2020 BMW 5 Series vs 2020 Audi A6 Comparison in Norwalk, CA

The midsize sedan strikes a delicate balance between style and substance, performance and practicality -- and no sedan does it better than the iconic BMW 5 Series. The BMW 5 series is revered for blending executive car comforts with sports car capability, as well as forming the basis for one of the most powerful road-going cars ever built: the BMW M5. That's why the 2020 BMW 5 Series is a better choice for your life than the 2020 Audi A6! The midsize rival from Audi lacks many of the standard features and convenience that you get from BMW, and the BMW 5 Series can certainly outperform the Audi A6, too. Learn more in the comparison below.

BMW 5 Series Trunk

Size & Design: 2020 BMW 5 Series vs. 2020 Audi A6

The 2020 BMW 5 Series is about the same size as the 2020 Audi A6, but it's still even more practical. You can fit a whole lot more in the trunk of the BMW 5 series, which provides 18.7 cubic feet of cargo volume. The 2020 Audi A6 gives you only 13.7 cubic feet. But when it comes to passenger space, both cars provide very similar legroom and headroom. You'll have to take a closer look at the features and materials to find out which one is more comfortable for passengers.

BMW 5 Series Quilted Leather

Features & Technology: 2020 BMW 5 Series vs. 2020 Audi A6

BMW Live Cockpit Professional replaces ordinary gauges and tiny digital driver information displays with a single 12.3" high-definition video cluster. You can even see navigation, maps and driver assistance alerts right in the dashboard. An all-video gauge cluster is available on the 2020 Audi A6, but it's not standard. Furthermore, 16-way standard power front seats help you achieve the perfect driving position with adjustable side bolsters, lumbar support and driver's position memory. The 2020 Audi A6 comes standard with 8-way power front seats. The BMW 5 Series offers so much more luxury as standard compared to its rival from Audi!

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BMW 5 Series Front End

Performance & Drive: 2020 BMW 5 Series vs. 2020 Audi A6

At the entry level, the 2020 BMW 530i and 2020 Audi A6 base model make identical horsepower -- but the base Audi A6 models take just over six seconds to zip from 0-60 MPH. Thanks to peak torque that arrives earlier in the powerband and an eight-speed automatic transmission, the 2020 BMW 5 Series can dash from 0-60 MPH in as little as 5.9 seconds or 5.8 seconds with optional xDrive all-wheel drive!

If you want even more power without reaching for a genuine M5 performance car, the 2020 BMW 540i offers a boost in power to 335 horsepower. Or, get even more of the power and poise of a true M performance car in the 2020 BMW M550i! This M Performance model gives you a boost to a whopping 523 horsepower as well as improved performance technology from the M division, but all for a cost that's less than that of a full-blown BMW M5. Whether you like it mild, medium or red-hot, the 2020 BMW 5 Series has the performance you crave.

BMW 5 Series LED Headlights

Safety: 2020 BMW 5 Series vs. 2020 Audi A6

The non-profit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is one of the leading authorities on automotive safety. Their most exclusive safety accolade is Top Safety Pick+, indicating the very safest cars on the road. The 2020 BMW 5 Series earned a 2019 Top Safety Pick+ award while the 2020 Audi A6 earned a 2020 Top Safety Pick+ award! That means both luxury sedans are among the safest in their class.

BMW has the edge, however, when it comes to driver assistance. BMW Active Driving Assistant comes standard on every 2020 BMW 5 Series, and includes features like Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, Active Blind Spot Detection, and rear Cross Traffic Alert. On the 2020 Audi A6, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert aren't available unless you upgrade to a more costly trim level.

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Which Luxury Sedan Is A Better Fit For Your Budget?

As you can see from the case we make above, the 2020 BMW 5 Series provides more of the refinement, comfort and convenience you want from your next sporty sedan. Best of all, it costs less than its rival from Audi! The 2020 BMW 5 Series has a starting MSRP of $53,900, meaning you can get more features and superior performance while saving an extra $1,000 dollars compared to the Audi A6. The 2020 Audi A6 has a starting MSRP of $54,900.

2020 BMW 5 Series 2020 Audi A6
$53,900Starting MSRP*$54,900
258Standard Horsepower258
Rear-Wheel Drive (AWD Available)DrivetrainAll-Wheel Drive
5.9 SecondsManufacturer's 0-60 MPH Time6.1 Seconds
18.7 Cubic FeetTrunk Volume13.7 Cubic Feet
StandardRemote Trunk ReleaseAvailable Upgrade
StandardVideo Gauge ClusterAvailable Upgrade
StandardRear Cross Traffic AlertAvailable Upgrade
StandardActive Blind Spot DetectionAvailable Upgrade
2019 Top Safety Pick+IIHS Safety Accolades2020 Top Safety Pick+

*MSRP excludes destination & handling fee of $995, tax, title, license, and registration.