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

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2017 Audi Q5

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2017 Mercedes GLE

Safety Comparison

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

Both the Q5 and the GLE 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 crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

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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.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Q5 gets better fuel mileage than the GLE:

 

 

Q5

GLE

 

2WD

 

n/a

18 city/23 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd. Auto

20 city/27 hwy

18 city/22 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

 

3.0 S.C. V6/8-spd. Auto

18 city/26 hwy

18 city/23 hwy

3.5 turbo V6/Auto

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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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 GLE’s optional 45 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For better maneuverability, the Q5’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the GLE’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Audi Q5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 1100 pounds less than the Mercedes GLE.

The Q5 is 6.5 inches shorter than the GLE, making the Q5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Audi Q5 amounts to more than styling. The Q5 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is significantly lower than the GLE (.37) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Q5 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Q5 has .5 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom and .5 inches more rear headroom than the GLE.

Ergonomics Comparison

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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 GLE doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Q5 has standard extendable sun visors. The GLE doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q5 is less expensive to operate than the GLE because it costs $638 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Q5 than the GLE, including $125 less for a water pump, $196 less for an alternator, $115 less for front brake pads, $13 less for a starter, $251 less for fuel injection, $126 less for front struts and $212 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi Q5 will be $15002 to $16942 less than for the Mercedes GLE.

Recommendations Comparison

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi Q5 and the Mercedes GLE, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Audi Q5 outsold the Mercedes GLE by 88% during the 2016 model year.

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