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    2015 German Sport SUV foursome - Comparing the 2015 Mercedes-AMG GLA45, Porsche Macan Turbo, BMW X4 xDrive35i, and Audi SQ5

    These four German SUV's are not the biggest or strongest their respective brands create. Porsche for example has the Cayenne Turbo S which is a twin turbo V8 powered monster. However, although the Macan Turbo may not have the Cayenne Turbo S raw grunt it is lighter and far more tossable.

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    These SUV's are actually about spirited driving, Yes, the SUV platform has evolved to be more of a do everything type of car than an off-road vehicle. Speaking from experience you can have a lot of fun driving a sport SUV. Of course it will not replace a sports car but for someone who perhaps has to compromise (wife, kids, all that stuff) these cars can often roll everything into one.

    Ok, soliloquy over. Which of these is the best? The answer is, that depends. The vehicles here take differing approaches.

    Let's look at the curb weights ordered from lightest to heaviest:

    Mercedes GLA45 AMG 3646
    BMW X4 xDrive35i 4240
    Audi SQ5 4373
    Porsche Macan Turbo 4544

    That is a pretty big spread there of almost 900 pounds from lightest to heaviest. The X4, SQ5, and Macan are more in the same class and something like the Mercedes GLC would be a better fit against these. That said, the light weight of the GLA45 AMG in this company makes it very fun to drive despite having the smallest engine with a 2.0 liter four-cylinder.

    The GLA45 AMG also happens to be the quickest and fastest of the bunch with a 1/4 mile sprint of 12.8 @ 107.9. The power to weight advantage really shows. The GLA45 AMG is the quickest, fastest, lightest, and best handling. If one wants the sportiest SUV of this bunch that is the choice and MotorTrend got it right. They also got it right with the X4 bringing up the rear. BMW, what are you doing? Ouch, what a beatdown.

    If you want to tow however and actually get some utility out of your SUV the SQ5 is likely the best choice. The torque from the supercharged motor and the automatic transmission would be best for actual work.

    Not a perfect but certainly interesting comparison nonetheless.

    1st Place: Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG
    Certainly not the most “mature” crossover here, the GLA45 AMG’s playful demeanor and serious performance cred earn it the gold.

    2nd Place: Porsche Macan Turbo
    The tremendously capable (and tremendously expensive) Macan Turbo misses out on first place by a nose—and about 20 grand.

    3rd Place: Audi SQ5
    That Porsche is nice, but if value were a larger part of the equation, the SQ5 might have shaken things up a bit more than it did.

    4th Place: BMW X4 xDrive35i
    The BMW X4 is neither a convincing coupe nor a true performance SUV.




    2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG 2015 Porsche Macan Turbo
    POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS
    DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD Front-engine, AWD
    ENGINE TYPE Turbocharged I-4, alum block/head Twin-turbo 90-deg V-6, alum block/heads
    VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
    DISPLACEMENT 121.5 cu in/1,991cc 220.0 cu in/3,605cc
    COMPRESSION RATIO 8.6:1 10.5:1
    POWER (SAE NET) 355 hp @ 6,000 rpm 400 hp @ 6,000 rpm
    TORQUE (SAE NET) 332 lb-ft @ 2,250 rpm 406 lb-ft @ 1,350 rpm
    REDLINE 6,250 rpm 6,800 rpm
    WEIGHT TO POWER 10.3 lb/hp 11.4 lb/hp
    TRANSMISSION 7-speed twin-clutch automatic 7-speed twin-clutch automatic
    AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 4.13:1/1.98:1 4.13:1/2.15:1
    SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar Multi-link, air springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multi-link, air springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar
    STEERING RATIO 15.2:1 14.3:1
    TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.5 2.6
    BRAKES, F;R 13.8-in vented disc; 13.0-in vented disc, ABS 14.2-in vented disc; 14.0-in vented disc, ABS
    WHEELS, F;R 8.0 x 20 in, cast aluminum 9.0 x 21 in; 10.0 x 21 in, forged aluminum
    TIRES, F;R 235/40R20 96Y Continental ContiSportContact 5P 265/40R21 101Y; 295/35R21 103Y Michelin Latitude Sport 3
    DIMENSIONS
    WHEELBASE 106.3 in 110.5 in
    TRACK, F/R 61.7/61.7 in 65.2/65.0 in
    LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 174.9 x 71.0 x 58.2 in 185.0 x 76.1 x 63.4-65.4 in
    GROUND CLEARANCE 4.8 in 7.1-9.1 in
    APPRoaCH/DEPART ANGLE 11.9/18.3 deg 19.7-26.6/18.5-25.3 deg
    TURNING CIRCLE 38.8 ft 39.2 ft
    CURB WEIGHT 3,646 lb 4,544 lb
    WEIGHT DIST, F/R 60/40% 55/45%
    TOWING CAPACITY Not recommended 4,400 lb
    SEATING CAPACITY 5 5
    HEADROOM, F/R 36.9/36.7 in 38.1/37.7 in (est)
    LEGROOM, F/R 41.9/33.9 in 41.0/37.4 in (est)
    SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 54.8/53.1 in 57.7/56.4 in (est)
    CARGO VOL BEH F/R 42.0/11.8 cu ft 53.0/17.7 cu ft
    TEST DATA
    ACCELERATION TO MPH
    0-30 1.5 sec 1.4 sec
    0-40 2.2 2.2
    0-50 3.1 3.1
    0-60 4.3 4.2
    0-70 5.5 5.6
    0-80 7.0 7.1
    0-90 8.8 9.0
    0-100 10.9 11.3
    PASSING, 45-65 MPH 2.2 2.3
    QUARTER MILE 12.8 sec @ 107.9 mph 12.9 sec @ 106.2 mph
    BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 103 ft 102 ft
    LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.93 g (avg) 0.90 g (avg)
    MT FIGURE EIGHT 25.0 sec @ 0.78 g (avg) 25.0 sec @ 0.78 g (avg)
    TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1,450 rpm 1,800 rpm
    CONSUMER INFO
    BASE PRICE $49,225 $73,295
    PRICE AS TESTED $65,985 $84,850
    STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/Yes Yes/Yes
    AIRBAGS Dual front, f/r side, f/r curtain, front knee Dual front, f/r side, f/r curtain, front knee
    BASIC WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles
    POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles
    ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE Unlimited 4 yrs/50,000 miles
    FUEL CAPACITY 16.9 gal 19.8 gal
    EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 23/29/25 mpg 17/23/19 mpg
    ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 147/116 kW-hrs/100 miles 198/147 kW-hrs/100 miles
    CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.76 lb/mile 1.01 lb/mile
    RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium Unleaded premium
    REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 25.3/31.9/27.9 mpg 16.9/21.6/18.8 mpg


