Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 BMW i8 VS 2016 Mercedes AMG Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 BMW i8

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2016 Mercedes AMG

Safety Comparison

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The i8 has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Mercedes AMG GT doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the i8 and the Mercedes AMG GT 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

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The i8’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the Mercedes AMG GT’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the i8 for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the AMG GT.

There are over 12 percent more BMW dealers than there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the i8’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the i8 on a full charge gets better fuel mileage than the AMG GT (80 city/72 hwy vs. 16 city/22 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the i8 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the AMG GT (28 city/29 hwy vs. 16 city/22 hwy).

The i8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 22 miles. The Mercedes AMG GT must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the i8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Mercedes AMG GT doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the i8 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Mercedes AMG GT. The Mercedes AMG GT’s largest wheels are only 19-inches in the front and 20-inches in the rear.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the i8’s wheelbase is 6.7 inches longer than on the Mercedes AMG GT (110.2 inches vs. 103.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the i8 is 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Mercedes AMG GT.

The i8’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (48.7% to 51.3%) than the Mercedes AMG GT’s (47% to 53%). This gives the i8 more stable handling and braking.

Chassis Comparison

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The BMW i8 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG GT.

The design of the BMW i8 amounts to more than styling. The i8 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .26 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Mercedes AMG GT (.36). A more efficient exterior helps the i8 go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the i8 get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the i8 is quieter than the Mercedes AMG GT S:

i8

AMG GT

At idle

40 dB

54 dB

Full-Throttle

87 dB

90 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

74 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The i8 has standard seating for 4 passengers; the Mercedes AMG GT can only carry 2.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The i8 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Mercedes AMG GT doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The i8 has a standard heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Mercedes AMG GT doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Comfort Access standard on the i8 allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Mercedes AMG GT’s Keyless-Go doesn’t unlock the trunk.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the i8 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Mercedes AMG GT doesn’t offer cornering lights. The i8 also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

Recommendations Comparison

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The i8 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2015. The Mercedes AMG GT has never been an “All Star.”

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