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Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Civic Si deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Civic Si’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The 2 Series’ side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Collision Mitigation Braking System optional in the Civic Si as “Superior.” The 2 Series scores at most only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”
The Civic Si’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The 2 Series doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.
Both the Civic Si and the 2 Series 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 and rearview cameras.
Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Civic Si 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 over 3 times as many Honda dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Civic Si’s warranty.
On the EPA test cycle the Civic Si gets better fuel mileage than the 230i Coupe RWD Manual (28 city/38 hwy vs. 21 city/32 hwy).
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Civic Si uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The 2 Series requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Civic Si 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 2 Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
To facilitate fast shifting and allow the driver to focus on the road, the Civic Si has a standard up-shift light to indicate when the engine is approaching redline. The 2 Series doesn’t offer an up-shift light.
The Civic Si stops shorter than the 2 Series:
60 to 0 MPH
For better traction, the Civic Si has larger tires than the 2 Series (235/40R18 vs. 205/50R17). The Civic Si’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 2 Series (235/40R18 vs. 225/40R18).
The Civic Si’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 230i’s standard 50 series tires. The Civic Si’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the 2 Series’ optional 40 series front tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Civic Si has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the 230i. The Civic Si’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the 2 Series.
The Civic Si has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Civic Si flat and controlled during cornering. The 2 Series’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
The Civic Si’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The 2 Series doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
The Civic Si Coupe handles at .97 G’s, while the M240i Coupe xDrive pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.
The Honda Civic Si may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 1050 pounds less than the BMW 2 Series.
To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Civic Si has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The 2 Series uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.
The Civic Si has standard seating for 5 passengers; the 2 Series can only carry 4.
The Civic Si Coupe has .8 inches more front legroom, 2.5 inches more front shoulder room and 2.9 inches more rear legroom than the 2 Series Coupe.
The Civic Si’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The 2 Series Convertible’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.
The Civic Si’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. BMW does not offer a locking feature on the 2 Series’ standard power windows.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Civic Si has standard extendable sun visors. The 2 Series doesn’t offer extendable visors.
Insurance will cost less for the Civic Si owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Civic Si will cost $420 to $7320 less than the 2 Series over a five-year period.
The Civic Si will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Civic Si will retain 52.64% to 54.77% of its original price after five years, while the 2 Series only retains 47.46% to 51.69%.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Civic Si is less expensive to operate than the 2 Series because it costs $576 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Civic Si than the 2 Series, including $449 less for a water pump, $488 less for a muffler, $96 less for front brake pads, $5 less for a starter, $297 less for fuel injection, $111 less for front struts, $626 less for a timing belt/chain and $54 less for a power steering pump.
The Civic Si was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2018. The M235i/M240i hasn’t been picked since 2017.
The Civic was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 22 years. The 2 Series hasn’t been picked since 2015.
A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Civic as the 2016 North American Car of the Year. The 2 Series has never been chosen.
The Honda Civic outsold the BMW 2 Series by almost 34 to one during the 2018 model year.
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