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User currently offlineSwissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3079 times:

Good day,

I am in the market for an new vehicle.... drive currently an Audi Allroad, have been looking around for a while have not driven the Q5 or GLK yet, checked them out in the showrooms and size wise they are close to what I am looking for....

Anyone here has one yet?? got some personal info on likes dislikes???

Help is appreciated

Cheerios,

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User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12519 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3055 times:

I don't know about the GLK (is that the Merk?); have to say I've seen the Q5 and it looks gorgeous, inside and out, so that would be my "heart" choice - and you can't go far wrong with an Audi (well, not recently anyway!).

Have you considered the Volvo XC60? That's a pretty nice car too; I drive a Volvo myself and I'd recommend them anytime. Again, always a safe bet (in more ways than one!)


User currently offlineGreaser From Bahamas, joined Jan 2004, 1101 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3054 times:

Generally speaking, I think Merc's quality still has not returned to its original levels. It's way better than the early 2000 models, but I think their reliability is still something to consider.
I havent driven the Q5, but wouldnt be surprised if its got a hard ride like all Audis these days, save the TT. IMHO the Merc is more luxurious, the Q5 more sporty.



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User currently offlineSwissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3042 times:



Quoting Kaitak (Reply 1):
Have you considered the Volvo XC60?

Yes I have  Smile, mom in-law had an S80 and it got trashed by truck, police said the only reason she is still with us is because she was in a Volvo....(she has now a smaller car, MB C240) the XC60, just gorgeous the only draw back is its all wheel drive system (my opinion only)....

Quoting Greaser (Reply 2):
Generally speaking, I think Merc's quality still has not returned to its original levels

Agree and that is why I thought, lets check with the a.net friends

Have not driven any of them yet..... will do it next week  Smile

And yes it is MB GLK & Audi Q5

Cheerios,


User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3035 times:

Quoting Greaser (Reply 2):
it's got a hard ride like all Audis these days

I rode in an S-Line A4 with 18” summer wheels a few times last week and I didn’t find it excessively hard (unlike a TT I rode in a few weeks ago), so I think the Q5 would be just fine. I’ve also ridden in a Q7 and it wasn’t too bad either.

--

@ Swissy: Gruezi! If I would be rich enough to buy a car, I would without a doubt choose the Q5 over the GLK - I am not too fond of MB’s, but I really like Audis. I also think an A6 wouldn’t have been much worse in your in-law’s accident.  

Tschüü,
DAE

[Edited 2009-04-14 13:25:38]

User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7563 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3030 times:

Or you could wait until next year and buy what will probably be the pick of the midsize Euro SUV's and get the new X3. I would also ad the Freelander to your list to drive, it's surprisingly good and has the best AWD system should you ever decide to cross a muddy field.

Q5 over GLK it's a tough one, both are excellent vehicles, I like the look of the Q5 but it's all down to what you prefer when you drive it. I don't think either of them would let you down.


User currently offlineGreaser From Bahamas, joined Jan 2004, 1101 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3017 times:



Quoting Aero145 (Reply 4):

I rode in an S-Line A4 with 18” summer wheels a few times last week and I didn’t find it excessively hard (unlike a TT I rode in a few weeks ago), so I think the Q5 would be just fine. I’ve also ridden in a Q7 and it wasn’t too bad either.

How are Iceland's roads? I guess when I mean hard I mean when I hit a bump/ small pothole, audis for me tend to crash into them, whereas Mercs tend to "iron them out". Specific models are the RS4 and the A6.



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User currently offlineGreaser From Bahamas, joined Jan 2004, 1101 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3016 times:



Quoting Greaser (Reply 6):
TT I rode in a few weeks ago

and the TT i'm talking about is not the latest, I havent rode in that. I'm talking about the "cow in the pretty frock" TT, to quote jeremy clarkson.



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User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3011 times:



Quoting Greaser (Reply 6):
How are Iceland's roads? I guess when I mean hard I mean when I hit a bump/ small pothole, audis for me tend to crash into them, whereas Mercs tend to "iron them out". Specific models are the RS4 and the A6.

