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Compare 2013 Audi A6 vs 2013 BMW 5-Series vs 2013 Mercedes-Benz E Class

2013 Audi A6
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2013 BMW 5-Series
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2013 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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Select style
4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A6 4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 25 33 $39,246 $42,200
A6 4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 25 33 $39,246 $42,200
A6 4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium 20 30 $41,292 $44,400
A6 4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 20 30 $41,292 $44,400
A6 4-Door Sedan quattro 3.0T Premium 18 27 $46,872 $50,400
A6 4-Door Sedan quattro 3.0T Premium Plus 18 27 $46,872 $50,400
A6 4-Door Sedan quattro 3.0T Prestige 18 27 $46,872 $50,400
S6 4-Door Sedan Prestige 17 27 $66,868 $71,900
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4-Door Sedan 528i RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 528i RWD 24 34 $43,975 $47,800
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 528i xDrive AWD 22 33 $46,090 $50,100
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 535i RWD 20 30 $49,130 $53,400
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 535i xDrive AWD 21 30 $51,245 $55,700
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 550i RWD 17 25 $57,685 $62,700
5 Series 4-Door Sedan 550i xDrive AWD 16 24 $59,800 $65,000
5 Series 4-Door Sedan ActiveHybrid 5 RWD 23 30 $56,490 $61,400
5 Series Gran Turismo 5-Door 535i Gran Turismo RWD 20 30 $53,635 $58,300
5 Series Gran Turismo 5-Door 535i xDrive Gran Turismo AWD 18 26 $55,750 $60,600
5 Series Gran Turismo 5-Door 550i Gran Turismo RWD 16 24 $62,375 $67,800
5 Series Gran Turismo 5-Door 550i xDrive Gran Turismo AWD 16 24 $64,490 $70,100
M5 4-Door Sedan N/A N/A $82,985 $90,200
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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 19 28 $54,935 $59,070
E-Class 2-Door Convertible E 550 RWD 16 25 $61,585 $66,220
E-Class 2-Door Coupe E 350 4MATIC 19 27 $49,867 $53,620
E-Class 2-Door Coupe E 350 RWD 20 28 $47,542 $51,120
E-Class 2-Door Coupe E 550 RWD 17 27 $53,903 $57,960
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Luxury 4MATIC 19 29 $49,755 $53,500
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Luxury BlueTEC RWD 22 32 $48,546 $52,200
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Luxury RWD 20 30 $47,430 $51,000
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Sport 4MATIC 19 29 $49,755 $53,500
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Sport BlueTEC RWD 22 32 $48,546 $52,200
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 350 Sport RWD 20 30 $47,430 $51,000
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 400 Sport Hybrid RWD 24 30 $51,894 $55,800
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 550 Sport 4MATIC 16 26 $56,172 $60,400
E-Class 4-Door Sedan E 63 AMG RWD 16 24 $83,514 $89,800
E-Class 4-Door Wgn E 350 Luxury 4MATIC 19 28 $53,661 $57,700
E-Class 4-Door Wgn E 350 Sport 4MATIC 19 28 $53,661 $57,700
E-Class 4-Door Wgn E 63 AMG RWD 15 23 $85,932 $92,400
Pricing
Invoice Price
$39,246
$43,975
$54,935
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,200
$47,800
$59,070
Monthly Payment Estimate
$703 / month
$797 / month
$985 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.6
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
Traditional looks disguise this Audi's brilliance: it's a blast to drive in either 3.0T trim or S6 spec. The 2013 BMW 5-Series packs in the advanced technology and fuel-efficient powertrains, yet it manages to keep true to its sport-sedan mission. Better handling and interiors put the Mercedes-Benz E-Class back in benchmark status; a passel of new engines brings fuel economy to new heights.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 24 mpg 19 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 Shoulder Room (in)
56.300 56.2 47.8
Front Leg Room (in)
41.300 41.4 42.0
Passenger Capacity
5 5 4
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
37.400 36.1 30.1
Front Head Room (in)
37.200 39.1 38.3
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.500 58.3 54.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.200 100.5 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in)
37.800 38.0 36.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.700 64.055 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
114.600 116.850 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.800 73.228 70.3
Track Width, Front (in)
64.100 62.992 60.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.600 5.551 3.0
Length, Overall (in)
193.900 192.874 185.0
Height, Overall (in)
57.800 57.637 55.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.100 18.363 11.5
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.800 x - TBD - 12.992 x 0.787 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)
12.600 x - TBD - 13.700 x 1.181 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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.800 18.492 17.4
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD - 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - N/A N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.100 17.1 14.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.000 39.206 35.3
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/55R17 225/55R17 P255/35R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/55R17 225/55R17 P235/40R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA Compact
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 300 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 2000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 2000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 200 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3726 3714 3883
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 8.0 18 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 8.0 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.615 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 170 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 1500 258 @ 1250-4800 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 - 6000 245 @ 5000-6500 302 @ 6500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 24 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 28 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 34 28
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.633 3.295 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 3.143 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA 205 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.848 3.231 2.82
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.667 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Ratio Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic w/Manual Shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.000 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.829-0.608 4.714 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.106 1.92
Trans Type
1 8 7
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.285 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.839 0.73
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.667 -
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Convertible
Vehicle Name
Audi A6 BMW 5 Series Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA NA N/A
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Control Arm 3-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA NA N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Integral-V Multi-Arm 5-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.5 6.5 8.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 (2012) 7 6
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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