The Audi Q5 has re-entered the Indian market. The automaker had to put an end to Q5’s sales in India due to the newly introduced BS6 emission norms. The new Q5 gets a few changes in its exterior and interior styling. Moreover, the Q5 comes with a new 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine. In this article, we will be comparing how the new Audi Q5 vs BMW X3 vs Mercedes Benz GLC to find which German SUV is the best among the three.
Audi Q5 vs BMW X3 vs Mercedes Benz GLC: Dimensions[table id=79 /]
The new Audi Q5 gets an even more dynamic exterior styling. The bold shoulder lines travel across the side profile of the car giving it a wide stance. At the front, the Q5 gets a wider grille hexagonal mesh pattern. New headlamps come with futuristic elements in the DRL. Other highlights of the newly launched Q5 are 19-inch 5-double spoke wheels, redesigned bumpers, side air intakes, and fresh LED tail Lights.
The X3 gives away the premium feel like any other vehicle from BMW. The SUV is quite compact when compared to X5 and X6. At the front, X3 comes with a chrome surround kidney grille with vertical bars, The mean-looking headlights get the signature BMW DRLs. The front fog lamps are integrated above the Large air intakes. The X3 gets a sculpted bonnet and chrome lining around the windows. Other styling elements are 20-inch alloy wheels, futuristic taillamps, silver cladding, and sporty-looking exhaust tips.
The GLC carries the contemporary styling from Mercedes. At the front, the GLC gets sporty LED headlights, a large two-slat chrome grille with a large Mercedes logo at the center. The side profile is dominated by stylish 19-inch wheels. The curvy lines and chrome window lining add to its aesthetics. The rear of the GLC is styled with a soft tail lamp and chrome trims above the exhaust.
Audi Q5 vs BMW X3 vs Mercedes Benz GLC: Interior
Inside the cabin, the new Q5 comes in two different color themes – Atlas Beige and Okapi Brown. At the center of the dashboard is a 10.1-inch floating infotainment system. The new infotainment system supports android auto and Apple car play. The Q5 also gets a 12.2-inch instrument cluster, ambient lighting, wireless phone charging, panoramic sunroof, 19 speakers Bang and Olufsen (B&F) music system.
The interior of the BMW X3 looks sporty and luxurious. The X3 gets an 8.8-inch infotainment touch screen along with an analog instrument cluster. Also, it gets a panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, and three-zone climate control. However, the high-end luxury line comes with a 600-watt Harman Kardon sound system and wireless charging, and a 12.3-inch digital cluster. Moreover, the luxury line also gets adaptive LED headlights, a Vernasca leather interior with wooden trims, and bits on the dashboard and doors.
The GLC comes with the same luxurious interior as the C-class. The center console is dominated by a large touchscreen infotainment system with filleted edges. The infotainment system supports Apple car play and Android Auto connectivity. Other features in the GLC include three-round AC vents with Nurburg silver bordering, Artico leather upholstery, and a 12.3-inch full TFT instrument console.
Powertrain[table id=80 /]
The Audi Q5 2021 comes with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. The gasoline motor comes paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The new Q5 can churn out 249 hp and 370 Nm of peak torque. The SUV has a top speed of 237 kmph and can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in just 6.3 seconds.
The BMW X3 also comes with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. Moreover, the engine is paired to an eight-speed automated Steptronic gearbox. Furthermore, this motor can produce 248 hp and 350 Nm of peak torque. The X3 can achieve a top speed of 213kmph and accelerate from 0-60 in just 4.1 seconds.
Mercedes GLC comes with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine. The engine comes paired with a 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox. The GLC can produce 194 bhp and 320 Nm of peak torque. The GLC can hit a top speed of 215kmph and accelerate from 0-60 in 6.3 seconds.
Pricing[table id=81 /]
The new Audi Q5 comes at ₹58.93 lakh (ex-showroom) for the Performance Plus model. The higher Tech comes at ₹63.77 lakh (ex-showroom). The Prices for BMW X3 start at ₹57.90 lakh (ex-showroom) and go up to ₹63.50 lakh (ex-showroom) for the high-end variant. However, the Mercedes GLC is the most economical among the 3, With a base price of ₹58.51 lakh.