Used test: Audi SQ5 vs Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

If you want a fast and sporty SUV at a reduced price take a look at these two humdingers. But which one should you choose? We spill the beans...

Used test: Audi SQ5 vs 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 from either of them 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 their 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. It’s cheaper to buy at this age than the Audi, too. 

However, the SQ5 will quickly catch up through the corners, and on top of that it’s much more refined at nearly all speeds. Its ride is in another class, too, so this is a far more comfortable car to be in. It’s also smarter inside, with a truly impressive infotainment system. It’s even more practical too, and, despite being more expensive to buy, should cost you less to own in the long run. Put simply, it’s the better all-rounder here.

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1st – Audi SQ5

Used test: Audi SQ5 vs Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

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

Against Air suspension was an option; could be more fun to drive

What Car? rating 4/5

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2nd – Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

Used test: Audi SQ5 vs Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

For Bonkers performance; sweeter sounding engine; cheaper to buy

Against High-speed handling; heavier depreciation; firmer ride; infotainment not as good

What Car? rating 4/5

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Specifications: Audi SQ5

  • Engine size 3.0-litre petrol
  • Power 349bhp
  • Torque 369lb ft
  • 0-60mph 5.4sec
  • Top speed 155mph
  • Fuel economy 34.0mpg (Official average)
  • CO2 emissions 189g/km

Specifications: Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

  • Engine size 3.0-litre petrol
  • Power 362bhp
  • Torque 384lb ft
  • 0-60mph 4.9sec
  • Top speed 155mph
  • Fuel economy 34.0mpg (Official average)
  • CO2 emissions 189g/km

Price today is based on a 2017 model with average mileage and full service history, correct at time of writing


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