Audi Q5 vs BMW X3 vs Mercedes Benz GLC 300

The Audi Q5 Crossover Takes on the Luxury Competition

In the world of SUVs, there are a large number of shopping options available for Baton Rouge drivers to consider. But, when your tastes are distinct, and your personality and driving desires tend to be more high end, the pool of SUV options gets much smaller.

At Audi Baton Rouge, we're proud to bring our customers a large selection of incredible, luxury SUVs to browse, test drive, and take home. Our Audi SUVs and crossover offer Louisiana drivers the style and capabilities of an SUV that they want, but the world-class caliber and innovative engineering only Audi can produce.

The five-passenger, two-row Audi Q5 is one of our most popular models, and a great vehicle for families of varying sizes in the Baton Rouge area. It has legendary Audi quality and style woven throughout the vehicle, and it comes with the latest in tech and safety features our customers want.

But, as wonderful as it is, the Audi Q5 is not alone in the two-row, luxury crossover market. It has some competition from other well-known brands, including Mercedes-Benz and BMW. To see how it stacks up when compared to similar models from those brand names, check out the side-by-side comparisons we've put together for you. We hope it helps the next time you're torn between an Audi and another luxury brand.

Audi Q5 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Power & Performance

When we compare each SUV's standard engine, the Q5 delivers more horsepower and torque from its 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder than the BMW's 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder can manage. If you want the option of either controlling gears on the road to Gonzales or letting the automatic transmission take control, the Q5 is the right model for you thanks to its sequential manual gearbox. The X3 doesn't allow for anything but automatic gear changes. We can't go without mentioning that the Audi Q5 comes with the legendary quattro® all-wheel drive capability as a standard feature, while the BMW X3's standard rear-wheel drive may prove a liability in stormy weather conditions. 

The Audi Q5 is equipped with one engine across its entire model lineup. A nice and responsive inline four, this fun-to-drive SUV is rated for an exciting 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, which is more power than you'll get in a Mercedes-Benz GLC 300. In fact, this competing model comes equipped with a similar inline four engine, but it only gives you 241 horsepower, with the same amount of torque.

Design & Passenger Space

Design. If you look at each SUV's exterior, the Audi has a more naturally-elegant appeal to it. While both boast an athletic stance, the X3's funky design can be off-putting to some drivers who expect an upscale allure both outside and in. Inside, the Q5 offers more passenger space in both rows of seating, making road trips more comfortable for everybody. If you choose the Q5 Premium Plus or Prestige models, you can kick your feet under the rear bumper to open the cargo door when your hands are full; the BMW X3 doesn't offer a hands-free feature. Plus, the Q5 offers the much larger cargo capacity of the two SUVs. 

Passenger space. The Audi Q5 is also more mindful of yours, and your passengers', comfort than the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300. The Audi SUV has more headroom and more legroom than the Mercedes-Benz model, in both the front and the backseats.

Safety & Technology

Safety. Both SUVs are loaded with the standard safety features you expect, such as daytime running lines, rearview cameras, traction control, post-collision automatic braking systems, and electronic stability systems. However, the front seat shoulder belts on the Q5 are height-adjustable to accommodate a range of driver and passenger heights. The front seat shoulder belts in the X3 are set at a fixed level. 

Technology. The Audi MMI® infotainment system seamlessly integrates your navigation, entertainment, interior lighting, and ride dynamic systems on one easy-to-read screen. BMW's infotainment system isn’t nearly as comprehensive.

Audi Q5 vs. BMW X3

Power & Performance

Power. As mentioned above, the Audi Q5 SUV's standard inline four engine puts out a nice 252 horsepower, which is more than the Mercedes-Benz SUV. But, it's also more than the BMW X3 SUV, which is also powered by an inline four, but earns a rating of 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque instead. 

Performance. Both SUVs come with a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, but the one at the heart of the Q5 generates more horsepower for your Prairieville commute than does the one in the GLC 300. If you're fond of taking to the winding roads, the Q5 offers nimbler maneuverability and higher ground clearance, allowing you to explore with a greater sense of confidence. It's also worth noting that the Q5 enjoys a greater standard towing capability, with a rating of 4,400 pounds. The GLC is rated to max out at 3,500 pounds.

Design & Passenger Space

Interior Comfort. Drivers and passengers alike enjoy more space in the Q5 than they do in the GLC 300. With the rear seats upright, the Q5 offers over 6 cubic feet more of cargo capacity than its Mercedes-Benz competition; fold those seats down, and the Q5 boasts 60.4 cubic feet of cargo room. The GLC 300 maxes out at just over 56 cubic feet. With more headroom, legroom, and shoulder room, the Audi Q5 is more spacious than the BMW X3. Whether in the front or the backseats, you'll get more room to spread out in an Audi Q5 than you would in the BMW competition. 

Customization options. There are more ways to customize the Audi Q5 and make it exactly how you want it, than there are for the BMW SUV. There are three trim levels, which help drivers choose the model and level of features they want, and there are several available packages. The BMW, on the other hand, only comes in two trim levels, one of which is a high-performance variant with the special M badge, and the higher price tag associated with it. For example, the Q5 gets standard automatic emergency braking for both vehicles and pedestrians, for speeds up to 52 mph. But, in order to get automatic emergency braking on the GLC 300, drivers have to specially order a Driver Assistance package that gives them extra features.

Safety & Technology

While both of these luxury SUVs are similarly equipped when it comes to tech, convenience, and safety features, the Audi Q5 offers a bit more than the BMW. For example, standard for the Audi Q5 is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, while the BMW X3 has Android Auto missing from its list of standard equipment and doesn't even offer it as an option. Also, the Audi Q5 comes with standard auto emergency braking, which can recognize both pedestrians and other vehicles at speeds up to 52 mph. Drivers choosing the X3 don't get this safety feature standard but can add it on with an optional package.

Safety. The Audi Q5 comes with standard quattro® all-wheel drive, while it will cost you even more money to add all-wheel drive to the GLC 300 as an option. The Q5 also comes equipped with secondary collision brake assist to prevent further collisions after a crash. The GLC 300 doesn't offer this feature, leaving drivers and passengers exposed to additional injuries.

Shopping for a new Audi Q5 in Baton Rouge

Now that you've seen how the Q5 compares to its top rivals, don't you think you owe it to yourself to drop into our showroom? We're any easy drive from Denham Springs, and our team is ready to help you choose the model and trim that work best for your needs.

The best way to judge the superior quality of every Audi over the competition, including the Audi Q5 SUV, is to stop by and visit us on Airline Highway and test drive one for yourself.

Our new vehicle collection is brimming with available options you can browse, get to know, and get behind the wheel of. Stop by soon, and let us help you get acquainted with your next, new SUV.

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