2020 BMW M2 Competition vs. 2020 Audi S3

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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 S3 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The M2 Competition has standard BMW Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The S3 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the M2 Competition and the S3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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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. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the S3.

There are over 13 percent more BMW dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the M2 Competition’s warranty.

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 S3’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 20th in initial quality. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd.

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 Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The M2 Competition’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 117 more horsepower (405 vs. 288) and 126 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 280) than the S3’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW M2 Competition is faster than the Audi S3 (automatics tested):

M2 Competition

S3

Zero to 60 MPH

4 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

12.4 sec

13.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

114.7 MPH

102.4 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 S3 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the M2 Competition’s 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 S3 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the M2 Competition’s brake rotors are larger than those on the S3:

M2 Competition

S3

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

12.2 inches

The M2 Competition stops shorter than the S3:

M2 Competition

S3

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

160 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the M2 Competition has larger tires than the S3 (F:245/35R19 & R:265/35R19 vs. 225/40R18). The M2 Competition’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the S3 (F:245/35R19 & R:265/35R19 vs. 235/35R19).

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 S3’s standard 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the M2 Competition has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the S3.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the M2 Competition’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the S3 (106 inches vs. 103.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the M2 Competition is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 2.9 inches wider in the rear than on the S3.

The M2 Competition Coupe handles at 1.01 G’s, while the S3 pulls only .92 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the M2 Competition a Compact car, while the S3 is rated a Subcompact.

The M2 Competition has 3.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S3 (89.7 vs. 86).

The M2 Competition has 3.6 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more rear headroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the S3.

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 S3’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the M2 Competition is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the S3. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

The M2 Competition has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The S3 doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

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 S3 doesn’t offer a memory system.

Comfort Access standard on the M2 Competition allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Audi S3’s Audi Advanced Key doesn’t unlock the trunk.

The M2 Competition’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The S3’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the M2 Competition has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The S3 doesn’t offer cornering lights. The M2 Competition also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

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 S3’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

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 S3 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages

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The M2 Competition will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the M2 Competition will retain 47.34% of its original price after five years, while the S3 only retains 47% to 47.32%.

Recommendations

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The M2 Competition was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 3 years. The S3 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 S3 has never been an “All Star.”

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