Luxury midsize sedans like the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series are known for looking great and offering an exciting drive. So, which one has what you're looking for in your next luxury car?

Audi Ithaca put this Audi A6 vs. BMW 5 Series comparison together to help drivers in Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton decide.


The Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series each offer an exciting lineup of engines. The Audi offers a more enjoyable drive, though, with sharper handling and more power when you need it most. Its base engine is a turbocharged 2.0L 45 TFSI® 4-cylinder that gets up to 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.

The BMW 5 Series is also powered by a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Just like the Audi, it can deliver up to 248 horsepower. However, it's only able to provide you with up to 258 lb-ft of torque.

Each luxury car also comes with a versatile automatic transmission that boosts your performance and fuel economy. They also offer the ability to take control of your drive and shift manually without a clutch.

The Audi A6 has more capability though. It has a standard 7-speed S tronic® dual-clutch automatic transmission that works with quattro® all-wheel drive. This allows you to grip the road whether you're driving on a summer afternoon or on a stormy winter night. The BMW 5 Series offers all-wheel drive, but rear-wheel drive comes standard.

Safety & Driver-Assistance Features

The Audi A6 helps keep everyone on board safe with quattro® all-wheel drive and the six airbags that make up the Advanced Airbag Protection System. This includes front airbags for the driver and passenger, front side-impact airbags, and both front and rear head airbags. A pair of rear side thorax airbags are available as well.

This vehicle is also designed to help you avoid accidents. Both Audi pre sense® basic and Audi pre sense® front come standard. These driver-assistance features use a series of sensors and cameras positioned around your car to give you more awareness during your drive.

The BMW 5 Series also offers reliable protection with an advanced airbag system and lots of driver-assistance features. However, it doesn't have the option to add extra airbags for your passengers in the back. Plus, the standard rear-wheel drive doesn't deliver the same traction or control.

Infotainment Systems

The Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series interiors feature classic luxury and user-friendly infotainment systems. The Audi has a more modern design though. Its MMI® touch response system features two sleek screens on your dashboard.

The bottom screen is an 8.6-inch display for your climate control and other comfort settings. The top screen is an 8.8-inch display that you can sync with your smartphone. It's Bluetooth® compatible and can connect with your phone via Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ as well.

Meanwhile, the BMW 5 Series doesn't offer Android Auto™. It also gives you just one screen. While it's a high-resolution touchscreen, it's awkwardly positioned on top of the dashboard. This makes it harder to reach and blocks some of your visibility while you're driving.

Test Drive the Audi A6

Contact Audi Ithaca to learn more about this Audi A6 vs. BMW 5 Series comparison and take a test drive. The stylish Audi A6 uses its standard features and quattro® all-wheel drive to give drivers in Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton a safe, fun, and convenient drive.

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