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2012 BMW 5-Series

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  2012 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo 4-door Sedan 550i Gran Turismo RWD Angular Front Exterior View 2012 Audi A6 4-door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus Side Exterior View
Invoice $43,150 $38,782
15/34 19/33
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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. Read Full Review 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. Read Full Review
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  • Clean exterior
  • Simpler, more appealing dash
  • Revamped iDrive
  • More direct driving experience
  • Flexible backseat and cargo space (Gran Turismo)


  • Grabby brakes at low speed
  • Tech goodies have a learning curve
  • Gran Turismo's handling


  • The small miracle of supercharging
  • Great four-cylinder fuel economy
  • Striking interior styling and materials
  • We're goggle-eyed over Google Earth mapping
  • In-car wireless Internet means quiet passengers


  • Four-cylinders are CVT-only
  • Nowhere near as appealing as the A7
  • Steering better, still not transparent
  • Fifth seat isn't, really
  • Are you ready for a $70,000 A6?
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