Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2019 Mercedes Benz GLC VS 2019 Audi Q5 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2019 Mercedes Benz GLC

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2019 Audi Q5

Safety Comparison

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The GLC has standard NECK-PRO front head restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the NECK-PRO front head restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Q5 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The GLC’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Q5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the GLC and the Q5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Mercedes GLC is safer than the Audi Q5:

 

GLC

Q5

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

120

284

Neck Stress

177 lbs.

215 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

113

187

Chest Compression

.7 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

24%

34%

Neck Stress

116 lbs.

134 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

29/68 lbs.

90/55 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Mercedes GLC is safer than the Audi Q5:

 

GLC

Q5

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

134

185

Spine Acceleration

46 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

784 lbs.

817 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

15 inches

HIC

206

219

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the GLC its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 36 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Q5 was last qualified as only a standard “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty Comparison

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There are over 26 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the GLC’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the GLC has a 150-amp alternator. The Q5’s standard 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the GLC third among compact premium suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Q5 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 14th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

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The AMG GLC 43’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 114 more horsepower (362 vs. 248) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (384 vs. 273) than the Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the AMG GLC 43 3.0 turbo V6 is faster than the Audi Q5:

 

GLC

Q5

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

5.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.6 sec

16.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.5 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

105 MPH

95 MPH

Top Speed

132 MPH

128 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the GLC’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Q5:

 

GLC

AMG GLC 43

Q5

Front Rotors

13.5 inches

14.2 inches

13.3 inches

The GLC stops much shorter than the Q5:

 

GLC

Q5

 

70 to 0 MPH

154 feet

161 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

109 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

143 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The AMG GLC 43’s 285/40R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q5’s optional 45 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the GLC can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Q5 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The GLC offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Q5’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The GLC has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The GLC’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Q5 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The GLC’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Q5 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GLC’s wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer than on the Q5 (113.1 inches vs. 111 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the GLC is .6 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Q5.

The AMG GLC 43 handles at .94 G’s, while the Q5 Premium Plus pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The AMG GLC 43 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the Q5 Prestige (25.2 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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The front grille of the GLC uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Q5 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The GLC has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Q5 with its rear seat folded (56.5 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The GLC has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Q5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the Q5, the GLC offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The GLC’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Q5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

Consumer Reports rated the GLC’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Q5’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The GLC’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Q5’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the GLC offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Q5 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The GLC has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Q5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the GLC is less expensive to operate than the Q5 because typical repairs cost much less on the GLC than the Q5, including $64 less for a muffler, $57 less for a starter, $72 less for a fuel pump and $397 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the GLC second among compact premium suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Q5 isn’t in the top three.

Motor Trend selected the GLC as their 2017 Sport Utility of the Year. The Q5 has never been chosen.

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