Mercedes-Benz GLC vs Audi Q5: two high-level SUVs

August 31st, 2018 by

Take a look at sales in the luxury compact SUV segment and you’ll see the Mercedes-Benz GLC and Audi Q5 year after year. These two German rivals are engaged in a fierce battle to convince buyers and it is ultimately very difficult to differentiate the two.

GLC vs Q5: a fierce competition

We can compare the specifications, but we will quickly realize that there are very few differences at this level. Both are roughly equivalent in space, both offer roughly the same power output and both are sold at about the same price. They also benefit from a high-performance all-wheel drive system, the Quattro in the case of the Audi and the 4Matic in the case of the Mercedes-Benz GLC.

Where there is a difference, however, is in the number of models. The Mercedes-Benz GLC is offered with a choice of four engines including a pluggable hybrid model, the GLC 350e. The latter allows it to travel about twenty kilometers in 100% electric mode and thus improve fuel economy.

There are no hybrid versions in the Q5 family. Next, the GLC offers two AMG models, the GLC 43 and the GLC 63 S. In the case of the GLC 43, we are entitled to a fierce 362 horsepower engine that achieves 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds , significantly faster than the 354-horsepower SQ5 offered at Audi.

Then there is the crazy GLC 63 S, a real monster with 503 horsepower that reaches 100 km/h in less than 4.0 seconds and that is offered at $ 89,700. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to find an SUV with a better price/performance ratio currently available on the market.

As the entry-level model, the GLC 300 features a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The Q5 has the same torque and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as well, but its power is a bit higher. Nevertheless, because of the Q5 is heavier, the performance is relatively the same between each model.

We also get more versions in the Mercedes-Benz family. One can for example opt for a Coupe model with more sporty style with the GLC. The Q5 comes in only one body version.

In short, it is difficult to choose between each model, but ultimately the Mercedes-Benz GLC range offers many more choices which is usually what gives the GLC the edge.

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