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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi A4 Allroad have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi A4 Allroad are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
Both the A4 Allroad and 6 Series Gran Turismo have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The A4 Allroad has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The 6 Series Gran Turismo’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.
The A4 Allroad has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.
Both the A4 Allroad and the 6 Series Gran Turismo have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the A4 Allroad the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 184 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 6 Series Gran Turismo has not been tested, yet.
The Audi A4 Allroad’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the 6 Series Gran Turismo’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 3 places higher in reliability than BMW.
On the EPA test cycle the A4 Allroad gets better fuel mileage than the 640i Gran Turismo (23 city/31 hwy vs. 20 city/28 hwy).
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi A4 Allroad higher (5 out of 10) than the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo (3). This means the A4 Allroad produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the 6 Series Gran Turismo every 15,000 miles.
The A4 Allroad offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.
The A4 Allroad’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer launch control.
The A4 Allroad has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the 6 Series Gran Turismo; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.
For better maneuverability, the A4 Allroad’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the 6 Series Gran Turismo’s (38.4 feet vs. 41 feet).
The Audi A4 Allroad may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 pounds less than the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo.
The A4 Allroad is 1 foot, 1.4 inches shorter than the 6 Series Gran Turismo, making the A4 Allroad easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 10% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the A4 Allroad to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the A4 Allroad has a standard rear wiper. The 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer a rear wiper.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the A4 Allroad has standard extendable sun visors. The 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer extendable visors.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi A4 Allroad Premium Plus/Prestige has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The 6 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
Insurance will cost less for the A4 Allroad owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the A4 Allroad will cost $5500 to $5950 less than the 6 Series Gran Turismo over a five-year period.
The A4 Allroad will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the A4 Allroad will retain 42.51% to 42.92% of its original price after five years, while the 6 Series Gran Turismo only retains 35.86%.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi A4 Allroad will be $20825 to $26935 less than for the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo.
The Audi A4/S4 outsold the BMW 6 Series by over 23 to one during 2019.
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