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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda Civic Type R 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 M2 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Civic Type R deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Civic Type R’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The M2’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.
The Civic Type R’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The M2 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.
Both the Civic Type R and the M2 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems and rearview cameras.
Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Civic Type R 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the M2. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the M2 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are over 3 times as many Honda dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Civic Type R’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in initial quality. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 5 places higher in reliability than BMW.
On the EPA test cycle the Civic Type R gets better fuel mileage than the M2 Competition Manual (22 city/28 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Civic Type R uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The M2 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Civic Type R 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 M2 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
The Civic Type R stops much shorter than the M2:
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The Civic Type R’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the M2’s standard 35 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Civic Type R has standard 20-inch wheels. Only 19-inch wheels are available on the M2.
The Civic Type R offers an available 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 M2; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.
The Civic Type R’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The M2 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
The Civic Type R handles at 1.04 G’s, while the M2 pulls only .99 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.
The Honda Civic Type R may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 550 pounds less than the BMW M2.
To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Civic Type R has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The M2 uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Civic Type R a Large car, while the M2 is rated a Compact.
The Civic Type R has 7.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the M2 (97 vs. 89.7).
The Civic Type R has .8 inches more front legroom, 2.5 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 2.9 inches more rear legroom and 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the M2.
The Civic Type R’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The M2 has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.
The Civic Type R’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. BMW does not offer a locking feature on the M2’s standard power windows.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Civic Type R has a standard rear wiper. The M2 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Civic Type R has standard extendable sun visors. The M2 doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Civic Type R’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The M2’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.
The Civic Type R Sedan has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The M2 doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Civic Type R has a standard Adaptive 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 M2 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
Insurance will cost less for the Civic Type R owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Civic Type R will cost $5860 less than the M2 over a five-year period.
The Civic Type R will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Civic Type R will retain 54.81% of its original price after five years, while the M2 only retains 47.34%.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Civic Type R will be $28554 less than for the BMW M2.
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