Photo Comparison: BMW 5 Series Touring vs. Mercedes E-Class Estate vs. Audi A6 Avant

5-series | May 19th, 2011 by 26
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Audi introduces the new A6 Avant and as usual, we use the opportunity for a photo comparison with its major competitors, the BMW 5 Series …

Audi introduces the new A6 Avant and as usual, we use the opportunity for a photo comparison with its major competitors, the BMW 5 Series Touring F11 and Mercedes E-Class Wagon model.

The new A6 Avant follows the design language from Ingolstadt, with the typical front-end and LED treatment. On the outside, the slightly coupe-like roofline gives the A6 Avant a sporty and sleek look. With the back seats folded, the cargo volume for the A6 is measure at 1,680 liters, while the 5 Series Touring and E-Class Wagon provide 1,680, respectively 1,950 liters of cargo volume.

The engine range begins with a 177-hp, 2.0-liter TDI. Above that are three variations of the 3.0-liter V-6 TDI: one with 204 hp, one with 245, and a top-of-the-line 313-hp version. For gasoline fans, Audi offers the A6 Avant with a supercharged 3.0 liter V6, and a naturally aspirated 2.8 liter V6 with 204 hp. The transmission offerings vary from six-speed manual, seven-speed dual-clutch and eight-speed automatic.

Photo Comparison: BMW 5 Series Touring vs. Mercedes E Class Estate vs. Audi A6 Avant

Quattro is available with all of the V6s.

At the entry-level diesel offerings, BMW responds with a 184 horsepower from its 520d model. Mercedes offers the 136 hp E 200 CDI BlueEfficiency. In the 3.0 liter gasoline range, BMW offers the 535i with 300 horsepower and Mercedes brings the E 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY with 290 hp.

Photo Comparison: BMW 5 Series Touring vs. Mercedes E Class Estate vs. Audi A6 Avant

In terms of equipment, the new A6 Avant has a very similar program as the sedan, however, new options are introduced, such as the parking sensor with “Surroundview” and the gesture-controlled opening of the tailgate.

Since styling and preferences can be subjective, we will let you vote on your favorite design.

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[Source: BimmerToday ]

  • Sergey

    I’m not a fan of touring cars, but Audi looks like a car from Star Wars, so I voted for Audi. BMW takes 2nd place and Merc takes 3rd respectively. Just my own opinion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Whasians Daniel Vu Nguyen Hoang

    Audi loss its conservative look to BMW. The BMW looks the most mature of the 3.

  • Fransico

     I am a BMW fan but as far as estate are concerned, Audis look a lot better! the A4 is way better than the 3 series as an estate.  As sedans or coupes, BMWs are definitely better looking

    • http://www.facebook.com/kyle.silvers Kyle P. Silvers

      I agree completely! 

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  • Alex

     the audi does look best, but i dont think people buy tourings because of just looks

  • http://twitter.com/kobubol Narichaya Intanai

     up to u look like styl sport,classic,country touring or family touring 

  • Mert

     bmw has gone too conservative and soft  with new models, f11 included, merc and audi on the other hand  do look  more modern and masculine.
    Whwn the last generation of 5 series was  unexpectebly un bmw-ish , but bangle designed bmw’s became suffessful, and sold well, though A6 beat the 5 series and a4 beat the 3 series.There was a hint of how the design should have been made.new bmw-s that debute do look superb, until audi lunches it’s competitors, for exaple the a6 , q3 , a8.

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  • v1p3r

    The Merc honestly does look terrible, like a hearse. The Audi I think is very good looking but an M-Sport F11 would look better IMO 

  • Br

     I also agree that BMW nowadays, especially for the 5 series, have more conservative designs.  But I will still pick BMW before the mercedes here, cause the rear of the mercedes is too bulky and the whole design is elegant, but OLD!  Audi does quite well here as it is always goodd at designing tourings.  I must say that this 5 series is although conservative, it is a great improvement from the previous touring, with smoother designs.

  • Sajan

     I think we can all agree that Audi and BMW are starting to dominate the German Luxury Car scene. Mercedes slowly but surely is becoming the underdog. Right now, audi is the Apple of the automotive industry, BMW is the Google, and Mercedes is the typewriter

    • StraightSix

       …and you writing non-sense.

      • Sajan

         sorry it’s just my opinion. 

  • Redouan_zendar

    Hi guys !
    but this comparison for me is unfair, as you can see the audi is an S-line so why didn’t you compare it to the M package for the Bimmer and the AMG package  for the Merc. The win for the Bimmer would be even more insane  !!!

    • Sajan

      that kind of says it all really about how sporty the new a6 is. FYI that isn’t an a sline a6. The new s line a6 has an even sportier front bumper and an s line badge on the front fenders. If you don’t believe me google an s line a6

  • Babken

    The design is a matter of taste. More important will be the fact which car has a better ride, comfort, luxury and performance.

  • subtotal

    I voted Audi but BMW is very close. I personally own a E39 Touring and do not want A6 in the future, but because of the lines around the rear plate and the form of backlight loses BMW this competition. Mercedes traditionally puts too much back on the E T-modell for my taste.
    I’m planning to buy a 525dA Touring in the future anyway, because of RWD, inside design and the 8speed.

  • Manchester Man

     You could have chosen a nicer colour for the BMW!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kyle.silvers Kyle P. Silvers

     Anyone with half a brain can see the Audi is way more attractive than either of the other cars, yes, including the 5 series.

  • Tom

    Doesn’t seem to matter for Americans as we won’t get the BMW touring.

  • Bryce

     I love BMW as much as the next person but Audi takes this one.

  • Vitric

    BMW’s redesigned 5er looks superb in any way I think. I just kind of have a love/hate relationship with the regular front bumper. It’s too plain. In some colors it looks nice and others it makes the car mundane.

    Audis designs are nice, but only really in the S models. I think they’re going a bit crazy with the LED thing too.

    The E class looks horrible unless it’s an AMG. Otherwise it’s completely awesome.. Actually, I like all of the AMG designs. Mercedes took that horrible, ugly dual egg shaped headlamp design and made it really cool looking.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1842858183 Ahmad Haziq

    I like the Audi design over the BMW’s more conservative looks. If I’m going to have one of those, it will be the BMW 5 Series. The E looks like a hearse really….

  • viper

    audi…————————huge  gap,,,,,,,,,…bmw then merc.

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