Mercedes-Benz vs Audi: Buyer’s Guide

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You know Audi and Mercedes-Benz as German luxury automakers with a history — and rivalry — that dates to the early days of motoring. Drivers trust both brands for top-notch craftsmanship, and model lineups that span every size and vehicle class, from affordable subcompact cars to feature-packed 3-row SUVs. Which automaker offers the better value and luxury driving experience? Read below to compare Mercedes-Benz vs. Audi compact SUVs and midsize sedans:

Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. Audi Q5

Compact SUVs are one of the most competitive automotive classes these days, so you know any model rising to the top of the critics’ rankings is something special. That’s the case for the Mercedes-Benz GLC, a compact-yet-spacious SUV that prioritizes comfort when it comes to handling and interior features, but can kick up some serious horsepower on the Hillsboro highways.

The Audi Q5 does have positive qualities, including cabin design and an easy-to-use infotainment system. However, you’ll have to deal with 3 cubic feet less cargo space — an amount that’s not insignificant in a compact vehicle. You’ll also note the higher starting MSRP on the Q5 base trim below — so you’ll need to spend a bit more to access some of the same standard features.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC

  • Starting at $42,500* MSRP
  • Standard 255 hp
  • 56.5 cubic feet of cargo space

2020 Audi Q5

  • Starting at $43,300 MSRP
  • Standard 248 hp
  • 53.1 cubic feet of cargo space

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan vs. Audi A6 Sedan

Review the info below, and it’s clear from the specs that both sedans offer massive engine upgrades. Starting MSRP is comparable, and both base trims come with well-stocked with advanced infotainment features. The most notable difference is again that the Audi comes up short on trunk space, providing less than half than the E-Class sedan:

2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

  • Starting at $54,050* MSRP
  • Standard 255 hp
  • 35 cubic feet of cargo space

2020 Audi A6

  • Starting at $54,900 MSRP
  • Standard 248 hp
  • 13.7 cubic feet of cargo space

Mercedes-Benz vs. Audi Warranties

The Mercedes-Benz and Audi warranties offer similar benefits to Hillsboro drivers. If you’re opting for a used car, certified pre-owned Limited Warranties are available for both Audi and Mercedes-Benz CPO vehicle buyers. Take a look at the details for both warranties:

Mercedes-Benz New Vehicle Limited Warranty

Benefits for new Mercedes-Benz owners include coverage for defects in material or workmanship for 48 months or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. Coverage examples include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Wheel alignment and balancing
  • Brake pads
  • Brake discs
  • Glass
  • Wiper blades and inserts
  • Remote control key batteries

Additionally, a Mercedes-Benz Extended Limited Warranty is available to extend coverage beyond the basic warranty.

Audi New Vehicle Limited Warranty

The Audi New Vehicle Limited Warranty covers Portland drivers for 4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever occurs first. New Audi owners receive the following coverage at no additional charge:

  • First scheduled maintenance service at 10,000 miles or 12 months
  • 12-year limited warranty against corrosion perforation
  • Audi 24-hour roadside assistance for four years

Test Drive Mercedes-Benz Sedans and SUVs in Portland

If you regularly travel with luggage, supplies, or a cabin full of passengers, it’s clear that Mercedes-Benz SUVs and sedans are the more practical choice. Ready to experience one in person? Stop by our showroom in Portland to get behind the wheel. Get started with an online financing application, and contact us to schedule your test drive today!



*Base MSRP excludes transportation and handling charges, destination charges, taxes, title, registration, preparation and documentary fees, tags, labor and installation charges, insurance, and optional equipment, products, packages and accessories. Actual vehicle price may vary by Dealer.

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