Compare 2012 Audi A7 vs 2012 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo

2012 Audi A7
2012 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo
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4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Prestige
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Premium 18 28 $55,103 $59,250
4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Premium Plus 18 28 $55,103 $59,250
4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Prestige 18 28 $55,103 $59,250
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5-Door Gran Turismo RWD 535i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door Gran Turismo RWD 535i 19 28 $52,440 $57,000
5-Door Gran Turismo AWD 535i xDrive 18 27 $54,555 $59,300
5-Door Gran Turismo RWD 550i 15 22 $60,720 $66,000
5-Door Gran Turismo AWD 550i xDrive 15 19 $62,835 $68,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$55,103
$52,440
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$59,250
$57,000
Monthly Payment Estimate
$988 / month
$950 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
9.0
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Audi A7 is a tech powerhouse and design standout, showing that hatchback practicality can indeed be sexy. The 2012 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo is an intriguing design with a luxurious interior and limo-like back seat, but it has narrow niche appeal--and it's neither as nimble as the 5 sedans nor as handy as the X5 (or a wagon).
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Large Car
Number of Passenger Doors
4 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.2 59.3
Second Head Room (in)
36.6 39.0
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 57.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 112.0
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
37.0 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in)
36.9 41.4
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
64.7 63.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
195.6 196.8
Height, Overall (in)
55.9 61.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.4 65.1
Wheelbase (in)
114.7 120.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.2 74.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- TBD - 60.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
24.5 15.5
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x - TBD - 13.6 x 0.9
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
14.0 x - TBD - 13.7 x 1.4
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.8 18.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.9 19.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 41.0
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/40R19 P245/50R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/40R19 P245/50R18
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4210 4641
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - 18 x 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - 18 x 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
190 210
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
325 @ 2900-4500 300 @ 1200 - 5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/183 3.0L/182
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
310 @ 5500-6500 300 @ 5800 - 6250
Engine Type
Supercharged Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 22
Transmission
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 4.71
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.67
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 2.11
Trans Type
8 8
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 1.29
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.32 3.30
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.84
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 3.14
Trans Order Code
NA 205
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.85 3.08
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.67
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic w/Manual Shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Audi A7 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal-link Integral-V
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front
Five-link Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8.5 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.3 8.3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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