2019 Dodge Charger vs. 2019 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Dodge Charger are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Charger offers optional ParkSense which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The 6 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To help make backing safer, the Charger’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 6 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Charger and the 6 Series Gran Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Charger 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 6 Series Gran 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 6 Series Gran 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 Charger’s warranty.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Charger R/T Scat Pack/Daytona 392 6.4 V8 is faster than the 650i Gran Coupe 4.4 turbo V8 (automatics tested):

 

Charger

6 Series Gran Coupe

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

13 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113.8 MPH

109.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Charger R/T’s fuel efficiency. The 6 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Charger 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 6 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Dodge Charger higher (3 out of 10) than the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe (1 to 3). This means the Charger produces up to 22.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the 6 Series Gran Coupe every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The Charger R/T Scat Pack’s 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 6 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

The Charger stops shorter than the 6 Series Gran Coupe:

 

Charger

6 Series Gran Coupe

 

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

108 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Charger’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 6 Series Gran Coupe (275/40R20 vs. 265/35R20).

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Charger’s wheelbase is 3.5 inches longer than on the 6 Series Gran Coupe (120.2 inches vs. 116.7 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Charger’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the 6 Series Gran Coupe’s (37.7 feet vs. 39.2 feet). The Charger AWD’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the M6 Gran Coupe’s (38.7 feet vs. 41 feet).

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Charger a Large car, while the 6 Series Gran Coupe is rated a Compact.

The Charger has 7.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 6 Series Gran Coupe (104.7 vs. 97).

The Charger has 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, 4.8 inches more rear legroom and 3.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the 6 Series Gran Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The Charger has a much larger trunk than the 6 Series Gran Coupe with its rear seat up (16.5 vs. 12 cubic feet).

Towing

The Charger has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The 6 Series Gran Coupe has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Charger 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, with the optional automatic climate control feature. The 6 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Charger’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 6 Series Gran Coupe does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Charger to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The 6 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Charger has standard extendable sun visors. The 6 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Charger owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Charger will cost $5075 less than the 6 Series Gran Coupe over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Dodge Charger will be $40262 to $55295 less than for the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.

Recommendations

The Dodge Charger outsold the BMW 6 Series by over 26 to one during 2017.

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