Quick twin test Audi Q5 vs Mercedes GLC

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Indeed, and this is the one Middle England has been waiting for: the MkII Audi Q5 in sporty S line trim with the sensible 189bhp, 2.0-litre diesel, automatic gearbox and quattro all-wheel-drive. Samey recipe, samey looks.

Just as the Q5 is an A4 Avant on tiptoes, the Mercedes-Benz GLC jacks up a C-Class estate powertrain, interior and tech. This is the most powerful four-cylinder version, with 201bhp (plus 369lb ft of torque) and nine gears.

Which is more practical?

Plenty of rear legroom and headroom in the Q5, but the sculpted rear seats mean three across the back is going to be more uncomfortable than in the Benz. Smaller rear doors impede access, too.

The GLC wins points for slightly longer rear doors, a flatter rear seat and flat loading sill where the Audi has a ledge in the boot. Both cars offer 550 litres seats-up. The Audi is better for all-round visibility.

I’m doing big distance: Audi or Mercedes?

Proper split decision, this. The Audi is unbelievably quiet for a four-pot diesel – the cold start is so smooth you’ll wonder if it’s petrol-powered, and there’s a mite less wind noise than the Merc. But, beyond the initial getaway, the Q5 is a bit more sluggish and the high-speed ride is choppy. No SQ5 dynamic sharpness has been transplanted.

Things are different in the Mercedes. Air suspension, so you can pump the ride height and have comfy or sporty modes, is a £1,495. Like all Airmatic Mercs, it makes the body control lollopy, pitching around at speed with body roll at odds with the fast steering… but it is comfier over big bumps than this Q5. Ageing 2.1-litre engine is a proper rattlebox; bring on the new 2.0-litre from the latest E-Class.

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Can the Q5 be beaten inside?

Not material-wise. The bits you touch are simply more tactile and the infotainment is friendlier. However, it’s a much more austere place to be, where the Mercedes feels rich and welcoming.

The Merc wins on baroque design but feels plasticky in places. There’s more stowage space up front thanks to the gear lever cleverly migrating to behind the steering wheel, though.

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What’s the verdict?

Audi: Ace refinement and top-notch cabin undone by unsettled ride. The Mercedes? A good cruiser. Pleasant to sit in. But that diesely rattle needs sorting. Exceptionally close, but the Mercedes clinches it.

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New BlackBerry Q5 Device Makes Three So Far This Year By BlackBerry

The Q5 device, aimed at markets like Latin America, the Middle East, parts of Europe and Asia, will be available in July. The company has announced no plans to introduce the device in the U.S. thus far.

The new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone is a spin on BlackBerry’s recent new releases, the Blackberry Q10 and Z10.

Confused Yet By All the Qs and Zs?

Let us sort it out for you:

  • The Q5 is aimed at reaching younger audiences, and features fun colors like red. It has a full QWERTY physical keyboard. It uses the new BlackBerry 10 software.  It has a 3.1-inch touchscreen for those who prefer that method for communicating or navigating. The CrackBerry video below previews it.
  • The Z10 is BlackBerry’s flagship touchscreen phone. It was launched in March and represents a departure from previous BlackBerry devices which mostly have featured a physical keyboard. The Z10 is also built on the new BlackBerry 10 operating system. That system offers a number of new features, including the BlackBerry Flow which helps you save time by not having to  jump in and out of applications. It also features the BlackBerry Hub, which gives access to all your messages from various apps in one place. The Z10 is an attempt to catch up with smartphone competitors in a mobile industry BlackBerry helped create.
  • The Q10, also using the BlackBerry 10 software, is a return to the company’s roots with a physical QWERTY keyboard. The physical keyboard is beloved by stalwart BlackBerry users. The Q10 is a more high-end product than the Q5.

No Mention Of a North America Release

BlackBerry made no mention of introducing the Q5 model into North America.  That has some BlackBerry fans disappointed. One fan said in a comment on BlackBerry’s official blog, “What about the USA or will we have to wait until next year? I think Blackberry is forcing many of us in the USA and myself to go to other manufacturer(s).”

 


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