Compare 2018 Audi Q5 vs 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class

2018 Audi Q5
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class
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2.0 TFSI Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Q5 2.0 TFSI Premium 23 27 $38,596 $41,500
Q5 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus 23 27 $38,596 $41,500
Q5 2.0 TFSI Prestige 23 27 $38,596 $41,500
Q5 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium 23 27 $41,014 $44,100
Q5 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium Plus 23 27 $41,014 $44,100
Q5 2.0 TFSI Tech Prestige 23 27 $41,014 $44,100
SQ5 3.0 TFSI Premium Plus 19 24 $50,500 $54,300
SQ5 3.0 TFSI Prestige 19 24 $50,500 $54,300
4MATIC 4-Door GLC 300

2018 Audi Q5 vs. 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class: Compare Cars

The Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class are two luxury utility vehicles that seem perfectly sized and designed for couples or smaller families.

Both measure around 183 inches long, with mid-size cabins and offer a range of powertrain choices and luxury upgrades. With no effort lost to rugged off-road ability, they seem to hit a sweet spot for Americans who still want maneuverability and parking ease.

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC arrived for its first model year only in rear-wheel-drive GLC300 and all-wheel-drive GLC300 4Matic models, both powered by a frisky 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 making 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque (at a very accessible, diesel-like 1,300 rpm). A 9-speed automatic transmission is standard. 

 
Pricing
Invoice Price
$38,596
$38,084
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$41,500
$40,950
Monthly Payment Estimate
$692 / month
$683 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.5
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The Audi Q5 is certainly the segment's most modern offering, delivering a high degree of technology, comfort, and conservative style. As a tangential—and far more sophisticated—replacement for the GLK, the savvy 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC is a far better match for American wants and needs.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 -
Front Head Room (in)
40.2 41.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.7 -
Second Leg Room (in)
37.8 -
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Leg Room (in)
41 -
Second Head Room (in)
37.7 39.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
63.6 63.8
Length, Overall (in)
183.6 183.3
Height, Overall (in)
65.3 64.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.3 63.8
Wheelbase (in)
111 113.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.5 74.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
53.1 56.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
25.1 20.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
25.1 20.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- 36.6
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- 61.3
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- 43.3
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.3 13.5
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13 12.6
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 17.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.4 38.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/60HR18 P235/60HR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/60HR18 P235/60HR18
Trailering
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
4400 -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
440 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
440 -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
4400 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
4400 -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4045 3947
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 18 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 18 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
420 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 150
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
252 @ 5000 241 @ 5550
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
273 @ 1600 273 @ 1300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/121 2.0 L/121
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 24
Transmission
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.39 0.86
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.75 4.93
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.19 3.33
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.06 1.66
Trans Description Cont.
Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Drivetrain
All Wheel All Wheel
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.51 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.19 5.50
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.30 -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 2.31
Trans Type
7 9
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 1.21
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.72
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi Q5 Mercedes-Benz GLC
Body Style
quattro Sport Utility 4MATIC
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Multi-Link Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Multi-Link Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.1 7.3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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