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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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

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Dimensons & Outlines

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

Engine

Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Bi-Turbo
1995 cc
218 hp
450 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Volkswagen
2.0 TDI CNHA
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1968 cc
190 hp
400 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1720 kg
7.2 s
236 km/h
6.6 l/100km
4.5 l/100km
5.3 l/100km
138 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1700 kg
8.7 s
226 km/h
5.6 l/100km
4.0 l/100km
4.6 l/100km
119 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 8 gears
1725 kg
7.2 s
233 km/h
6.2 l/100km
4.7 l/100km
5.3 l/100km
135 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
dual clutch - 7 gears
1725 kg
8.5 s
226 km/h
5.3 l/100km
4.1 l/100km
4.6 l/100km
118 g/km

Expenses

13000 EUR
Price from
14700 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 218hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 190hp engine designed by Volkswagen.

Safety

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 same number of safety stars gained in the process. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. 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. Furthermore, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, 5 Series offers a marginal difference of 1% 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, 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 4.2 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed 5 Series as average reliability-wise, and A6 is more or less at the same level.We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as 5 Series rank it on average as 3.2, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.6 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

BMW is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.5 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 236 kilometers per hour, 10km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be Audi A6, averaging around 4.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (61 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 15% difference compared to 5 Series.


Verdict

Audi 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 being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. 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. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. 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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