2018 Cadillac ATS Coupe vs. 2018 BMW M2

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The ATS Coupe V6’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The M2 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the Cadillac ATS Coupe’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The BMW M2 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The ATS Coupe V6 offers optional Rear Automatic Braking which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The M2 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The ATS Coupe offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The M2 doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The ATS Coupe offers optional Ultrasonic Parking Assist to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The M2 doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

To help make backing safer, the ATS Coupe’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 M2 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the ATS Coupe and the M2 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, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the ATS Coupe 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than BMW covers the M2. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the M2 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the ATS Coupe’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the ATS Coupe RWD V6 gets better highway fuel mileage than the M2 Auto (20 city/30 hwy vs. 20 city/26 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the ATS Coupe V6’s fuel efficiency. The M2 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Cadillac ATS Coupe uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The M2 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The ATS Coupe has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the M2 (16 vs. 13.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Cadillac ATS Coupe higher (5 out of 10) than the BMW M2 (3). This means the ATS Coupe produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the M2 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission and Drivetrain

The Cadillac ATS Coupe comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the M2.

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Cadillac ATS Coupe, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the M2.

All-wheel drive, available in the ATS Coupe, provides the best traction for acceleration in wet, dry, and icy conditions. In corners, all-wheel drive allows both outside wheels to provide power, balancing the car. This allows for better handling. The BMW M2 is not available with all-wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

The ATS Coupe stops shorter than the M2:

 

ATS Coupe

M2

 

70 to 0 MPH

157 feet

159 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the ATS Coupe can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The M2 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The ATS Coupe offers an available 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’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the ATS Coupe’s wheelbase is 3.3 inches longer than on the M2 (109.3 inches vs. 106 inches).

For better maneuverability, the ATS Coupe FE3’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the M2’s (36 feet vs. 38.4 feet). The ATS Coupe AWD’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the M2’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

The ATS Coupe uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The M2 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The ATS Coupe has .8 inches more front legroom and .5 inches more rear legroom than the M2.

Towing

The ATS Coupe V6 offers up to a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The M2 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The ATS Coupe (except Manual) 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 climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The M2 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The ATS Coupe’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 M2 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The ATS Coupe V6 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The M2 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the ATS Coupe has standard extendable sun visors. The M2 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The ATS Coupe’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The M2’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the ATS Coupe V6 offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, 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 M2 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The ATS Coupe offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The M2 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Cadillac ATS comes in coupe and sedan bodystyles; the BMW M2 isn’t available as a sedan.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the ATS Coupe owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the ATS Coupe will cost $3320 to $5465 less than the M2 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Cadillac ATS Coupe will be $7196 to $15606 less than for the BMW M2.

Recommendations

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the ATS as the 2013 North American Car of the Year. The M2 has never been chosen.

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