2019 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo vs. 2019 Audi Allroad

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the 6 Series Gran Turismo helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Allroad doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The 6 Series Gran Turismo’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Allroad doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the 6 Series Gran Turismo and the Allroad have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

The BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo weighs 639 pounds more than the Audi Allroad. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 6 Series Gran Turismo for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Allroad.

There are over 13 percent more BMW dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the 6 Series Gran Turismo’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the 6 Series Gran Turismo has a standard 210-amp alternator. The Allroad’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the 6 Series Gran Turismo has a standard 900-amp battery. The Allroad’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

Engine

The 6 Series Gran Turismo’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 87 more horsepower (335 vs. 248) and 57 lbs.-ft. more torque (330 vs. 273) than the Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

Regenerative brakes improve the 6 Series Gran Turismo’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Allroad doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The 6 Series Gran Turismo has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Allroad (18 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Allroad.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the 6 Series Gran Turismo’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Allroad:

 

6 Series Gran Turismo

Allroad

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

The 6 Series Gran Turismo’s optional 245/35R20 front and 275/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Allroad’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 6 Series Gran Turismo has standard 19-inch wheels. Only 18-inch wheels are available on the Allroad. The 6 Series Gran Turismo offers optional 20-inch wheels.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the 6 Series Gran Turismo can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Allroad doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The 6 Series Gran Turismo offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Allroad doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The rear suspension of the 6 Series Gran Turismo uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Allroad, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The 6 Series Gran Turismo offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Audi doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Allroad.

The 6 Series Gran Turismo has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Allroad doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 6 Series Gran Turismo’s wheelbase is 10 inches longer than on the Allroad (120.9 inches vs. 110.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the 6 Series Gran Turismo is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 2.9 inches wider in the rear than on the Allroad.

Chassis

The design of the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo amounts to more than styling. The 6 Series Gran Turismo has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is lower than the Allroad (.32) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the 6 Series Gran Turismo get better fuel mileage.

The front grille of the 6 Series Gran Turismo uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Allroad doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The 6 Series Gran Turismo has .3 inches more front headroom, 4.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 4.7 inches more rear legroom and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Allroad.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the 6 Series Gran Turismo’s available rear seats recline. The Allroad’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The 6 Series Gran Turismo has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Allroad with its rear seat up (31 vs. 24.2 cubic feet). The 6 Series Gran Turismo has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Allroad with its rear seat folded (65 vs. 58.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The 6 Series Gran Turismo offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Allroad doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors optional at extra cost in the Allroad, the 6 Series Gran Turismo offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The 6 Series Gran Turismo’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Allroad doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the windows are left open on the 6 Series Gran Turismo the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Allroad can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

The Allroad’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The 6 Series Gran Turismo’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

When the 6 Series Gran Turismo 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 Allroad’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The 6 Series Gran Turismo’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Allroad doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The BMW 6 Series comes in sedan and four-door hatchback bodystyles; the Audi Allroad isn’t available as a sedan.

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