2019 BMW M2 Competition vs. 2019 Audi S5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the M2 Competition and the S5 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the M2 Competition for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the S5.

There are over 13 percent more BMW dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the M2 Competition’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the M2 Competition has a standard 209-amp alternator. The S5’s standard 110-amp alternator and largest (optional) 150-amp alternator aren’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the M2 Competition has a standard 900-amp battery. The S5’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

Engine

The M2 Competition’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 56 more horsepower (405 vs. 349) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 369) than the S5’s 3.0 turbo V6.

Transmission

The M2 Competition offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The S5 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

The M2 Competition offers an optional 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 S5 doesn’t offer an SMG.

The M2 Competition Automatic’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The S5 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the M2 Competition’s brake rotors are larger than those on the S5:

 

M2 Competition

S5

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the M2 Competition has larger rear tires than the S5 (265/35R19 vs. 245/40R18).

The M2 Competition’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the S5’s standard 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the M2 Competition has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the S5.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the M2 Competition is 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the S5.

The M2 Competition’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.9% to 48.1%) than the S5’s (56.7% to 43.3%). This gives the M2 Competition more stable handling and braking.

The M2 Competition Coupe handles at .99 G’s, while the S5 Prestige Coupe pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The BMW M2 Competition may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 550 pounds less than the Audi S5.

The M2 Competition is 8.5 inches shorter than the S5, making the M2 Competition easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the M2 Competition a Compact car, while the S5 Coupe is rated a Subcompact.

The M2 Competition has 5.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S5 Coupe (89.7 vs. 84).

The M2 Competition Coupe has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more rear headroom, .3 inches more rear legroom and 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the S5 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The M2 Competition Coupe has a much larger trunk than the S5 Coupe (13.8 vs. 11.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the M2 Competition has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The S5 doesn’t offer cornering lights. The M2 Competition also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

Recommendations

The M2 Competition was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 3 years. The S5 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The M2 Competition was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2017. The S5 has never been an “All Star.”

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