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2010 Audi A6 2010 BMW 5-Series 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
     
4dr Sdn FrontTrak 3.2L Premium
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  • 4dr Sdn FrontTrak 3.2L Premium Plus
  • 4dr Sdn quattro 3.0T Premium
  • 4dr Sdn quattro 3.0T Premium Plus
  • 4dr Sdn quattro 3.0T Prestige
  • 4dr Sdn quattro 4.2L Prestige
Sedan
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  • Sedan
  • Sedan
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E350 Luxury Sedan
  • E350 Luxury Sedan
  • E350 Sport Sedan
  • E350 4MATIC Luxury Sedan
  • E350 4MATIC Sport Sedan
  • E550 Luxury Sedan
  • E550 Sport Sedan
  • E550 4MATIC Luxury Sedan
  • E550 4MATIC Sport Sedan

Prices

MSRP $45,200 $45,950 $48,600
Invoice $42,036 $42,275 $45,198
Avg. Paid $21,686 $19,113 $24,303

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.9 8.1 8.7
Critics' Rating 8.9 9.0 9.5
Performance 8.6 9.6 8.6
Interior 8.5 8.3 9.2
Operating Cost 7.4 7.0 6.9
Safety 10.0 8.4 9.6
Reliability 5.0 3.0 4.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Top safety scores
  • Luxurious and roomy cabin
  • Excellent handling with available Quattro all-wheel drive
  • Supercharged V6 offers good power and fuel economy
  • Best-in-class acceleration and handling
  • Comfortable interior with supportive driver’s seat
  • Good fuel economy
  • Good balance of performance and comfort
  • Elegant and spacious interior
  • Strong safety and reliability ratings
Cons
  • Audi’s multimedia system can be hard to learn
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Complicated iDrive interface
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Low safety and reliability scores for the class
  • COMAND interface can be confusing
  • Not as sporty as some rivals

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Manual Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.2L/195 Gas I6 3.0L/183 Gas V6 3.5L/213
MPG 18 City / 28 Hwy 18 City / 28 Hwy 18 City / 26 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 111.9 113.7 113.1
Length, Overall (in) 193.5 191.1 191.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.0 72.7 75.9
Height, Overall (in) 57.4 57.8 57.7

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 Standard Standard
Sunroof Wind Deflector Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3858 3505 3825

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard 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
Back-Up Camera Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Heads-Up Display Optional
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
HID headlights Optional Optional
Keyless Start Standard Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts 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 Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard Optional Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Optional
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 96.2 99.1 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 37.5 39.1 37.9
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 41.5 41.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.1 57.3 57.8
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 37.8 38.1 38.2
Second Leg Room (in) 36.9 36.0 35.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.9 57.2 56.9
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 15.9 14.0 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 Optional
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Optional Optional
Premium Sound System Standard Optional Optional
Entertainment System Optional
Hard Disk Drive Optional

Heating & Cooling

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

Navigation & Communication

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

Seats

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

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag 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 Optional

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
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Night Vision Optional Optional
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release 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 V6 Gas I6 Gas V6
Displacement 3.2L/195 3.0L/183 3.5L/213
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 265 @ 6500 230 @ 6500 268 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 243 @ 3250 200 @ 2750 258 @ 2400 - 5000
Transmission Continuously Variable Ratio Manual Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 39.0 37.4 36.2

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 18 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 28 26
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 18.5 21.1

Suspension

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

Transmission

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