Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW 2 Series VS 2015 Audi A5 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 BMW 2 Series

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2015 Audi A5

Safety Comparison

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 A5 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 A5 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The 2 Series offers optional Park Distance Control to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The A5 doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

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 A5 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 A5 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, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the 2 Series its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2014, a rating granted to only 48 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The A5 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 2 Series 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 A5.

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

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the 2 Series has a standard 170-amp alternator (210-amp - 2 Series 6 cyl.). The A5’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 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 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 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 11th in reliability. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 19th.

Engine Comparison

The 228i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 20 more horsepower (240 vs. 220) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The M235i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 100 more horsepower (320 vs. 220) and 72 lbs.-ft. more torque (330 vs. 258) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the 228i xDrive Auto 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the A5 Coupe Auto (23 city/35 hwy vs. 22 city/31 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the 2 Series’ fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The A5 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

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 A5 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the M235i’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the A5:

M235i

A5

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.6 inches

The 2 Series’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the A5 are solid, not vented.

The 2 Series stops shorter than the A5:

2 Series

A5

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

109 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 A5 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The 2 Series offers an optional 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 A5’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better maneuverability, the 2 Series’ turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the A5’s (35.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The BMW 2 Series may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 350 pounds less than the Audi A5.

The 2 Series is 7.6 inches shorter than the A5, 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 A5 (.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

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the 2 Series is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the A5 Coupe is rated a Subcompact.

The 2 Series has 6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A5 Coupe (90 vs. 84).

The 2 Series has 2.4 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the A5 Coupe.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 A5 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The 2 Series offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The A5 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 A5 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 A5’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

On extremely cold Winter days, the 2 Series’ optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The A5 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 A5 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 A5 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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