2018 Audi Q5 Tears Apart Mercedes GLC, BMW X3 Figures

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Their 2018 model figures aren’t yet known, but the current Mercedes GLC and BMW X3 have lost out to the new 2018 Audi Q5 in terms of output and fuel economy. As a matter of fact, the Audi SUV is now the most efficient in its segment, based on its latest ratings from the EPA.

It has a combined estimate of 25mpg, which beats out the RWD versions of both the GLC300 and X3 sDrive28 pegged at 24mpg combined. As for power, the Audi Q5 uses a 2.0L TFSI four-banger which delivers 252hp and 273lb-ft torque, higher than the equivalent GLC (241hp, 273lb-ft torque) as and X3 (240hp, 260lb-ft torque).

In each aspect above, the Q5 doesn’t surpass its rivals by much, but the fact that it topped in all three categories (i.e. mileage, horsepower, and torque) is something worth noting. Nevertheless comparing figures alone won’t be enough for Audi to convince potential buyers that it has the edge over its peers.

It’s worth paying attention to is the automaker’s enhanced Quattro AWD system which provides fully variable torque distribution in order that the vehicle would be able to respond more sensitively and intelligently to torque needs based on driver input and road conditions.

The Q5’s use of multiple sensors allows it to monitor varying driving circumstances such as slippery roads and cornering speed and anticipate the vehicle’s traction needs so that it could adjust how the Quattro system should engage. All this is done is mere fractions of a second.