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Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2008. - 2011.
E - Luxury car
wagon, 5 door
Front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2007. - 2010.
E - Luxury car
wagon, 5 door
Rear

Dimensons & Volumes

4927 mm
1855 mm
1463 mm
565 liters
1660 liters
70 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4843 mm
1846 mm
1491 mm
500 liters
1650 liters
70 liters

Engine

Volkswagen
2.0 TDI BMN
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1968 cc
170 hp
350 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1995 cc
177 hp
350 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1635 kg
9.2 s
221 km/h
7.5 l/100km
4.8 l/100km
5.8 l/100km
152 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1575 kg
8.5 s
224 km/h
6.7 l/100km
4.5 l/100km
5.3 l/100km
140 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

cvt - gears
1660 kg
9.2 s
214 km/h
7.4 l/100km
5.0 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
154 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 6 gears
1595 kg
8.6 s
224 km/h
7.7 l/100km
4.7 l/100km
5.8 l/100km
154 g/km

Expenses

10900 EUR
222 - 280 EUR
Price from
Tax
10500 EUR
222 - 271 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 (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 170hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 177hp engine designed by BMW.

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 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 it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. Furthermore, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, Audi A6 offers a marginal difference of 4% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, when all the models are taken into account. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Audi, as well as BMW, with the same average rating of 4.3 out of 5. The same official information place A6 43% below average, and 5 Series 20% above the first one. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as Audi A6 rank it on average as 4.2, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.6 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

BMW is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.7 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 224 kilometers per hour, 3km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 5.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (51 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. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! At the end, as much as I'd like to give you a winner here, it's simply a pure tie if you ask me. 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. 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, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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