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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 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 550i 15 22 $57,040 $62,000
4-Door Sedan AWD 550i xDrive 15 20 $59,155 $64,300
4-Door Sedan RWD ActiveHybrid 5 23 30 $56,075 $60,950
4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
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
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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$43,150
$38,782
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$46,900
$41,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$782 / month
$695 / month
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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
Fuel Economy - City 23 mpg 25 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 34 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors 4 -
EPA Classification Mid-Size Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
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
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.2 56.3
Exterior Dimensions
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
Height, Overall (in) 57.6 57.8
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 Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size 225/55R17 245/45R18
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size 225/55R17 245/45R18
Spare Tire Size NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3814 3682
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8.0 18 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8.0 18 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
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
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 240 @ 5000 211 @ 4300
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
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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