2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2018 Audi Q5 Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC

Run Flat Tires

  Standard

Roadside Assistance

  Unlimited yr./ unlimited mi.


2018 Audi Q5

2018 Audi Q5

Run Flat Tires

  Not available

Roadside Assistance

  4 yr./ unlimited mi.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2018 Audi Q5

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After you have decided to take home a new compact luxury SUV soon, you may immediately start comparing popular options of sports utility vehicles from some of the more reputable automakers. By making this important step, you may quickly find yourself debating between the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC and the 2018 Audi Q5. Both of these SUVs have a similar base price, although the GLC is slightly more affordable. They also both have similar dimensions for cargo space and passenger seating. However, when you take an in-depth look at these two popular luxury SUVs, you will see that they differ in several areas that may be important to you.

Exterior Style

The exterior design variations between these two SUVs is one of the primary differences that you may notice when you take a closer look. Both of the vehicles have a dominant grille on the front end that carries its brand’s signature design and logo. The Audi has a six-sided grille with LED headlights that angle inward as well as large air vents under the headlights. Minimal contouring is found on the hood and side panels, and the roofline grades gently downward toward the rear. The GLC, on the other hand, has a four-sided grille with LED headlights that fade outward away from the grille. The air intake vents located below the headlights have an innovative design that gives the front end a modern look. The GLC has more contouring on the sides and hood than the Q5 has. Also, the roofline of the GLC grades down steeply toward the rear, and this creates a sportier look.

Interior Design and Features

As you might expect from a luxury SUV, the interior design for both vehicles is stellar. However, they accomplish a luxurious look in different ways. For example, the 2018 Audi Q5 has a simplified yet distinctly modern feel, and the GLC features luxurious materials with wood finishes in most cases. The Q5 has numerous high-tech features, such as the MMI operating system that gives you control over the navigation system, sound system, drive select modes and more. It also comes with adaptive cruise control, Audi Connect and several other advanced features. The GLC comes with a 360-degree view camera, adaptive cruise control, a pop-up display for sound and navigation system controls, dual-zone climate control, a digital instrumentation panel and several other features. The GLC’s features may be more intuitive than the Q5’s features.

Performance

From a horsepower perspective, these two SUVs are similar. They both come with an intercooler, Turbo premium I4 engine with direct fuel injection. They both also have a multi-link suspension system, aluminum wheels, electric power steering and disc brakes. The GLC is also equipped with an automatic transmission with overdrive and rear-wheel drive. On the other hand, the Q5 has an auto-shift manual transmission with overdrive and an all-wheel-drive drivetrain. An essential difference between these two vehicles is that the GLC also has a Drive Mode Select. That lets you customize your driving experience through five modes. These modes are Individual, Sport, Sport+, Eco, and Comfort.

While the 2018 Audi Q5 has many features in common with the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC, you can see that these two compact luxury SUV models have essential differences. When you stop by Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell, you can admire the GLC vehicles that we have in stock and compare them to the Q5. Through a personal review of features and styles and a test drive, you can more easily pick out the gorgeous luxury SUV that will love to drive each day for many years.


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.