Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Ford Mustang VS 2016 BMW Z4 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Ford Mustang

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2016 BMW Z4

Safety Comparison

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The Mustang Premium offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The Z4 doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Mustang Premium’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 Z4 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Mustang Premium’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Z4 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Mustang and the Z4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

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Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Mustang 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the Z4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Z4 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 11 times as many Ford dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Mustang’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The Mustang has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Z4 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

Engine Comparison

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The Mustang has more powerful engines than the Z4:

Horsepower

Torque

Mustang 3.7 DOHC V6

300 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Mustang ECOBoost 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

310 HP

320 lbs.-ft.

Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8

435 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

Z4 sDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Z4 sDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

300 HP

300 lbs.-ft.

Z4 sDrive35is 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

335 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Mustang ECOBoost 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Z4 sDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (manual transmissions tested):

Mustang

Z4

Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

5.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.3 sec

15.7 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

14.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102 MPH

96 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Mustang uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Mustang ECOBoost for maximum performance). The Z4 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Mustang ECOBoost’s standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Z4 (15.5 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Mustang V6/GT’s standard fuel tank has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Z4 (16 vs. 14.5 gallons).

The Mustang 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 Z4 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Mustang GT’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Z4:

Mustang GT

Z4 sDrive28i

Z4 sDrive35i

Front Rotors

15 inches

13 inches

13.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.8 inches

12.8 inches

The Mustang stops much shorter than the Z4:

Mustang

Z4

80 to 0 MPH

201 feet

208 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

149 feet

161 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

119 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Mustang has larger standard tires than the Z4 (235/55R17 vs. 225/45R17). The Mustang’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Z4 (265/35R20 vs. 225/40R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Mustang offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Z4’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Mustang offers an optional 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 Z4, 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

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The Mustang’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Z4 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Mustang’s wheelbase is 8.8 inches longer than on the Z4 (107.1 inches vs. 98.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 2.8 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Z4.

Chassis Comparison

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The Mustang ECOBoost uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Z4 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Mustang has standard seating for 4 passengers; the Z4 can only carry 2.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Mustang Convertible has a much larger trunk with its top down than the Z4 with its top down (11.4 vs. 6.4 cubic feet). The Mustang Convertible has a larger trunk than the Z4 with its top up (11.4 vs. 10.9 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Mustang Auto 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 Z4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Mustang Premium’s optional easy entry system 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 Z4 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Mustang’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 Z4 has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Mustang has standard extendable sun visors. The Z4 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Mustang’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The Z4’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

Standard air conditioned seats in the Mustang Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Z4 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Mustang Premium offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Contr4ol, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Z4 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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The Mustang will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Mustang will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the Z4.

Mustang

Z4

Five Year

36% to 47%

31% to 32%

Three Year

49% to 64%

45% to 46%

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Mustang will be $10167 to $18500 less than for the BMW Z4.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Ford Mustang won the Best New Vehicle award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The BMW Z4 didn't win any award.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Mustang second among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Z4 isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 6 of the last 12 years. The Z4 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 3 of the last 21 years. The Z4 hasn’t been picked since 2010.

The Ford Mustang outsold the BMW Z4 by over 61 to one during the 2015 model year.

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