    2015 Audi SQ5 2015 BMW X4 xDrive35i
    POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS
    DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD Front-engine, AWD
    ENGINE TYPE Supercharged 90-deg V-6, alum block/heads Turbocharged I-6, alum block/head
    VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
    DISPLACEMENT 182.8 cu in/2,995cc 181.7 cu in/2,979cc
    COMPRESSION RATIO 10.3:1 10.0:1
    POWER (SAE NET) 354 hp @ 6,000 rpm 300 hp @ 5,800 rpm
    TORQUE (SAE NET) 347 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 300 lb-ft @ 1,200 rpm
    REDLINE 6,800 rpm 7,000 rpm
    WEIGHT TO POWER 12.4 lb/hp 14.1 lb/hp
    TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
    AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 3.08:1/2.05:1 3.39:1/2.26:1
    SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar
    STEERING RATIO 15.9:1 16.4:1
    TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.8 2.2
    BRAKES, F;R 15.0-in vented disc; 13.0-in vented disc, ABS 12.9-in vented disc; 13.0-in vented disc, ABS
    WHEELS, F;R 8.5 x 20 in, cast aluminum 8.5 x 20 in; 10.0 x 20 in, cast aluminum
    TIRES, F;R 255/45R20 101V M+S Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D 245/40R20 99Y; 275/35R20 102Y Pirelli P Zero
    DIMENSIONS
    WHEELBASE 110.5 in 110.6 in
    TRACK, F/R 64.2/64.0 in 62.8/63.4 in
    LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 183.0 x 75.2 x 65.3 in 184.3 x 74.1 x 63.9 in
    GROUND CLEARANCE 7.9 in 8.0 in
    APPRoaCH/DEPART ANGLE 25.0/20.0 deg 26.0/23.0 deg
    TURNING CIRCLE 38.1 ft 39.0 ft
    CURB WEIGHT 4,373 lb 4,240 lb
    WEIGHT DIST, F/R 54/46% 51/49%
    TOWING CAPACITY 4,400 lb 3,500 lb
    SEATING CAPACITY 5 5
    HEADROOM, F/R 38.1/37.7 in 40.0/37.4 in
    LEGROOM, F/R 41.0/37.4 in 40.4/34.8 in
    SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 57.7/56.4 in 57.2/56.0 in
    CARGO VOL BEH F/R 57.3/29.1 cu ft 49.4/17.7 cu ft
    TEST DATA
    ACCELERATION TO MPH
    0-30 1.6 sec 1.8 sec
    0-40 2.3 2.7
    0-50 3.3 3.8
    0-60 4.4 5.2
    0-70 5.8 6.9
    0-80 7.4 8.9
    0-90 9.4 11.4
    0-100 11.8 14.4
    PASSING, 45-65 MPH 2.3 2.8
    QUARTER MILE 13.1 sec @ 104.2 mph 13.9 sec @ 98.8 mph
    BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 123 ft 113 ft
    LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.82 g (avg) 0.85 g (avg)
    MT FIGURE EIGHT 26.5 sec @ 0.72 g (avg) 26.2 sec @ 0.71 g (avg)
    TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1,550 rpm 1,600 rpm
    CONSUMER INFO
    BASE PRICE $53,625 $48,950
    PRICE AS TESTED $59,525 $64,525
    STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/Yes Yes/Yes
    AIRBAGS Dual front, f/r side, f/r curtain Dual front, front side, f/r curtain
    BASIC WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles
    POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles
    ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/Unlimited
    FUEL CAPACITY 19.8 gal 17.7 gal
    EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 17/24/19 mpg 19/27/22 mpg
    ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 211/147 kW-hrs/100 miles 177/125 kW-hrs/100 miles
    CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.05 lb/mile 0.88 lb/mile
    RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium Unleaded premium
    REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 20.8/29.4/24.0 mpg 16.2/24.4/19.0 mpg



