2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2018 Audi Q5 Comparison

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 vs 2018 Audi Q5

2018 Mercedes-Benz
GLC 300
2018 Audi Q5
  28 MPG* 27 MPG*
  273 ft-lbs @ 1300rpm 273 ft-lbs @ 1600rpm
  9-Speed Shiftable Automatic 7-Speed Automated Manual

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Lineup vs 2018 Audi Q5

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If you are looking for a nimble SUV that exudes performance, reliability and luxury, two of the very best are the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC (composed of the GLC 300, GLC 43 and the GLC 63) and the 2018 Audi Q5. Both lines feature enduring resale value, premium interiors and many technological innovations. We advise you to compare their specifications and test-drive them both. We’re confident you’ll favor the features, value and solidity of the Mercedes-Benz GLC.


The engine for the GLC 43 is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with 362 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. It dominates over the Q5’s only engine, a 2.0-liter turbo-4 developing 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. If you need even more power, consider the GLC 63, with 469 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. The top offering is the GLC 63 S Coupe that outputs 503 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. The GLC 300 and Coupe provide 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft, same torque as the Q5.


The Mercedes-Benz and the Audi provide front seat-belt pretensioners and the following airbags: driver, passenger, front head curtain, front side and rear head curtain. However, only the Mercedes-Benz gives you a driver knee airbag, Front Airbag Deactivation via Child Seat Detection System, and rear pretensioners. The GLC standard and available safety features include Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Electronic Parking Aid, Crosswind Assist, Active Blind-Spot, Lane-Keeping Assist, Cruise Control, and Variable Assisted Steering. Q5 also offers several of these features.


The Mercedes-Benz GLC delivers certain features that are either not available or not standard on the Audi Q5. For example, the Mercedes-Benz provides a nine-speed automatic transmission versus the Audi’s seven-speed. Standard features on the GLC but not the Q5 include front dual power headrests, front dual power lumbar support, run-flat tires, rear armrest storage, twin complex surface halogen headlights, and retractable soft cargo cover. GLC options not available on the Q5 include high-intensity discharge headlights, cargo net and Xenon headlamps.

The verdict is in, and the GLC is the winner. Please visit our Mercedes-Benz dealership today for a gratifying test-drive of the 2018 GLC and enjoy the outstanding service that is always our top priority.

* EPA estimated fuel economy. Compare the estimated mpg to the estimated mpg of other vehicles. You may get different mileage depending on how fast you drive, weather conditions and trip length. Your actual highway mileage will probably be less than the highway estimate.