Compare 2021 Audi Q8 vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class

2021 Audi Q8
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class
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Premium 55 TFSI quattro
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Q8 Premium 55 TFSI quattro 18 23 $64,108 $68,200
Q8 Premium Plus 55 TFSI quattro 18 23 $64,108 $68,200
Q8 Prestige 55 TFSI quattro 18 23 $64,108 $68,200
RS Q8 4.0 TFSI quattro 13 19 $107,632 $114,500
SQ8 Premium Plus 4.0 TFSI quattro 15 21 $83,848 $89,100
SQ8 Prestige 4.0 TFSI quattro 15 21 $83,848 $89,100
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AMG GLE 53 4MATIC Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
GLE AMG GLE 53 4MATIC Coupe 18 23 $71,910 $76,500
GLE AMG GLE 53 4MATIC SUV 18 22 $68,009 $72,350
GLE AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC Coupe 15 19 $109,040 $116,000
GLE AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC SUV 15 19 $107,113 $113,950
GLE GLE 350 4MATIC SUV 19 26 $53,815 $57,250
GLE GLE 350 SUV 19 26 $51,465 $54,750
GLE GLE 450 4MATIC SUV 21 26 $58,750 $62,500
GLE GLE 580 4MATIC SUV 17 22 $74,166 $78,900

Pricing

Invoice Price

$64,108
$71,910

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$68,200
$76,500

Monthly Payment Estimate

$1137 / month
$1275 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.0
7.3

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2021 Audi Q8 is an expansive–and expensive–full-size luxury crossover that doesn’t cut corners, it carves them. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is a no-compromise SUV with excellent performance, a spacious interior, and tons of style.

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Fuel Economy

City

18 mpg 18 mpg

Highway

23 mpg 23 mpg

Interior Dimensions

Front Shoulder Room (in)

59.5 59.3

Second Leg Room (in)

40.2 -

Front Leg Room (in)

41.6 -

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Second Head Room (in)

38.1 37.8

Second Shoulder Room (in)

58.5 58.5

Front Head Room (in)

37.1 40.2

Front Hip Room (in)

- 60.8

Second Hip Room (in)

- 60

Exterior Dimensions

Min Ground Clearance (in)

5.8 7.5

Length, Overall (in)

196.6 195.3

Height, Overall (in)

67.2 67.6

Track Width, Rear (in)

66.6 67.9

Wheelbase (in)

117.9 115.6

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

78.5 79.3

Track Width, Front (in)

66.1 66.2

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

30.5 -

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

60.7 -

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

30.5 -

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)

- 44.8

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)

- 68

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

- 31.7

Brakes

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA

Brake ABS System (Second Line)

4-Wheel -

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

13.8 13.6

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

14.8 15.8

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

22.5 22.5

Steering

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

43.6 -

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Tires

Rear Tire Size

P275/50HR20 P315/40HR21

Rear Tire Order Code

NA R02

Front Tire Size

P275/50HR20 P275/45HR21

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA R02

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA -

Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)

NA -

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA -

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

4960 -

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)

6471 -

Wheels

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

20 X 9 21 X 10

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

20 X 9 21 X 11

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)

380 -

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

380 -

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

369 @ 2800 384 @ 1800

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

3.0 L/183 3.0 L/183

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

335 @ 5700 429 @ 6100

Engine Type

Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric V-6 Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-6

Engine Oil Cooler

Regular Duty -

Fuel System

Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

20 20

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

23 23

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

18 18

Transmission

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.64 0.72

Trans PTO Access

No -

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

2.14 2.25

Trans Type

8 9

Transfer Case Power Take Off

No -

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.31 1.21

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

0.82 0.86

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.48 4.80

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

3.20 3.24

Trans Order Code

X2 421

Transfer Case Model

None -

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.72 1.64

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD

Drivetrain

All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 1.00

First Gear Ratio (:1)

5.00 5.35

Summary

Vehicle Name

Audi Q8 Mercedes-Benz GLE

Body Code

S -

Body Style

quattro Sport Utility 4MATIC Sport Utility

Suspension

Axle Type - Rear

Independent -

Suspension Type - Front

Multi-Link Double Wishbone

Axle Type - Front

Independent -

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

- Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

- Double Wishbone

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

8.9 8.9

Vehicle

EPA Classification

- Standard SUV 4WD

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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