2020 Infiniti Q60 vs. 2020 BMW 8 Series

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Safety

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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Q60 (except Pure) offers optional Back-up Collision Intervention that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The 8 Series doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Q60 and the 8 Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Q60 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The 8 Series’ 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the Q60 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 8 Series. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the 8 Series ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 19th in initial quality. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 2 places higher in reliability than BMW.

Engine

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The Q60 Red Sport 400’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 65 more horsepower (400 vs. 335) than the 840i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Q60 has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the 8 Series (20 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Q60 has larger standard tires than the 8 Series (255/40R19 vs. 245/35R20). The Q60 Red Sport 400’s front tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 8 Series (F:255/35R20 & R:275/30R20 vs. F:245/35R20 & R:275/30R20).

The Q60’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 8 Series’ standard 45 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q60 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the 8 Series.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q60’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the 8 Series (112.2 inches vs. 111.1 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Q60’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the 8 Series’ (36.7 feet vs. 38.2 feet). The Q60 AWD’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the 8 Series xDrive’s (38.1 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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The Q60 is 6.8 inches shorter than the 8 Series, making the Q60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Infiniti Q60 amounts to more than styling. The Q60 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .28 Cd. That is lower than the 8 Series (.31 to .33). A more efficient exterior helps the Q60 go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the Q60 get better fuel mileage.

The Q60 Luxe/Sport/Red Sport 400 uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The 8 Series doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Q60 has 4.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 8 Series (85.4 vs. 81).

The Q60 has 1 inch more front legroom, .9 inches more rear headroom, 2.9 inches more rear legroom and 5.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the 8 Series Coupe.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in service department satisfaction. With a 31% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.

Ergonomics

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The Q60’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. BMW does not offer a locking feature on the 8 Series’ standard power windows.

To shield the driver’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side window, the Q60 has a standard extendable sun visor. The 8 Series doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations

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The Infiniti Q60 outsold the BMW 8 Series by over two to one during the 2019 model year.

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