Audi A5 2012 vs BMW 3 series 2010

Audi A5
2012 - 2016
BMW 3 series
2010 - 2013
Gearbox: AutomaticAutomatic
Engine: 1.8 Petrol2.0 Petrol
Camshaft drive: Timing chainTiming chain


Power: 170 HP170 HP
Torque: 320 NM210 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 8.2 seconds8.8 seconds
Audi A5 is more dynamic to drive.
Audi A5 and BMW 3 series have the same engine power, but Audi A5 torque is 110 NM more than BMW 3 series. Audi A5 reaches 100 km/h speed 0.6 seconds faster.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 5.86.8
Real fuel consumption: 8.1 l/100km8.5 l/100km
The Audi A5 is a better choice when it comes to fuel economy.
By specification Audi A5 consumes 1 litres less fuel per 100 km than the BMW 3 series, which means that by driving the Audi A5 over 15,000 km in a year you can save 150 litres of fuel.
By comparing actual fuel consumption based on user reports, Audi A5 consumes 0.4 litres less fuel per 100 km than the BMW 3 series.
Fuel tank capacity: 63 litres63 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 1080 km in combined cycle920 km in combined cycle
1230 km on highway1180 km on highway
770 km with real consumption740 km with real consumption
Audi A5 gets more mileage on one fuel tank.

Drive type

Wheel drive type: Front wheel drive (FWD)Rear wheel drive (RWD)


Average engine lifespan: 380'000 km350'000 km
Engine resource depends largely on regular maintenance and the quality of the oils and fuels used.
Engine production duration: 4 years6 years
Engine spread: Used also on Audi A4Installed on at least 2 other car models, including BMW 5 sērija, BMW 1 sērija
In general, the longer and for more car models an engine is produced, the better its serviceability and availability of spare parts. BMW 3 series might be a better choice in this respect.


Length: 4.63 m4.61 m
Width: 1.85 m1.78 m
Height: 1.37 m1.40 m
Audi A5 is larger, but slightly lower.
Audi A5 is 1 cm longer than the BMW 3 series, 7 cm wider, while the height of Audi A5 is 2 cm lower.
Trunk capacity: 455 litres440 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
829 litresno data
Audi A5 has 15 litres more trunk space than the BMW 3 series.
Turning diameter: 11.5 meters11 meters
The turning circle of the Audi A5 is 0.5 metres more than that of the BMW 3 series, which means Audi A5 can be harder to manoeuvre in tight streets and parking spaces.
Gross weight (kg): 1`9551`840
Safety: no datano data
above average

Audi A5 has fewer problems.
According to annual technical inspection data BMW 3 series has serious deffects in 25 percent more cases than Audi A5, so Audi A5 quality is probably significantly better
Average price (€): 17 2009800
Pros and Cons: Audi A5 has
  • more dynamic
  • lower fuel consumption
  • more full fuel tank mileage
  • longer expected engine lifespan
  • fewer faults
BMW 3 sērija has
  • lower price
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