2011 Audi
Q5 Premium Plus
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ML350

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9.7

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$43,375

Reasons to buy the Audi Q5 Premium Plus

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Average highway fuel efficiency
23 mpg
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Average city fuel efficiency
18 mpg
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Fast 0-60 time
7.1 seconds
2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350

9.7

starting from

$47,365

Reasons to buy the Mercedes-Benz ML350

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Average cargo space
72.4 ft3
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Keyless entry
Standard
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.3"
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.8
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  • The Q5 Premium Plus's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Q5 Premium Plus's satellite radio; in the ML350, too, but it'll cost
  • The Q5 Premium Plus has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 8
Luxury Features 9.2 vs 10.0
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  • Almost the same
Performance 9.2 vs 10.0
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  • Almost the same
  • The ML350 has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 7 vs 6
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
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  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 18 mpg vs 16 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $3,990 cheaper (around 10% less), $43,375 vs $47,365
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both have good airbag coverage
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  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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  • Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
Overall 9.7 vs 9.7

Entertainment System

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Number of speakers 10 vs 8 The Q5 Premium Plus has more speakers and the ML350 is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the Q5 Premium Plus's satellite radio; in the ML350, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The Q5 Premium Plus has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Standard If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the ML350; no amount of money can buy it on the Q5 Premium Plus

Luxury Features

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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Not Available vs Standard The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the ML350; not available on the Q5 Premium Plus
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leather Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Q5 Premium Plus

Performance

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Horsepower 270 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 268 HP @ 6,000 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 7 Both have more gears, but the ML350 in particular has a wide number
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both the Q5 Premium Plus's semi-automatic transmission and the ML350's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Standard The ML350 comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Q5 Premium Plus
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.9 lb/hp vs 17.3 lb/hp The Q5 Premium Plus is a sporty car, while the ML350 is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The Q5 Premium Plus has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.1 ft vs 37.9 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

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MSRP $43,375 vs $47,365 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 16 mpg The Q5 Premium Plus has OK city mileage, while the ML350 is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Longer basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Longer-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 6 vs 6 Both have good airbag coverage
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs mbrace

Crash Test Ratings

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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 57.3 ft3 vs 72.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.2 ft3 vs 56.9 ft3 The ML350 has average-sized front seats, while the Q5 Premium Plus is very cramped
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Base payload capacity Unknown vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 4 The Q5 Premium Plus has a good number of cupholders, but the ML350 does not
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

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0-60 mph 7.1 seconds vs 8.0 seconds The Q5 Premium Plus has a good 0-60 time, but the ML350 is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 130 ft vs 134 ft The Q5 Premium Plus has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the ML350 is just OK
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1/4 mile 15.5 s s @ 93.0 mph mph vs 16.2 s s @ 87.0 mph mph Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.85 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs 130 mph

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