Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 BMW 2 Series VS 2017 Volkswagen Golf Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 BMW 2 Series

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2017 Volkswagen Golf

Safety Comparison

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

Warranty Comparison

The 2 Series comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Golf R’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

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. Volkswagen doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Golf R.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 2 Series second among small premium cars in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Golf R 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 Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 13th.

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 Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 14th in reliability, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th.

Engine Comparison

The M240i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 43 more horsepower (335 vs. 292) and 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 280) than the Golf R’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the M240i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. is faster than the Volkswagen Golf R (automatics tested):


2 Series

Golf R

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

4.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.3 sec

11.7 sec

Quarter Mile

12.7 sec

13.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

111 MPH

106 MPH

Top Speed

155 MPH

153 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the 230i Coupe xDrive Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Golf R Auto (24 city/33 hwy vs. 23 city/30 hwy).

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

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the 2 Series’ engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Golf R doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The 2 Series stops shorter than the Golf R:


2 Series

Golf R


70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

157 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

108 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the 2 Series can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Golf R doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 2 Series’ wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the Golf R (105.9 inches vs. 103.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the 2 Series is 1.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Golf R.

The 2 Series’ front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Golf R’s (59.5% to 40.5%). This gives the 2 Series more stable handling and braking.

The 2 Series Coupe handles at .97 G’s, while the Golf R pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

The 2 Series Coupe has 1.7 inches more front headroom and .3 inches more front legroom than the Golf R.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the 2 Series, the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The Golf R doesn’t offer a memory system.

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 Golf R can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

When the 2 Series is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Golf R’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The 2 Series offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Golf R has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

On extremely cold Winter days, the 2 Series’ optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Golf R doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 Golf R doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

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

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 Golf R isn’t in the top three.

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