2018 BMW 5 Series vs Audi A6

Imagine cruising through Annapolis, Highland Beach, or Hillsmere Shores in a luxury midsize car.  A sporty drive, a powerful engine, and a sculpted, well-equipped exterior are surefire ways to turn heads while you explore the area.

In our 2018 BMW 5 Series vs. Audi A6 car comparison, you’ll learn more about two standout sedans in the segment. If you’re trying to decide between the 5 Series and the A6, read carefully and decide which car has more of the features you care about. Drop us a line at BMW of Annapolis to learn more!

BMW 5 Series Audi A6
10.2 inch Display Screen 8.3 inch Display Screen
18.7 cubic feet cargo space 14.1 cubic feet cargo space
M2.0L 4-cylinder engines & 250 horsepower 4-cylinder engines & 250 horsepower
0 to 60 MPH in 6 seconds 0 to 60 MPH in 6.7 seconds

2018 5 Series vs A6: Technology

The list of standard and available technology features in the 2018 5 Series and A6 is long, and they share many of the same (or similar) features, from moonroofs to automatic climate control.

Among all the beautiful wood accents and opulent leather upholstery, you’ll find these cars’ high-end infotainment systems. The Audi MMI® system is very convenient, with standard navigation as well as voice and gesture control, so you can use your favorite functions without touching knobs, buttons, or screens.

The BMW iDrive 6.0 system has the exact same features, although its standard touchscreen is much more expansive at 10.2 inches. The MMI® system measures 8.3 inches, which is quite large itself, but the iDrive screen makes seeing your navigation maps even easier.

Interior Space for People & Cargo

Need room for the whole family? The BMW 5 Series and Audi A6 are spacious luxury sedans with plenty of room up front for even the tallest drivers and passengers. Front legroom measures just over 41 inches in both cars, allowing riders plenty of space to spread out. Both cars’ backseats will fit adults as well.

However, look to the cargo space, and you’ll find that the 5 Series gives you a bit more room to play with. It offers 18.7 cubic feet in its cavernous trunk, which is enough to fit up to six bags of carry-on luggage. The A6 trunk isn’t cramped by any means, but with 14.1 cubic feet, it falls short of the BMW car.

Some Powerful Performance Specs

The base engines of the 2018 5 Series and A6 are nearly equal in output. Both use turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engines to achieve roughly 250 horsepower and a sporty drive wherever you decide to go. The engine comes paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission in the 5 Series and a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission in the A6.

However, the 5 Series has a bit more off-the-line brunt behind it, as it can go from 0 to 60 MPH in just six seconds flat. Despite generating similar horsepower numbers, the A6 takes a bit longer to move from 0 to 60 MPH: 6.7 seconds, in fact. That may leave you lagging longer than you’d like when you’re out on the open road.

Test drivers have also noted that while the A6 provides sports-car-like handling, it delivers a slightly harsher ride over rough pavement, occasionally resulting in unwanted jolts. This hasn’t been a problem for the 5 Series, which can adjust to any road situation with its Driving Dynamics Control system.

2018 BMW 5 Series vs Audi A6: The Verdict

At BMW of Annapolis, we want to help Annapolis, Highland Beach, and Hillsmere Shore shoppers find the luxury midsize car of their dreams-one that seamlessly blends style, performance, and practicality.

As our comparison shows, the 2018 BMW 5 Series vs. Audi A6 competition is hard to judge, as these two rides are so well-matched in many areas. However, if you value quick acceleration, a spacious trunk, and a convenient infotainment system, the 5 Series has a lot you may like.

To experience all those qualities for yourself, schedule a test drive of the 5 Series at our BMW dealer. We look forward to working with you!