Compare 2012 Audi A6 vs 2012 BMW 5-Series

2012 Audi A6
2012 BMW 5-Series
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4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A6 4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 25 33 $38,782 $41,700
A6 4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 25 33 $38,782 $41,700
A6 4-Door Sedan quattro 3.0T Premium 19 28 $46,408 $49,900
A6 4-Door Sedan quattro 3.0T Premium Plus 19 28 $46,408 $49,900
A6 4-Door Sedan quattro 3.0T Prestige 19 28 $46,408 $49,900
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4-Door Sedan 528i RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 528i RWD 23 34 $43,150 $46,900
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 528i xDrive AWD 22 32 $45,265 $49,200
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 535i RWD 20 30 $48,300 $52,500
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 535i xDrive AWD 21 30 $50,415 $54,800
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 550i RWD 15 22 $57,040 $62,000
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 550i xDrive AWD 15 20 $59,155 $64,300
5 Series 4-Door Sedan ActiveHybrid 5 RWD 23 30 $56,075 $60,950
5 Series Gran Turismo 5-Door 535i Gran Turismo RWD 19 28 $52,440 $57,000
5 Series Gran Turismo 5-Door 535i xDrive Gran Turismo AWD 18 27 $54,555 $59,300
5 Series Gran Turismo 5-Door 550i Gran Turismo RWD 15 22 $60,720 $66,000
5 Series Gran Turismo 5-Door 550i xDrive Gran Turismo AWD 15 19 $62,835 $68,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$38,782
$43,150
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$41,700
$46,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$695 / month
$782 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Mid-Size
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.5 58.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.2 100.5
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 38.0
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 56.2
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 41.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
37.4 36.1
Front Head Room (in)
37.2 39.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
64.1 63.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.6 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
193.9 193.1
Height, Overall (in)
57.8 57.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.7 64.1
Wheelbase (in)
114.7 116.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.8 73.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.1 18.4
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 13.0 x 0.8
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x - TBD - 13.0 x 0.9
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.8 18.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.1 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 - TBD -
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Power Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
225/55R17 225/55R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
225/55R17 225/55R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3682 3814
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 10.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 170
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 1500 260 @ 1250
Engine Order Code
NA N20
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
211 @ 4300 240 @ 5000
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 27
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.11
Trans Type
1 8
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.29
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.63 3.30
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 3.14
Trans Order Code
NA 205
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.85 3.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.67
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Ratio Automatic w/Manual Shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.83-0.61 4.71
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.84
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi A6 BMW 5 Series
Body Style
Sedan 4dr Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal-Link Multi-Link Integral-V
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front
Four-Link Multi-Link Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 6.7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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