2020 Chrysler 300 vs. 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Chrysler 300 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The 300 has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The 8 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the 300 and the 8 Series Gran Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Chrysler’s powertrain warranty covers the 300 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 8 Series Gran Coupe. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 8 Series Gran Coupe ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 7 times as many Chrysler dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 300’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the 300 third among large cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The 8 Series Gran Coupe isn’t in the top three in its category.

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the 300 V8’s fuel efficiency. The 8 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chrysler 300 uses regular unleaded gasoline (mid-grade octane recommended with the 5.7 V8 engine for maximum performance). The 8 Series Gran Coupe requires premium, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The 300 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The 8 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels

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The 300 has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the 8 Series Gran Coupe; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the 300’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the 840i Gran Coupe’s (37.4 feet vs. 40.4 feet). The 300’s turning circle is 4 feet tighter than the M850i Gran Coupe’s (37.4 feet vs. 41.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Chrysler 300 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 400 pounds less than the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe.

Passenger Space

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The 300 has 2.3 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 3.5 inches more rear legroom and 3.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the 8 Series Gran Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

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The 300 has a larger trunk than the 8 Series (16.3 vs. 15.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the 300 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The 8 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the 300 has standard extendable sun visors. The 8 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The 300 has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The 8 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Chrysler 300, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Chrysler 300 outsold the BMW 8 Series by almost seven to one during 2019.

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