Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Audi Q5 VS 2017 Mercedes GLC Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Audi Q5

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2017 Mercedes GLC

Safety Comparison

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 3 points, IIHS rates the Pre Sense Plus optional in the Q5 as “Advanced.” The GLC scores zero, and is rated by the IIHS as having no effective frontal crash prevention.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q5. But it costs extra on the GLC.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Q5’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The GLC doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the Q5 and the GLC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Q5 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 44 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The GLC was not even a “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

The Q5’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the GLC’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Q5’s reliability will be 52% better than the GLC.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 14th in initial quality. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th.

Engine Comparison

The Q5 3.0T’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 31 more horsepower (272 vs. 241) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 273) than the GLC’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Q5 has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLC (19.8 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Q5 stops shorter than the GLC:





60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

131 feet

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60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

143 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Q5 3.0T’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GLC’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q5 3.0T offers optional 21-inch wheels. The GLC’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Q5’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the GLC’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Q5 has 1.6 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear legroom than the GLC.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Q5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the GLC with its rear seat up (29.1 vs. 19.4 cubic feet). The Q5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the GLC with its rear seat folded (57.3 vs. 56.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Q5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the GLC.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Q5 3.0T has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GLC doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Q5 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Q5 with a number “5” insurance rate while the GLC is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q5 is less expensive to operate than the GLC because typical repairs cost much less on the Q5 than the GLC, including $62 less for a water pump, $178 less for an alternator, $120 less for front brake pads, $252 less for fuel injection, $108 less for front struts and $203 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q5, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Mercedes GLC isn't recommended.

The Audi Q5 outsold the Mercedes GLK/GLC by 15% during the 2016 model year.

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