2019 Cadillac ATS-V vs. 2020 BMW M2 Competition

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the Cadillac ATS-V’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 Competition doesn’t offer height adjustable seat belts.

The ATS-V’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

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

Both the ATS-V and the M2 Competition 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 collision warning systems and lane departure warning systems.


Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the ATS-V 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than BMW covers the M2 Competition. 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 Competition 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-V’s warranty.


The M2 Competition’s redline is at 7600 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The ATS-V has a 6500 RPM redline.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac 17th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th.


The ATS-V’s 3.6 turbo V6 produces 59 more horsepower (464 vs. 405) and 39 lbs.-ft. more torque (445 vs. 406) than the M2 Competition’s 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the ATS-V Auto gets better fuel mileage than the M2 Competition Auto (17 city/25 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

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


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

Brakes and Stopping

The ATS-V stops shorter than the M2 Competition:



70 to 0 MPH

154 feet

155 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the ATS-V has larger tires than the M2 Competition (F:255/35R18 & R:275/35R18 vs. F:245/35R19 & R:265/35R19).

Suspension and Handling

The ATS-V 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.

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

The ATS-V handles at 1.00 G’s, while the M2 Competition Coupe pulls only .99 G’s of cornering force in a Road and Track skidpad test.


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

Passenger Space

The ATS-V has .8 inches more front legroom and .5 inches more rear legroom than the M2 Competition.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Cadillac service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in service department satisfaction. With a 33% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.


The ATS-V Automatic 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 Competition doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The ATS-V’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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

The ATS-V’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The M2 Competition has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The ATS-V’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them, but the driver can still raise and lower both of them with the lock engaged. BMW does not offer a locking feature on the M2 Competition’s standard power windows.

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

The ATS-V’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.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Cadillac ATS-V has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. Wireless charging costs extra on the M2 Competition.

The ATS-V 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 Competition doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.


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

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