Compare 2012 Audi A6 vs 2012 BMW 5-Series vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class

2012 Audi A6
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2012 BMW 5-Series
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2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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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
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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
$38,782
$43,150
$53,680
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$41,700
$46,900
$57,720
Monthly Payment Estimate
$695 / month
$782 / month
$962 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.6
8.2
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. 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
25 mpg 23 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 34 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Mid-Size Subcompact Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.5 58.3 40.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.2 100.5 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 38.0 35.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 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 -
Second Leg Room (in)
37.4 36.1 32.9
Front Head Room (in)
37.2 39.1 40.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
64.1 63.0 60.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.6 5.6 3.0
Length, Overall (in)
193.9 193.1 185.0
Height, Overall (in)
57.8 57.6 55.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.7 64.1 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
114.7 116.9 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.8 73.2 75.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.1 18.4 11.5
Brakes
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)
11.8 x - TBD - 13.0 x 0.8 11.8 x 0.9
Brake Type
Pwr Power 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 - 13.0 x 0.9 12.7 x 1.3
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.8 18.5 22.0
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.1 17.1 14.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 - TBD - 35.3
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Power Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD - 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
225/55R17 225/55R17 P235/45R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
225/55R17 225/55R17 P255/40R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3682 3814 3948
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x 8.0 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 10.7 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 170 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 1500 260 @ 1250 273 @ 3500-5250
Engine Order Code
NA N20 NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.0L/122 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
211 @ 4300 240 @ 5000 302 @ 6500
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 34 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 23 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 27 22
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.11 1.92
Trans Type
1 8 7
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.29 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.63 3.30 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 3.14 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA 205 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.85 3.39 2.82
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.67 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Ratio Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.83-0.61 4.71 4.38
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67 -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.84 0.73
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi A6 BMW 5 Series Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Body Style
Sedan 4dr Sedan Convertible
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal-Link Multi-Link Integral-V Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Four-Link Multi-Link Double-Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 6 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 6.7 8.3
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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