Compare 2012 Audi S5 vs 2012 BMW 3-Series

2012 Audi S5
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2-Door Coupe Manual Prestige
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual Premium Plus 14 22 $50,128 $53,900
2-Door Coupe Manual Prestige 14 22 $50,128 $53,900
2-Door Coupe Automatic Premium Plus 16 24 $51,244 $55,100
2-Door Coupe Automatic Prestige 16 24 $51,244 $55,100
2-Door Cabriolet Premium Plus 17 26 $55,150 $59,300
2-Door Cabriolet Prestige 17 26 $55,150 $59,300
2-Door Coupe Manual Special Edition 14 22 $63,892 $68,700
2-Door Coupe Automatic Special Edition 16 24 $65,008 $69,900
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4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 328i 17 26 $34,500 $37,500
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $36,340 $39,500
2-Door Coupe AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328i xDrive 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 20 30 $39,010 $42,400
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 20 30 $39,010 $42,400
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 19 28 $41,490 $45,100
2-Door Coupe AWD 335i xDrive 19 26 $43,055 $46,800
2-Door Convertible 328i 18 28 $43,790 $47,600
2-Door Convertible SULEV 328i 18 28 $43,790 $47,600
2-Door Coupe RWD 335is 18 26 $47,930 $52,100
2-Door Convertible 335i 19 28 $49,495 $53,800
2-Door Convertible 335is 18 26 $55,935 $60,800
Pricing
Invoice Price
$50,128
$32,110
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$53,900
$34,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$898 / month
$582 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Audi S5 / Cabriolet is one of the best-looking performance luxury coupes on the road, and it's one of the best all-around performers, too. The 2012 BMW 3-Series delivers the class-leading sport-sedan performance and handling enthusiasts have come to expect, yet it makes substantial improvements in fuel-efficiency, active safety, and connectivity.
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Fuel Economy
City
14 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
31.7 35.1
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 40.3
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.3 55.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
84.0 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in)
36.0 37.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 42.0
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.2 60.3
Wheelbase (in)
108.3 110.6
Liftover Height (in)
26.2 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.0 71.3
Track Width, Front (in)
62.8 60.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
182.5 182.5
Height, Overall (in)
53.9 56.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.4 17.0
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x - TBD - - TBD -
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)
13.6 x - TBD - - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 15.8
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.3 15.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/35R19 P225/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/35R19 P225/50R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3858 3406
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
12.9 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V8 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
325 @ 3500 255 @ 1250 - 4800
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
4.2L/254 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
354 @ 7000 240 @ 5000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
14 23
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.22 3.35
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.15 3.14
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.87 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.13 1.67
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/Manual Shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.68
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.66 4.71
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 2.11
Trans Type
6 8
Drivetrain
All-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.91 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.00
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe Sedan
Vehicle Name
Audi S5 BMW 3 Series
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
5-link MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.0 6.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
2 6
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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