2010 Audi A6 vs. Its Competition

2010 Audi A6 4-door Avant Wagon 3.0L quattro Premium Angular Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Among $50,000 luxury sedans, we’re most impressed by the 2011 Infiniti M37 and M56.

Formerly anonymous, the M&Ms have ripened into major sex objects this year; the cabin’s subtly gorgeous and the V-8 has thundering power.

So is the V-6, but it's noisier and harsher than you’d expect.

The Jaguar XF is utterly captivating, inside and out, but the backseat is the smallest of all these cars, and early reliability hasn’t been stellar.

Both the E-Class and the 5-Series are reinvented this year; the E-Class’ shape is controversial, but handling’s improved and so are fit and finish.

Meanwhile, the 5-Series gets a much cleaner set of lines and better interior space as BMW junks most of the excesses of the Bangle era of design.

The 5-Series GT is specifically aimed at the Audi A6 Avant; its flexible cargo space borders on brilliance, though there’s a visual penalty to be paid in the form of a tall, heavy rear end.

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The Audi A6 still has elegance and agility in its corner, though 0-60 mph times and rear-seat room continue to lag the competition.
8.8
The new 2011 BMW 5-Series might be a conservative evolution in terms of styling and design, but it’s a quite radical one with regard to how BMW’s most important model drives.
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8.4
The 2011 Jaguar XF offers a compelling combination of fast, nimble performance and a classy, refined, and seductive interior; the only thing lacking is backseat space.
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The 2010 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo hatch-wagon may puzzle some shoppers, but it knows how to entertain on the road and doesn't mind if you bring company.
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The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan swings to the masculine side of the pendulum and sharpens its driving appeal in the process.
MSRP From     
$45,200$45,050$47,050$52,500$56,000$48,050
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6Gas V8Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V6
EPA Class     
MidsizeMid-Size4-door Large CarMidsize CarLargeSub-Compact
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 3.2L Premium4-Door Sedan 528i RWD37 4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan5-Door 535i Gran Turismo RWD2-Door Coupe E350 RWD
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555554
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/A4N/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4dr Sedan4-door Sedan4 Door Sedan4-Door Sedan2 Door Coupe
Transmission     
Continuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD