Compare 2012 BMW 5-Series vs 2012 Audi A6

2012 BMW 5-Series
2012 Audi A6
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4-Door Sedan RWD 528i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 528i 23 34 $43,150 $46,900
4-Door Sedan AWD 528i xDrive 22 32 $45,265 $49,200
4-Door Sedan RWD 535i 20 30 $48,300 $52,500
4-Door Sedan AWD 535i xDrive 21 30 $50,415 $54,800
4-Door Sedan RWD ActiveHybrid 5 23 30 $56,075 $60,950
4-Door Sedan RWD 550i 15 22 $57,040 $62,000
4-Door Sedan AWD 550i xDrive 15 20 $59,155 $64,300
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4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 25 33 $38,782 $41,700
4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 25 33 $38,782 $41,700
4-Door Sedan quattro 3.0T Premium 19 28 $46,408 $49,900
4-Door Sedan quattro 3.0T Premium Plus 19 28 $46,408 $49,900
4-Door Sedan quattro 3.0T Prestige 19 28 $46,408 $49,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$43,150
$38,782
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$46,900
$41,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$782 / month
$695 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 BMW 5-Series appears somewhat conservative on the outside, but it packs an armada of advanced-tech firepower, and new fuel-efficient engines, without interrupting its sport-sedan mission. It's the same V-6 blast to drive as the far more sexy A7, which makes the 2012 Audi A6 a little irrelevant for those not fixated on five seats or four cylinders.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.2 56.3
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 41.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.5 97.2
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 37.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 37.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 57.5
Second Head Room (in)
38.0 37.8
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.6 57.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.1 63.7
Wheelbase (in)
116.9 114.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.2 73.8
Track Width, Front (in)
63.0 64.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.6 4.6
Length, Overall (in)
193.1 193.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
18.4 14.1
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 0.8 11.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 0.9 12.6 x - 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)
18.5 19.8
Steering
Steering Type
Power Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.1 16.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- TBD - 39.0
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
225/55R17 225/55R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
225/55R17 225/55R17
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3814 3682
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.7 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
170 180
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
240 @ 5000 211 @ 4300
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
260 @ 1250 258 @ 1500
Engine Order Code
N20 NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/121
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 33
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.30 4.63
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 NA
Trans Order Code
205 NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.39 2.85
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Continuously Variable Ratio
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 3.83-0.61
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 NA
Trans Type
8 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW 5 Series Audi A6
Body Style
4dr Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front
Multi-Link Double-Wishbone Four-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Integral-V Trapezoidal-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 6.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 5
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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