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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
4 x 4 Wheel drive 4 x 4
Dimensons & Volumes
4843 mm
Length 4934 mm
1846 mm
Width 1862 mm
1491 mm
Height 1521 mm
500 liters
Boot (min) 560 liters
1650 liters
Boot (max) 1660 liters
70 liters
Fuel tank 80 liters
Diesel Fuel Diesel
6 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Turbo
2993 cc
Displacement 2967 cc
197 hp
Power 240 hp
400 Nm
Torque 500 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1745 kg
Vehicle weight 1865 kg
8.1 s
Acc. 0-100 7.2 s
228 km/h
Top speed 233 km/h
9.1 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 9.4 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.9 l/100km
6.9 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.2 l/100km
184 g/km
CO2 emissions 189 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 6 gears
automatic - 6 gears
1755 kg
Vehicle weight 1880 kg
8.3 s
Acc. 0-100 7.4 s
228 km/h
Top speed 233 km/h
9.2 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 9.7 l/100km
5.7 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.2 l/100km
7.0 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.5 l/100km
187 g/km
CO2 emissions 199 g/km
10500 EUR
Price from 10900 EUR
Virtual Adviser's™ opinion


Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the luxury car segment and utilize the same 5-door wagon body style and the 4 x 4 wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific diesel engine choice they offer. The first one has a BMW-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 197hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 240hp engine designed by Audi.


A starting point here would be to take a look at the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests which were performed on both of the cars, with the Audi being a slightly better choice apparently. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. 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, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, Audi A6 offers a marginal difference of 7% 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, all the models observed together. 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. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as 5 Series rank it on average as 4.5, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 5.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Audi is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.9 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 233 kilometers per hour, 5km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 7.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (40 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. It all continues in the same direction, with Audi offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for 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. 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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