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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4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 25 33 $39,246 $42,200
4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 25 33 $39,246 $42,200
4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium 20 30 $41,292 $44,400
4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 20 30 $41,292 $44,400
4-Door Sedan quattro 3.0T Premium 18 27 $46,872 $50,400
4-Door Sedan quattro 3.0T Premium Plus 18 27 $46,872 $50,400
4-Door Sedan quattro 3.0T Prestige 18 27 $46,872 $50,400
4-Door Sedan Prestige 17 27 $66,868 $71,900
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4-Door Sedan RWD 528i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 528i 24 34 $43,975 $47,800
4-Door Sedan AWD 528i xDrive 22 33 $46,090 $50,100
4-Door Sedan RWD 535i 20 30 $49,130 $53,400
4-Door Sedan AWD 535i xDrive 21 30 $51,245 $55,700
5-Door Gran Turismo RWD 535i 20 30 $53,635 $58,300
5-Door Gran Turismo AWD 535i xDrive 18 26 $55,750 $60,600
4-Door Sedan RWD ActiveHybrid 5 23 30 $56,490 $61,400
4-Door Sedan RWD 550i 17 25 $57,685 $62,700
4-Door Sedan AWD 550i xDrive 16 24 $59,800 $65,000
5-Door Gran Turismo RWD 550i 16 24 $62,375 $67,800
5-Door Gran Turismo AWD 550i xDrive 16 24 $64,490 $70,100
4-Door Sedan N/A N/A $82,985 $90,200
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4-Door Sedan RWD E 350 Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD E 350 Luxury 20 30 $47,430 $51,000
4-Door Sedan RWD E 350 Sport 20 30 $47,430 $51,000
2-Door Coupe RWD E 350 20 28 $47,542 $51,120
4-Door Sedan RWD E 350 Luxury BlueTEC 22 32 $48,546 $52,200
4-Door Sedan RWD E 350 Sport BlueTEC 22 32 $48,546 $52,200
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E 350 Luxury 19 29 $49,755 $53,500
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E 350 Sport 19 29 $49,755 $53,500
2-Door Coupe 4MATIC E 350 19 27 $49,867 $53,620
4-Door Sedan Hybrid RWD E 400 Sport 24 30 $51,894 $55,800
4-Door Wagon 4MATIC E 350 Luxury 19 28 $53,661 $57,700
4-Door Wagon 4MATIC E 350 Sport 19 28 $53,661 $57,700
2-Door Coupe RWD E 550 17 27 $53,903 $57,960
2-Door Cabriolet RWD E 350 19 28 $54,935 $59,070
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E 550 Sport 16 26 $56,172 $60,400
2-Door Cabriolet RWD E 550 16 25 $61,585 $66,220
4-Door Sedan RWD E 63 AMG 16 24 $83,514 $89,800
4-Door Wagon RWD E 63 AMG 15 23 $85,932 $92,400
Pricing
Invoice Price
$39,246
$43,975
$47,430
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,200
$47,800
$51,000
Monthly Payment Estimate
$703 / month
$797 / month
$850 / 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 24 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 34 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Mid-Size Midsize Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.300 56.2 56.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.300 41.4 41.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
37.400 36.1 35.8
Front Head Room (in)
37.200 39.1 37.9
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.500 58.3 57.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.200 100.5 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in)
37.800 38.0 38.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.700 64.055 63.2
Wheelbase (in)
114.600 116.850 113.2
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.800 73.228 73.0
Track Width, Front (in)
64.100 62.992 62.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.600 5.551 5.75
Length, Overall (in)
193.900 192.874 191.7
Height, Overall (in)
57.800 57.637 58.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.100 18.363 15.9
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.800 x - TBD - 12.992 x 0.787 11.8 x 0.5
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 21.1
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - N/A N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.100 17.1 17.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.000 39.206 36.9
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/55R17 225/55R17 P265/35R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/55R17 225/55R17 P245/40R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA Compact
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 300 248
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 2000 1654
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 2000 1654
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 200 165
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3726 3714 3825
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 8.0 18 x 9.0
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 8.5
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 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 28 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 34 30
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 3.07
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 Sedan
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 8.0
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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