And it might be a surprise to you – as it was to us – to find that the Audi is the most agile of the trio.
It probably shouldn’t have been a shock, because at a claimed 1770kg at the kerb, the Audi weighs less than the 1845kg Mercedes, and regardless how light Land Rover has made the Discovery Sport, it is a car that must go farther off-road than the other two, so you’d expect more axle articulation and more body lean – which you get.
Despite the Audi’s 19in rims, though, the Q5 isn’t the brittle, hard-edged car you might expect it would be.
Granted, its ride is less isolated than that of the GLC, but there’s more inherent suppleness in today’s Audis than there was, say, five years ago, and the Q5 is as absorbent as you’d realistically expect it to be – if not quite as absorbent as you’d want all the time, given that sudden surface imperfections can cause an underbody kerfuffle.
And on the upside, the Q5’s body control is good.