Audi Q8 BMW X6 vs Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe
Audi Q8, BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe: what’s the crossover like?
Despite the fact that from the very beginning the design of the crossover coupe has been controversial and many did not like (who doesn’t remember the first SUV released by BMW presenting a model X6) statistics of world sales clearly indicates that the crossover coupe were contrary to common sense, very, very popular. That’s why after BMW plowed and sbrozzola untilled field along and across this segment reached and other companies.
So, a few years ago, the company Mercedes, to add insult to injury, in a brazen unveiled an external clone of the popular X6, showing the audience the SUV GLE Coupe. And now in this segment was just another player. We are talking about officially presented the SUV Audi Q8, which decided to introduce the X6 and GLE on the market.
As we have already mentioned the new SUV Audi Q8 looks almost like a concept car Q8 Sport Concept presented at the auto show in Detroit in 2017. So, once in the network appeared the official photos of the new SUV-coupe Audi Q8, it is time to visually compare it with the already manufactured cars today Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and the BMW X6.
Let’s start our comparison with “Boomer”. Recall that the first model X6 was released in 2008, which was based on a crossover X5 in body E70. It was then the Bavarian car brand was criticized for the strange appearance of the SUV, which clearly suggests that this is not the usual raised wagon-SUV and four-door automoble coupe with high ground clearance.
In those years nobody believed that such a car will buy. So BMW took a big risk releasing a car unseen at the time of the class. In fact, the Bavarians created a new segment in the market. And most surprisingly, contrary to the predictions of the model X6 for a short time became popular all over the world.
Today, the market represented a new generation X6 (F16 body), which is compared with the first model has a more dynamic appearance thanks to its muscular profile, large wheel arches, big bumpers and less rounded corners and edges.
Of course the exterior of the new generation X6 looks more aggressive, which creates the feeling that the car is ready to pounce on anyone who gets in his way. But on the other hand X6 has never claimed to be the perfection of the car design. By the way, this crossover has never received any awards of prizes and was not included in any ratings on the design, etc. And I must admit that actually called all the X6 looks excellent not unlike the X5. Especially if we are talking about new generations of the X5 and X6, whose design is impeccable on all sides.
Mercedes for a long time stayed away from this segment and just watched his biggest competitor, waiting in the ambush predator. And recently the company Mercedes has finally dared to attack a BMW, in an attempt to take away market share in the crossover-coupe, releasing a clone of the X6. We are talking about the GLE Coupe SUV (body С292).
If you look closely at the body lines of the coupe GLE you will see clear similarities with the style of X6. Please note on the side of the body pillar GLE Coupe, which are almost like two drops of water similar to the X6. In the end, a feeling that the GLE coupe full clone of the X6. For example, if this machine is to remove the logo of Mercedes, you may think that this is an exact Chinese clone of the BMW. Amazing how Mercedes decided to take up car from his evil rival, whom they believe after at least the second.
Audi Q8 the game by different rules
Audi decided to go the other way, rejecting blatant plagiarism and “genetic engineering” to create autoconv. In the end, the Q8 crossover coupe, the X6 is not not on GLE Coupe. First, the engineers and designers of Audi have decided not to use the style of coupe vehicles, creating a slightly different body shape, the slope of the roof and a completely different configuration of the side body racks.
Secondly, Audi decided to change the idea about the crossover-coupe, creating, in fact, a new subspecies of SUVs.
In the end, there appeared an unexpected off-roader though, and will probably rival X6 and GLE, but nevertheless will play by different rules in a completely different class. But why then Q8 must necessarily occupy a niche in the market share that BMW and Mercedes? Note the slope of the roof Q8 and you will immediately become clear that this is not a successor to the Q7, but the real rivalry with the X6 and GLE Coupe. By the way, the roof of a new Q8 SUV is almost the same as in the new generation VW Touareg.
So Audi specifically decided to make the attack on the X6 and the GLE Coupe and you try to take these models market share. As a result, now all we must accept – all three SUVs will be linked to each other and will really compete.
In particular, note the octagonal grille Q8, aggressive bumpers, lights, unusual air intakes, the beautiful wheel arches and other decorative body rates and elements. As you can see, the Q8 looks really good.
In General, all three SUVs are sports more aggressive and modern exterior styling. Also all the cars are elegant and beautiful. But, nevertheless, the tastes are different. Therefore, the Golden age of BMW, which is producing alone with a 2008 model X6 and collect all the cream in this class the car over. After all, any new model Audi takes BMW customers, as did Mercedes, when began selling the GLE Coupe.
And what crossover you prefer? Let us know in the comments and answer our poll at the beginning of the article.
Now let’s compare the interior Q8 X6 and GLE Coupe. As you can see the new crossover Audi got a fantastic center console and dashboard. The entire cluster now has three high-resolution displays, creating a common digital space. Two displays meant for the infotainment system MMI (10.1-inch screen above the center console and a single 8.6-inch screen below). The third display is a digital instrument panel. The size of this screen is 12.3 inches.
If you compare the interior design Mercedes GLE Coupe in the background Q8 it is outdated. That is probably why Mercedes chose for the premiere of its crossover-coupe GLE shot in the movie “Jurassic World”, where the car is running and hiding from dinosaurs. In fact, compared with the appearance inside and the level of onboard technology GLE coupé crossover Q8 before really looks like a prehistoric creature. Joke. But the truth is, this certainly is.
The fact that the interior of the Mercedes GLE Coupe – not that other, as usual, the updated interior of the old Mercedes SUV ML-class third generation, which was started back in 2011. No, in the GLE are all well designed and built. But all this 2011. But today it’s the middle of 2018. So if all three cars would have started to play poker, the new new X6 Q8 and, of course, was on hand to once the best combination of cards.
Better new Q8 model of Audi compared to the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe?
Since Audi Q8 just starting their way in the market, then logic dictates that this SUV is also the best compared to the X6 and GLE Coupe. And it’s hard to argue. In terms of technology, equipment Audi Q8 do ahead.
But if you start to choose the beauty of the exterior, then we can argue. First, we all really your preference in the auto world. Some people like sporty style, and someone more affordable classic design. Here it is possible to argue long and nowhere to come. And do I need it? Maybe just easier for each of us to share your opinion, about what the car prefers.