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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan 528i RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 528i 18 28 $42,135 $45,800
4-Door Sedan AWD 528i xDrive 17 25 $44,250 $48,100
4-Door Sedan RWD 535i 17 26 $47,010 $51,100
4-Door Sedan AWD 535i xDrive 16 25 $49,130 $53,400
4-Door Sedan RWD 550i 15 22 $55,570 $60,400
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 535i xDrive 16 23 $51,335 $55,800
4-Door Sedan 3.2L FrontTrak
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 3.2L FrontTrak 18 27 $39,943 $42,950
4-Door Sedan 3.2L quattro 17 25 $42,873 $46,100
4-Door Sedan 4.2L quattro 16 23 $52,361 $56,300
4-Door Avant Wagon 3.2L quattro 17 25 $45,570 $49,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$42,135
$39,943
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$45,800
$42,950
Monthly Payment Estimate
$763 / month
$716 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line Whether as a sedan or wagon, the 2009 BMW 5-Series is a distinctly sportier, tech-savvy alternative to luxury rivals—without giving up any comfort. The 2008 Audi A6 has plenty of competition, but its graceful look and feel set it apart from more brutal German and more clinical Japanese iron.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 28 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 36.0 36.9
Front Head Room (in) 39.1 38.7
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.3 57.1
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 38.1 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.2 55.9
Front Leg Room (in) 41.5 41.3
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³) 99.1 97.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 61.3 63.5
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 4.6
Length, Overall (in) 191.1 193.5
Height, Overall (in) 57.8 57.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.2 63.7
Wheelbase (in) 113.7 111.9
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.7 71.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.0 15.9
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.8 x 1.18 12.6 x 1.18
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) 12.6 x 0.79 11.9 x 0.47
Brake Type Pwr-Assisted Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 21.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 13.7 16.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.4 39.0
Steering Type Servotronic Variable Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 2.74
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size P225/50R17 - TBD -
Spare Tire Size - TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size P225/50R17 - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3505 3825
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Alloy
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Alloy Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material Alloy Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 10.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 380
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 180 180
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 230 @ 6500 255 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas I6 Gas V6
Fuel System EFI FSI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 200 @ 2750 243 @ 3250
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.0L/183 3.2L/191
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 21 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 27
Transmission
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.64
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.38
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.94 2.51
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.46 1.48
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.38 4.88
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.23 0.82
Trans Description Cont. Manual Automatic CVT
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.85 0.50
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.32 2.51
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.66 1.10
Trans Type 6 7
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name BMW 5 Series Audi A6
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut-Type NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Integral Trapezoidal-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double-Pivot Four-Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 -
 
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