2020 BMW M2 Competition vs. 2019 Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupe

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the M2 Competition and the AMG C 63 Coupe 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

The M2 Competition’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the AMG C 63 Coupe’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the M2 Competition for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the AMG C 63 Coupe.

Reliability

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 Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

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 Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 9 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Fuel Economy and Range

Regenerative brakes improve the M2 Competition’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The AMG C 63 Coupe doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the M2 Competition’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the AMG C 63 Coupe:

M2 Competition

AMG C 63 Coupe

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

14.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

The M2 Competition’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the AMG C 63 Coupe’s standard 40 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the M2 Competition has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the AMG C 63 Coupe.

Chassis

The BMW M2 Competition may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupe.

The M2 Competition is 10.9 inches shorter than the AMG C 63 Coupe, making the M2 Competition easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the M2 Competition a Compact car, while the AMG C 63 Coupe is rated a Subcompact.

The M2 Competition has 10.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the AMG C 63 Coupe (89.7 vs. 79.3).

The M2 Competition has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the AMG C 63 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The M2 Competition Coupe has a much larger trunk than the AMG C 63 Coupe (13.8 vs. 10.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

On extremely cold winter days, the M2 Competition’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The AMG C 63 Coupe doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations

The M2 Competition was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 3 years. The AMG C 63 Coupe has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The M2 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 3 years. The AMG C 63 Coupe has never been an “All Star.”

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