The Mercedes-Benz GLB is a little newcomer in the luxury compact SUV segment between the Laurentians and the North Shore of Montreal. In fact, it didn’t go into production until July 2019! The Audi Q3 is much more mature, as it has been in production since 2011 and is already in its second generation. But the GLB has proven that virtue doesn’t wait for years, with performances that put it in the lead alongside the Q3. But is that enough to worry the Audi SUV for the 2020 vintage? The answer is no: the four-ring SUV is still in the lead. Audi Blainville, your Audi dealer of choice in the city of the same name, tells you why you should choose the Audi compact luxury SUV instead of its competitor in this 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB vs. 2020 Audi Q3 comparison!
Exterior design: a sportier approach for the 2020 Audi Q3 versus the 2020 Mercedes GLB in Blainville.
The first round of this confrontation between the 2020 GLB and the 2020 Q3: the respective styles of each of the aforementioned SUVs. In this regard, the directions taken by the “star” manufacturer are very different from those favored by the four-ring manufacturer. Indeed, it is rather soft in its lines, with notably trapezoid headlights with very rounded tops, just like the front grille. And this curvilinear appearance doesn’t stop there, since it also features in the window surfaces on the side, as well as in the rear headlights. Add to that a very vertical rear window, and the exterior design of the GLB, while reassuring for some, may lack dynamism for others. Nevertheless, it’s a harmonious and, on the whole, elegant vehicle.
On the other hand, the 2020 Q3 plays the athleticism card with each of its lines. Beveled headlights, aggressive single frame grille, curved fenders contrasting with the hollowed-out sides and high ground clearance, and, finally, a steeply sloping rear window overlooking equally sharp taillights: the Q3 makes a statement, even when stationary on the streets of Blainville. You can also enhance the look of the Ingolstadt SUV with bright and exclusive colors such as the sparkling Tango Red Metallic, or with rims of up to 20 inches. So if sport is the main focus of your future compact SUV, only the 2020 Audi Q3, and not the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB, will satisfy you.
Powertrain: The Q3 has more power and traction than the GLB on the North Shore.
With a more athletic physique, the 2020 Q3 is also sportier under the hood when compared to the GLB’s engine. Indeed, while the GLB’s 250 4MATIC variant offers maximum torque equivalent to that of the four-ring SUV (258 lb-ft), the engine is less powerful. The 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 221 horsepower, compared to 228 horsepower for the Audi’s 2.0-litre turbo in the 45 TFSI variant.
The result is top performance for the Ingolstadt-based SUV, with a 0–100 sprint in 7.1 seconds. Figures that would put a number of so-called sport cars to shame between the Laurentians and Montreal’s North Shore! And while both vehicles come standard with all-wheel drive, the 2020 GLB’s 4MATIC drive, however good, can’t compete with the quattro system on the 2020 Q3. Indeed, Audi’s all-wheel drive system, with its rally-proven efficiency, is simply the best in the business.
So, if you want the ultimate in performance, it’s once again Audi’s premium compact SUV that wins out over the Mercedes-Benz SUV in Blainville.
Interior: technology and sobriety for the 2020 Q3, curves again for the 2020 GLB.
Finally, the interior. On this last point, the styling choices made by Mercedes-Benz for the 2020 GLB and by Audi for the 2020 Q3 reappear. While the Mercedes once again presents a curvaceous interior with round air vents at the front, the Audi is all about angles and geometric shapes. This gives a very interesting feeling of space in the latter, especially with the very clean dashboard.
The interior of the 2020 Q3 is also packed with technology and luxury. It offers everything you would expect from such a vehicle. Dual-zone climate control, heated power-adjustable front seats as well as Bang & Olufsen sound system, to name but a few: the 2020 Q3 will make each of your trips a unique experience between Blainville and the Laurentians.
Conclusion: the Q3 is sportier in its lines but also has better performance.
Racier in its exterior lines and more powerful while offering optimal traction at all times thanks to the quattro, the 2020 Q3 is the natural choice over the 2020 GLB on the North Shore of Montreal. Of course, the Mercedes is a sure value in the category, but if you want the ultimate in luxury, only the Audi will suit you. So, before you go see the Mercedes premium compact SUV near Blainville, come and see us at the dealership to discover the incredible 2020 Q3! You’ll be able to learn more about Audi’s leasing or financing offers and programs that will allow you to take your own Q3 home with you. We look forward to seeing you soon at Audi Blainville to help you acquire your future Audi luxury SUV!