Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW M4 VS 2015 Cadillac CTS-V Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 BMW M4

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2015 Cadillac CTS-V

Safety Comparison

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The M4 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 CTS-V doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The M4’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The M4 offers an optional Side and Top View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CTS-V only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the M4 and the CTS-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

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The M4’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the CTS-V’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Reliability Comparison

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the M4 has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the CTS-V.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the M4 has a standard 900-amp battery. The CTS-V’s 730-amp battery 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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Road & Track the BMW M4 is faster than the Cadillac CTS-V (manual transmissions tested):

M4

CTS-V

Zero to 60 MPH

3.9 sec

4.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9.1 sec

9.9 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

12.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

114.9 MPH

114.8 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW M4 is faster than the Cadillac CTS-V (automatics tested):

M4

CTS-V

Zero to 60 MPH

3.9 sec

4 sec

Quarter Mile

12.1 sec

12.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

119.1 MPH

117.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the M4 gets better fuel mileage than the CTS-V:

M4

CTS-V

3.0 turbo 6 cyl./6-spd Manual

17 city/26 hwy

14 city/19 hwy

6.2 S/C V8/Manual

3.0 turbo 6 cyl./8-spd Auto

17 city/24 hwy

12 city/18 hwy

6.2 S/C V8/Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the M4’s 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 CTS-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the M4’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the CTS-V:

M4

CTS-V

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

14.7 inches

The M4 offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The CTS-V doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The M4 stops much shorter than the CTS-V:

M4

CTS-V

80 to 0 MPH

193 feet

205 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

159 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

191 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The M4’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CTS-V’s 40 series front tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The M4 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 CTS-V doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The M4 Coupe handles at .98 G’s, while the CTS-V Coupe pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

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The BMW M4 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 700 pounds less than the Cadillac CTS-V.

The M4 is 4 inches shorter than the CTS-V, making the M4 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The M4’s standard power retractable hardtop allows a seamless transition from an open car, to a completely sealed coupe. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a retractable hardtop.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the M4 Coupe is quieter than the CTS-V Coupe (48 vs. 53 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the M4 Coupe is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the CTS-V is rated a Subcompact.

The M4 Coupe has 3.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CTS-V (90 vs. 86.6).

The M4 Coupe has 2.9 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more rear headroom and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the CTS-V Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The M4 Coupe has a larger trunk than the CTS-V Coupe (11 vs. 10.5 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the M4’s available trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The M4 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the front windows are left down on the M4 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 CTS-V can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the M4 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The CTS-V doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the M4 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The CTS-V doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the M4 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

When the M4 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 CTS-V’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The M4 has standard 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 CTS-V has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

On extremely cold Winter days, the M4’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The M4 has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Standard BMW Apps for the M4 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 CTS-V doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The M4’s 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 CTS-V doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

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The 4 Series was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2014. The CTS-V hasn’t been picked since 2012.

The M3/M4 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 13 of the last 18 years. The CTS-V hasn’t been picked since 2011.

The M3/M4 was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2006 Car of the Year. The CTS-V has never been chosen.

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