Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Chevrolet CORVETTE VS 2016 BMW 4 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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2016 BMW 4

Safety Comparison

Both the Corvette and the 4 Series Convertible 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and daytime running lights.

Warranty Comparison

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Corvette 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 4 Series Convertible. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 4 Series Convertible ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 12 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Corvette’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 18th.

Engine Comparison

The Corvette has more powerful engines than the 4 Series Convertible:



Corvette 6.2 V8

455 HP

460 lbs.-ft.

Corvette 6.2 V8

460 HP

465 lbs.-ft.

Corvette Z06 6.2 supercharged V8

650 HP

650 lbs.-ft.

428i Convertible 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

255 lbs.-ft.

435i Convertible 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

300 HP

300 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Corvette’s fuel efficiency. The 4 Series Convertible doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Corvette has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the 4 Series Convertible (18.5 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Corvette has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The 4 Series Convertible doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Corvette Z07’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 4 Series Convertible:

Corvette Z07

428i Convertible

435i Convertible

Front Rotors

15.5 inches

13 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

15.3 inches

11.8 inches

13 inches

The Corvette Z06 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 4 Series Convertible doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Corvette has larger standard tires than the 4 Series Convertible (F:245/40R18 & R:285/35R19 vs. 225/45R18). The Corvette Z06’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 4 Series Convertible (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. F:225/40R19 & R:255/35R19).

The Corvette’s standard 245/40R18 front and 285/35R19 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 4 Series Convertible’s standard 45 series tires. The Corvette Z06’s 285/30R19 front and 335/25R20 rear tires have a lower 30 series front and 25 series rear profile than the 4 Series Convertible’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Corvette has standard 19-inch rear wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the 4 Series Convertible. The Corvette’s optional 20-inch rear wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the 4 Series Convertible.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Corvette is 2.5 inches wider in the front than the track on the 4 Series Convertible.

Chassis Comparison

The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 700 pounds less than the BMW 4 Series Convertible.

The Corvette is 5.7 inches shorter than the 4 Series Convertible, making the Corvette easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Chevrolet Corvette amounts to more than styling. The Corvette has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is lower than the 4 Series Convertible (.3 to .31). A more efficient exterior helps the Corvette go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the Corvette get better fuel mileage.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Corvette Convertible has a much larger trunk with its top down than the 4 Series Convertible with its top down (10 vs. 7.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Corvette Auto offers a 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 4 Series Convertible doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Corvette’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The 4 Series Convertible doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Corvette’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The 4 Series Convertible does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Corvette has standard extendable sun visors. The 4 Series Convertible doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Optional air conditioned seats in the Corvette keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The 4 Series Convertible doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Corvette will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Corvette will retain 49.53% to 51.25% of its original price after five years, while the 4 Series Convertible only retains 42.65% to 44.49%.

Recommendations Comparison

The Chevrolet Corvette has won recognition from these important consumer publications:


4 Series Convertible

Consumer Reports® Recommends



Kiplinger’s Award



J.D. Power and Associates rated the Corvette first among midsize premium sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The 4 Series Convertible isn’t in the top three in its category.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. The Chevrolet Corvette Coupe is ranked first in the Premium Coupe category. The BMW 4 Series Convertible is ranked below average. Both the Corvette Coupe and Convertible received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.”

The Corvette was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 12 of the last 18 years. The 4 Series Convertible hasn’t been picked since 2014.

The Corvette was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2014 Car of the Year. The 4 Series Convertible has never been chosen.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Corvette as the 2014 North American Car of the Year. The 4 Series Convertible has never been chosen.

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