Motor Trend Comparison: Lexus RX 350 vs Volvo XC60 vs Audi Q5 vs Mercedes GLK350

Lexus RX 350 vs. Audi Q5 vs. Mercedes GLK 350 vs. Volvo XC60

Motor Trend has performed a comparison of the new 2010 Lexus RX 350 against the Volvo XC60, Mercedes GLK350 and the Audi Q5—the verdict:

With all so evenly matched, small blemishes become colossal warts. Numb steering and Spartan digs doom the comfortably competent GLK350 to fourth place while unwieldy styling and soulless performance relegate the loaded RX 350 to third. The XC60 offers surprising on- and off-road prowess and breathtaking good looks, but can’t quite match the overall refinement of our winner. Though its as-tested price is over $6000 more than the runner-up, the Audi Q5 takes first position by returning the most compelling drive. It’s not even close.

As is standard with any car enthusiast magazine, top marks go to the best handling and most powerful, so it’s no real surprise that the Q5 took first in the comparison. The RX interior continues to score high, and at least among these three competitors, the exterior comes across as unique and non-conventional.

(The comparison also highlights how Lexus seems to position their vehicles between segments, as the RX is more than 5.6” bigger than the next largest, the Volvo XC60.)

[Source: Motor Trend]


Comments

  1. I believe that SUVs are for drivers who wants both on and off road capabilities. My choice would be the XC60, for it has the best off-road capability. That said, Audi Q5 has better on road prowess, but XC60 looks so much more rugged and muscular. And that kind of appearance appeals more to me if I'm driving an SUV.