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Audi vs. Mercedes-Benz: Q5 vs. GLC SUV

Audi vs. Mercedes-Benz:Q5 vs. GLC SUV

Comparing Audi vs. Mercedes-Benz for the perfect SUV? The Mercedes-Benz GLC and Audi Q5 are of among the most popular from either brand. San Bernardino families can expect solid performance and plenty of luxuries from the Audi Q5. The same can be said for the Mercedes-Benz GLC, though—and you’ll pay less for it. Compare the Audi A5 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLC below!

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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC VS 2018 Audi Q5
$40,050 Starting MSRP $41,500
273 lb-ft Torque 273 lb-ft
28 mpg Highway MPG 27 mpg
9-speed automatic Transmission 7-speed automatic
Standard Driver Memory Settings Optional
Standard Telematics Service Optional


The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC has a starting MSRP of $40,050. The 2018 BMW X3 will set you back an additional $2,600; it starts at $42,650. Equipped with its optional features, the GLC costs around $48,275, while the X3 costs around $50,750.  

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Audi Q5 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLC: Performance

How do the Audi Q5 and new Mercedes-Benz GLC stack up in terms of performance? Compare their specs below:

  • Engine: The Audi Q5 Premium and Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 are powered by 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engines. The Q5 produces 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, and the GLC produces 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque.
  • Transmission: Both SUVs come with an automatic transmission, but only the GLC gets a 9-speed for a wider range of gear ratios.
  • MPG Ratings: The GLC earns a 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway rating, while the Q5 earns 23 mpg city/27 mpg highway.

The Audi Q5 houses a slightly more powerful engine and gets better city fuel economy. On the other hand, the Mercedes-Benz GLC matches the Q5’s torque figure and offers smoother gear shifts and better mpg ratings on the highway.

Audi Q5 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLC: Features

When you compare luxury features on a Mercedes-Benz vs. Audi SUV, you’ll find many of the same, including authentic wood trim, a garage door opener, optional navigation, and optional heated front seats. Next to the Audi Q5, the GLC looks more appealing; it comes standard with driver memory settings and mbrace® Connect. This telematics service is free for five years after purchase and lets you access your GLC remotely from your smartphone or desktop. Fontana drivers will initially pay extra for telematics on the Q5.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Test Drive the Mercedes-Benz GLC Near Eastvale!

Compared to the 2018 Audi Q5, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC is less expensive but offers smoother shifting, better highway fuel economy, and standard telematics. See how the Mercedes-Benz GLC stacks up to the BMW X3, the BMW X4, or even other in-brand SUVs like the GLA and GLE. Ready to see it in action? Schedule a test drive at Mercedes-Benz of Ontario, located near Rancho Cucamonga and Chino.

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3787 East Guasti Road Ontario, CA



Phone: (909) 212-8400

3787 East Guasti Road Ontario, CA


Phone: (909) 212-8500

3787 East Guasti Road Ontario, CA


Phone: (909) 212-8500

3787 East Guasti Road Ontario, CA
34.0657451 -117.5712687
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Mercedes-Benz of Ontario
Mercedes-Benz of Ontario
3787 East Guasti Road
Ontario, CA, 91761 United States
Mercedes-Benz of Ontario 34.0657451, -117.5712687.