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 F-Type 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 F-Type 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 F-Type 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 F-Type 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 F-Type 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 48 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The F-Type has not been tested, yet.
The 2 Series’ corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the F-Type’s (12 vs. 6 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. Jaguar only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the F-Type.
There are over 2 times as many BMW dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 2 Series’ warranty.
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 Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in reliability. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 13th.
On the EPA test cycle the M235i RWD Auto 6 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the F-Type with its standard S.C. V6 (21 city/32 hwy vs. 20 city/28 hwy).
Regenerative brakes improve the 2 Series’ fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The F-Type doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
The 2 Series stops shorter than the F-Type:
60 to 0 MPH
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 F-Type doesn’t offer run-flat tires.
The 2 Series has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The F-Type’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.
The 2 Series has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The F-Type doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 2 Series’ wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the F-Type (105.9 inches vs. 103.2 inches).
The 2 Series is 5.9 inches narrower than the F-Type, making the 2 Series easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.
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 F-Type (.35 to .36). 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.
The 2 Series has standard seating for 4 passengers; the F-Type can only carry 2.
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 F-Type can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
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 F-Type doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
The 2 Series’ sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The F-Type’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.
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 costs extra on the F-Type.
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 F-Type 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 F-Type doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The BMW 1 and 2 Series outsold the Jaguar F-Type by over two to one during the 2014 model year.