2019 Dodge Challenger vs. 2019 BMW 4 Series Coupe

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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 4 Series Coupe doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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 4 Series Coupe doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Challenger and the 4 Series Coupe 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, blind spot 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 4 Series Coupe. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 4 Series Coupe 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 4 Series Coupe:

 

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.

430i Coupe 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

248 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

440i Coupe 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

322 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

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 4 Series Coupe doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Challenger has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the 4 Series Coupe (18.5 vs. 15.8 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 4 Series Coupe doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

The Challenger’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 4 Series Coupe doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Challenger Hellcat’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 4 Series Coupe:

 

Challenger Hellcat

430i Coupe

440i Coupe

Front Rotors

15.4 inches

13 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

11.8 inches

13 inches

The Challenger stops much shorter than the 4 Series Coupe:

 

Challenger

4 Series Coupe

 

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

109 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Challenger has larger standard tires than the 4 Series Coupe (235/55R18 vs. 225/45R18). The Challenger Widebody’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 4 Series Coupe (305/35R20 vs. 225/40R19).

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 440i Coupe’s optional 40 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Challenger offers optional 20-inch wheels. The 4 Series Coupe’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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 4 Series Coupe; 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. Some models of the 4 Series Coupe don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Challenger’s wheelbase is 5.6 inches longer than on the 4 Series Coupe (116.2 inches vs. 110.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Challenger is 3.4 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the 4 Series Coupe.

The Challenger SRT Hellcat handles at .94 G’s, while the 440i 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 430i Coupe (24.7 seconds @ .85 average G’s vs. 25.6 seconds @ .72 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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

The Challenger has 3.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 4 Series Coupe (93.7 vs. 90).

The Challenger has 3.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the 4 Series Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

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The Challenger has a larger trunk than the 4 Series Coupe (16.2 vs. 15.7 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Challenger has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The 4 Series Coupe 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 4 Series Coupe 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 4 Series Coupe does not have an oil pressure 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 4 Series Coupe 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 4 Series Coupe doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages

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The Challenger will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Challenger will retain 44.24% to 52.37% of its original price after five years, while the 4 Series Coupe only retains 42.23% to 45.7%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Challenger is less expensive to operate than the 4 Series Coupe because it costs $315 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Challenger than the 4 Series Coupe, including $497 less for a water pump, $370 less for a starter, $12 less for fuel injection, $128 less for front struts and $393 less for a timing belt/chain.

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Challenger first among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The 4 Series Coupe was rated third in its category.

The Dodge Challenger outsold the BMW 4 Series by 63% during 2017.

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