Luxury sedans like the BMW 5 Series and the Audi A6 set the tone for automotive comfort, safety, and performance. That may leave you wondering which model is the best choice for your rides through Solon, Cleveland, and Hudson, OH.

Our team at BMW Cleveland is here to help you decide which model is right for you with this BMW 5 Series vs. Audi A6 comparison. Let's see who comes out on top!

BMW 5 Series


Audi A6

2.0L 4-cylinder

Standard Engine

2.0L 4-cylinder


Plug-In Hybrid

Not Available

Active Protection System

Standard Safety System

Audi pre sense® basic

16 speakers

Premium Sound System

16 speakers

BMW 5 Series vs Audi A6: Performance Specs

The BMW 5 Series and the Audi A6 are both designed to make your heart race. They come standard with a similar 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that helps them sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in less than 6 seconds. They also offer a more powerful 3.0L option that boasts up to 335 horsepower.

If you're looking for the more efficient sedan, the 5 Series is the way to go. Its base configuration achieves and EPA-estimated 25 city/33 highway MPG.1 Compare that to the base configuration of the A6. It only manages an EPA-estimated 23 city/31 highway MPG.

Do you want the boosted efficiency of a plug-in hybrid sedan? You'll only have that option with the 2021 BMW 5 Series. It pairs the 2.0L engine to an eDrive electric motor. It features XtraBoost technology, which provides an additional 40 horsepower for 10 seconds when the throttle is depressed to the kickdown position.

How Do the Interiors Match Up?

Step inside either sedan and you'll find luxury amenities like available leather-trimmed seats and front seats with heated and ventilated functions for four-season comfort. If you need more space, both models offer over 41 inches of front legroom, but you'll get more headroom in the 5 Series with 38.8 inches up front. The A6 tops out at just 38 inches.

Whether you need to stay connected to the office or your favorite tunes, the intelligent infotainment systems have you covered. You'll find the 12.3-inch touchscreen in the 5 Series more user-friendly than the 10.1-inch display in the A6, but they give you access to a similar set of technologies:

  • Bluetooth®
  • Apple CarPlay™
  • Android Auto™
  • SiriusXM®
  • Wi-Fi

When your favorite song comes on, both the BMW 5 Series and the Audi A6 offer an available 16-speaker premium sound system. The available Bowers & Wilkins® Diamond Surround Sound System of the 5 Series comes with QuantumLogic Surround and Dynamic Sound Equalizing for a truly immersive listening experience that puts you right in the studio with your favorite artists.

5 Series vs A6: Choose the Safer Sedan

The 2021 BMW 5 Series and the Audi A6 lead the charge as luxury vehicles set the tone for vehicle safety. That's why they both come with a similar set of standard driver-assistance technologies. You'll get the confidence of the following:

  • Lane Departure warning
  • Frontal collision and pedestrian warning
  • Blind spot detection
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Speed limit information

Both sedans also come with a unique system that prepares the vehicle for an imminent collision. Once an incoming impact is detected, the Active Protection System and Audi pre sense® basic act by closing the windows, tightening the seat belts, and activating post-crash braking.

You'll have the parking prowess that comes with a surround view camera in either sedan, but if you want the vehicle that can park itself, the 2021 BMW 5 Series is for you. The available Parking Assistant Plus can identify open spots and steer the vehicle right in. The A6 doesn't offer a similar feature.

BMW 5 Series vs Audi A6: Time to Decide!

If you need the more spacious, intuitive, and efficient sedan, go with the BMW 5 Series. If it sounds like the sedan that you need when you hit the streets of Solon, Cleveland, and Hudson, Ohio, come see it in person here at BMW Cleveland.

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1 Preliminary EPA-estimated figures are for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on speed, driving habits, trip length and driving conditions; actual mileage may be lower.

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