The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class and Volvo XC60 Still Can’t Top BMW and Audi

Audi and BMW SUVs all rest in the top four. According to U.S. News and World Report, the Volvo XC60 and the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class are tied for fifth place on the list of best two-row luxury SUVs. So while they may be good options, they still can’t top BMW and Audi.

For both 2020 and 2021, a BMW or Audi SUV settled into the top four places on this list. However, just because the GLC-Class and XC60 are both ranked below opponents like the 2021 BMW X3 and 2021 Audi Q5 doesn’t mean that they aren’t compelling two-row luxury SUVs. Let’s see what the folks at U.S. News have to say.

The 2021 Volvo XC60 may not be and athlete, but it’s ‘stylish and comfortable’

U.S. News places the 2021 Volvo XC60 in the top half of its class of two-row luxury SUVs. For a number of reasons it’s earned praise. Though it does have it’s cons as well. The XC60 is well-rounded and versatile.

Volvo XC60 parked
Volvo XC60 | Volvo

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The interior meet luxury expectation. Plus, it’s loaded with features. It holds plenty of cargo in addition to now offering a T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain. While it ties for fifth place with the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class in terms of the best two-row luxury SUV, the 2021 Volvo XC60 is No. 3 on the U.S. News list of the best compact luxury SUVs.

However, the 2021 Volvo XC60 is not without its faults. U.S. News may remark that XC60 “arguably the finest in its class.” It’s just not said to be an exciting or fun compact SUV to drive. It lacks punch and agility. Overall, though, the 2021 XC60 is one of the best in its class if you want well-rounded, if less than exciting, small luxury SUV with two rows.

Is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class a good luxury SUV?

Yes, it is a good luxury compact SUV. It’s one of several, including the Volvo XC60 that ties for 5th place on the list of the best small two-row SUVs. In addition, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class also ties its score with the 2021 Volvo XC60 for third place among the best compact luxury SUVs on U.S. News’ list. It may be a good compact luxury SUV. But this Mercedes-Benz still can’t top the Audi and BMW models.

A chrome Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV driving down the road.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class | Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images

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What makes the GLC-Class so good? The plush cabin offers comfort and space to drivers and passengers alike. In addition, it is an SUV that boasts engaging driving dynamics. In fact, the primary shortfall of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is a coupe styled model with a lower profile and lackluster visibility. Still, it is rounded out with plenty of features and appeal for a range of buyers.

Audi and BMW

a blue Audi Q5 at speed on a scenic rural road
2021 Audi Q5 side | Audi

The BMW X3 and X1 have both placed above the XC90 and the GLC-Class. The Audi Q5 and Q3 also best the Volvo and Mercedes-Benz models. Still, if you want the best luxury two-row SUV or the best compact luxury SUV all of these models are great options worth checking out.