2020 Audi A6 vs BMW 5-Series vs Mercedes-Benz E-Class at Audi Ann Arbor

Capturing the attention of luxury sedan shoppers, the Audi A6 stands out thanks to acute angles, defined edges, and taut, muscular contours found in its signature profile. Cutting-edge lighting technology indicates the future of how drivers see the road with features like LED taillights with dynamic animation and HD Matrix-design LED headlights with Dynamic DRL. The interior of the A6 offers a minimalistic design layout that is accented with connected tech features to enhance each drive. Proven V6 performance enhanced by a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack makes the Audi A6 a compelling option in the midsize luxury sedan segment.

If you've been wondering how the A6 stacks up against the competition, you have come to the right place. Our team of experts has assembled this in-depth comparison in which the A6 goes up against two of its biggest rivals -- the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Once you see the results, you'll understand why Audi remains the best choice.

A6 Competitive Comparison - Key Features

  2021 Audi A6 2021 BMW 5 Series 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
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Dynamic all-wheel steering and dual center displays with haptic touch feedback are just two examples of standard features found on the impressive Audi A6. You won't find these features on the BMW 5 Series or the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Audi remains at the forefront of efficiency, technology, and driving dynamics.

Audi A6 vs BMW 5 Series

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BMW 5-Series
2021 Audi A6 55 Premium VS 2021 BMW 530i xDrive
$59,800 MSRP $56,200
3.0-Liter Turbocharged V6 with 48V lithium-ion battery pack ✓ Engine 2.0-Liter Turbocharged I-4
335 ✓ Horsepower 248
369 lb-ft ✓ Torque 258 lb-ft
Standard ✓ Front Fog Lights Optional
19-inches ✓ Wheel Size 18-inches
Leather ✓ Seat Material Sensatec Leatherette
Driver & Passenger ✓ Heated Seats Optional
Via Smart Device ✓ Remote Start Not Available
Standard ✓ Rear HVAC Controls Not Available

First up to challenge the A6 is the BMW 530i xDrive. Although both of these sedans have been competing for decades, let's see how well BMW can contend with the sophisticated Audi A6.

Comparing standard engines and performance figures, the 5 Series is simply no match for the A6. Standard power for the A6 comes from a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 paired with sophisticated 48-Volt Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology with recuperation. In addition to improving fuel efficiency, this advanced powertrain packs plenty of punch. The A6 offers 87 greater horsepower along with 111 additional lb-ft of torque as compared to the BMW's lowly 4-cylinder engine. Drivers craving an engaging drive without compromising on fuel efficiency should choose the Audi A6.

You'll also receive impressive standard equipment on the Audi A6. For example, front fog lights, smart device-enabled remote start, and 19-inch wheels all come standard on the A6. BMW requires you to shell out additional cash for these premium amenities.

The interior of the A6 offers greater refinement and comfort than what's found inside the BMW 5 Series. For example, the A6 offers genuine leather seating surfaces as compared to the synthetic Sensatec leatherette found inside the BMW. Enjoy heated driver and passenger front seats on those chilly mornings inside your A6. Rear seat passengers can stay comfortable as well thanks to separate rear HVAC controls. BMW requires you to pay extra for heated seats and the 5 Series is not available with rear HVAC controls.

Audi A6 vs Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Audi A6
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
2021 Audi A6 3.0T Premium VS 2021 Mercedes-Benz E 300 4MATIC Sedan
$59,800 MSRP $56,750
3.0-Liter Turbocharged V6 with 48V lithium-ion battery pack ✓ Engine 2.0-Liter Turbocharged I-4
335 ✓ Horsepower 255
369 lb-ft ✓ Torque 273 lb-ft
Standard ✓ Front Fog Lights Not Available
19-inches ✓ Wheel Size 18-inches
Via Smart Device ✓ Remote Start Not Available
Leather ✓ Seat Material MB-Tex Leatherette
Standard ✓ Rear HVAC Controls Optional
10 ✓ Number of Speakers 8
18.7 cubic feet ✓ Maximum Cargo Capacity 13.1 cubic feet

Another strong rival of the Audi A6, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is next up in this comparison. For consistency, we've taken the same Audi A6 Premium and put it up against an equivalent Mercedes-Benz E 350 4MATIC Sedan. Let's see how these two luxury sedans compare.

Once again, it's clear that the Audi A6 holds the advantage when it comes to performance. Choosing the A6 means that you'll have access to 335 horsepower of electrified exhilaration thanks to its 48-Volt Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology. The E-Class is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, offering an 80 horsepower disadvantage as compared to the A6.

Larger 19-inch wheels help you make a statement upon arriving in your Audi A6. Other standard features found on the A6 include front fog lights, a remote start system that operates via your compatible smart device. At Mercedes-Benz, these great features are either costly options or not available at all.

Looking at interior refinement and convenience, the E-Class is simply no match for the striking A6. Step inside the A6 and enjoy standard heated leather seating surfaces. The E-Class includes synthetic MB-Tex leatherette, lacking the supple feel of genuine leather. Those riding in the back will be able to choose their climate preferences in the A6 thanks to standard rear HVAC controls, another feature which that will cost you more at Mercedes-Benz. A greater number of speakers inside the Audi contributes to a superior audio experience. Another strength of the A6 is cargo capacity, offering 5.6 additional cubic feet to help carry all of your luggage on the next weekend getaway.

Winner - Audi A6

Audi A6

Now that we've tallied the results, the clear winner of this midsize luxury sedan comparison is the Audi A6. Both the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class cannot compete with the inspired performance, premium standard features, interior comfort, and tremendous value found on every Audi A6. If you're ready to learn more about the A6, our team of friendly and knowledgeable Audi sales professionals is standing by to answer your questions.