Compare 2012 Audi A5 vs 2012 BMW 3-Series vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class

2012 Audi A5
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2012 BMW 3-Series
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2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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2-Door Convertible Automatic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
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2-Door Conv 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i 18 28 $43,790 $47,600
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i SULEV 18 28 $43,790 $47,600
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335i 19 28 $49,495 $53,800
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335is 18 26 $55,935 $60,800
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i xDrive AWD SULEV 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i RWD 19 28 $41,490 $45,100
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i xDrive AWD 19 26 $43,055 $46,800
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335is RWD 18 26 $47,930 $52,100
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD 20 30 $39,010 $42,400
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD South Africa 20 30 $39,010 $42,400
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i RWD 17 26 $34,500 $37,500
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $36,340 $39,500
M3 2-Door Conv 13 20 $63,250 $68,750
M3 2-Door Coupe 14 20 $55,290 $60,100
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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 18 28 $53,680 $57,720
E-Class 2-Door Convertible E 550 RWD 16 25 $60,264 $64,800
E-Class 2-Door Coupe E 350 4MATIC 19 29 $48,639 $52,300
E-Class 2-Door Coupe E 350 RWD 19 28 $46,314 $49,800
E-Class 2-Door Coupe E 550 RWD 17 27 $52,629 $56,590
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Luxury 4MATIC 19 28 $49,281 $52,990
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Luxury BlueTEC RWD 21 32 $48,072 $51,690
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Luxury RWD 20 30 $46,956 $50,490
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Sport 4MATIC 19 28 $49,281 $52,990
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Sport BlueTEC RWD 21 32 $48,072 $51,690
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Sport RWD 20 30 $46,956 $50,490
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 550 Sport 4MATIC 16 26 $55,605 $59,790
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 63 AMG RWD 16 24 $82,677 $88,900
E-Class 4-Door Wgn E 350 Luxury 4MATIC 19 27 $53,150 $57,150
E-Class 4-Door Wgn E 350 Sport 4MATIC 19 27 $53,150 $57,150
E-Class 4-Door Wgn E 63 AMG RWD 15 23 $85,095 $91,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$39,618
$43,790
$53,680
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,600
$47,600
$57,720
Monthly Payment Estimate
$710 / month
$793 / month
$962 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.4
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
Both the Audi A5 Coupe and its Cabriolet convertible sibling are striking designs that offer comfortable, easy-to-drive capacity for two people--and four in a pinch Despite the weight gain, the BMW M3's still one of the most stunning performance vehicles we've driven. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class models have sharper driving appeal than in the past, while also returning to the classy interior appointments and vault-like construction that have made them longtime luxury benchmarks.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 18 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Subcompact Cars Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
46.8 49.3 48.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 42.0 42.0
Passenger Capacity
4 4 4
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 32.0 32.9
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 38.0 40.2
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.3 55.3 40.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
81.0 84.2 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in)
36.3 36.5 35.8
Exterior Dimensions
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 71.5 75.9
Track Width, Front (in)
62.5 59.1 60.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.4 3.0
Length, Overall (in)
182.1 181.9 185.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.2 9.0 11.5
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 11.8 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.9
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x - TBD - 12.3 x - TBD - 12.7 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 16.1 22.0
Steering
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
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.3 16.0 14.7
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/40R18 225/45R17 P255/40R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/40R18 225/45R17 P235/45R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3880 3825 3948
Wheels
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
Steel NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
211 @ 4300 230 @ 6500 302 @ 6500
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas I6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 1500 200 @ 2750 273 @ 3500-5250
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 3.0L/183 3.5L/213
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 18 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 22 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 28 28
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.92 3.94 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.46 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.18 3.23 2.82
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.23 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Ratio Manual Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.85 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.40 - 0.38 4.32 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.70 1.92
Trans Type
1 6 7
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.73
Summary
Body Style
Convertible Convertible Convertible
Vehicle Name
Audi A5 BMW 3 Series Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
5-Link MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal-Link 5-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.5 9.3 8.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 5 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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