Luxury competitors like Mercedes-Benz and Audi are constantly updating their SUVs to satiate the ever-changing needs of families, such as those near Scarborough, Saco, and Portland, ME. The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLB vs. Audi Q5 is a common debate for folks requiring a luxury SUV in their lives. So, how do the most recent iterations of these models stack up? We’re here to help you find out at Mercedes-Benz of Scarborough.
We’ve put the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLB against the Audi Q5 so you can determine which model is appropriate for your daily travels!
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Any vehicle worth its salt—luxury or not—comes with certain expectations. At its most basic, it must be capable of taking you wherever you want to go, whenever you want to go there, and in whatever manner you choose. Mercedes-Benz and Audi are known for their reliable lineups that offer far more than the average ride.
If you stick with the entry-level engine for both the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLB and the Audi Q5, you’ll see similarities along with some notable differences. Both SUVs equip a 2.0L inline-4 engine under their respective hoods.
That setup in the Q5 puts out 201 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, it generates 221 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque in the 2023 GLB—proof that while what you have is important, it’s how you use it that counts.
The 2.0L turbo in-line 4-cylinder of the Mercedes-Benz SUV returns an EPA-estimated 24 city/32 highway MPG.* With its similar engine, the Audi Q5 returns an EPA- estimated 23 city/29 highway MPG.
So, if you want to travel longer, farther, while limiting your stops at the pump, you may want to choose the 2023 GLB.
It’s a well-known fact that the vehicles engineered by Mercedes-Benz and Audi are the epitome of luxury. Their cabins are swathed in premium materials and filled with all the necessary accoutrements that today’s drivers desire and demand. Even when you’re considering a larger vehicle to transport a full crew, you’ll want it to accommodate every want and need.
Choosing an SUV as your next daily driver likely means you want or need both space and flexible cabin usage. The 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLB and the Audi Q5 are built on similarly sized platforms, yet the Mercedes-Benz once again uses its available space to an advantage.
A perfect example of the difference in their cabin space is found in their maximum amount of cargo room. With the Mercedes-Benz, you can expect a hearty62 cubic feet of storage capacity with the rear seats folded flat. The same configuration in the Audi SUV results in 54 cubic feet of storage capacity.
Passengers also benefit from the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLB. In total you can fit up to seven adults (with the optional third row) within the 2023 GLB, whereas the Audi limits seating capacity to just five.
Everyone on board may feel a bit more comfortable in the 2023 GLB too, as its interior dimensions provide more room to stretch out and get comfortable. Compare their first- and second-row measurements below.
2023 Mercedes-Benz GLB
2023 Audi Q5
|Headroom (Front/Rear)||40.7 inches/39.3 inches||39.6 inches/39.3 inches|
|Legroom (Front/Rear)||41.1 inches/38.1 inches||40.9 inches/38 inches|
Along with a reliable powertrain, fuel-efficient performance, and accommodating interior, today’s drivers require tech-filled cabins. It goes without saying that you’ll need to remain informed, connected, engaged, and perhaps even entertained while you’re behind the wheel. Fortunately, both models come well-equipped in the tech department.
The 2023 GLB and the Q5 both have the following standard within their respective cockpits:
Yet, the Mercedes-Benz SUV standardly ups the ante with its Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) and takes innovation to the next level.
One of the most exciting features for folks first climbing into the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLB is the available keyword activation system linked to the infotainment.
To use the keyword activation, you simply say “Hey, Mercedes” and give the system a command. Using Voice Control with Natural Language Understanding, the system utilizes AI to perform such actions, like turning on a playlist, pulling up navigational directions, or adjusting the cabin temperature. Over time, it will continue to learn new phrases and even respond to more casual phrases.
This type of arrangement isn’t offered in the Audi.
With the uptick in fuel economy, interior space, and infotainment technology, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLB outpaces the likes of the Audi Q5. And here at Mercedes-Benz of Scarborough near Scarborough, Saco, and Portland, ME, you can find your favorite variant of the 2023 GLB in our online inventory.
Contact us to set up your personal test drive so you can get in the lap of luxury and behind the wheel of the 2023 GLB today!
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* EPA estimated fuel economy. Compare the estimated mpg to the estimated mpg of other vehicles. You may get different mileage depending on how fast you drive, weather conditions and trip length. Your actual highway mileage will probably be less than the highway estimate