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2007. - 2010. Production 2008. - 2011.
E - Luxury car Vehicle class E - Luxury car
wagon, 5 door Body style wagon, 5 door
Rear Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4843 mm
Length 4927 mm
1846 mm
Width 1855 mm
1491 mm
Height 1463 mm
500 liters
Boot (min) 565 liters
1650 liters
Boot (max) 1660 liters
70 liters
Fuel tank 70 liters
Engine
Volkswagen
2.0 TDI BMN
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
1575 kg
Vehicle weight 1635 kg
8.9 s
Acc. 0-100 9.2 s
218 km/h
Top speed 221 km/h
8.3 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 7.5 l/100km
4.8 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.8 l/100km
6.1 l/100km
Cons. (average) 5.8 l/100km
162 g/km
CO2 emissions 152 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 6 gears
cvt - gears
1595 kg
Vehicle weight 1660 kg
8.9 s
Acc. 0-100 9.2 s
218 km/h
Top speed 214 km/h
9.6 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 7.4 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.0 l/100km
7.1 l/100km
Cons. (average) 5.9 l/100km
189 g/km
CO2 emissions 154 g/km
Expenses
10500 EUR
Price from 10900 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 diesel 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 (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.

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), 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, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, Audi A6 offers a marginal difference of 4% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, all the models observed together. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of BMW, as well as Audi, with the same average rating of 4.3 out of 5. Independent research findings rank 5 Series 23% below average, and A6 20% below the first one. That apart, owners of different cars powered by 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 218 kilometers per hour, 3km/h less than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (47 mpg), in combined cycle.

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, 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. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser™, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.
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