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2021 BMW 5 Series vs. 2021 Audi A6

Date: June 1st, 2021

Green BMW 5 series versus a dark blue 2021 Audi A6
2021 BMW 5 Series


2021 Audi A6
$54,200 MSRP

Starting Price

$54,900 MSRP

Number of Trim Levels

248 HP - 523 HP

Horsepower Range

248 HP - 335 HP
3.6 Seconds

Fastest 0 to 60 Time

5.1 Seconds
14 Cubic Feet

Trunk Volume

13.7 Cubic Feet
12.3-inch Touchscreen, 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display

Standard Technology

Dual Touchscreen Interface

If you have been considering a BMW sedan like the 5 Series, you may be wondering how it stacks up against its rivals. A common pairing we see is the BMW 5 Series vs. Audi A6. When you compare Audi vs. BMW in this segment, you will notice some similarities, but it is also clear to see that the BMW 5 Series outshines its rival in several key areas. Princeton BMW has provided a more detailed 2021 BMW 5 Series vs. 2021 Audi A6 comparison below to help you in your shopping journey. 

Audi A6 vs. BMW 5 Series: Pricing and Trim Levels 

Price is often the first area where Lawrence shoppers look, and both luxury sedans are priced similarly. The BMW 5 Series does have a slight edge when it comes to price. The 2021 BMW 5 Series price starts at $54,200 MSRP, while the 2021 Audi A6 starts at $54,900 MSRP. You also have more trim levels to choose from when you opt for the BMW sedan. 

  • The 5 Series gives Trenton drivers four trim levels to choose from.Most trims can be had with your choice of AWD or RWD. There’s even a plug-in hybrid option, which boosts configuration choices to seven trims. 
  • The A6 is available in three different trim levels, and there are two engine choices for each. There currently is no plug-in hybrid version of the A6. 

Audi A6 vs. BMW 5 Series: Powertrain Options

You will have a whopping four different powertrain options to choose from if you select the BMW sedan, and you can also choose RWD or xDrive Intelligent AWD based on your preferences for the roads of Hamilton. You only have two engine selections with the A6, and you do not get the choice of RWD.

BMW 5 Series Performance Specs

  • 2.0L 4-cylinder Turbocharged Engine – 248 hp, 258 lb-ft of torque / standard RWD, available AWD
  • 2.0L 4-cylinder Turbocharged Hybrid Powertrain – 288 hp, 257 lb-ft of torque / standard RWD, available AWD
  • 3.0L V6 Turbocharged Engine – 335 hp, 331 lb-ft of torque / standard RWD, available AWD
  • 4.4L V8 M Performance Engine – 523 hp, 553 lb-ft of torque / standard AWD

Audi A6 Performance Specs 

  • 2.0L 4-cylinder MHEV Engine – 248 hp, 273 lb-ft of torque / standard AWD
  • 3.0L V6 MHEV Engine – 335 hp, 369 lb-ft of torque / standard AWD

Audi A6 vs. BMW 5 Series: Cabin Features and Dimensions

Along with the more competitive BMW sedan price and wider array of powertrain options, there are a few other key benefits of selecting the 5 Series:

  • Trunk Volume: The Audi A6 offers 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space, but the 5 Series offers just a bit more space at 14.0 cubic feet.
  • 5 Series Infotainment: The 5 Series comes standard with a 12.3-inch central touchscreen and a 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display. 
  • A6 Infotainment: You will also find a dual-screen setup on the Audi A6, but it is less impressive and practical with its 8.8-inch and 8.6-inch screens. An upgrade is required if you want the 10.1-inch central screen or a virtual cockpit.

Explore Your Favorite BMW Sedans Today

If the BMW 5 Series has piqued your interest, why not visit Princeton BMW today to take it for a spin? We’ve only scratched the surface of what you can expect from this BMW sedan. Contact us today to set up a test drive or if you have any questions about this perennial favorite. 

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