Audi A6 3.0T Competition vs BMW 540i- Car Comparison
The new Audi A6 is the modern name to collaborate with the premium large sedan segment, one where carmakers are the lions claiming their part. However, is Ingolstadt’s new A6 all set to throw the likes of BMW 5 Series off balance?
Audi A6 3.0T Competition
We’ll be looking at three main aspects: platform and all that comes from it, like size, interior space and practicality, powertrain/drivetrain, and moreover technology. This is something carmakers seem to enjoy infusing their latest models with.
BMW is revealing the new 5 Series sedan at an Auto Show. This further clearly means the new Audi A6 is a newcomer that has to make up for Ingolstadt’s delayed launch. This is furthermore compared to its competitors.
Above all, it’s quite some lost ground to get back, but it’s still very early days for Audi and the new A6. Thus, with statistics out of the way, let’s focus on what’s what for each of the three.
Just like the Audi A8 D5, the new A6 sits on the MLB Evo platform. Thus you can also found underneath the Lamborghini Urus, Bentley Bentayga, Audi Q5, Audi Q7, and eventually, Audi Q8.
Further considering the size, the new Audi A6 stretches to 4,939 mm, which is 7 mm longer than the model it replaces. Furthermore, It is also wider at 1,886 mm, an increase of 12 mm, and taller, at 1,457 mm, 2 mm over its predecessor. According to Audi, boot space stands at 530 liters.
BMW’s 5 Series G30 is based upon the same BMW CLAR (cluster architecture) modular platform as the current 7 Series (G11). This shall further also support the incoming BMW X5 and BMW 3 Series.
In addition, Size-wise, the 5 Series sedan measures 4,935 mm in length, 1,868 mm in width and 1,466 mm in height. Boot space: 530 litres.
Powertrain and drivetrain
The new Audi A6 is coming with two engines aimed at other area’s customers, both fitted with mild-hybrid technology. Moreover representing the petrol camp is a 3-liter V6 TFSI-badged unit making 340 hp (0-100 km/h: 5.1 seconds). The engine further is married to a seven-speed S Tronic automatic gearbox.
A diesel engine is also available on the menu in the form of the 3-liter TDI making 286 hp. This is further handled by an eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox. Moreover, every variant gets the Quattro all-wheel-drive setup, which varies depending on the gearbox – for example, the Tiptronic gets a self-locking centre differential.
Besides this, All-wheel steering, damping control and adaptive air suspension are available on the menu.
There are a lot of variations to the BMW 5 Series range. The 5er’s most basic version is the 520i (2-liter, four-cylinder, 184 hp, 0-100 km/h: 7.8 seconds). It is further fitted with either the eight-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox (also available with paddle shifters). Furthermore, it is able to send resources to the rear wheels.
Speed and transmission
Besides this, one step up the engine pyramid is the 530i (2-litre, four-cylinder, 252 hp, 0-100 km/h: 6.2 seconds or 6 seconds with xDrive), also available with the eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. Further, xDrive is optional.
Then there’s the 540i (3-liter, six-cylinder, 340 hp, 0-100 km/h: 5.1 seconds or 4.8 seconds with xDrive). Moreover, this power plant is assembled with the eight-speed Steptronic and xDrive is available as an option.
Further, the petrol range-topper is the M550i (4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8, 462 hp, 0-100 km/h: 4 seconds), available only with xDrive and the eight-speed Steptronic.
Above all, The newcomer A6 need Audi’s best technology credentials mostly. Thus, The reason is it is arrived late to the party, allowing its rivals to cover pretty much everything was to be covered.
However, Audi knew what do to and introduced the MMI touch response operating system. Besides this, think of it as an OS for cars, since it can basically store profiles for seven drivers (with up to 400 personalization parameters), shortcuts, favorites buttons and communicates. It is further together with both the data stored onboard the car or in a cloud. Haptic and acoustic features are also inclusive.
Although the 5er’s tech traits are no longer novelty. Nevertheless, detail them for the sake of the comparison. Further, the LED headlights and taillights are just the tip of the iceberg as the cabin is where the magic happens for the 5 Series.
Further, The highlight is, no doubt, the gesture control feature carried over from the BMW 7 Series, as included in the 10.2-inch infotainment setup. Also, users can interact with it via the rotary iDrive controller, by touching it directly like they would with a smartphone. Moreover, You by finger movements in front of it or via voice commands in German, English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Japanese.
Verdict: Audi A6 3.0T Competition vs BMW 540i
Above all, it is not an easy task to decide between the two which is best and which is not. Moreover, both the models have their own features, design and specification. This is further up to the description of the customer like what they are looking for. Well, for further more details with regard to their reviews you may access Japanese Car Trade which is the door to all solutions.
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