Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 BMW 2 Series VS 2017 Cadillac ATS Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 BMW 2 Series

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2017 Cadillac ATS

Safety Comparison

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Both the 2 Series and the ATS Coupe 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, daytime running lights, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and rearview cameras.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the 2 Series the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 103 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The ATS Coupe has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

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The 2 Series’ corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the ATS Coupe’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Reliability Comparison

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the 2 Series’ reliability will be 205% better than the ATS Coupe.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 2 Series second among small premium cars in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The ATS Coupe isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 14th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 15th.

Engine Comparison

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The M240i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 84 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 285) than the ATS Coupe’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the 2 Series Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the ATS Coupe:

 

 

2 Series

ATS Coupe

 

RWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Manual

21 city/32 hwy

20 city/29 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Manual

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd. Auto

24 city/35 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

3.0 turbo 6 cyl./8-spd. Auto

21 city/32 hwy

20 city/30 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd. Auto

24 city/33 hwy

22 city/30 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the 2 Series’ fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The ATS Coupe doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Regardless of its engine, the 2 Series’ engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Cadillac only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the ATS Coupe Auto.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the 2 Series’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the ATS Coupe:

 

2 Series

ATS Coupe

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.4 inches

The 2 Series stops shorter than the ATS Coupe:

 

2 Series

ATS Coupe

 

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

157 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For better maneuverability, the 2 Series’ turning circle is .2 feet tighter than the ATS Coupe FE3’s (35.8 feet vs. 36 feet). The 2 Series xDrive’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the ATS Coupe AWD’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The 230i is 8.9 inches shorter than the ATS Coupe, making the 2 Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the 2 Series Coupe is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the ATS Coupe is rated a Subcompact.

The 2 Series Coupe has 6.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the ATS Coupe (90 vs. 83.9).

The 2 Series Coupe has 2.5 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the ATS Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The 2 Series Coupe has a much larger trunk than the ATS Coupe (13.8 vs. 10.4 cubic feet).

With its coupe body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the 2 Series offers cargo security. The ATS Coupe’s non-lockable folding seat defeats cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

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If the front windows are left down on the 2 Series 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 ATS Coupe can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The 2 Series’ rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The ATS Coupe’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the 2 Series to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The ATS Coupe doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The 2 Series offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The ATS Coupe doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The 2 Series’ 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 ATS Coupe doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 2 Series is less expensive to operate than the ATS Coupe because it costs $180 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 2 Series than the ATS Coupe, including $470 less for an alternator and $101 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

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Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW 2 Series, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Cadillac ATS Coupe isn't recommended.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 2 Series first among small premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The ATS Coupe isn’t in the top three.

The M235i/M240i was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 2 years. The ATS Coupe has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The 2 Series was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2015. The ATS Coupe has never been an “All Star.”

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