Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 BMW 2 Series VS 2014 Audi RS Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 BMW 2 Series

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2014 Audi RS

Safety Comparison

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The 2 Series offers optional City Collision Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The RS 5 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The 2 Series’ optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The RS 5 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The 2 Series 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 5 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 2 Series and the RS 5 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, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

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BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 2 Series for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the RS 5.

There are over 33 percent more BMW dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the 2 Series’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The RS 5’s redline is at 8400 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The 2 Series has a 7000 RPM redline.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 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 16th in reliability. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 23rd.

Engine Comparison

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The M235i Coupe’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (330 vs. 317) than the RS 5’s 4.2 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the M235i Coupe Auto gets better fuel mileage than the RS 5 Coupe (22 city/32 hwy vs. 16 city/23 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the 2 Series’ 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 5 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the 2 Series can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The RS 5 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The 2 Series offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The RS 5’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The 2 Series’ front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the RS 5’s (57.3% to 42.7%). This gives the 2 Series more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the 2 Series’ turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the RS 5’s (35.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The BMW 2 Series may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 900 pounds less than the Audi RS 5.

The 2 Series is 8.5 inches shorter than the RS 5, making the 2 Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the BMW 2 Series amounts to more than styling. The 2 Series offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .29 to .33 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is lower than the RS 5 (.32 to .34). A more efficient exterior helps the 2 Series go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the 2 Series get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The 2 Series Coupe has .9 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more rear headroom and 1.1 inches more rear legroom than the RS 5 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The 2 Series Coupe has a much larger trunk than the RS 5 Coupe (13.8 vs. 12.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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If the front windows are left down on the 2 Series w/Comfort Access the driver can raise them 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 5 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the 2 Series detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The RS 5 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

When the 2 Series 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 5’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Optional BMW Apps for the 2 Series allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, tagging songs to buy them later, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The RS 5 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The 2 Series’ 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 RS 5 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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