Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Audi Q5 VS 2018 Mercedes GLC Near New Bern, NC

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2018 Audi Q5

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2018 Audi Q5

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2018 Mercedes GLC

Safety Comparison

The Q5 has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The GLC doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q5. But it costs extra on the GLC.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Q5’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The GLC doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

To help make backing safer, the Q5 Premium Plus/Prestige’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The GLC doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Q5 and the GLC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty Comparison

The Q5’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the GLC’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

The Audi Q5’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the GLC’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi fourth in reliability. Mercedes is ranked 17th.

Engine Comparison

The Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 11 more horsepower (252 vs. 241) than the GLC 300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 Auto gets better fuel mileage than the GLC 300 4MATIC (23 city/27 hwy vs. 21 city/28 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q5 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The GLC requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Q5 has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLC (18.5 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Q5 stops shorter than the GLC:





60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

131 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Q5’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the GLC’s (38.4 feet vs. 38.8 feet). The Q5’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the AMG GLC 43’s (38.4 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Q5 has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GLC (8.2 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the Q5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Q5 has 3.9 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom and .5 inches more rear legroom than the GLC.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Q5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the GLC with its rear seat up (26.8 vs. 19.4 cubic feet). The Q5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the GLC with its rear seat folded (60.4 vs. 56.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Q5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the GLC.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q5 is less expensive to operate than the GLC because typical repairs cost much less on the Q5 than the GLC, including $68 less for a water pump, $178 less for an alternator, $119 less for front brake pads, $255 less for fuel injection, $108 less for front struts and $201 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi Q5 and the Mercedes GLC, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Audi Q5 outsold the Mercedes GLC by 21% during the 2017 model year.

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