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    I hope motor trend is ok with you using their photos...

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by cloud9blue Click here to enlarge
    I hope motor trend is ok with you using their photos...
    Their single photo? They haven't complained yet. If they did I'd just replace it with a generic photo of the cars. So it's a waste of their time and mine.
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    And their charts... You should at least cite the source for this kind of things... Or else it is just cheap plagiarism.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by cloud9blue Click here to enlarge
    And their charts... You should at least cite the source for this kind of things... Or else it is just cheap plagiarism.
    Did you try reading the article? The one I wrote by the way and not anyone else? Perhaps you need to brush up on the definition of plagiarism.

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    If one wants the sportiest SUV of this bunch that is the choice and MotorTrend got it right
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    Look, I would care less what you wrote or copied. But you should properly cite the pictures and charts that you copied directly from Motor Trend to avoid any trouble (have a look at other blogs and news sources does it). Waste of your time or not, that's just the proper way if you don't want to run into any trouble with copyrights down the line.

    You are the admin after all, so it is up to you how you want your forum to be seen...

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by cloud9blue Click here to enlarge
    Look, I would care less what you wrote or copied. But you should properly cite the pictures and charts that you copied directly from Motor Trend to avoid any trouble (have a look at other blogs and news sources does it). Waste of your time or not, that's just the proper way if you don't want to run into any trouble with copyrights down the line.

    You are the admin after all, so it is up to you how you want your forum to be seen...
    When it is necessary to cite a source I always cite the source in the low left hand corner of an article. As during the body it is obvious this is a comparison being referenced and critiqued, when it is stated it is from MotorTrend, there is no need to be redundant.

    As I haven't had an issue with MotorTrend with critiquing their comparisons for over 5 years I doubt it will start now.

    Once again, I directly state the data is from MotorTrend by directly mentioning MotorTrend and I provide my own synopsis.

    I can also easily simply embed MotorTrend's own pics, thereby not hosting them, same as with a youtube video. So I appreciate the advice but I feel it's pointless nitpicking and would prefer the focus to be on the article I wrote. If you would like to comment on this further please take it to the forum related section.
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    Sticky gets called out for blatant plagiarism and he responds by being a douchebag.
    Typical.
    At least I'm not the only one he's a completely rude and unprofessional with.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by TT C6 Click here to enlarge
    Sticky gets called out for blatant plagiarism and he responds by being a douchebag.
    Typical.
    At least I'm not the only one he's a completely rude and unprofessional with.
    OMG this guy lolol
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    If you want your forum to be viewed as more than just what it seems like right now, perhaps it is the time that you should follow some proper citing and referencing like most other forums (there is a reason why most places include water marks on their published photos)...

    Hell, at least link the original article on Motor Trend that you "borrowed" all the pictures and charts from.

    Perhaps it is just an honest mistake with this post. But I just don't see the validity behind your reasons of not properly listing your source materials and all the immature down voting of my posts...

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by cloud9blue Click here to enlarge
    If you want your forum to be viewed as more than just what it seems like right now, perhaps it is the time that you should follow some proper citing and referencing like most other forums (there is a reason why most places include water marks on their published photos)...
    I'm not sure what to tell you as you can go ahead and view a multitude of articles that cite sources when it is necessary to do so. I have a history of proper citation but I also have a history of not treating my readers like toddlers.

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by cloud9blue Click here to enlarge
    Hell, at least link the original article on Motor Trend that you "borrowed" all the pictures and charts from.
    It's not necessary as I didn't borrow 'pictures' but a singular picture which can be replaced by anything or embedded as already stated and I don't insult the intelligence of my readers with redundancy. MotorTrend is clearly stated in the article so you acting like I'm trying to hide the source is quite simply idiotic.

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by cloud9blue Click here to enlarge
    Perhaps it is just an honest mistake with this post. But I just don't see the validity behind your reasons of not properly listing your source materials and all the immature down voting of my posts...
    I find your baseless nitpicking immature and I told you if you wanted to continue this topic to not do it in this thread.

    Since you did not seem to pay attention to my instructions I'll be more clear right now. Removed from the thread.
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