Audi SQ5 vs Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

  • Two fast SUVs go head-to-head
  • Can you have fun in such a big car?
  • Watch the Parkers twin-test to find out

Do you think SUVs and crossovers are just sensible machines for carting the family around in? Wrong.

Audi and Mercedes-Benz (as well as other companies such as BMW) have set out to disprove this theory by introducing faster versions of their accomplished all-rounders, meaning you can get a practical family SUV with the performance of sports saloon.

Can you really have it all? We brought the Audi SQ5 and Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 together for a grudge match, to see which is the best fast 4×4.

If you like this kind of car, BMW also sells an M40i version of its latest X3 SUV, while Volvo has taken an alternative approach by putting a powerful plug-in hybrid powertrain in its XC60 SUV, with more power than any of its rivals, but majoring on technology and comfort.

Audi SQ5 specs and details

  • 3.0-litre V6 petrol, 8-speed auto, Quattro all-wheel drive
  • 354hp, 500Nm
  • 0-62mph 5.4 seconds
  • 155mph top speed

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 specs and details

  • 3.0-litre V6 petrol, 9-speed auto, 4Matic all-wheel drive
  • 367hp, 520Nm
  • 0-62mph 4.9 seconds
  • 155mph top speed

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