Mercedes Benz GLC has been derived from the GLK Class, and the new car was launched in India on 2nd June

Mercedes Benz has taken an aggressive strategy in its expansion and marketing plan for India. The German luxury automaker has launched several models in recent past in the country, which include both the facelift models and the fresh new models. Now the famed automaker launched the GLC luxury SUV in India on 2nd June, 2016, which marks the entry of the all new model in the country. The GLC has been derived from the GLK. The luxury SUV bears the features like GL Class, while it is premium and luxurious at interior bearing resemblances with the C Class. Therefore the nomenclature stands out as the GLC.

The new Mercedes Benz GLC is a bit longer than the C Class. The car is set to take on the rivals like Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60. Incidentally, the Mercedes Benz GLC stands longer than all its competitors. The Mercedes Benz GLC sits closest to the Audi Q5 on the power and torque front.

Here we will take a look between the two cars in the spec comparison between the Mercedes Benz GLC and the Audi Q5.

EXTERIOR

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Mercedes Benz GLC is a stylish SUV which sports an aggressive appearance. The front fascia sports sharp headlamp clusters with dual unit and LED daytime running lights integrated to the cluster. The front radiator grille possess dual slats running horizontally, while the sporty variant has a diamond pattern design, which is slated by a horizontal chrome garnished bar and the three star logo at the middle of the grille. The lower fascia looks aggressive and bold. In the normal variant the car comes with larger air dams and a bold bumper with skid plate, while the sporty variant doesn’t get skid plate. Move to the side profile, The GLC possess muscular appearance. The normal variant gets a true SUV like shape with its boxy design, while the sporty variant comes in a coupe roofline capacitated guise. The normal variant gets chrome lining at the glass area, while the lower side profile boasts side sill. The sporty variant on the other hand gets a sloping roofline and blackened glass area, while the lower side profile has side sills. Depending on the variants the rear profile of the GLCX has been designed differently. It gets wrap around LED taillights, muscular rear door, twin chrome tipped rectangular exhaust vents and chrome lining at the rear diffuser.

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The Audi Q5 on the other hand boasts boxy sharp headlamp clusters with LED daytime running lights. The large front grille sports vertical slats. The lower fascia gets skid plate and aggressive looking slated fog lamp area, which are the home for the found shaped fog lamps. Overall; the front fascia looks less appealing compare to the Mercedes Benz GLC. The side profile gets sharp creases running through the length and the sporty alloy wheels make the car appealing. The roofline seems gently sloping toward the rear, while it gets a sunroof as well. The rear profile boasts sharp and wider taillights. The rear also sports a roof spoiler, dual round shaped exhaust vents.

Dimensionally, the Mercedes Benz GLC measures 4656 mm in length, 1890 mm in width, 1639 mm in height and 2873 mm in wheelbase. While the Audi Q5 stands with 4629 mm of length, 1898 mm of width, 1655 mm of height, and 2807 mm of wheelbase. So far, the Mercedes Benz GLC comes a bit longer than the Audi Q5 which also equips it with better wheelbase. The Audi Q5 on the other hand is wider and taller than the Mercedes Benz GLC. The GLC is heavier than the Audi Q5.

DIMENSION

Specifications Mercedes Benz GLC Audi Q5
Length 4656 mm 4629 mm
Width 1890 mm 1898 mm
Height 1639 mm 1655 mm
Wheelbase 2873 mm 2807 mm
Kerb weight 1954 kg 1895 kg

INTERIOR

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The Mercedes Benz GLC sports a spacious and luxurious premium quality material and equipment filled interior, which boasts plush leather and wooden trims. The multifunction three spoke steering wheel, dual pod instrument cluster which also houses a digital display. The centre console sports a lifted 7 inch touchscreen infotainment screen with touchpad, gesture control features. The centre console gets wooden trim, which can be seen on the door trims as well. The dashboard gets plush leather. The rear occupants get plenty of space thanks to the 2873 mm of wheelbase. The luxurious features include climate control, armrests for the passengers30 litres of luggage space at the rear of the cabin.

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The interior of the Audi Q5 reflects style and comfort blended with luxury. It gets multifunction steering wheel, sleek instrument cluster, stylish centre console with touchscreen infotainment system. The sound system is a 14 speaker Bang & Olufsen system. The interior sports Milano leather upholstery. The cabin of the Audi Q5 gets manual blinds for rear windows, electrically adjustable front seats, front centre armrest, panoramic sunroof, parking aid plus etc.

DRIVETRAIN

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The Mercedes Benz GLC comes available in both diesel and petrol engine options. The 220d 4Matic variant gets power from a 2.2 litre turbocharged four cylinder diesel engine which is capable to churn out 170 hp of peak power between 1700 rpm to 3200 rpm and 400 Nm of peak torque between 1400 rpm to 2800 rpm. This engine is capable to reach 0 - 100 kmph in 8.3 seconds with 210 kmph of top speed. The petrol variant of the car receives power from a 2.0 litre engine which generates 245 hp of peak power at 5500 rpm and 370 Nm of peak torque between 1300 rpm to 4000 rpm. This car can accelerate 0 – 100 kmph in 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 222 kmph. Transmission duty is done by a 9G Tronic automatic gearbox sending power to all the four wheels.

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The Audi Q5 is available in both the petrol and diesel engine options. The smallest engine is a 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine generating 176 hp of peak power and 380 Nm of peak torque. The bigger diesel engine is a 3.0 litre V6 turbo diesel engine which churns out 248 hp of peak power and 578 Nm of peak torque. On the other hand the petrol engine is a 2.0 litre turbo unit 224 hp of peak power and 350 Nm of peak torque.

Specifications Mercedes Benzs GLC Audi Q5
Engines 2.2 litre / 2.0 litre 2.0 litre / 3.0 litre / 2.0 litre
Fuel type Diesel / Petrol Diesel / Petrol
Maximum power 170 hp @ 3000 – 4200 rpm / 245 hp @ 5500 rpm 176 hp / 248 hp / 224 hp
Maximum torque 400 Nm / 370 Nm 380 Nm / 578 Nm / 350 Nm
0 – 100 kmph 8.3 seconds / 6.5 seconds NA
Maximum speed 210 kmph / 222 kmph NA

PRICE

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The Mercedes Benz GLC is priced between INR. 50.70 lakh to INR. 50.90 lakh depending on the petrol and diesel variants. On the other hand the Audi Q5 is powered by INR. 49.46 lakh to INR. 56.02 lakh depending on variants.

CONCLUSION

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If we talk about look in comparison, the Mercedes Benz GLC is much better looking compare to the Audi Q5. It is bolder, muscular and stylish compare to the Audi Q5’s boxy design. Inside the cabin, both the cars offer plenty of luxurious features and comfort with premium features. On the power and performance front the Mercedes Benz GLC has edge in petrol segment, while in the diesel segment the Audi has better edge. Considering the diesel loving Indian customers Audi can take an upper hand here. But with overall appearance, brand strength the GLC is surely a match winner here, with tough competition albeit.

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