2020 BMW 2 Series vs. 2019 Infiniti Q60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Q60 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the 2 Series’ plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Infiniti Q60 has a metal gas tank.

Both the 2 Series and the Q60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

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 Q60 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The 2 Series’ corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Q60’s (12 vs. 7 years).

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. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Q60.

There are over 62 percent more BMW dealers than there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 2 Series’ warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the 2 Series has larger alternators than the Q60:

2 Series

Q60

Standard Alternator

170 amps

150 amps

Optional Alternator

210 amps

170 amps

The battery on the 2 Series is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the 2 Series’ battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Q60’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 14th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 11th.

Engine

The M240i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 350) than the Q60 Red Sport 400’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the M240i is faster than the Q60 Red Sport 400 (automatics tested):

2 Series

Q60

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

4.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.3 sec

10.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.7 sec

12.9 sec

Top Speed

155 MPH

150 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 2 Series Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the Q60:

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

Q60

RWD

Auto

3.0 twin turbo V6

20 city/27 hwy

Red Sport 400 3.0 twin turbo V6

19 city/28 hwy

AWD

Auto

3.0 twin turbo V6

19 city/27 hwy

Red Sport 400 3.0 twin turbo V6

19 city/26 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the 2 Series’ fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Q60 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Regardless of its engine, the 2 Series’ engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Infiniti only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Q60 2.0t.

Transmission

The 2 Series offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Q60 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the BMW 2 Series, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Q60.

The 2 Series Automatic’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 Q60 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

The 2 Series stops shorter than the Q60:

2 Series

Q60

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

164 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

110 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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 Q60.

Suspension and Handling

The 2 Series has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Q60’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The 2 Series’ front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.2% to 49.8%) than the Q60’s (55% to 45%). This gives the 2 Series more stable handling and braking.

The M240i Coupe xDrive handles at .94 G’s, while the Q60 Red Sport 400 AWD 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 Q60 Red Sport 400 (24.9 seconds @ .78 average G’s vs. 25.5 seconds @ .76 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the 2 Series’ turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Q60’s (35.8 feet vs. 36.7 feet). The 2 Series xDrive’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Q60 AWD’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

The BMW 2 Series may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 350 pounds less than the Infiniti Q60.

The 230i is 9.7 inches shorter than the Q60, making the 2 Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the 2 Series Coupe a Compact car, while the Q60 is rated a Subcompact.

The 2 Series Coupe has 4.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Q60 (90 vs. 85.4).

The 2 Series Coupe has 2.2 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more rear headroom, .6 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q60.

Cargo Capacity

The 2 Series Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Q60 (13.8 vs. 8.7 cubic feet).

The 2 Series Coupe’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Q60’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Servicing Ease

The 2 Series has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Q60 doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

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 Q60’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 Q60 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 Q60 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The 2 Series has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Q60 doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Both the 2 Series and the Q60 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the 2 Series has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Q60 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The 2 Series’ optional Parking Assistant can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Q60 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The BMW 2 Series comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Infiniti Q60 isn’t available as a convertible.

Economic Advantages

The 2 Series will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the 2 Series will retain 47.46% to 51.69% of its original price after five years, while the Q60 only retains 42.74% to 44.56%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW 2 Series will be $442 to $27737 less than for the Infiniti Q60.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW 2 Series, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 2 Series second among small premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Q60 isn’t in the top three in its category.

The M235i/M240i was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 5 years. The Q60 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The 2 Series was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2015. The Q60 has never been an “All Star.”

The BMW 2 Series outsold the Infiniti Q60 by 191 units during 2018.

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