Five Point Comparo: 2019 Audi A6 Vs BMW 5-Series Vs Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Audi recently launched the 2019 A6 in the UAE. Here is how the sedan scores against its immediate rivals BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Published on : February 12, 2019 4:16 pm by Anirudh Sunilkumar

Earlier this month, Audi unveiled the new A6 in the Middle East. The potent moniker from the German automaker’s line-up arrived with a plethora of innovations to its segment.

Ahead of this, the brand’s German brand’s rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz graced the UAE with the 5-Series and E-Class respectively. While all the three are closely prices with similar performance and collaterals. Here is a comparo to settle them all.

Design

The new Audi A6 is in its eighth generation and has been graced with plenty of cosmetic tweaks to stand out from its predecessors. Compared to the outgoing model, the new Audi A6 gets a new front sill and LED headlamps. In addition to this, Audi has provided the new A6 with 14 colours.

Over the years, the Mercedes-Benz has earned the reputation to manufacture pure executive sedans. However, in the past few decades, the company has been trying out new looks to reflect its engine’s capabilities through its looks. A perfect moniker for that is the E-Class. Design cues on the E-Class operate in the sweet grey area between a chauffeured executive car that one might travel to office and a sporty car to have fun on the weekends.

BMW has been known to carry out similar designs for all its vehicles. Heck, until the inclusion of giant grille, even the 7-Series was identical to its younger siblings. However, the new 5-Series stands out with its newly shaped DRLs and front sills.

Safety

The new Audi A6 comes with a bag full of safety features that includes moving object detection system, Anti-lock brake system, eight airbags with Advanced Airbags System, Anti-Theft Alarm, Brake Assist, Blind Spot Warning, Collision Detection, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, ISO Fix Child Seat Anchors, Lane Departure Warning, Road Sign Assist, Front Seatbelt Pretensioner, Tire Pressure Monitoring Display and Traction Control.

The new BMW 5-Series comes with 10 airbags, Anti-lock Braking System, Anti-Theft Alarm, Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability Control, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Hill Assist, ISO Fix Child Seat Anchor, Front Seatbelt Pretensioner, Speed Limiter, Traction Control and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.

In its safety palette, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes with Anti-lock brakes, Stability Control, front, side, overhead and knee airbags, front seatbelt pre-tensioners, Anti-whiplash and Ignition Disable Device.

Infotainment

The new Audi A6 comes with a 10.1-inch touchscreen with Drive Computer, Internet Connectivity, Bluetooth, AUX, iPod interface, MP3, Navigation System, USB and Voice Operated controls.

The infotainment set up on the BMW 5-Series comes in the form of a 6.5-inch touchscreen system with Bluetooth, AUX, CD Player, Drive Computer, iPod Interface, MP3, Navigation System, USB and Voice Operated Control.
The Mercedes Benz E-Class comes with a loaded infotainment system with Bluetooth, CD Player, MP3, Radio, Temperature Display, AUX, USB and a Touchpad.

The Mercedes Benz E-Class comes with a loaded infotainment system with Bluetooth, CD Player, MP3, Radio, Temperature Display, AUX, USB and a Touchpad.

Performance

So far, Audi has only launched the A6 in a 3.0-litre TFSI variant that carries a 3.0-litre V6 engine. This delivers a total output of 340hp and 500Nm of torque, lunging to a ton in 5.1 seconds. It hits the wall at 250kph.

The base trim of the BMW 5-Series is powered by a 2.0-litre inline-four engine that produces 252hp and 350Nm of torque. This takes the car to a 100kph in 6.2 seconds with a top speed of 250kph.

At the heart of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a 2.0-litre inline-four engine that puts out 184hp and 300Nm of torque. It cracks a ton in 7.7 seconds with a top speed of 240kph.

Prices

While the new Audi A6 is currently only provided in a 3.0-litre TFSI variant which can be taken home for AED 246,000.

The base variant of BMW’s 5-Series will cost AED 315,000 with the top variant going up to AED 435,000.

In the same breath, the base trim of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class can be availed for AED 205,000 with the top ranging model going up to 400,000.


Published on : February 12, 2019 4:16 pm

Updated on : February 13, 2019 2:07 pm
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