Two luxury sedans, one choice. What will you drive: the 2021 Audi A6 or the BMW 5 Series?

There's a lot to love about driving either of these sedans. From their powerful performance capabilities to their premium amenities, either vehicle is sure to give your Peabody, Danvers, and Beverly, Massachusetts, travels the upgrade you need. But the question still remains: Will you drive the Audi A6 or BMW 5 Series?

To help you answer that question, the team at Audi Peabody has created a detailed Audi A6 vs. BMW 5 Series comparison to help guide you toward your ideal car. Ready to see which is right for you? Keep reading and contact us with any questions!

Audi A6 vs BMW 5 Series: Comfort

On a beautiful spring day, wouldn't it be nice to welcome in the warm sunlight and a gentle breeze or two? The A6 provides you with a generous standard panoramic sunroof that spans the width of the car and throws some light in the back. A standard glass moonroof comes in the 5 Series, too.

After a long day, what better way to relax than by opening your door and collapsing in relief. You made it! And just in time to enjoy standard leather seats in the Audi A6. If it feels a little raw outside during a New England frost, turn on your standard front heated seats.

In the BMW 5 Series, you can select leather seating, but it's optional. That also extends to the front heated seats. They're available in the Convenience Package.

Want even more comfort out of your seats? The 2021 A6 comes with the optional Luxury package, which includes features like:

  • Massaging front seats
  • Valcona/Milano leather seats
  • Ventilation for front seats

The 5 Series also comes with an available Luxury Seating Package, which offers similar features. Although, this package is missing the massage feature. To include this, you'll need a second available upgrade.

Audi A6 vs BMW 5 Series: Performance

The heart of your commute is found under the hood of your sedan. Luckily for you, both models are equipped with turbocharged engines, giving you access to premium performance each time you get behind the wheel.

What's great, too, is that both models come standard with similar engines. Both are equipped with a 2.0L engine, but which offers you the power to pull ahead of the competition? Let's take a look!

Audi A6 vs BMW 5 Series Performance Specs



5 Series


2.0L 45 TFSI® engine

2.0L BMW TwinPower Turbo


261 HP

248 HP

Acceleration (0-60 MPH)

5.8 seconds

5.9 seconds

That extra horsepower in the Audi gives you the extra edge to soar ahead of the 5 Series. This is evident with its shorter acceleration time. While it may not seem like much, you'll feel a difference once behind the wheel.

Further cementing this claim, only on the A6 do you get standard all-wheel drive capabilitiesThis is an option with the 5 Series, but only with an optional vehicle upgrade.

This way, the A6 provides year-round travel confidence, even when it rains or snows, as a standard feature.

Audi A6 vs BMW 5 Series: MPG Ratings

As a commuter, you need a vehicle that's in it for the long haul. With that being said, you need a sedan that can go the extra mile thanks to its fuel efficiency. Both the A6 and 5 Series make this possible since they offer similar MPG ratings.

A6 vs 5 Series MPG


EPA-estimated MPG


23 city/31 highway MPG1

5 Series (RWD)

25 city/33 highway MPG

5 Series (AWD)

23 city/32 highway MPG

While they offer similar fuel efficiencies, the 2021 A6 makes it easier to travel longer distances thanks to its larger fuel tank size. This sedan comes with a 19.3-gallon fuel tank while the 5 Series comes with an 18-gallon tank.

Audi A6 vs BMW 5 Series: Second-Row Dimensions

Having plenty of space for travels is essential, especially when you need to carpool or bring along your whole family or group of friends in your sedan. Until now, there may be a debate about who'll get to ride shotgun, but really, there's no need with either the A6 or 5 Series.

Both sedans supply healthy and spacious dimensions in the second row. However, as you can see from the table below, the A6 bests the 5 Series in all measurements.

Audi A6 vs BMW 5 Series Rear Dimensions



5 Series


38.1 in.

37.5 in.


37.4 in.

36.5 in.

Shoulder room

56.5 in.

55.9 in.

For a little extra wiggle room in the back, the Audi A6 is the way to go.

Audi A6 vs BMW 5 Series: Tech

Staying connected while in your car means you won't miss an important phone call from a colleague or a loved one who just called to say hello and they're safe at home. Since BMW and Audi are always ahead of the curve in terms of technology, staying connected to friends and family while on the go is possible thanks to their standard smartphone integration features like Bluetooth®.

All infotainment features are found on your vehicle's touchscreen display. For the 5 Series, that's a 12.3-inch multimedia screen. A6 drivers, though, have access to so much technology that one screen wasn't enough.

Complete with two multimedia displays-an upper 10.1-inch screen for infotainment and a lower 8.6-inch screen for comfort-you can easily navigate all the technology features of your A6. With just one display, this may not be as easy with the 5 Series.

Other technology features that put the A6 even further ahead of the 5 Series are with the optional Convenience package, which includes:

  • Audi phone box
  • Audi virtual cockpit
  • Top view camera system

With only the optional Surround View with 3D View feature offered with the 5 Series, the extra features of the 2021 Audi A6 make this vehicle shine.

Audi A6 vs BMW 5 Series: Advanced Safety Features

To ensure the safe arrival of you and your passengers, both the A6 and 5 Series come equipped with several safety features. A standard front monitor is found on each sedan. With this, a range is monitored. When a potential hazard, like another vehicle or a pedestrian, is detected, you'll receive an alert.

If there is no alert, these features may provide automatic braking in an attempt to avoid a collision.

But that's not all these vehicles have to offer in terms of safety. Let's take a look at some of the extra features offered with both models!

Audi A6 vs BMW 5 Series Safety


5 Series

  • Audi pre sense® basic and front
  • Audi side assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Top view camera system with Virtual 360 view
  • Audi Adaptive cruise assist with Traffic Jam assist
  • Audi active lane assist with Emergency assist
  • Frontal Collision Warning
  • Active Blind Spot Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Speed Limit Info
  • Park Distance control
  • Extended Traffic Jam Assistant


As you can see, both the A6 and 5 Series offer comprehensive safety features, making both a standout choice when it comes to the safe arrival of you and your passengers.

Audi A6 vs BMW 5 Series: Your Choice

When given the choice between the 2021 Audi A6 and the BMW 5 Series, Peabody, Danvers, and Beverly, MA, drivers have a lot to consider. With powerful performance options, premium comfort, and advanced technology and safety features, both vehicles have a lot to offer.

Although, since you can only pick one of these vehicles, our vote is for the A6 based on this A6 vs. 5 Series comparison. To experience this sedan for yourself, we invite you to visit us at Audi Peabody to take it for a spin. Contact us to schedule your test drive today!


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