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New Audi SQ5 vs Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

The new Audi SQ5 performance SUV gets a twin-turbo V6 petrol engine. Let’s see how it fares against a Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 from the same mould

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Audi SQ5 and Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

Our verdict

Truth is, neither of these performance SUVs has a particularly broad appeal. You’ll struggle to get more than 25mpg and you’ll be stopping every 350 miles or so to fill up the tank. But they’re not bad cars; in fact, both impress in different ways.

If you get your thrills from blasting away from traffic lights and listening to a piercing V6 soundtrack, the GLC 43 is well worth a look. It’s even practical and easy to drive when you’re in family mode. However, the SQ5 will quickly catch up through the corners, is smarter inside, has a much better infotainment system, is even more practical and, despite big discounts on the GLC, will cost you less in the long run. Put simply, it’s the better all-rounder.

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1st – Audi SQ5

For Superb ride comfort on air suspension; classy interior; quieter cruiser; infotainment

Against Air suspension costs extra; worse fuel economy; could be more fun

Rated 4 out of 5

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2nd – Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

For Bonkers performance; sweeter-sounding engine; fairly big discounts

Against High-speed handling; heavy depreciation; firmer ride; infotainment

Rated 4 out of 5

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Specifications: Audi SQ5 3.0 V6 TFSI 354

Engine 6cyl, 2995cc, turbo, petrol

Gearbox 8-spd automatic

List price Β£51,200

Target Price Β£51,200

Power 349bhp @ 5400-6400rpm

Torque 369lb ft @ 1370-4500rpm

0-60mph 5.4sec

Top speed 155mph

Claimed fuel economy 34.0mpg

True MPG 24.6

CO2 emissions 189g/km


Specifications: Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

Engine 6cyl, 2996cc, turbo, petrol

Gearbox 9-spd automatic

List price Β£49,005

Target Price Β£47,580

Power 362bhp @ 5500-6000rpm

Torque 384lb ft @ 2000-4200rpm

0-60mph 4.9sec

Top speed 155mph

Claimed fuel economy 34.0mpg

True MPG 25.3mpg

CO2 emissions 189g/km


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