Compare Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs. Audi A6

Compare the Mercedes-Benz E-Class against the Audi A6. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the E-Class stacks up against the A6 in terms of performance, features, safety, prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new E-Class or A6. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2012 Audi A6
2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2012 Audi A6
E350 Luxury Sedan
  • E350 Luxury Sedan
  • E350 Sport Sedan
  • E350 Luxury BlueTEC Sedan
  • E350 Sport BlueTEC Sedan
  • E350 4MATIC Luxury Sedan
  • E350 4MATIC Sport Sedan
  • E550 4MATIC Sport Sedan
4dr Sdn quattro 3.0T Premium Plus
  • 4dr Sdn FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
  • 4dr Sdn FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus
  • 4dr Sdn quattro 3.0T Premium Plus
  • 4dr Sdn quattro 3.0T Premium
  • 4dr Sdn quattro 3.0T Prestige


MSRP $50,490 $49,900  
Invoice $46,956 $46,408
Avg. Paid $32,742 $36,928

U.S. News Scores

Overall 9.0 8.3  
Critics' Rating 9.2 9.1
Performance 8.4 8.3
Interior 8.4 8.4
Cost to Own 7.8 8.1
Safety 10.0 10.0
Reliability 5.0 3.0

Pros & Cons

  • Exceptional reliability rating
  • Lavish interior
  • Powerful V6 and V8 engines
  • Spacious rear seat
  • Powerful supercharged V6
  • Excellent fuel economy with base engine
  • Quiet, beautifully crafted interior
  • Not as sporty as some rivals
  • Little steering feedback

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic  
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.5L/213 Supercharged Gas V6 3.0L/183
MPG 20 City / 30 Hwy 19 City / 28 Hwy



Body Style Sedan Sedan  


Wheelbase(in) 113.1 114.7  
Length, Overall (in) 191.7 193.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 75.9 73.8
Height, Overall (in) 57.7 57.8

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard  
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Standard Standard  
Panoramic Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard Standard
Rear Spoiler Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4045 4045  

Tires & Wheels

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


Convenience & Comfort

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


Passenger Capacity 5 5  
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) - TBD - 97.2
Front Head Room (in) 37.9 37.2
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 41.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.8 57.5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 38.2 37.8
Second Leg Room (in) 35.8 37.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.9 56.3
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 15.9 14.1


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

Heating & Cooling

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

Navigation & Communication

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


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



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard  
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Optional Optional


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

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard  
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Night Vision Optional
Traction Control Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard
Blind Spot Monitor Optional Optional
Lane Departure Warning Optional


Engine & Performance

All Wheel Drive Standard  
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Supercharged Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Supercharged Gas V6
Displacement 3.5L/213 3.0L/183
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 302 @ 6500 310 @ 5500-6500
Torque (Net @ RPM) 273 @ 3500-5250 325 @ 2900-4500
Transmission Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Turning diameter 36.2 39.0


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard  
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 20 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 28
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 23.5 19.8


Suspension Type - Front Independent Four-Link  
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Trapezoidal-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)


Automatic Standard Standard  
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
7-Speed Automatic Standard
8-Speed Automatic Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.