Coupe vs. Model Y

How much does it cost to get one of these ultra-quick luxury SUVs? Let’s find out.

X3 M Competition
The X3 M Competition ($83,845 MSRP as tested) takes the Competition part of its name seriously. It has almost no body roll in corners because of its stiff performance suspension. The trade-off is a harsh ride when you aren’t in the twisties. It’s a good thing the rest of the interior is big and comfortable. BMW reports there’s 62.7 cubic feet of cargo space in the X3 M.

Inside you’ll find the same infotainment system as the one in the standard X3. It has crisp graphics and a fairly intuitive and easy-to-use control knob. Wireless Apple CarPlay is included, and wireless charging and onboard Wi-Fi are options. Unfortunately, the system doesn’t support Android Auto smartphone integration currently.

When it comes to fuel economy, the BMW sucks down the gas as quickly as it covers ground. The EPA says you can expect 16 mpg in combined city/highway driving.

GLC 63 S Coupe
All that leather, wood and integrated tech doesn’t come cheap. Our AMG GLC S test vehicle checked in at $89,630. For that money, you get the new MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) voice command system, which is programmed to be so receptive to natural speaking patterns that it can even tell you jokes. We didn’t ask for any jokes on track, though — this race stuff is serious. You can also use Siri or Google Assistant through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are now included as standard features.

There’s a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment display and multiple console and steering wheel control buttons. So unlike the Tesla, you aren’t captive to a screen. As you might expect, the Mercedes is the height of comfort. But cargo space suffered because we tested the GLC Coupe, which has a slimmed-down roofline compared to the regular GLC. It offers only 36.1 cubic feet even with the seats down. The big V8 is no fuel-sipper either. The EPA estimates you’ll get 18 mpg in combined city/highway driving.

Model Y Performance
We used our long-term Model Y Performance with the Performance package, which had an MSRP of $68,700. The Model Y is stylish and roomy and in Performance trim, as mentioned, extremely quick and dynamic. The Performance upgrade does lower range. In our long-termer we observed electrical consumption of 28.4 kWh used per 100 miles on our real-world drive loop, which is a bit more efficient than the EPA’s estimate of 30 kwh used per 100 miles.

The Model Y seems like the smallest of our three SUVs, but the cabin is spacious. And if you include the front trunk, it actually boasts the largest cargo capacity at 68 cubic feet. The interior is comfortable but plain, and it’s dominated by the giant touchscreen, which is Tesla’s calling card.

Your comfort with a total lack of buttons and knobs may vary, but our testers find the touchscreen distracting. And Tesla stubbornly resists giving you Android Auto or Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. The main complaint, though, about the Model Y is ride quality. In the Performance trim, the optional sport suspension and large wheels make for a stiff ride.

The appeal of the Model Y depends on your priorities. If you want speed and performance, the Model Y is a relative bargain compared to other high-performance SUVs. But if you’re going for luxury, the Model Y is sparse on amenities.

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