Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 BMW M5 VS 2016 Audi RS Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 BMW M5

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2016 Audi RS

Safety Comparison

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The M5 offers an optional Side and Top View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The RS 7 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The M5 has standard BMW Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The RS 7 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the M5 and the RS 7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, night vision systems, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

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BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the M5 for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the RS 7.

There are over 33 percent more BMW dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the M5’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

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The M5’s optional 4.4 turbo V8 produces 15 more horsepower (575 vs. 560) than the RS 7’s 4.0 turbo V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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Regenerative brakes improve the M5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The RS 7 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the M5’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The RS 7 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The M5 has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the RS 7 (21.1 vs. 19.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the M5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the RS 7:

M5

M6 Carbon Brakes

RS 7

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

16.1 inches

15.4 inches

Rear Rotors

15.6 inches

15.6 inches

14 inches

The M5 offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The RS 7 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction and acceleration, the M5 has larger rear tires than the RS 7 (295/35R19 vs. 275/35R20).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the M5’s wheelbase is 1.9 inches longer than on the RS 7 (116.7 inches vs. 114.8 inches).

The M5’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52.3% to 47.7%) than the RS 7’s (55% to 45%). This gives the M5 more stable handling and braking.

The M5 handles at .95 G’s, while the RS 7 pulls only .93 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

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The M5 is 3.8 inches shorter than the RS 7, making the M5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The M5 has standard seating for 5 passengers; the RS 7 can only carry 4.

The M5 has 8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the RS 7 (102 vs. 94).

The M5 has 3.6 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the RS 7.

Ergonomics Comparison

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If the windows are left down on the M5 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the RS 7 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the M5 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The RS 7 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

When the M5 is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The RS 7’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the M5 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the M5 will cost $4860 less than the RS 7 over a five-year period.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW M5 will be $9801 less than for the Audi RS 7.

Recommendations Comparison

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Road & Track performed a comparison test in its April 2014 issue and they ranked the BMW M5 first. They ranked the Audi RS 7 third.

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