Iceland’s roads suck. I haven’t ridden in an RS4, so I don’t really know what kind of hardness you are talking about. I must admit I couldn’t “live with” a TT, but I’m sure the Q5 isn’t so bad.  Smile I liked the A4’s hard-smoothness...


User currently offlineSwissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3007 times:



Quoting Aero145 (Reply 8):
Iceland's roads suck.

Sali Aero  Smile, your roads cannot be worse then the once we have here in the "Golden Horseshoe" area (Ontario, Canada)  Angry .... dentists making a killing right now with replacing fallen out tooth fillings  Wink never mind the car repair shops....

I do not have a problem with a firm ride at all... my Allroad is pretty stiff/comfortable....

Have seen both cars and they both have exquisite interior materials & space considering the size.... do not want a true SUV, we have an 08 Subi Tribeca already and I just want something a bit smaller with full time all wheel drive in the mid size wagon/cuv category

Cheerios,


User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2992 times:

What is the point of getting a GLK or a Q5 when a normal AWD sedan or Wagon will do the same job but for less gas and has probably same interior room?

Not like you can tow anything more than a Playskool toy set with those 2 cars, and cant drive on anything worse than a dry dirt road.

Quoting Swissy (Reply 3):
XC60, just gorgeous the only draw back is its all wheel drive system (my opinion only)....

As compared to what? GLK and Q5 have worthless systems as well. They are crossovers, which means by definition they are worthless and a waste of money when the same thing can be had in a sedan or wagon with AWD.


User currently offlineGreaser From Bahamas, joined Jan 2004, 1101 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2970 times:



Quoting Aero145 (Reply 8):
Iceland’s roads suck. I haven’t ridden in an RS4, so I don’t really know what kind of hardness you are talking about.

It's a great handling car but I felt that whenever you'd go over bumps it was too hard. If it were a track-tuned car like an R8, i'd forgive it, but because the RS4 is a compromise sports saloon, i can't.
Swissy, All Audis have bulletproof interiors, btw. Mercs come off a little chinsy compared to audis.



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User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7563 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2963 times:



Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 10):
They are crossovers, which means by definition they are worthless and a waste of money when the same thing can be had in a sedan or wagon with AWD.

You can't get that raised seating position in a sedan or wagon that you get in a crossover. If that is what you want then they are not worthless.


User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2960 times:



Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 12):

You can't get that raised seating position in a sedan or wagon that you get in a crossover.

And why would you want to drive as if you're sitting in a tall barstool? For looking over traffic? You need a semi truck to do that.


Anyways, Q5, by a long shot.


User currently offlineSwissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2932 times:



Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 10):
What is the point of getting a GLK or a Q5 when a normal AWD sedan or Wagon will do the same job but for less gas and has probably same interior room?

My Allroad has over 100hp more since I got it and I am averaging 28-34 mpg far better compare to before....

The Allroad is a wagon (A 6 Avant).......hence that is why I am looking for a cuv, neither do I need anything for towing/serius off road, otherwise I would get myself a UNIMOG

Getting older and I like the fact a cuv is easier accessible compare to a wagon... SUV would be over kill and I have no need for it....

For the driving/useage I have, I prefer permanent all wheel drive

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 12):
You can't get that raised seating position in a sedan or wagon that you get in a crossover. If that is what you want then they are not worthless.

You are right and that is one of my main points.... and it clearly shows that market is growing.

Cheerios,


User currently offlineJJJ From Spain, joined May 2006, 1862 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2927 times:



Quoting Swissy (Thread starter):
got some personal info on likes dislikes???

Yes, buy a sedan.

A quattro estate Audi give you the same off-road capabilities, space and much better handling than a Q5.


User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7563 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2926 times:



Quoting JJJ (Reply 15):
A quattro estate Audi give you the same off-road capabilities, space and much better handling than a Q5.

Clearly you have not driven a Q5, it drives pretty much like the A4 it's based on, mileage isn't much worse, you get easier access, a raised seating position and more room. The OP already has an Audi A6 Allroad which is a jacked up A6 quattro estate, he wants something different, as he's already an Audi owner and appears to like the brand then a Q5 is probably a no brainer. However the OP should get out and drive the GLK and Q5, relying on us lot who all have our own opinions is just about pointless.


