2020 BMW 2 Series vs. 2019 Chevrolet Camaro

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Safety

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The 2 Series has standard City Collision Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Camaro offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The 2 Series offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Camaro doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The 2 Series’ lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Camaro doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The 2 Series offers optional Park Distance Control to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Camaro doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The 2 Series’ driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Camaro doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the 2 Series and the Camaro have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the 2 Series earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the 2 Series’ weight before being crushed five inches. The Camaro was rated lower at “Acceptable.”

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the 2 Series the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 104 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Camaro was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2018.

Warranty

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The 2 Series comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Camaro’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The 2 Series’ corrosion warranty is 6 years and unlimited miles longer than the Camaro’s (12/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 2 Series for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Chevrolet only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Camaro.

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the 2 Series have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Camaro.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the 2 Series’ reliability 28 points higher than the Camaro.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 2 Series second among small premium cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Camaro isn’t in the top three in its category.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 15 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the M240i is faster than the Chevrolet Camaro V6 (automatics tested):

2 Series

Camaro

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

5.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.3 sec

12.5 sec

Quarter Mile

12.7 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

111 MPH

104 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the 2 Series Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the Camaro:

MPG

2 Series Coupe

RWD

Manual

230i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/32 hwy

M240i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

19 city/27 hwy

Auto

230i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

M240i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

AWD

Auto

230i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

M240i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

Camaro

RWD

Manual

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/30 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

16 city/27 hwy

6.2 OHV V8

16 city/24 hwy

6.2 supercharged V8

14 city/20 hwy

Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/29 hwy

6.2 OHV V8

16 city/27 hwy

6.2 supercharged V8

13 city/21 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the 2 Series Convertible gets better fuel mileage than the Camaro:

MPG

2 Series Convertible

RWD

Manual

M240i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

19 city/27 hwy

Auto

230i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

M240i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

AWD

Auto

230i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

M240i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

Camaro

RWD

Manual

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/30 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

16 city/27 hwy

6.2 OHV V8

16 city/24 hwy

6.2 supercharged V8

14 city/20 hwy

Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/29 hwy

6.2 OHV V8

16 city/27 hwy

6.2 supercharged V8

13 city/21 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the 2 Series’ fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Camaro doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the 2 Series’ engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Camaro doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW 2 Series higher (3 to 7 out of 10) than the Chevrolet Camaro (1 to 5). This means the 2 Series produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Camaro every 15,000 miles.

Transmission and Drivetrain

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The BMW 2 Series comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Camaro.

All wheel drive, available in the 2 Series, provides the best traction for acceleration in wet, dry, and icy conditions. In corners, all wheel drive allows both outside wheels to provide power, balancing the car. This allows for better handling. The Chevrolet Camaro is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

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The 2 Series’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Camaro LS/LT are solid, not vented.

The 2 Series stops much shorter than the Camaro:

2 Series

Camaro

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the 2 Series can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. Run-flat tires aren’t available on some tire packages on the Camaro.

Suspension and Handling

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The M240i Coupe xDrive handles at .94 G’s, while the Camaro RS Coupe pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 2 Series Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Camaro LT Coupe (24.9 seconds @ .78 average G’s vs. 25.5 seconds @ .74 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the 2 Series’ turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Camaro’s (35.8 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The 2 Series xDrive’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Camaro ZL1’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

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The 230i is 1 foot, 1.6 inches shorter than the Camaro, making the 2 Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the 2 Series has standard flush composite headlights. The Camaro has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space

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The 2 Series Coupe has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more rear headroom, 3.1 inches more rear legroom and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camaro Coupe.

The 2 Series Convertible has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more rear headroom and 1.9 inches more rear legroom than the Camaro Convertible.

Cargo Capacity

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The 2 Series Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Camaro Coupe (13.8 vs. 9.1 cubic feet).

The 2 Series Convertible has a much larger trunk with its top down than the Camaro Convertible (9.9 vs. 7.3 cubic feet). The 2 Series Convertible has a much larger trunk with its top up than the Camaro Convertible (11.8 vs. 7.3 cubic feet).

The 2 Series’ standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camaro Convertible doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

The 2 Series Coupe’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Camaro Coupe’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

With its coupe or convertible body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the 2 Series offers cargo security. The Camaro’s non-lockable folding seat defeats cargo security.

Ergonomics

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If the front windows are left open on the 2 Series w/Comfort Access the driver can close them at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Camaro can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case of a sudden change of weather, the 2 Series offers an optional remote convertible top that can be raised from a distance to protect the interior of the vehicle from damage. The Camaro’s top can only be opened by remote, so the driver will have to run to the car, get in, turn the ignition on and raise the top to prevent the interior from being damaged.

The 2 Series has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Camaro doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The 2 Series’ rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Camaro’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the 2 Series to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Camaro doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The 2 Series offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Camaro doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the 2 Series detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Camaro doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the 2 Series offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Camaro doesn’t offer cornering lights. The 2 Series also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The 2 Series’ standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chevrolet charges extra for heated mirrors on the Camaro.

The 2 Series has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Camaro doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The 2 Series has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Camaro.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the 2 Series has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Camaro doesn’t offer rear vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the 2 Series Auto offers an optional Active Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Camaro doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The 2 Series’ optional Parking Assistant can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Camaro doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 2 Series is less expensive to operate than the Camaro because it costs $255 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 2 Series than the Camaro, including $67 less for a muffler, $56 less for front brake pads and $350 less for a fuel pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW 2 Series will be $16243 to $18611 less than for the Chevrolet Camaro.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW 2 Series, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Chevrolet Camaro isn't recommended.

The 2 Series was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2015. The Camaro hasn’t been picked since 2013.

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