Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW 2 Series VS 2015 Ford Mustang Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 BMW 2 Series

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2015 Ford Mustang

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 Mustang offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The 2 Series offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Mustang doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

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

Both the 2 Series and the Mustang have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

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 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Mustang has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The 2 Series comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Mustang’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The 2 Series’ corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Mustang’s (12 vs. 5 years).

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. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Mustang.

Reliability Comparison

The battery on the 2 Series is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the 2 Series’ battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Mustang’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in reliability. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 17th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the 228i is faster than the Mustang ECOBoost (automatics tested):

2 Series

Mustang

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.5 MPH

97.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the 2 Series Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the Mustang Coupe:

2 Series

Mustang

RWD

Turbo 4 cyl./Manual

22 city/34 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

V6/Manual

n/a

17 city/28 hwy

Turbo 6 cyl./Manual

19 city/28 hwy

15 city/25 hwy

V8

Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/36 hwy

21 city/32 hwy

V6/Auto

n/a

19 city/28 hwy

6 cyl./Auto

21 city/32 hwy

16 city/25 hwy

V8

AWD

4 cyl./Auto

23 city/35 hwy

n/a

6 cyl./Auto

20 city/30 hwy

n/a

On the EPA test cycle the 2 Series Convertible gets better fuel mileage than the Mustang Convertible:

2 Series

Mustang

RWD

Turbo 4 cyl./Manual

22 city/34 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

V6/Manual

n/a

17 city/28 hwy

Turbo 6 cyl./Manual

19 city/28 hwy

15 city/25 hwy

V8

Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/34 hwy

n/a

V6/Auto

n/a

19 city/28 hwy

Turbo 6 cyl./Auto

21 city/32 hwy

16 city/25 hwy

V8

AWD

Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/35 hwy

n/a

Turbo 6 cyl./Auto

20 city/30 hwy

n/a

Regenerative brakes improve the 2 Series’ fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Mustang 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 Mustang doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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 Mustang are solid, not vented.

The 2 Series stops shorter than the Mustang:

2 Series

Mustang

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

107 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The 228i’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mustang’s standard 55 series tires.

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 Mustang 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 Mustang’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The M235i Coupe handles at .97 G’s, while the Mustang EcoBoost Fastback pulls only .96 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The M235i Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Mustang EcoBoost Fastback (24.9 seconds @ .78 average G’s vs. 25.5 seconds @ .8 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the 2 Series’ turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Mustang’s (35.8 feet vs. 36.5 feet). The 2 Series’ turning circle is 4.2 feet tighter than the Mustang Performance Package’s (35.8 feet vs. 40 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The BMW 2 Series may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Ford Mustang.

The 2 Series is 1 foot, 1.8 inches shorter than the Mustang, making the 2 Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The 2 Series is 5.6 inches narrower than the Mustang, making the 2 Series easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The 2 Series Coupe has 5.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mustang Fastback (90 vs. 84.5). The 2 Series Convertible has 1.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mustang Convertible (82 vs. 80.8).

The 2 Series Coupe has 2.4 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 2.4 inches more rear legroom and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Mustang Fastback.

The 2 Series Convertible has 2.9 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more rear headroom and 2.2 inches more rear legroom than the Mustang Convertible.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The 2 Series’ standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Mustang Convertible doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

With its coupe or convertible body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the 2 Series offers cargo security. The Mustang’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

In case of a sudden change of weather, the 2 Series offers an optional remote convertible top which can be raised from a distance to protect the interior of the vehicle from damage. The Mustang doesn’t offer a remote top, so the driver will have to run to the car, get in, turn the ignition on and raise the top to prevent the interior from being damaged.

The 2 Series has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Mustang doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The 2 Series’ rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Mustang’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the 2 Series to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Mustang doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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 Mustang 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 Mustang doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the 2 Series offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Mustang doesn’t offer cornering lights. The 2 Series also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The 2 Series’ standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the Mustang Premium.

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

The 2 Series offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Mustang has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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 Mustang doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The 2 Series has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Mustang doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The 2 Series has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Mustang Premium.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the 2 Series has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Mustang doesn’t offer rear vents.

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 Mustang doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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