2020 Mercedes GLB vs. 2020 Audi Q7

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Safety

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The GLB’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Q7 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the GLB and the Q7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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There are over 26 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the GLB’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in initial quality. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the GLB gets better fuel mileage than the Q7:

MPG

GLB

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

Q7

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

19 city/25 hwy

3.0 turbo V6

17 city/21 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes GLB higher (5 out of 10) than the Audi Q7 (3). This means the GLB produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Q7 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The GLB offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Q7 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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The GLB stops shorter than the Q7:

GLB

Q7

70 to 0 MPH

157 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

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The GLB’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Q7 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The GLB 250 4MATIC handles at .89 G’s, while the Q7 Prestige pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the GLB’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Q7’s (38.4 feet vs. 41 feet).

Chassis

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The Mercedes GLB may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1150 to 1200 pounds less than the Audi Q7.

The GLB is 1 foot, 4.9 inches shorter than the Q7, making the GLB easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The GLB is 5.4 inches narrower than the Q7, making the GLB easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The design of the Mercedes GLB amounts to more than styling. The GLB has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Q7 (.36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the GLB get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The GLB has .8 inches more front headroom and .5 inches more rear headroom than the Q7.

The front step up height for the GLB is 1.6 inches lower than the Q7 (17” vs. 18.6”). The GLB’s rear step up height is 1.2 inches lower than the Q7’s (17.5” vs. 18.7”).

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the GLB easier. The GLB’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.5 inches, while the Q7’s liftover is 32.5 inches.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Audi. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 13% lower rating, Audi is ranked 8th.

Ergonomics

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To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the GLB offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Q7 doesn’t offer cornering lights. The GLB also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The GLB has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Q7 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The GLB’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park by itself, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Q7 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The GLB is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Q7 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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