New Audi Q5 vs Land Rover Discovery Sport vs Mercedes GLC

Does Audi's classy new Q5 have what it takes to leap ahead of its biggest prestige SUV rivals, the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Mercedes GLC?...

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What Car? team
05 May 2016

New Audi Q5 vs Land Rover Discovery Sport vs Mercedes GLC

Our verdict

The Land Rover has been a frequent winner on these pages over the past couple of years, and it still shines brightly. It’s the only premium-badged SUV in this price bracket with seven seats, it has the best driving position of our contenders and, in HSE Black trim, comes very well equipped.

However, its time at the top has finally come to an end; the new Audi is quite simply a better all-rounder without any major flaws. Perhaps the most impressive thing about the Audi is its interior which puts its rivals’ to shame with the quality of the materials it’s made with and how well everything seems bolted together. However, similarly remarkable is its smooth, whisper-quiet engine and how well you’re protected from wind noise. The Audi is also good to drive and rides comfortably enough – even on optional sports suspension.

True, it isn’t as big or as clever as the Land Rover, but it’s still a practical family car – especially if you add the reasonably priced sliding and reclining rear seats. And although the Audi is the least well equipped of our trio, the fact that it’s so much cheaper to buy on finance means you’ll have a bit left over for a few choice options.

The Mercedes comes last, but it’s by no means disgraced. It has the strongest engine and the best safety rating of all three cars, while the optional air suspension delivers a cushioned ride. However, relatively heavy depreciation, so-so practicality and a fiddly infotainment system are the areas in which it falls down.

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1st – Audi Q5

New Audi Q5 vs Land Rover Discovery Sport vs Mercedes GLC

For Seriously hushed driving manners; cheapest finance deals; classy interior; slow depreciation

Against You’ll want to add a few options; slow-witted gearbox

Verdict A brilliant all-rounder and a worthy champion

Rated 5 out of 5

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2nd – Land Rover Discovery Sport

New Audi Q5 vs Land Rover Discovery Sport vs Mercedes GLC

For The only seven-seater; loads of kit; good to drive

Against Weak engine; low-speed ride; infotainment

Verdict Practical, but cheaper trims make more sense

Rated 4 out of 5

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New Audi Q5 vs Land Rover Discovery Sport vs Mercedes GLC

For Strong performance; lowest CO2; good safety

Against Fiddly infotainment; least practical; higher depreciation

Verdict Well worth a look if practicality isn’t a priority

Rated 4 out of 5

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Specifications: Audi Q5 2.0 TDI 190 S line

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price £40,290

Target Price £38,644

Power 188bhp

Torque 295lb ft

0-60mph 8.1sec

Top speed 135mph

Official fuel economy 55.4mpg

CO2 emissions 133g/km

Specifications: Land Rover Discovery Sport TD4 180 HSE Black auto

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price £41,720

Target Price £39,436

Power 178bhp

Torque 317lb ft

0-60mph 11.1sec

Top speed 117mph

Official fuel economy 53.3mpg

CO2 emissions 139g/km

Specifications: Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 d AMG Line

Engine size 2.1-litre diesel

List price £41,025

Target Price £38,755

Power 201bhp

Torque 184lb ft

0-60mph 10.8sec

Top speed 114mph

True MPG 50.2mpg

Official fuel economy 64.2mpg

CO2 emissions 114g/km

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