New Audi A6 vs BMW 5 Series vs Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Has the Audi A6 made sufficient ‘progress through technology’ to surpass the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and class-leading BMW 5 Series luxury cars?...
Buying and owning
Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security
The E-Class’s two extra driven wheels do take a toll on its official emissions figure, however – and even the rear-wheel-drive E220d can’t match these rivals’ sub120g/km of CO2. Either way, then, the E-Class makes the priciest company car, while the A6 and 5 Series cost roughly the same.
Being the newest, the A6 is available with the least tempting discounts for private buyers, while the 5 Series will prove cheapest after a haggle. Alternatively, stump up a £4000 deposit and you can get the 5 Series for less than its rivals on PCP finance. And when all running costs are considered, it’s easily the cheapest private buy.
These cars all come with plenty of toys, but it’s worth noting that adding options to the A6 or E-Class usually involves an expensive package that might contain things you don’t really want. The 5 Series gives you greater freedom to specify things individually.