Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Audi A5 VS 2016 BMW 2 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Audi A5

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2016 BMW 2

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi A5 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW 2 Series doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The A5 has a standard Audi Backguard System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Audi Backguard System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The 2 Series doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the A5. But it costs extra on the 2 Series.

The A5’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The 2 Series doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the A5 and the 2 Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and available rearview cameras.

Reliability Comparison

The Audi A5’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the 2 Series’ engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 14th in reliability, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 18th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The A5 has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the 2 Series (16.1 vs. 13.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the A5’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the 2 Series:

A5

2 Series

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11.4 inches

The A5 stops shorter than the 2 Series:

A5

2 Series

80 to 0 MPH

204 feet

208 feet

Road & Track

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

122 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the A5 has larger standard tires than the 2 Series (245/40R18 vs. 205/50R17). The A5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 2 Series (255/35R19 vs. 225/40R18).

The A5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 228i’s standard 50 series tires. The A5’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the 2 Series’ optional 40 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A5 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the 228i. The A5’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the 2 Series.

The A5 has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the 2 Series, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The A5 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the A5 flat and controlled during cornering. The 2 Series’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the A5’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the 2 Series (108.3 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A5 is 2.7 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than on the 2 Series.

The A5 Coupe handles at .94 G’s, while the 228i Coupe pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The A5 Coupe has a much larger trunk than the 2 Series Coupe (12.2 vs. 10 cubic feet).

The A5’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The 2 Series Convertible’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the A5 has standard extendable sun visors. The 2 Series doesn’t offer extendable visors.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the A5 Prestige Coupe to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The 2 Series doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Optional air conditioned seats in the A5 Cabriolet keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The 2 Series doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi A5 and the BMW 2 Series, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Audi A5/S5/RS 5 outsold the BMW 1 and 2 Series by 26% during the 2015 model year.

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