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 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
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.2 59.3
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Front (in)
64.7 63.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
24.5 15.5
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- TBD - 60.0
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
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
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
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 Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - 18 x 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - 18 x 8
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
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
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
325 @ 2900-4500 300 @ 1200 - 5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 28
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 2.11
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.67
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
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 3.14
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.84
Trans Order Code
NA 205
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.85 3.08
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
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
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 4.71
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Audi A7 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo
Suspension
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
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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