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2009 BMW 5-Series 2009 Audi A6 2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
     
Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Sedan
4dr Sdn 3.2L FrontTrak Premium
  • 4dr Sdn 3.2L FrontTrak Premium
  • 4dr Sdn 3.2L FrontTrak Premium Plus
  • 4dr Sdn 3.0L quattro Premium
  • 4dr Sdn 3.0L quattro Premium Plus
  • 4dr Sdn 3.0L quattro Prestige
  • 4dr Sdn 4.2L quattro Prestige
E350 Luxury Sedan
  • E350 Luxury Sedan
  • E350 4MATIC Luxury Sedan
  • E350 Sport Sedan
  • E350 4MATIC Sport Sedan
  • E320 BlueTEC Sedan
  • E550 Sedan
  • E550 4MATIC Sedan

Prices

MSRP $45,800 $45,100 $53,200
Invoice $42,135 $41,943 $49,476
Avg. Paid $16,122 $17,838 $17,100

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.1 8.5 9.2
Critics' Rating 9.3 8.8 9.7
Performance 9.7 8.6 9.2
Interior 7.5 8.4 9.0
Operating Cost 7.0 7.2 7.0
Safety 8.4 10.0 9.3
Reliability 3.0 4.0 5.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Stellar performance
  • Comfortable interior with supportive seats
  • Good fuel economy with 528i and 535i
  • Excellent safety scores
  • Luxurious and roomy cabin
  • Good fuel economy
  • Well-rounded performance
  • Comfortable, elegant interior
  • Exceptional reliability and good safety scores
Cons
  • Complicated iDrive system
  • Minimal cabin storage space
  • Below-average safety and reliability scores
  • Audi’s multimedia system can be confusing
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Complicated infotainment system

General Specs

Transmission Manual Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I6 3.0L/183 Gas V6 3.2L/191 Gas V6 3.5L/213
MPG 18 City / 28 Hwy 18 City / 27 Hwy 17 City / 24 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 113.7 111.9 112.4
Length, Overall (in) 191.1 194.0 191.0
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.7 73.0 71.7
Height, Overall (in) 57.8 57.4 57.0

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Standard Standard Standard
Panoramic Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard Standard Standard
Sunroof Sunshield Standard
Sunroof Wind Deflector Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3505 - TBD - 3740

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard
Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Heads-Up Display Optional
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Standard
HID headlights Optional Optional
Keyless Start Optional Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Optional
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Rear Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Standard
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Optional
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 99.1 - TBD - 97.2
Front Head Room (in) 39.1 40.7 39.1
Front Leg Room (in) 41.5 41.3 41.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.3 57.1 56.4
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - 57.2
Second Head Room (in) 38.1 - TBD - 37.8
Second Leg Room (in) 36.0 36.9 35.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.2 55.9 56.1
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - 57.2
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 14.0 15.9 15.9

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
HD Radio Optional
MP3 Player Standard Standard Optional
Satellite Radio Optional Standard Optional
Premium Sound System Standard Standard
Hard Disk Drive Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard Standard
Dual Zone A/C Standard Standard Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard Standard

Seats

Leather Seats Optional Standard Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional Optional Optional
Heated Passenger Seat Optional Optional Optional
Heated Rear Seat Optional
Driver Lumbar Optional Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Optional Standard Standard
Seat Memory Standard Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Optional Optional
2nd Row Bench Seat Optional Optional
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Optional Optional Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Night Vision Optional
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Straight 6 Cylinder Engine Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 3.0L/183 3.2L/191 3.5L/213
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 230 @ 6500 255 @ 6500 268 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 200 @ 2750 243 @ 3250 258 @ 2400 - 5000
Transmission Manual Automatic CVT Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 37.4 39.0 37.4

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 18 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 27 24
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 21.1 21.1

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Double-Pivot Four-Link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Integral Trapezoidal-Link 5-Arm Multilink
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut-Type
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Transmission

Automatic Optional Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Optional Standard
6-Speed Automatic Optional
7-Speed Automatic Standard
Continuously Variable Trans Standard
Manual Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard