Mercedes-Benz is one of the most popular luxury car brands in the world. The German automaker currently enjoys a massive share of the premium SUV segment in the US, and the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE is the driving force behind Mercedes-Benz's impressive sales in the country.
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE is the best-selling Mercedes-Benz model in the US for more than one reason. To help you understand why luxury SUV shoppers in Scottsdale, AZ, and other cities love the GLE SUV, we've put together a quick comparison between the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE and the 2022 Audi Q7 to how the GLE compares to one of its biggest competitors.
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE
2022 Audi Q7
2.0-liter Turbocharged In-Line 4-Cylinder
|Engine||2.0-liter Turbocharged (TFSI®) In-Line 4-Cylinder|
|255 hp / 273 lb-ft||Horsepower / Torque||261 hp / 273 lb-f|
|79.4 cubic feet||Max. Cargo Volume||69.6 cubic feet|
|9G-TRONIC 9-speed Automatic||Transmission||8-speed Tiptronic® Automatic
Choosing between the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE and the 2022 Audi Q7 is like choosing between an apple and a pear. However, if you have to choose one, you should go for the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE. Here's why.
The comparison table above shows that both luxury SUVs have a seven-seater capacity and boast similar 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engines. However, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE is much more reasonably priced than the 2022 Audi Q7, starting at a full $2,000 lower than the Audi. The Audi Q7 produces slightly better horsepower than the Mercedes-Benz GLE, but they're neck in neck when it comes to torque.
Where the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE truly shines is in its transmission setup, giving you an additional ninth gear for cruising along highways. The GLE’s 9G TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission also helps the GLE deliver better highway fuel economy. While the Audi A7 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE are tied in city mpg ratings at 19 mpg, the GLE goes 27 mpg on the highway while the Audi Q7 starts to choke at 25.
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE is also packed with features like a 12.3-inch Digital Instrument Cluster and a 12.3-inch Touchscreen Multimedia Display with navigation. It also offers Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration, wireless charging, augmented video for navigation, MBUX Interior Assistant gesture control, and Burmester® High-End 3D Surround Sound System.
Overall, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE is the better SUV. Although it lacks some horsepower, it makes up for it with its better value, higher highway fuel economy, and spacious, well-appointed interior.
If you would like to learn more about the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE or experience it in person, get in touch with the Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale team and schedule a test drive today!