2020 BMW 2 Series vs. 2020 Jaguar F-Type

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the 2 Series and the F-Type 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, 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 F-Type has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The 2 Series’ corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the F-Type’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 2 times as many BMW dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 2 Series’ warranty.

Reliability

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

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 Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 61 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

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 Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 46 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 2 Series Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the F-Type:

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

A3 Cabriolet

RWD

Auto

P300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

P340 3.0 supercharged V6

20 city/28 hwy

P380 3.0 supercharged V6

19 city/27 hwy

AWD

Auto

P380 3.0 supercharged V6

18 city/26 hwy

R 5.0 supercharged V8

15 city/23 hwy

SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

16 city/24 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the 2 Series Convertible gets better fuel mileage than the F-Type:

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

F-Type

RWD

Auto

P300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

P340 3.0 supercharged V6

20 city/28 hwy

P380 3.0 supercharged V6

19 city/27 hwy

AWD

Auto

P380 3.0 supercharged V6

18 city/26 hwy

R 5.0 supercharged V8

15 city/23 hwy

SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

16 city/24 hwy

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

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

The 2 Series stops much shorter than the F-Type:

2 Series

F-Type

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

113 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. The F-Type doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 2 Series’ wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the F-Type (105.9 inches vs. 103.2 inches).

The 2 Series Coupe handles at .97 G’s, while the F-Type P300 Coupe pulls only .95 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The 2 Series Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the F-Type P300 Coupe (24.9 seconds @ .78 average G’s vs. 25.4 seconds @ .73 average G’s).

Passenger Space

The 2 Series has standard seating for 4 passengers; the F-Type can only carry 2.

Cargo Capacity

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

Ergonomics

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 F-Type doesn’t offer a remote top, 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.

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 F-Type doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the 2 Series offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The F-Type 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’ sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The F-Type’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

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 F-Type.

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 F-Type doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

With standard voice command, the 2 Series offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The F-Type doesn’t offer a voice control system.

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 F-Type 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 F-Type 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 F-Type hasn’t been picked since 2014.

The BMW 2 Series outsold the Jaguar F-Type by over four to one during 2018.

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