2021 Audi A5 vs Audi A6 Comparison in Columbus, OH

With so many different shapes, sizes and engines to choose from at Audi Columbus, it can be confusing if you're new to the Audi brand. We're here to help with this simple side-by-side comparison of two similar-looking but distinct Audi models: The 2021 Audi A5 and the 2021 Audi A6. They're both luxury passenger cars, but the Audi A5 can be had with a convertible top or two doors for a sportier look and compact footprint. Meanwhile, the Audi A6 offers a little bit more space and a more traditional look. Discover the differences below, then come find the Audi that's perfect for you at Audi Columbus.

2021 Audi A5 vs Audi A6 Exterior

Differences: Design & Size

The 2021 Audi A6 is our midsize luxury executive sedan, bringing the comfort and innovative technology from the flagship Audi A8 to a more compact, more affordable package. Meanwhile, the 2021 Audi A5 is available as a two door coupe or a convertible. It's not quite as spacious in the rear seats as the larger Audi A6.

Also available is the 2021 Audi A5 Sportback, which has a long, sloping rear roofline and a rear hatchback design instead of a typical sedan or coupe trunk. Since it's derived from a two-door coupe model, the 2021 Audi A5 Sportback doesn't provide quite as much rear seat legroom as the more spacious 2021 Audi A6. However, thanks to the rear hatchback design, the A5 Sportback can carry a surprising amount of cargo behind the rear hatch. Without sacrificing a sporty look or luxurious interior space, the Audi A5 Sportback adds a little bit more utility. That said, sometimes you just can't beat the effortless elegance of an understated Audi luxury sedan.

Differences: Performance

Entry-level 2021 Audi A5 models feature a turbocharged engine known as the 40 TFSI®, generating 201 horsepower. Or, you can upgrade to the even more powerful 45 TFSI® engine with 261 horsepower for even more ferocious performance! By contrast, the somewhat larger, heavier 2021 Audi A6 comes standard with the 45 TFSI® engine. That means, even though it's a larger vehicle, it's quicker from 0-60 MPH than an entry-level Audi A5 model.

That said, both vehicles come with similar drivetrains, with standard quattro® all-wheel drive and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

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2021 Audi A5 vs Audi A6 Interior

Similarities: Features

Standard heated front seats, genuine leather upholstery and premium wood trim set a luxurious new Audi apart from lesser vehicles from other luxury brands -- which might offer some or all of these features only as added options. Luxurious automatic climate controls, power seats and a panoramic moonroof are more hallmarks of Audi luxury you'll enjoy on your Audi A5 or A6.

Best of all, the 2021 Audi A5 and A6 both feature a MMI® Touch multimedia system. Both models provide Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ technology to sync your compatible smartphone to the infotainment system and touchscreen. The 2021 Audi A5 features a single touchscreen in the center stack; the 2021 Audi A6 features a dual-screen system that keeps even more information and control at your fingertips.

 2021 Audi A5 vs Audi A6 Features

Similarities: Driver Assistance

With standard Audi pre sense® technology, both the 2021 Audi A5 and A6 can react automatically to dangers on the road. They both come standard with forward automatic braking and forward collision alert with pedestrian detection. Also standard are lane departure warning and automatic high beams.

Both models also offer similar optional driver assist upgrades like adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, a top-view backup camera, a head-up display and more. When you pick Audi, no matter what model you choose, you'll be protected by cutting-edge technology.

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Test Drive Both The 2021 Audi A5 & 2021 Audi A6 At Audi Columbus

In the end, the 2021 Audi A5 provides impressive performance and technology -- plus, when you choose the Sportback model, you get four-door comfort and a generous rear cargo area. However, with more standard power, a more sophisticated multimedia system and a more spacious back seat, the 2021 Audi A6 might be a better fit if you need something even more premium.

Audi Columbus is the place to go in Central Ohio to experience all the latest and greatest from Audi during a test drive. Schedule your visit in advance, browse our inventory online to find the model that's just right for your family, or simply stop by our dealership location. Our team can help make an Audi part of your life at a lower cost than you might expect. In our service center, factory-trained Audi experts are always on hand to help keep your Audi running its best. We can even help you learn about your vehicle's features and configure the multimedia system to work with your mobile devices. You'll love getting to upgrade your commute at Audi Columbus. Part of the family-owned and operated Byers Auto Group.

2021 Audi A52021 Audi A6
$41,800Starting MSRP*$54,900
Midsize Coupe, Cabriolet & SportbackBody StylesMidsize Sedan
201Standard Horsepower261
236Standard Torque (lb-ft)273
6.4 SecondsStandard 0-60 MPH Time5.8 Seconds
7-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic TransmissionStandard Transmission7-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic Transmission
Standardquattro® All-Wheel DriveStandard
187.3"Overall Length194.4"
35.1"Rear Seat Legroom37.4"
35.0 Cubic FeetMaximum Cargo Volume13.7 Cubic Feet

*Prices exclude $1,045 destination, taxes, title, other options and dealer changes. Dealer sets actual price.