Audi A7 TDI  vs BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo 

Audi A7 TDI 3.0T Premium Plus quattro

  • $67k
  • 3.0L Diesel V6
  • 24 city 38 hwy
Front view of Audi A7 TDI
At 18 mpg city, 28 highway, it arguably has V-6 fuel efficiency, too, via its standard eight-speed automatic.
by The Car Connection (Dec, 2013)

BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo 535i

  • $58k
  • 3.0L Hybrid I6
  • 20 city 30 hwy
Angle view of BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo
But the V10 is gone, forever, and this is the new reality because BMW has bet the farm on turbocharged motors.
by AutoBlog Canada (Feb, 2013)

Benchmarks Real world tests of A7 TDI vs 5 Series Gran Turismo

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Audi A7 TDI

Reasons to consider the
Audi A7 TDI 3.0T Premium Plus quattro

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Runs on diesel Yes vs No Diesel engines typically last longer than gas engines and cost less in maintenance
Much less CO2 per car made 0.66 metric ton vs 0.68 metric ton Around 5% less CO2 emitted per car made; clean factories are good factories
Saves on fuel $2,034 vs $2,314 More than 10% cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
Better highway driving range 752 miles vs 555 miles More than 35% further range on the interstate
Better city driving range 475 miles vs 370 miles Around 30% further in the city
Slightly higher EPA highway mileage 38 MPG vs 30 MPG More than 25% better on the interstate
Front view of BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo

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Has a hybrid drivetrain Yes vs No Hybrid cars can run on batteries at low speeds to decrease fuel consumption
More efficient freshwater use 2.1 m³ vs 3.69 m³ Around 45% less per car made; 1 cubic metre of water is 1.5 year's worth of drinking water
Much less landfill usage 6.11 kg vs 72.31 kg 11.8x less waste sent to landfill during manufacture
Less energy used per car made 2,440 kWh/vehicle vs 2,680 kWh/vehicle Around 10% less per car made; less dirty energy used in the manufacturing process benefits everyone
Lower MSRP $58k vs $67k Around 15% cheaper sticker price
Cheaper annual cost $13,974 vs $15,414 Around 10% less expensive per year

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$66,900 13.6¢/mile Audi A7 TDI
BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo $58,300 15.7¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is cheaper (per year) for most drivers. The Audi A7 TDI only makes sense if you drive more than 80,000 miles per year.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Audi A7 TDI BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo
Price $13,380 ($66,900) $11,660 ($58,300)
Fuel $2,033 (2,607 gallons) $2,359 (3,188 gallons)
City 24 MPG 20 MPG
Highway 38 MPG 30 MPG
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Specifications Full list of technical specs


A7 TDI  vs
5 Series Gran Turismo 
Brand Audi BMW
Body style
Model year 2014 2013
City range 475 miles 370 miles
Highway range 752 miles 555 miles
MSRP $67k $58k
Annual cost $15,414 $13,974

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 3.0L 3.0L
Air compressor None None
Cylinders V6 I6
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Traditional
Transmission 8-speed Automatic 4x4 8-speed Automatic 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link Multi link
Front brakes 13.58 in Ventilated Disc 13.7 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 12.99 in Ventilated Disc 13.58 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 255 245
Front wheel diameter 19 inch 18 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 40 50

safety features

Active head restraints Yes Yes
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor Standard Standard
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Width 75.2 in 74.8 in
Front track width 64.7 in 63.4 in
Height 55.9 in 61.4 in
Length 195.6 in 196.8 in
Wheelbase 114.7 in 120.7 in
Curb weight 4,266 lb 4,641 lb
GVWR 5,456 5,754
Has a rear spoiler Yes No
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 50 ft³ 58 ft³
Rear seat room 44 ft³ 54 ft³


A7 TDI  vs
5 Series Gran Turismo 
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 3.69 m³ 2.1 m³
CO2 per car made 0.66 metric ton 0.68 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,680 kWh/vehicle 2,440 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 72.31 kg 6.11 kg

power & handling

Max torque 428 ft-lb @ 1,750 RPM 300 ft-lb @ 1,200 RPM
Max HP 240 HP @ 3,500 RPM 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 17.77 lb/hp 15.47 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 39 feet 40 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 10 12
Wattage 180 205
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes Yes
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input No Yes
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio Standard Optional
Entertainment system N/A Optional, $2,200


Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C N/A Standard
Front passenger A/C N/A Standard
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof N/A Standard
Navigation system N/A, 10 GB Optional
Roof rails N/A N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard
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