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2007. - 2010. Production 2008. - 2011.
E - Luxury car Vehicle class E - Luxury car
sedan, 4 door Body style sedan, 4 door
Rear Wheel drive Front
Dimensons & Volumes
4841 mm
Length 4927 mm
1846 mm
Width 1855 mm
1468 mm
Height 1459 mm
520 liters
Boot (min) 546 liters
520 liters
Boot (max) 546 liters
70 liters
Fuel tank 70 liters
Diesel Fuel Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Turbo
1995 cc
Displacement 1968 cc
163 hp
Power 170 hp
350 Nm
Torque 350 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1485 kg
Vehicle weight 1565 kg
8.6 s
Acc. 0-100 8.9 s
223 km/h
Top speed 225 km/h
8.0 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 7.5 l/100km
4.7 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.7 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
Cons. (average) 5.7 l/100km
158 g/km
CO2 emissions 149 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 6 gears
cvt - gears
1495 kg
Vehicle weight 1575 kg
8.7 s
Acc. 0-100 8.9 s
223 km/h
Top speed 218 km/h
9.3 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 7.3 l/100km
5.5 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.0 l/100km
6.9 l/100km
Cons. (average) 5.8 l/100km
185 g/km
CO2 emissions 153 g/km
10500 EUR
Price from 10900 EUR
Virtual Adviser's™ opinion


Two significantly similar cars, no doubt about that. Still, each one has something different to offer. Having both cars powered by diesel engines and utilizing the 4-door sedan body style within the same 'Luxury car' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (rear for the BMW and front in the case of the Audi). The first one has a BMW-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 163hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 170hp engine designed by Volkswagen.


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 Audi being a slightly better choice apparently. 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, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? On the other hand, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, Audi A6 offers a marginal difference of 5% more metal.


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 BMW, as well as Audi, with the same average rating of 4.3 out of 5. The same official information place 5 Series 23% below average, and A6 20% below the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as 5 Series rank it on average as 4.5, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

BMW is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.3 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 223 kilometers per hour, 2km/h less than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 5.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (49 mpg), in combined cycle.


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, Audi A6 offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. From there things take a different 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 not difficult to say then that if I'd need to make a choice, it would definitely be the 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. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser™, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.
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