Mercedes-Benz GLC takes aim at Audi Q5

Mercedes-Benz landed a big shot on Audi with a power bump to its CLA45 AMG recently, but it doesn’t seem as if Mercedes is stopping after that. Mercedes-Benz wants to take on the segment leading Audi Q5 with the all-new GLC Class.

2015 Audi Q5
2015 Audi Q5

The GLC is more grown up than the GLK it replaces, which was quite underwhelming, and was known for being a bit flaky. The new GLC is bound to be considerably better than its predecessor, in terms of both looks and quality. Priced between $47,000 and $51,000, the GLC will be more expensive to start than both the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. However, the GLC comes loaded with kit as standard. All models will come with a 9-speed ZF automatic, 19″ wheels, all-wheel drive and 360 degree parking cameras. So you get quite a bit for your money.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 - Side
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 – Side

Replacing the aging GLK Class, with GLC will come with a variety of four-cylinder engines, both diesel and petrol-powered. The GLC 200d will get a 2.1 liter turbocharged diesel engine, making 167 hp and 29 lb-ft of torque and will get around 47 mpg. The GLC 250d will get a more powerful version of the same engine, making 201 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque, while getting around 36 mpg.

2015 Audi Q5
2015 Audi Q5

The GLC 250 will get a 2.0 liter turbocharged petrol engine, making 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque and should get around 35-36 mpg. This engine will enable the GLC 250 to get to 60 mph from a standstill in 7.3 seconds, making it just a touch slower than the 2.0 liter Audi Q5.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 - Rear
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 – Rear

The GLC will combat the Audi Q5 with striking good looks, a quality interior and a more luxurious demeanor, as all Mercedes’ do now. The 9-speed auto is also a nice touch, which supposedly shifts smoothly and quickly and is a huge improvement over the 7-speed wet-clutch automatic Mercedes-Benz used to use. We won’t be able to tell how it stacks up against the segment-leading Audi Q5 until we can get them back to back, but it looks like Mercedes-Benz might have a serious contender in this fight.




Nico DeMattia

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