Compare 2011 Audi A5 vs 2011 BMW 3-Series vs 2011 Mercedes-Benz E Class

2011 Audi A5
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2011 BMW 3-Series
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2011 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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2-Door Convertible Automatic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A5 2-Door Convertible Automatic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 22 30 $39,479 $42,450
A5 2-Door Convertible Automatic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 22 30 $39,479 $42,450
A5 2-Door Convertible Automatic FrontTrak 2.0T Prestige 22 30 $39,479 $42,450
A5 2-Door Convertible Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 29 $41,525 $44,650
A5 2-Door Convertible Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 29 $41,525 $44,650
A5 2-Door Convertible Automatic quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 29 $41,525 $44,650
A5 2-Door Coupe Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 29 $35,526 $38,200
A5 2-Door Coupe Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 29 $35,526 $38,200
A5 2-Door Coupe Automatic quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 29 $35,526 $38,200
A5 2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 2.0T Premium 21 31 $34,318 $36,900
A5 2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 31 $34,318 $36,900
A5 2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 31 $34,318 $36,900
S5 2-Door Convertible Premium Plus 17 26 $54,917 $59,050
S5 2-Door Convertible Prestige 17 26 $54,917 $59,050
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2-Door Conv 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i 18 28 $42,735 $46,450
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i SULEV 18 28 $42,735 $46,450
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335i 19 28 $48,440 $52,650
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335is 18 26 $54,880 $59,650
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD 18 28 $34,640 $37,650
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $34,640 $37,650
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $36,385 $39,550
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i xDrive AWD SULEV 17 25 $36,385 $39,550
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i RWD 19 28 $40,570 $44,100
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i xDrive AWD 19 26 $42,320 $46,000
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335is RWD 18 26 $47,010 $51,100
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV South Africa 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD SULEV 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD SULEV South Africa 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD South Africa 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335d RWD 23 36 $40,620 $44,150
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD 19 28 $38,685 $42,050
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD South Africa 19 28 $38,685 $42,050
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i xDrive AWD 19 26 $40,525 $44,050
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i xDrive AWD South Africa 19 26 $40,525 $44,050
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i RWD 17 26 $34,180 $37,150
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $36,020 $39,150
M3 2-Door Conv 13 20 $62,145 $67,550
M3 2-Door Coupe 14 20 $54,190 $58,900
M3 4-Door Sedan 14 20 $51,430 $55,900
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2-Door Convertible E 350 RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
E-Class 2-Door Convertible E 350 RWD 17 25 $52,870 $56,850
E-Class 2-Door Convertible E 550 RWD 15 22 $60,264 $64,800
E-Class 2-Door Coupe E 350 RWD 17 26 $45,430 $48,850
E-Class 2-Door Coupe E 550 RWD 15 23 $51,568 $55,450
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Luxury 4MATIC 17 24 $48,267 $51,900
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Luxury BlueTEC RWD 22 33 $47,337 $50,900
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Luxury RWD 17 24 $45,942 $49,400
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Sport 4MATIC 17 24 $48,267 $51,900
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Sport BlueTEC RWD 22 33 $47,337 $50,900
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Sport RWD 17 24 $45,942 $49,400
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 550 Luxury 4MATIC 15 23 $55,428 $59,600
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 550 Luxury RWD 15 23 $53,103 $57,100
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 550 Sport 4MATIC 15 23 $55,428 $59,600
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 550 Sport RWD 15 23 $53,103 $57,100
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 63 AMG RWD 13 20 $81,468 $87,600
E-Class 4-Door Wgn E 350 Luxury 4MATIC 16 23 $52,266 $56,200
E-Class 4-Door Wgn E 350 Sport 4MATIC 16 23 $52,266 $56,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$39,479
$42,735
$52,870
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,450
$46,450
$56,850
Monthly Payment Estimate
$708 / month
$774 / month
$948 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.4
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The Audi A5 Coupe and Cabriolet bear one of the most elegant bodies in autodom, and drive with a light, easy touch. Stunning performance is still the calling card for the 2011 BMW M3; the weight it's gained may just be a sign of its success. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan swings to the masculine side of the pendulum and sharpens its driving appeal in the process.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 18 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 28 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Sub-Compact Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
36.3 36.5 35.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
46.9 49.3 48.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 41.8 42.0
Passenger Capacity
4 4 4
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 31.9 32.9
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 38.0 40.2
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.3 55.3 40.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
NA 84.2 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 3.0
Length, Overall (in)
182.1 181.9 185.0
Height, Overall (in)
54.4 54.5 55.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.1 59.6 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
108.3 108.7 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.0 70.2 70.3
Track Width, Front (in)
62.5 59.1 60.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.2 9.0 11.5
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.8 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.9
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 12.3 x - TBD - 12.7 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.2 16.1 22.0
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.3 16.0 14.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 36.1 35.3
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD - 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Tires
Front Tire Size
P245/40R18 P225/45R17 P235/45R17
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/40R18 P225/45R17 P255/40R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3880 3825 3948
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 17 x 8.0 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.4 - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/121.1 3.0L/183 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
211 @ 4300-6000 230 @ 6500 268 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I6 Gas V6
Fuel System
TFSI Direct MPI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 1500-4200 200 @ 2750 258 @ 2400 - 5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 18 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 22 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 28 25
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.14 1.66 1.92
Trans Type
1 6 7
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
CVT NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.92 3.94 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 2.46 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.18 3.38 2.82
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.86 1.23 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.57 0.85 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.40 4.32 4.38
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.73
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi A5 BMW 3 Series Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 2 Door Convertible 2 Door Convertible
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal 5-Link 5-arm Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Anti-Dive NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
5-Link Double Pivot Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 5 4
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.5 9.3 9.3
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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