2017 Audi A6 vs 2016 BMW 5 Series

2017 Audi A6 2016 BMW 5 Series

Audi Press Release Highlights

Quality, design and technology – those are the key selling points for Audi full-size models. With the start of the new model year, the brand is further enhancing its models. On the exterior, changes to the front end of the cars accentuate horizontality: The Audi A6 and Audi A6 Avant feature bold contours that surround the air inlets in the new front apron, and struts in high-gloss black that divide the lateral ventilation grilles horizontally. The side sill and rear bumper are also more angular in shape. A new diffuser provides the finishing touch to the lower rear end. The winner in the business class has just gotten better - Audi has thoroughly updated the A6 family. Sharp lines, emphasized horizontals, athletically taut surfaces - the design of the A6 models epitomizes precision and sporty elegance. It was carefully honed as part of the model refresh, with changes made to the Single frame grille, the headlights, air inlets, bumpers, side sills, rear lights and tailpipes. Audi optionally offers headlights with LED technology or Matrix LED technology, combined with dynamic turn signals. The sinewy style of the exterior is echoed in the car's spacious interior. Every detail documents the uncompromising level of quality familiar to Audi drivers. Elegant colors and carefully selected materials emphasize the cultivated atmosphere.
The engine lineup for the new A6 and A6 Avant includes three TFSI units with output ranging between 140 kW (190 hp) and 245 kW (333 hp) and five TDI units ranging from 110 kW (150 hp) to 240 kW (326 hp). All engines comply with the limits of the Euro 6 emission standard, and their CO2 emissions have been reduced by as much as 22 percent. At Audi, the most efficient gasoline and diesel engines bear the "ultra" label. Combined with the all‑new S tronic transmission, the 1.8 TFSI ultra consumes just 5.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (41.3 US mpg), corresponding to 133 grams CO2 per kilometer (214 g/mi). The 2.0 TDI ultra with 110 kW (150 hp) achieves the extremely low consumption figure - with no restrictions with respect to equipment - of 4.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (56.0 US mpg) corresponding to 109 grams CO2 per kilometer (175.4 g/mi).

The top gasoline engine, the 3.0 TFSI, has been comprehensively revised. The engine developers have also completely redesigned numerous aspects of the 3.0 TDI clean diesel, which is available with either 160 kW (218 hp) or 200 KW (272 hp). The 3.0 TDI clean diesel biturbo produces 235 kW (320 hp). Another version with 240 kW (326 hp), which can be boosted briefly to 255 kW (346 hp), powers the A6 3.0 TDI competition and A6 Avant 3.0 TDI competition special‑edition models, with which Audi is celebrating the 25 years of TDI technology.

The high‑performance diesel is paired with an eight‑speed tiptronic. All other engine variants work together with either a newly designed six‑speed manual transmission that is particularly lightweight and low-friction, or a seven‑speed S tronic. In the versions with front-wheel drive, a fully redeveloped dual-clutch transmission replaces the multitronic. In engine configurations starting at 200 kW (272 hp), quattro permanent all‑wheel drive can be supplemented with the sport differential, which actively distributes power between the rear wheels.
The chassis with its sophisticated wheel suspensions also combines supreme comfort with sporty handling. The Audi drive select dynamic handling system is standard, and Audi offers a choice of two sport suspensions and adaptive air suspension as options. In the A6 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra with 140 kW (190 hp), the springs are made of glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) - an Audi innovation that saves approximately 4.4 kilograms (9.7 lb) of weight, reduces fuel consumption and improves both driving precision and vibrational comfort. The wheels measure between 17 and 20 inches in the diagonal.

An eight‑speed tiptronic transfers the power from the biturbo V8. The standard quattro drivetrain uses a center differential with a higher locking rate. The RS adaptive air suspension lowers the body by 20 millimeters (0.8 in). Audi offers the taut RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) as an option. The large brake discs feature a weight-saving wave design, and the wheels measure 20 inches in diameter. 21‑inch wheels are available as an option.
The new A6 models are also way ahead of the competition when it comes to infotainment, with configurations ranging up to MMI navigation plus with MMI touch. The top-of-the-line navigation system with the power-retractable eight‑inch monitor is now based on a new technology platform that uses the fast Tegra 30 graphics chip from Audi's partner Nvidia. The supplemental module Audi connect transfers data via the fast LTE standard and brings tailored online services into the car, including new media streaming apps.
The range of driver assistance systems is also extremely attractive, topped by adaptive cruise control with stop & go function. Audi side assist, which uses radar to check behind the car when changing lanes, works closely together with Audi active lane assist, which prevents unintended lane changes. The night vision assistant now includes even more functions, and the Audi pre sense basic safety system is standard. Important information can be called up via the optional heads up display.

