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Compare 2011 Audi A6 vs 2011 BMW 5-Series vs 2011 Mercedes-Benz E Class

2011 Audi A6
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2011 BMW 5-Series
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2011 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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Select style
4-Door Avant Wgn quattro 3.0T Prem Plus
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A6 4-Door Avant Wgn quattro 3.0T Prem Plus 18 26 $49,578 $53,310
A6 4-Door Avant Wgn quattro 3.0T Premium 18 26 $49,578 $53,310
A6 4-Door Avant Wgn quattro 3.0T Prestige 18 26 $49,578 $53,310
A6 4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 3.2L Premium 18 28 $42,036 $45,200
A6 4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 3.2L Premium Plus 18 28 $42,036 $45,200
A6 4-Door Sedan quattro 3.0T Premium 18 26 $46,686 $50,200
A6 4-Door Sedan quattro 3.0T Premium Plus 18 26 $46,686 $50,200
A6 4-Door Sedan quattro 3.0T Prestige 18 26 $46,686 $50,200
A6 4-Door Sedan quattro 4.2L Prestige 16 23 $55,010 $59,150
S6 4-Door Sedan Prestige 14 19 $70,774 $76,100
Select style
4-Door Sedan 528i RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 528i RWD 22 32 $41,445 $45,050
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 535i RWD 19 28 $46,090 $50,100
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 535i xDrive AWD 19 29 $48,210 $52,400
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 550i RWD 15 22 $55,385 $60,200
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 550i xDrive AWD 16 24 $57,500 $62,500
5 Series Gran Turismo 5-Door 535i Gran Turismo RWD 20 30 $51,980 $56,500
5 Series Gran Turismo 5-Door 535i xDrive Gran Turismo AWD 19 27 $54,095 $58,800
5 Series Gran Turismo 5-Door 550i Gran Turismo RWD 15 22 $59,250 $64,400
5 Series Gran Turismo 5-Door 550i xDrive Gran Turismo AWD 15 22 $61,365 $66,700
Select style
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
$49,578
$41,445
$52,870
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$53,310
$45,050
$56,850
Monthly Payment Estimate
$889 / month
$751 / month
$948 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.8
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 Audi A6 is elegant and agile, although its cabin design is looking somewhat dated. 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. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan swings to the masculine side of the pendulum and sharpens its driving appeal in the process.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 22 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 32 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Station Wagon Mid-Size Subcompact Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.9 36.1 32.9
Front Head Room (in)
37.5 39.1 40.2
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 58.3 40.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.7 100.5 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 38.0 35.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 56.2 48.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 41.4 42.0
Passenger Capacity
5 5 4
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.0 73.2 70.3
Track Width, Front (in)
62.7 63.0 60.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.6 5.6 3.0
Length, Overall (in)
194.2 193.1 185.0
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - -
Height, Overall (in)
58.2 57.6 55.2
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.9 64.1 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
111.9 116.9 108.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA - -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
33.9 - -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 14 11.5
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 13.0 x 1.4 12.7 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 13.0 x 0.9 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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 18.5 22.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.74 - TBD - 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 17.1 14.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 - TBD - 35.3
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P245/40R18 225/55R17 P255/40R17
Rear Tire Order Code
H6E NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/40R18 225/55R17 P235/45R17
Spare Tire Size
Full-Size NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
H6E NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4255 3792 3948
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Alloy NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Full-Size NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 8.0 17 x 8.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.1 6.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
380 - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 210 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection EFI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
310 @ 2500-5100 230 @ 2600-3000 258 @ 2400 - 5000
Engine Order Code
NA N52 NA
Displacement
3.0L/183 3.0L/183 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
300 @ 5100-6800 240 @ 6600 268 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 25 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 32 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 22 17
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.14 1.67 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/OD
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.84 0.73
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 1.00 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.17 4.71 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 2.11 1.92
Trans Type
6 8 7
Drivetrain
All-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 1.29 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.40 3.30 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.34 3.14 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA 205 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.09 3.39 2.82
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi A6 BMW 5 Series Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Body Style
4 Door Wagon 4dr Sedan 2 Door Convertible
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Twin-Tube Gas-Pressure Shock Absorbers NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal-Link Multi-Link Integral-V 5-arm Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Twin-Tube Gas-Pressure Shock Absorbers NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Four-Link Multi-Link Double-Wishbone Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 7.5 9.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 6 4
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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