Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 BMW 2 Series VS 2017 Infiniti Q60 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 BMW 2 Series

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2017 Infiniti Q60

Safety Comparison

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Both the 2 Series and the Q60 Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 Q60 Coupe has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

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The 2 Series’ corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Q60 Coupe’s (12 vs. 7 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 2 Series for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Q60 Coupe.

There are over 63 percent more BMW dealers than there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 2 Series’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the 2 Series second among small premium cars in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Q60 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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 12th.

Engine Comparison

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The 2 Series has more powerful engines than the Q60 Coupe:

 

Horsepower

Torque

230i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

248 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

M240i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

335 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

Q60 Coupe 2.0t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

208 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

Q60 Coupe 3.0t 3.0 turbo V6

300 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Q60 Coupe Red Sport 400 3.0 turbo V6

400 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the 2 Series gets better fuel mileage than the Q60 Coupe:

 

 

2 Series

Q60 Coupe

 

RWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Manual

21 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd. Auto

24 city/35 hwy

22 city/30 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

3.0 turbo 6 cyl./8-spd. Auto

21 city/32 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

3.0 turbo V6/Auto

 

 

n/a

19 city/28 hwy

3.0 turbo V6/Auto

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd. Auto

24 city/33 hwy

21 city/28 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 Q60 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.) Infiniti only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Q60 Coupe 2.0t.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The 2 Series’ optional 245/35R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q60 Coupe’s optional 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The 2 Series has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Q60 Coupe’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The 2 Series’ front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Q60 Coupe’s (55% to 45%). This gives the 2 Series more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the 2 Series’ turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Q60 Coupe’s (35.8 feet vs. 36.7 feet). The 2 Series xDrive’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Q60 Coupe AWD’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The BMW 2 Series may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 400 pounds less than the Infiniti Q60 Coupe.

The 230i is 9.7 inches shorter than the Q60 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 Q60 Coupe is rated a Subcompact.

The 2 Series Coupe has 4.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Q60 Coupe (90 vs. 85.4).

The 2 Series Coupe has 2.2 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more rear headroom, .6 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q60 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The 2 Series Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Q60 Coupe (13.8 vs. 8.7 cubic feet).

The 2 Series’ standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

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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 Q60 Coupe’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 Q60 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 Q60 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 Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The M235i/M240i was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 2 years. The Q60 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 Q60 Coupe has never been an “All Star.”

The BMW 2 Series outsold the Infiniti Q40/Q60 by over seven to one during the 2016 model year.

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