A luxury SUV is an investment in your growing family’s future, so you’ll want to make the right decision. The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLE and the Audi Q5 are both highly capable vehicles with a lot to offer.
Our team at Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale wants to make that decision-making process a bit easier, so we’ve put together this 2023 GLE vs. Q5 comparison. Read on to find out today which one is better suited for your Scottsdale, AZ, travels!
When you’re shopping for a capable SUV, you’ll want to consider what’s equipped under the hood to ensure it has the power needed to take you reliably from Point A to Point B. As you’ll see below, both models have some similarities but far more differences.
Both the 2023 GLE and the Q5 come standard with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. However, that’s where the similarities end. In the Q5, this motor will yield 201 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. However, for even more strength right out of the gate, you’ll want to choose the 2023 GLE, which generates 255 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.
The Q5 pairs its engine with a 7-speed automatic transmission for smooth gear changes. Once again, though, the 2023 GLE exceeds this with its 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with shift paddles. This greater range of ratios and shorter steps between gears ensures quicker, seamless gear changes.
Each SUV has a multi-mode drive program selector so you can choose the option that best suits road conditions or your mood. The Audi drive select system has four drive modes. Meanwhile, the DYNAMIC SELECT system in the 2023 GLE has these five modes:
When your travels take you off the pavement, only the 2023 GLE 350 has an Off-Road mode that can be tailored to take on dirt, gravel, and sand.
Make no mistake - you’re guaranteed to find comfort, luxury, and next-generation convenience in the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLS and the BMW X7. For instance, both SUVs offer supple leather upholstery and 4-zone automatic climate control to keep your whole clan ideally cozy.
Both the Q5 and the 2023 GLE 350 have a standard seating capacity of five passengers. However, the 2023 GLE 350 offers an available third row to accommodate seven passengers and provide more room for everyone.
When it comes to cargo capacity, the 2023 GLE 350 once again beats out the Q5. The 2023 GLE has a standard capacity of 33.3 cubic feet and a maximum cargo capacity of 74.9 cubic feet, while the Q5 lags behind with its standard 25.9 cubic feet and maximum of 54 cubic feet.
Of course, today’s drivers expect—no, require—modern technologies to stay informed, connected, engaged, and safe on the roads. Fortunately, both the 2023 GLE and the Q5 provide the necessary cabin amenities to ensure you’re able to fully enjoy the drive every time you get behind the wheel.
On the 2023 GLE, you’ll have a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen multimedia display and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display. On the Audi Q5, you can also opt for the Audi virtual cockpit fully digital 12.3-inch instrument display, but it’s only available on the highest trim. Plus, its standard infotainment screen is only 10.1 inches.
A long ride is nothing without music, so both the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLE and the Audi Q5 are both compatible with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. Thanks to this feature, you can stream your playlists and podcasts.
Of course, no technologies are more important than those that help protect you and your passengers. You deserve top-of-the-line security to come with your premium vehicle. Fortunately, the 2023 GLE delivers.
With the Audi Q5, you can also expect standard safety technologies, however, not nearly as many features as the 2023 GLE. While the Audi’s highest trim comes with the additional head-up display and top view camera system—which can also be equipped on the 2023 GLE—it doesn’t come with as many add-ons.
If you want to drive off in your dream luxury SUV in Scottsdale, AZ, you’ll first need to choose between the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLE and the Audi Q5.
Now that you know more about the main differences between the two models, you may have already made your choice. If you’re ready to experience the epitome of a luxury SUV that delivers more, head over to Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale to drive the 2023 GLE today.
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