Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW 2 Series VS 2015 Infiniti Q60 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 BMW 2 Series

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2015 Infiniti Q60

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 Q60 Convertible doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The 2 Series offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Q60 Convertible doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The BMW 2 Series has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Q60 Convertible doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The 2 Series’ optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Q60 Convertible 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 Q60 Convertible doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Compared to metal, the 2 Series’ plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Infiniti Q60 Convertible has a metal gas tank.

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 Q60 Convertible 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 Q60 Convertible have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 Q60 Convertible has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The 2 Series’ corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Q60 Convertible’s (12 vs. 7 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. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Q60 Convertible.

There are over 2 times as many BMW dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much 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 Q60 Convertible’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

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 Q60 Convertible’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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The M235i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (330 vs. 270) than the Q60 Convertible’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6. The M235i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 57 lbs.-ft. more torque (330 vs. 273) than the Q60 IPL Convertible’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the 2 Series Convertible gets better fuel mileage than the Q60 Convertible:

2 Series

Q60 Convertible

RWD

Turbo 4 cyl./Manual

22 city/34 hwy

n/a

Turbo 6 cyl./Manual

19 city/28 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

V6

Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/34 hwy

n/a

Turbo 6 cyl./Auto

21 city/32 hwy

18 city/26 hwy

V6

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 Q60 Convertible 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 Q60 Convertible doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The 2 Series stops shorter than the Q60 Convertible:

2 Series

Q60 Convertible

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

121 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The M235i’s 225/40R18 front and 245/35R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q60 Convertible’s optional 45 series front and 40 series rear 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 Q60 Convertible doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The 2 Series has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Q60 Convertible’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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 Q60 Convertible’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

Chassis Comparison

The BMW 2 Series may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 800 pounds less than the Infiniti Q60 Convertible.

The 2 Series is 8.8 inches shorter than the Q60 Convertible, making the 2 Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the 2 Series Convertible is rated a Subcompact car by the EPA, while the Q60 Convertible is rated a Minicompact.

The 2 Series Convertible has 3.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Q60 Convertible (82 vs. 78.4).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The 2 Series Convertible has a much larger trunk than the Q60 Convertible with its top down (10 vs. 2.5 cubic feet).

The 2 Series’ standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Q60 Convertible doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

The 2 Series has a lever hand brake in the console, easy to use while keeping both feet free and not impeding entry and exit. The Q60 Convertible’s foot pedal parking brake is not handy to use as a hill holding device with a manual transmission.

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 Q60 Convertible 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’ 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 Q60 Convertible’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 Q60 Convertible 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 Q60 Convertible 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 Q60 Convertible 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 Q60 Convertible’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 Q60 Convertible 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 Q60 Convertible doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Both the 2 Series and the Q60 Convertible offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the 2 Series has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Q60 Convertible doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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 Q60 Convertible 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 Q60 Convertible doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

The M235i was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2015. The Q60 Convertible has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The 2 Series was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2015. The Q60 Convertible has never been an “All Star.”

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