2019 Dodge Challenger vs. 2018 BMW 2 Series

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Safety

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The Challenger has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The 2 Series doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Challenger’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 2 Series doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Challenger’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 2 Series doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Challenger 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

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Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Challenger 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 2 Series. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 2 Series ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 7 times as many Dodge dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Challenger’s warranty.

Engine

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The Challenger has more powerful engines than the 2 Series:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Challenger 3.6 DOHC V6

305 HP

268 lbs.-ft.

Challenger R/T automatic 5.7 V8

372 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

Challenger R/T manual 5.7 V8

375 HP

410 lbs.-ft.

Challenger R/T Scat Pack 6.4 V8

485 HP

475 lbs.-ft.

Challenger SRT Hellcat 6.2 supercharged V8

717 HP

656 lbs.-ft.

230i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

248 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

M240i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

335 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Challenger SRT Hellcat 6.2 supercharged V8 is faster than the M240i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Challenger

2 Series

Zero to 60 MPH

3.6 sec

4.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

7.6 sec

10.3 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

12.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

126 MPH

111 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Challenger 5.7/6.4 V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The 2 Series doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Challenger has 4.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the 2 Series (18.5 vs. 13.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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To facilitate fast shifting and allow the driver to focus on the road, the Challenger has a standard up-shift light to indicate when to shift, based on a value pre-entered by the driver. The 2 Series doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Challenger’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 2 Series:

 

Challenger SXT

Challenger Hellcat

230i

M240i

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

15.4 inches

12.3 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

11.8 inches

13.6 inches

The Challenger stops shorter than the 2 Series:

 

Challenger

2 Series

 

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

155 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Challenger has larger standard tires than the 2 Series (235/55R18 vs. 205/50R17). The Challenger Widebody’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 2 Series (305/35R20 vs. 225/40R18).

The Challenger Widebody’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 2 Series’ optional 40 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Challenger SXT has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the 230i. The Challenger’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the 2 Series.

The Challenger has a standard space-saver spare (not available on R/T Scat Pack/Hellcat) so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the 2 Series; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Challenger’s wheelbase is 10.3 inches longer than on the 2 Series (116.2 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Challenger is 4.4 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the 2 Series.

The Challenger SRT Hellcat handles at .94 G’s, while the 230i Coupe pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Challenger SRT Hellcat executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the 230i Coupe (24.7 seconds @ .85 average G’s vs. 25.6 seconds @ .77 average G’s).

Chassis

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To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Challenger has liquid-filled engine mounts. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The 2 Series uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space

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The Challenger offers optional seating for 5 passengers; the 2 Series can only carry 4.

The Challenger has 3.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 2 Series Coupe (93.7 vs. 90).

The Challenger has .5 inches more front legroom, 4.1 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the 2 Series Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

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The Challenger has a much larger trunk than the 2 Series Coupe (16.2 vs. 13.8 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Challenger has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The 2 Series has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Challenger Automatic offers a 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 2 Series doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Challenger’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The 2 Series has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Challenger has standard extendable sun visors. The 2 Series doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Challenger keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The 2 Series doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Challenger is less expensive to operate than the 2 Series because it costs $369 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Challenger than the 2 Series, including $481 less for a water pump, $326 less for a starter, $283 less for fuel injection, $48 less for front struts and $525 less for a timing belt/chain.

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The Dodge Challenger outsold the BMW 2 Series by over five to one during 2017.

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