For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda Civic Type R are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW M2 Competition doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Civic Type R deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Civic Type R’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The M2 Competition’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.
The Civic Type R’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.
Both the Civic Type R and the M2 Competition 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 and rearview cameras.
Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Civic Type R 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the M2 Competition. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the M2 Competition ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are over 3 times as many Honda dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Civic Type R’s warranty.
On the EPA test cycle the Civic Type R gets better fuel mileage than the M2 Competition Manual (22 city/28 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Civic Type R uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The M2 Competition requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Civic Type R 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 M2 Competition doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
The Civic Type R’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the M2 Competition’s 35 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Civic Type R has standard 20-inch wheels. Only 19-inch wheels are available on the M2 Competition.
The Civic Type R offers an available 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 M2 Competition; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.
The Civic Type R has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The M2 Competition’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
The Civic Type R’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 M2 Competition doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
The Civic Type R handles at 1.03 G’s, while the M2 Competition Coupe pulls only .99 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.
The Honda Civic Type R may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 550 pounds less than the BMW M2 Competition.
To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Civic Type R has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The M2 Competition uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Civic Type R a Large car, while the M2 Competition is rated a Compact.
The Civic Type R has 7.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the M2 Competition (97 vs. 89.7).
The Civic Type R has .8 inches more front legroom, 2.5 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 2.9 inches more rear legroom and 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the M2 Competition.
The Civic Type R has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the M2 (25.7 vs. 13.8 cubic feet).
The Civic Type R’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. BMW does not offer a locking feature on the M2 Competition’s standard power windows.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Civic Type R has a standard rear wiper. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer a rear wiper.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Civic Type R has standard extendable sun visors. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Civic Type R’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The M2 Competition’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.
The Civic Type R Sedan has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.
The Civic Type R was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2018. The M2 Competition hasn’t been picked since 2017.
The Civic Type R was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The M2 Competition hasn’t been picked since 2017.