2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2021 Audi Q5

2021 Mercedes GLC vs. Audi Q5

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC


2021 Audi Q5

Starting MSRP

2.0L turbo 4-cylinder

Base Engine

2.0L turbo 4-cylinder
255 to 469 hp


261 hp
67 city / 70 hwy**

Hybrid MPGe

27 combined
22 city / 29 hwy**

EPA-Estimated MPG

22 city / 28 hwy

If you’re looking for a luxury 2-row SUV in Clayton, there are two models that should be at the top of your list: the Mercedes-Benz GLC and the Audi Q5. Both feature sharp styling inside and out, finely-tuned driving dynamics, and an exciting array of tech features. Compare the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2021 Audi Q5 with Mercedes-Benz of St. Louis to find out which SUV best fits your lifestyle, and then browse our new GLC inventory to learn more.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2021 Audi Q5: Engines

The GLC 300 offers Ladue drivers three gasoline engine options and one hybrid powertrain, versus just a single non-PHEV variant for the Audi Q5. That makes the GLC far more flexible if you’d like to customize your driving experience.

Both models are available with intelligent all-wheel drive technology: Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC® and Audi Quattro AWD. But another important difference to note is hybrid performance. While the GNC hybrid gets an estimated 67 city/ 70 highway** MPGe, the Audi Q5 fuel economy only sees a minor boost with the plug-in hybrid powertrain, to a combined 27 mpg. Compare 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2021 Audi Q5 engine options here:

2021 GLC 300 SUV Engine Options

  • Base 255-hp 2.0L turbo-four
  • Available 315-hp 2.0L turbo-four with 90kW electric motor
  • Available 385-hp 3.0L twin-turbo V6
  • Available 469-hp 4.0L twin-turbo V8

2021 Audi Q5 Engine Options

  • Base 261-hp turbo 4-cylinder engine
  • Available 55 TFSI e plug-in hybrid powertrain with 362 hp with 369 lb-ft of torque

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2021 Audi Q5: Price & Trim Levels

The starting price for both models is pretty close, but you’ll still pay about $1,000 less for the GLC base trim. That fact makes an impression when you consider the many high-end features and amenities inside the GLC cabin, especially if you’re looking for a luxury vehicle that delivers more for your money. As for upgrades, higher GLC trims offer dozens of ways to craft your cabin and driving dynamics. While the Q5 offers various packages and options, you can’t customize like you can with the GLC:

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC

  • GLC 300 SUV – $43,200 MSRP*
  • GLC 300 4MATIC® SUV – $45,200 MSRP*
  • GLC 350e 4MATIC® SUV – $51,900 MSRP*
  • AMG® GLC 43 SUV – $59,900 MSRP*
  • AMG® GLC 63 SUV – $73,900 MSRP*

2021 Audi Q5

  • Q5 45 TFSI® quattro® S tronic® – $44,395 MSRP

Test Drive a New Mercedes-Benz GLC for Sale in St. Louis

The best way for Frontenac drivers to compare the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2021 Audi Q5 is to get behind the wheel! Whether you’re interested in a new model or a pre-owned GLC SUV, contact us today to set up a test drive with your favorite models. While you’re here, be sure to ask us about AMG® performance parts and exclusive GLC lease offers as well as learn more about the Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. Mercedes-Benz GLS.

Base MSRP excludes transportation and handling charges, destination charges, taxes, title, registration, preparation and documentary fees, tags, labor and installation charges, insurance, and optional equipment, products, packages and accessories. Actual vehicle price may vary by Dealer.

**EPA estimated fuel economy. Compare the estimated mpg to the estimated mpg of other vehicles. You may get different mileage depending on how fast you drive, weather conditions and trip length. Your actual highway mileage will probably be less than the highway estimate.

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