2019 Alfa Romeo 4C vs. 2020 BMW 2 Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the 4C and the 2 Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the Alfa Romeo 4C is faster than the M240i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. (automatics tested):

4C

2 Series

Zero to 60 MPH

4.1 sec

4.3 sec

Top Speed

159 MPH

155 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 4C gets better fuel mileage than the 2 Series:

MPG

4C

RWD

1.8 Turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/34 hwy

2 Series

RWD

2.0 Turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

The 4C 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 2 Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The 4C offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The 2 Series doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

The 4C stops much shorter than the 2 Series:

4C

2 Series

70 to 0 MPH

144 feet

155 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

96 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the 4C has larger rear tires than the 2 Series (235/40R18 vs. 205/50R17).

The 4C’s standard 205/45R17 front and 235/40R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 230i’s standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 4C has standard 18-inch rear wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the 230i. The 4C’s optional 19-inch rear wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the 2 Series.

Suspension and Handling

The 4C has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the 4C flat and controlled during cornering. The 2 Series’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the 4C is 4.6 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than on the 2 Series.

Chassis

The Alfa Romeo 4C may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 900 to 1450 pounds less than the BMW 2 Series.

The 4C is 1 foot, 5.7 inches shorter than the 230i, making the 4C easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The 4C is 8.5 inches shorter in height than the 2 Series, making the 4C much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

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