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Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2014. - 2018.
E - Luxury car
wagon, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2013. - 2017.
E - Luxury car
wagon, 5 door
rear

Dimensons & Outlines

4943 mm
1874 mm
1461 mm
565 liters
1680 liters
65 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4907 mm
1860 mm
1462 mm
560 liters
1670 liters
70 liters
2014 Audi A6 Avant
2013 BMW 5 Series Touring

Engine

Volkswagen
2.0 TFSI CDL
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1984 cc
256 hp
370 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Bi-Turbo
1997 cc
245 hp
350 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

 
kg
s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1690 kg
6.4 s
244 km/h
9.4 l/100km
5.8 l/100km
7.1 l/100km
165 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

dual clutch - 7 gears
1660 kg
6.9 s
250 km/h
7.4 l/100km
5.2 l/100km
6.0 l/100km
140 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 8 gears
1700 kg
6.6 s
244 km/h
9.0 l/100km
5.5 l/100km
6.8 l/100km
159 g/km

Expenses

15100 EUR
Price from
8500 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Two significantly similar cars, no doubt about that. Still, each one has something different to offer. Having both cars powered by petrol engines and utilizing the 5-door wagon body style within the same 'Luxury car' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (front for the Audi and rear in the case of the BMW). The first one has a Volkswagen-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 256hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 245hp engine designed by BMW.

Safety

The first thing to look into here would be the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests performed on the two cars. Good thing is that both vehicles got tested, with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the luxury car segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. On the other hand, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, 5 Series offers a marginal difference of 2% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, at least on all of the models level. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of Audi with an average rating of 4.1, and models under the BMW badge with 4.3 out of 5. Independent research findings rank A6 as average reliability-wise, and 5 Series is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as Audi A6 rank it on average as 3.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 5.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

BMW is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.5 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 244 kilometers per hour, 6km/h less than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be Audi A6, averaging around 6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (47 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 18% difference compared to 5 Series.


Verdict

BMW appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, 5 Series offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with BMW offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... It's really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say Audi. Nevertheless, let's not forget that people have different preferences and needs, so what really counts is your personal feel. I'm only here to help. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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