It's difficult to compete with the class-leading performance and intelligent design of the 2020 Audi Q5, especially when it comes to comfortable daily driving and off-road adventures. But the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC is no doubt a tough rival. How do they compare when it comes to performance, fuel efficiency, design, technology, and safety?

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Performance & Fuel Efficiency

The 2020 Audi Q5 has a standard turbocharged 252-hp engine that gets a great 22 MPG city and 28 MPG highway. It's paired with a smooth seven-speed automatic transmission that provides seamless acceleration and impressive power that will take you wherever you need to go. The 2020 Q5 also has a plug-in hybrid version that increases output to 349-hp and gets amazing gas mileage at 65 MPG combined! The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC also comes with a similar turbocharged four-cylinder engine that gets about the same gas mileage, but its fuel tank capacity smaller than the 2020 Audi Q5's, which means you'll be stopping to fill up the Mercedes-Benz GLC more often.

The reliable 2020 Audi Q5 can handle dirt, gravel, and any other rugged terrain that's thrown in its way thanks to its standard quattro® all-wheel drive, sporty chassis, and 8.2-inch ground clearance. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC doesn't come with all-wheel drive, so you will be paying out of pocket for that extra capability. Plus, it only has 5.9-inches of ground clearance, so be careful when venturing off-road onto tougher terrain in the Mercedes-Benz GLC. As for towing, the Audi Q5 also comes out on top with a 4,400-lb max towing capacity versus the Mercedes-Benz GLC's 3,500-lb max. Needless to say, if you're the adventurous type and need a vehicle to match your lifestyle, the 2020 Audi Q5 is the better choice.

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Design and Technology

Audis are known for their sophisticated designs and innovative technology that puts them ahead of their competitors. Its streamlined exterior is a perfect blend of style and sport with its distinctive Singleframe® grille, high clearance, bright LED headlights, and prominent body sculpt that'll turn heads all over Reisterstown. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC's exterior is a similar elegant style but doesn't come with many of the features that are standard on the Audi Q5, like all-season tires and Adaptive High Beam Assist.

The 2020 Audi Q5's cutting-edge interior design includes an available 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit display, MMI® Navigation, and a booming 19-Speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system. The GLC also has forward-thinking tech and a quality interior but doesn't quite match the luxury included on every 2020 Audi Q5 like standard leather upholstery, heat-insulating glass, and four-zone automatic climate control. So, if you want your 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC to come anywhere near the Audi Q5 in driving comfort and utility, you'll be spending big bucks on add-on packages. The 2020 Audi Q5 is also a better option for taller drivers and passengers because it offers more headroom and legroom than the Mercedes-Benz GLC, even though they'll take up the same amount of space in your garage.

Drivers in Garrison will love the special features on the Audi Q5 TFSI e plug-in hybrid, which conveniently pairs to the myAudi app so you can check the battery and range status, program route plans, and charge the battery all from your phone. This efficient hybrid SUV also boasts an electric-only range of up to 26 miles! The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC also offers a hybrid powertrain, but it doesn't include forward-thinking technology like the myAudi app integration that makes everyday driving more convenient and satisfying.

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You never have to worry when you drive a 2020 Audi Q5 because top-notch safety was a design priority. It comes with every feature and measure that will keep you and your precious cargo safe in the event of an accident, like an Advanced Airbag Protection System, front and rear crumple zones, and the intelligent Audi Pre Sense® Basic that activates hazard lights, closes windows, and takes other safety precautions when a possible collision is detected.

The Audi Q5 also has an extensive list of driver-assist features that work to prevent accidents. For example, it has a standard rearview camera and a system of sensors around the vehicle that warn the driver with auditory, visual, and haptic cues when hazards are detected. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC brings a variety of safety equipment with it as well, but lacks the extra mile that Audi took in ensuring the safety of its occupants. For example, the Mercedes-Benz GLC doesn't come standard with auto-leveling headlights or automatic brake assist as the Audi Q5 does.

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Winner: The 2020 Audi Q5

The 2020 Audi Q5 is perfect for commuting to work, off-road adventures, and comfort on long road trips with the entire family. It's no mystery the Audi Q5 remains the best seller in the Audi lineup and has won awards such as the Kelley Blue Book 'Compact Luxury SUV Best Buy' and 'Best Car for Families.' When you buy a 2020 Audi Q5, you know you're buying excellence.

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