2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2017 Audi Q5

When researching luxury sedans, the customer is going to keep a very watchful eye out for any features, details or accessories that make for the most comfortable ride available. When comparing the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs the 2017 Audi Q5, one will see many similarities between the two. There are, however, a few telltale differences that ultimately put the GLC ahead of the Q5.

What draws the line between a vehicle’s ride being good and great? While there are many variables in this equation, a few do seem a bit more prominent than others. The engine, for instance, can play a crucial role for any car shopper. Especially during a fateful test drive that can either make or break a deal. Thankfully, the Mercedes-Benz GLC has a stronger and smoother engine than the Audi Q5.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2017 Audi Q5

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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2017 Audi Q5
$39,150 Starting MSRP $40,900
241 hp, 273 lb-ft Horsepower and Torque 220 hp, 258 lb-ft
Nine-speed automatic Transmission Eight-speed automatic
Standard Front Dual Power Headrest N/A

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2017 Audi Q5 Engine Specs and Pricing

The powertrain of the 2017 GLC is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. These numbers alone already put the GLC ahead of the Q5, which comes up a bit short in both torque and horsepower. Furthermore, the transmission of the GLC is also a step ahead of the Q5, as Mercedes-Benz offers a nine-speed automatic over Audi’s eight-speed automatic. Horsepower, torque and even transmission are all in favor of the GLC.

While SUV shoppers enjoy the superior engine of the 2017 GLC, Mercedes-Benz also wants them to enjoy the front cabin and the rest of the car’s interior. For the sake of premium comfort, the GLC comes with standard front dual power headrest technology, which allows the driver to customize the front seat’s headrest to best satisfy them and their needs. Note that this feature, as well as others, come standard in the GLC but are nowhere to be found in the Q5.

Finally, there’s one last crucial criteria that closes out the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2017 Audi Q5 comparison – the base price. The starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the 2017 GLC is nearly $2,000 less than the 2017 Q5. In short, GLC drivers have a stronger, smoother and more comfortable ride for less money. What more could an SUV shopper want?

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC  Front Cabin
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC  Back Row
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC  Front Cabin Side View
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC  Rear Exterior