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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2017 Audi Q5

Very few vehicle classes have experienced the explosion in popularity that is currently happening in the crossover segment. These versatile vehicles have become the new family car, delivering impressive performance paired with an added element of storage space. Many high-line manufacturers are getting into the crossover game, creating models that add a degree of refinement to this popular class. Car shoppers considering a luxury crossover will want to learn more about the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs the 2017 Audi Q5.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC and the 2017 Audi Q5 are each offered in multiple trim levels that can be equipped with either a four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC VS 2017 Audi Q5
2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder Base Engine 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
241 hp, 273 lb-ft torque Base Engine Performance 220 hp, 258 lb-ft torque
2 Engine Options 2
362 hp, 384 lb-ft torque Max Performance 272 hp, 295 lb-ft torque

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5 Engine Options and Performance

Both the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC and the Audi Q5 come equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as standard equipment. The performance numbers on the Mercedes-Benz engine are able to best those produced by the Audi engine. The GLC offers 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, while the Q5 checks in at 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

In addition to the base engine, the GLC and Q5 can also be equipped with an additional V-6 engine. Mercedes-Benz is once again able to outperform Audi, offering a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 that is rated at 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. The Audi V-6 checks in at 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

The luxury nature of these two crossover mean they offer an extensive selection of excellent comfort, safety and technology features. Highlights from the list of features offered on the GLC include:

  • Keyless entry and ignition 

  • Power liftgate

  • Forward collision warning and mitigation

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

  • Synthetic leather upholstery

  • HD radio

  • Blind-spot monitoring system

  • Adaptive cruise control

  • Surround-view camera

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC interior
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC exterior side

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