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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. 2019 Audi Q5 | Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown
2019 Benz GLA

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA

2019 Audi Q5

2019 Audi Q5

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. 2019 Audi Q5


The Mercedes-Benz GLA is a rugged yet stylish car that comes with a raised ground clearance as you would expect from a crossover. The GLA first rolled off production in 2014 and is now in its second generation.

The Audi Q5 is also a compact crossover from Audi. The car is also in its second generation having first gone into production in 2008. Here is how these two cars compare.

Design & Style

The GLA comes with large wheel arches and the large bold grille that is characteristic of Mercedes-Benz. The curved roofline gives it a sporty coupe look and it comes with plastic cladding on the body to protect from scratches. The sporty version comes with 18-inch wheel and roof rails.

The Audi Q 5 shares the same chassis with the larger Q7 but somehow still seem to be well put together. The front end follows the Audi theme design and comes with LED headlights as standard. The Q5 also features thin taillights which give the car a lean muscular look.

Technology & Safety

The GLA is not short on technology. This luxury crossover from Mercedes-Benz features the latest in safety and technology including an 8-inch infotainment screen and smartphone integration. The graphics are also easy to decipher and very intuitive. In short, this is a car that is designed to make driving a breeze.

The Audi Q5, on the other hand, comes with an 8.3-inch infotainment screen but it is not a touchscreen. Instead, commands are selected through a dial and are displayed on the screen. The navigation system also takes in voice commands.


The Mercedes-Benz GLA is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine which gives this luxury crossover a silky-smooth drive. There are no lags and the car responds nimbly as you hit the gas pedal. You get great mileage as well, giving a decent 39.9 MPG on the highway.

The Q5 comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that also gives the Q5 smooth acceleration and an abundance of power to get you wherever you are going. Like most Audis, the Q5 transmission can lag sometimes and this spoils an otherwise great performance.

The Bottom Line

While this is a close race, the Mercedes-Benz GLA wins this comparison by giving a far better driving experience. The GLA does not lag and its transmission moves smoothly through the gears as you accelerate, unlike the Audi Q5. The GLA also beats the Audi Q5 on infotainment and other tech features in the car. The GLA offers the driver a more intuitive interaction with the car.

Ready to Schedule a 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA Test Drive Today?

At Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown, we offer a wide variety of Mercedes-Benz models for you to choose from, including the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA and we are more than happy to arrange for a test drive so that you can experience the stellar features of this vehicle. Call us today to make an appointment or simply pay us a visit at our showroom today!


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630 Middle Country Road St. James, NY


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630 Middle Country Road St. James, NY
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