2020 BMW M2 Competition vs. 2019 Volkswagen GTI

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Safety

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The M2 Competition’s 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 GTI doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the M2 Competition and the GTI 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.

Warranty

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The M2 Competition comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years unlimited miles. BMW will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump-start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Volkswagen doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the GTI.

The M2 Competition’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the GTI’s (12 vs. 10 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. Volkswagen doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GTI.

Reliability

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The battery on the M2 Competition is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the M2 Competition’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The GTI’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 Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 24th, 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 Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 8 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

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The M2 Competition’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 177 more horsepower (405 vs. 228) and 148 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 258) than the GTI’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the M2 is faster than the GTI (automatics tested):

M2

GTI

Zero to 60 MPH

4.0 sec

5.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9.1 sec

14.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4.3 sec

6.5 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.3 sec

2.9 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.8 sec

3.8 sec

Quarter Mile

12.4 sec

14.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116 MPH

100 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Transmission

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To help the driver achieve optimum performance and fuel economy, the M2 Competition has a standard up-shift light to indicate when to shift based on power needs and conditions. The GTI doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

The BMW M2 Competition manual has a downshift rev synchronizer that automatically raises engine speed to make downshifts perfectly smooth. This keeps the car from lurching during downshifts, preventing loss of control during cornering. The GTI doesn’t offer a downshift rev synchronizer.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the M2 Competition’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GTI:

M2 Competition

GTI

GTI SE/Autobahn

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

12.3 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

10.7 inches

12.2 inches

The M2 Competition’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the GTI are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the M2 Competition has larger tires than the GTI (F:245/35R19 & R:265/35R19 vs. 225/40R18).

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 GTI’s standard 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the M2 Competition has standard 19-inch wheels. Only 18-inch wheels are available on the GTI.

Suspension and Handling

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The M2 Competition has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The GTI’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the M2 Competition’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the GTI (106 inches vs. 103.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the M2 Competition is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 3.3 inches wider in the rear than on the GTI.

The M2 Competition’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (48.1% to 51.9%) than the GTI’s (60.4% to 39.6%). This gives the M2 Competition more stable handling and braking.

The M2 Competition Coupe handles at .99 G’s, while the GTI SE pulls only .87 G’s of cornering force in a Road and Track skidpad test.

Passenger Space

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The M2 Competition has 1.7 inches more front headroom and .3 inches more front legroom than the GTI.

Cargo Capacity

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With its coupe body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the M2 Competition offers cargo security. The GTI’s hatchback body style, non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the M2 Competition. The GTI doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the M2 Competition is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the GTI. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the M2 Competition, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The GTI doesn’t offer a memory system.

If the windows are left open on the M2 Competition the driver can close them all 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 GTI can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

When the M2 Competition is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The GTI’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The M2 Competition has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The GTI offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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 GTI doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The M2 Competition 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 is only available on the GTI Autobahn.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the BMW M2 Competition offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The GTI doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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The M2 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 3 years. The GTI hasn’t been picked since 2015.

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