2017 Audi Q5 2.0 TDI Sport v Mercedes-Benz GLC 220d comparison

Luxury car makers absolutely love producing mid-sized SUVs based on passenger-car platforms, because aspirational upper-middle class family types are buying them in droves.

2017 Audi Q5 2.0 TDI Sport v Mercedes-Benz GLC 220d comparison

The newest entrant to the class is Audi’s second-generation Q5, which pairs clinical design with cutting-edge cabin tech and typically Teutonic execution.

Here we’re pitting it against the Mercedes-Benz GLC, essentially a high-riding C-Class alternative that brings a healthy dose of style and practicality alongside a badge to die for.

These are two of the most appealing and popular models in their class, alongside the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque, BMW X3 and the imminent MY18 Volvo XC60.

This particular comparison test is looking at both the Audi and Mercedes-Benz in their respective entry level diesel-engine grades. Given the former launched more recently, we demand it be better. But is it?

We have the Audi Q5 2.0 TDI quattro sport, and the Mercedes GLC 220d.

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