2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE VS 2018 Audi Q5

red 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE compared against a black 2018 Audi Q5

Drivers looking for a top-of-the-line crossover SUV want premium quality, performance, and cutting-edge features. However, luxury brands often have names that can make it hard to tell which model is best for you. In this 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2018 Audi Q5 comparison, both models can deliver an elite experience for drivers, but they offer very different dimensions and capabilities.

Both the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE and the 2018 Audi Q5 have luxurious seating for five passenges, but the Mercedes-Benz model is a much larger midsize crossover, compared to the compact crossover dimensions of the 2018 Q5. This means that it has a much higher starting price point, but it also offers 80.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down, compared with just 60.4 total cubic feet of cargo space available on the 2018 Audi Q5. That results in a lot more room for drivers, passengers, and luggage.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 vs 2018 Audi Q5
Midsize Luxury Crossover Segment Compact Luxury Crossover
302 hp, 273 lb-ft Engine Output 252 hp, 273 lb-ft
6,600 pounds (2WD). 7,200 pounds (4MATIC® AWD*) Towing 4,400 pounds
80.3 cubic feet Max. Cargo Space 60.4 cubic feet

Engine Power and Features on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350

The Mercedes-Benz is the most powerful model in this 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs 2018 Audi Q5 comparison. Its 3.5-liter V-6 engine offers 302 horsepower compared to just 252 horsepower available with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder on the 2018 Q5. Both engines offer 273 pound-feet of torque. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 may have just 50 more horsepower, but it leverages that for significant advantages when it comes to towing and hauling. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE can tow up to 7,200 pounds when equipped with 4MATIC® all-wheel drive, while the 2018 Audi Q5 tops out at 4,400 pounds. That means that drivers with weekend towing and hauling needs can enjoy the luxury of their Mercedes-Benz at the same time they are moving a boat or trailer.

The value of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE goes far beyond its powerful engine. DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes, 19-inch five-spoke wheels, a Nappa leather steering wheel, real wood trim, and adaptive braking technology are all standard on this model. If you would like to learn more about this attractive Mercedes-Benz luxury crossover in the Houston TX area, contact a representative at Star Motor Cars today.

*Best performance on snow and ice obtained with winter tires. Please always drive carefully, consistent with road conditions.


rear seats of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE
black 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE on a white background
DYNAMIC SELECT on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE
driver instrumentation in the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE