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There’s still time to ring in the next decade with a brand new, luxury SUV. End of year automotive sales events in Toronto offer exceptional savings and lucrative deals. While there are several major luxury vehicle brands on the market, two of the top companies would have to be Audi and Mercedes-Benz. While Mercedes-Benz is probably best known for its refinement and comfort, Audi has found a way to balance not only beauty and amenities, but performance as well. Here’s a quick overview and comparison of the 2020 Audi Q8 and the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450.

2020 Audi Q8

2020 Audi Q8 Design and interior design

Benefitting from cutting-edge technology, the 2020 Audi Q8 gives you the power you demand with the benefit of lower fuel consumption. It features a mild-hybrid system that recovers energy during braking and coasting while still delivering 335 hp.

Immerse yourself in the Audi Virtual Cockpit that lets you stay in control by managing navigation, entertainment, information, climate, and more using the two touchscreens. The 12.3-inch TFT display even allows you customize what you want to see for enhanced personalization.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 interior and exterior design 2

Inside and out, there’s plenty to admire about the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450. A powerful turbocharged inline-6 engine offers fuel efficiency via mild-hybrid technology, while the nine-speed automatic transmission responds quickly and quietly.

Exterior Aerodynamic upgrades offer an even quieter ride. Advanced technology and AI capabilities make it possible for you to speak in regular conversation to activate features or simply pinch the touchscreen, swipe on the wheel, or even write on the console.

2020 AUDI Q8 VS. 2020 MERCEDES-BENZ GLE 450 Features

2020 AUDI Q8

(3.0 Prestige Quattro)

FEATURES 2020 MERCEDES-BENZ GLE 450

(4MATIC SUV)

3.0-liter Turbo V6 – Hybrid

Engine 3.0-liter Turbo Inline 6 – Hybrid
369 lb-ft @ 1370 rpm Torque

369 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm

335 hp @ 5000 rpm

Horsepower 362 hp @ 5500 rpm
8-speed automatic Transmission

9-speed automatic

All-Wheel Drive

Drivetrain All-Wheel Drive
13.84/10.69L/100km Fuel Efficiency (city/hwy)

12.38/9.8L/100km

Standard

Cross Traffic Alert Not Available
Standard Blind Spot Monitor

Standard

Standard

Lane Departure Warning Optional
Standard Lane Keeping Assist

Optional

Standard

Rear Parking Aid Not Available
Standard Adaptive Cruise Control

Optional

Optional

Night Vision Not Available
Standard Navigation

Standard

Standard

Bluetooth Connection Standard
Standard Satellite Radio

Optional

Standard

Heated Front Seats Standard
Standard Seat Memory

Optional

Standard Universal Garage Door Opener

Standard

The Results

Based on the above comparisons, the 2020 Audi Q8 and 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 are fairly evenly matched. Engine size, performance stats, and fuel efficiency are almost the same between these two all-wheel-drive SUVs.

There are a few areas where they differ greatly. First, each of these vehicles will seat five people, but the GLE 450 does offer third-row seating availability, which would increase seating capacity to seven people. Next, many of the safety and convenience options for the Audi Q8 are standard equipment whereas the same features for the GLE 450 are optional or not available at all. Finally, there’s a price difference of almost $9,000 between the two with the Q8 starting at $81,200 and the GLE 450 starting at $72,000.

The best way to decide if an Audi is the right ride for you is to get behind the wheel for yourself. Experience the luxury performance, technology, and comfort of a 2020 Audi Q8 SUV today by taking a test drive at Audi Midtown Toronto.