User currently offlineJJJ From Spain, joined May 2006, 1862 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2917 times:



Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 16):
Clearly you have not driven a Q5, it drives pretty much like the A4 it's based on, mileage isn't much worse, you get easier access, a raised seating position and more room

That's pretty much what someone told me with regards to X3 vs. 3-series. I almost believed him until I got to drive one.

The most you can say is it drives well.... for a SUV. At least the X3 has significantly more space than the 3-series, which the Q5 vs. an estate A4 does not.

Fuel consumption for a A4 state vs. Q5 with the 170hp diesel is 6,2 vs. 6,8... almost 9% difference.

If the OP wants a SUV nobody stops him from getting one, but he asked for opinions and there's mine.


User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 19
Reply 18, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2914 times:



Quoting Swissy (Reply 9):
Sali Aero  , your roads cannot be worse then the once we have here in the "Golden Horseshoe" area (Ontario, Canada)   .... dentists making a killing right now with replacing fallen out tooth fillings   never mind the car repair shops....

I do not have a problem with a firm ride at all... my Allroad is pretty stiff/comfortable....

Salut!

I believe you.  Silly

I think that the roads and Autobahns here are pretty bad so I wouldn’t want to travel in a TT, although I’m sure the Q5 isn’t too bad.

Why don’t you test drive the GLK and Q5 and decide for yourself which to get?

I would simply get the Q5 as it’s an Audi and looks way better than the Cadillac CTS-squared GLK. Big grin

Adieu,

DAE


User currently offlineSwissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2907 times:



Quoting JJJ (Reply 17):
Fuel consumption for a A4 state vs. Q5 with the 170hp diesel is 6,2 vs. 6,8... almost 9% difference.

You guys get all the sweet engines, over here (Canada) gasoline only  Angry

I did book test drives for both of them next week, I find it helpful if you can get some inside info from current owners.... we all know the car sales guys......  Wink

I also understand that people think you better do not ask any opinions on the a.net..... I enjoy the "multi culti" opinions/thoughts and take it for what it is.... and yes it is sometimes helpful

Had no bad experience with Audi and when something went wrong dealership took care above and beyond..... We have currently 3 MBs in our family and they all have no issues....

The problem I have with the current X3 is its size and the closest dealer ship sucks big time.

Cheerios,


User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 19
Reply 20, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2902 times:

I thought you were mostly located in Suisse, not in Canada.  Silly Guess you can only get the 3.2L FSI engine on the Q5 where you are? It isn’t too bad, or?

User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7563 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2897 times:



Quoting JJJ (Reply 17):
That's pretty much what someone told me with regards to X3 vs. 3-series. I almost believed him until I got to drive one.

Compared to an e90 3 series the X3 isn't that great, rather like compareing the e46 to the e90, since the e46 is what the X3 is based on. It's always been harsh riding as well. The comparisson isn't the same as the A4 to Q5 or C class to GLK both of which are much more like the saloons they are based on than the 3 series to the X3.


User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4900 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2884 times:

The Q5 is sweet. Never driven the GLK but I see them popping up all around Toronto all of a sudden. Go with the Audi.

YOWza



12A whenever possible.
User currently offlineSwissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2880 times:



Quoting Aero145 (Reply 20):
I thought you were mostly located in Suisse, not in Canada.

until 95, 90% CH from 96-2008 80% in Canada 20% CH & Europe, have left the crazy airline industry to join a new revolutionary frontier in the H2O sector.... so yes I am busy replacing my tooth fillings and boot around in a car only available with an gasoline engine in Canada....

Yep Q5 has the 3.2 & MB 3.5 gasolineeeeeeeeeee

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 21):
The comparisson isn't the same as the A4 to Q5 or C class to GLK both of which are much more like the saloons they are based on than the 3 series to the X3.

That is exactly what both dealers told me....