BMW Press Release Highlights

For 42 years, the 5 Series Sedan has provided the perfect balance of elegant luxury, classic style, and of course, sporty performance. With the addition of the unique Gran Turismo, both body styles offer intelligent appointments, outstanding comfort, and exceptionally handsome looks perfect for the discerning driver. Now another new chapter in this success story is poised to begin. The most advanced BMW 5 Series ever: as a Sedan, Touring, ActiveHybrid, Gran Turismo and M5 Sedan. In addition to impressive elegance and performance, these vehicles also have a range of diverse qualities that makes them indispensable in everyday use. Precise modifications to the design, the addition of a new inline-6 BMW Advanced Diesel engine for the Sedan, and even more of available equipment all raise the appeal of the BMW 5 Series family a notch higher.
• BMW 535d Sedan – new 3.0-liter diesel engine develops a maximum output of 255 HP, generates peak torque of 413 lb-ft.
• BMW 550i Sedan and BMW 550i Gran Turismo – 4.4-liter engine generates 445 horsepower and maximum torque of 480 lb-ft.
• BMW 550i Sedan: 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
• BMW 535i Sedan and 535i Gran Turismo retain “N55” 3.0-liter inline-6 engine with 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque.
• BMW 528i Sedan - BMW TwinPower turbo “N20” four-cylinder gasoline engine
• The BMW 535i Sedan can be fitted with a 6-speed manual transmission as a no cost option.
• All BMW 5 Series models receive the 8-speed automatic transmission provided as standard equipment.
• The Sport Automatic option, standard for the 2014 BMW 550i Sedan models, stands out with impressive shift dynamics and now includes Launch Control.
• Double-wishbone front axle and the integral rear axle are made largely of aluminum.
• Standard equipment Driving Dynamics Control switch on the center console. Pressing the button changes the driving mode, altering the responses of the accelerator and steering
• Adaptive Drive system, which includes Active Roll Stabilization and Dynamic Damper Control. Electronically controlled anti-roll bars help to reduce the car’s body roll through quickly taken corners and in sudden changes of direction.
• Integral Active Steering adjusts the steering angle of the rear wheels.
• Optional Comfort Access system - allows the tailgate or trunk to be opened hands-free
• New rear-seat entertainment system with tablet-style displays
• Harman Kardon Surround Sound system
• Ambient light option with a facility which allows the interior lighting to be alternated in tone between orange and white.
• BMW ConnectedDrive - offers an extensive suite of office functions, including internet-based services. The dictation function, for example, provides a convenient way of entering text for SMS messages and emails during a journey. The array of search, travel, office and social media services can be accessed via the car’s integrated SIM card or the customer’s smartphone.
• The newly-standard iDrive4.2 Navigation system makes use of an optimized menu display and allows access to Advanced Real Time Traffic Information. A new iDrive rotary controller with an integrated touchpad allows the input of characters for destinations, phone numbers, and other functions within the iDrive4.2 operating system.
• Traffic jam assistant - at speeds of up to 60 km/h, the system lets the car simply "glide along" with the other cars in dense traffic situations, making traffic jams less stressful.
• BMW Head-Up Display - full-colour display projects all information relevant to the journey directly into the driver's field of vision, allowing them to fully concentrate on driving.
• BMW Night Vision with Dynamic Light Spot - can detect people and larger animals at night – even at a significant distance – and illuminate them.
• BMW Selective Beam - driving at night is more comfortable and safer. It provides excellent visibility in the dark without dazzling other drivers.
• Park Assistant - makes it easier for you to find a suitable parking space and actively helps you park.
• Camera systems - Park Distance Control, Surround View, Rear View Camera: Enjoy a clear view in the area around your vehicle when maneuvering into parking spaces and at road exits.
• Active Protection - BMW ConnectedDrive preventive occupant protection system.
MSRP for the 5 Series Sedan and 5 Series Gran Turismo:
• 528i Sedan: $50,425
• 550i xDrive Sedan: $67,125
• 528i xDrive Sedan: $52,725
• ActiveHybrid 5: $62,325
• 535i Sedan: $56,025
• 535i Gran Turismo: $60,925
• 535i xDrive Sedan: $58,325
• 535i xDrive Gran Turismo: $63,225
• 535d Sedan: $57,525
• 550i Gran Turismo: $68,825
• 535d xDrive Sedan: $59,825
• 550i xDrive Gran Turismo: $71,125
• 550i Sedan: $64,825

Photo Comparison

2017 Audi A6

  • 2017 Audi A6 Front View
  • 2017 Audi A6 Front Side View
  • 2017 Audi A6 Side Front View
  • 2017 Audi A6 Side View
  • 2017 Audi A6 Side Rear View
  • 2017 Audi A6 Rear Side View
  • 2017 Audi A6 Rear View
  • 2017 Audi A6 Interior

2016 BMW 5 Series

  • 2016 BMW 5 Series Front View
  • 2016 BMW 5 Series Front Side View
  • 2016 BMW 5 Series Side Front View
  • 2016 BMW 5 Series Side View
  • 2016 BMW 5 Series Side Rear View
  • 2016 BMW 5 Series Rear Side View
  • 2016 BMW 5 Series Rear View
  • 2016 BMW 5 Series Interior

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