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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