Cheerios,


User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 19
Reply 24, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2873 times:



Quoting Swissy (Reply 23):
until 95, 90% CH from 96-2008 80% in Canada 20% CH & Europe, have left the crazy airline industry to join a new revolutionary frontier in the H2O sector.... so yes I am busy replacing my tooth fillings and boot around in a car only available with an gasoline engine in Canada....

Yep Q5 has the 3.2 & MB 3.5 gasolineeeeeeeeeee

Ah I understand.  Smile Your flag is a bit misleading - but hey, isn’t my flag misleading too?  Wink

I feel your pain, VW’s common rail Diesels are really nice; I would rather want a manual-shift Q5 with the 2-litre turbodiesel (tuned to 190 hp) rather than a Q5 with the DSG and the 3.2-litre FSI engine. Maybe you can get a Q5 from Europe? Would be more fun I’d guess. Big grin

Adieu,
D


25 Treebeard787 : I'm going to say go with the Audi Q5, It looks good and has the power to go with it. My parents own a 2008 Q7 that is a very nice vehicle, I drive it
26 Swissy : Well you see I am just an Immigrant in Canada, admire their style of life, greatly appreciate the fact they allow me to stay here.... still have to l
27 L410Turbolet : The GLK is just plain ugly...
28 A342 : Hey, ABT Tuning (one of the most renown tuners for VW Group cars) is offering a power increase for the 3.0TDI, to up to 310hp!!! 0-100kph in 5.9s. Ph
29 Post contains images Aero145 : Ah I see. I guess you’re in the English-speaking part of Canada then? Sad it’s so expensive to import an EU-Q5, the 3.2-litre isn’t too bad tho
30 Revelation : Do tell - what's the X3 makeover going to be like? Presumably the x3 will be brought over to the e90 chassis? Anything else worth reporting?
31 KiwiRob : Bigger and better, spy shots of it are all over the reputable cars sites on the web Pretty sure it will be, or it may even skip a generation and sit
32 Aero145 : Isn’t one of the points of the X3 being not very big? I thought so at least, as some people don’t want BIG crossovers…
33 JJJ : If they're slotting a smaller X1 it sort of makes sense. After all, the X5 grew up precisely because of that. Stopping these crossover bullshit (X1-X
34 Swissy : We almost got one when we did our research before we got the Subi.... but based on the reports we got about the V8 version we did not consider the Q7
35 Molykote : I'd definitely get the Audi but I'm of the camp who generally doesn't see the point in a car based SUV. The GLK is terrible (IMO). At least the Audi l
36 Aero145 : Today I read a X3-Q5-GLK review in a German magazine (forgot which one) and there the GLK got the first place and the Q5 the second. Interior-wise, t
37 YOWza : Is that per chance at Midtown Mercedes Benz on Eglinton or GTA-wdie? I'd love to take the GLK for a weekend-long rip! YOWza
38 Swissy : No its Garden Motors in Burlington... apparently they are building right now the most outrages new dealer facility in North America, building should
39 Aero145 : Nice to hear!
40 Revelation : The x3 is based on the previous generation 3-series frame, which in my mind is a tad too narrow. I don't think the X3 will become a hulking monster
41 Aero145 : Well we’ll see. I still hope the X3 won’t be too big! Ciau, D
42 Asuflyer05 : I haven't driven either, but I've sat in both. And the Q5 wins for presentation hands down. The quality of interior materials in the latest MB product
43 Swissy : That was my impression too and until yesterday I wasn't too sure if the 3.2L will do it in the Q5..... but the Q5 has plenty of hp under the hood wit
44 Swissy : Final update.... Got myself the GLK, will be ready by Monday.... Liked both vehicles from the beginning the availability of the Q5 is very limited if
45 KiwiRob : Congratulations I hope you enjoy the new GLK, you will have to post a photo for us all to see.
46 Aero145 : Sad that you went for the Benz. J/k of course, congrats on the purchase and please show us some piiiiiiiiiiics! Adieu! David
47 Swissy : Surely I will, GLK will be ready on Monday and I p/u the "girl" on Tuesdays... just came in last week from Bremen/Germany Cheerios,
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