2020 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2020 BMW M2 Competition

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The F-Type offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The F-Type’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the F-Type’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the F-Type and the M2 Competition 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available front parking sensors.

Warranty

The F-Type comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The M2 Competition’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the F-Type for 2 years and 24,000 miles longer than BMW pays for maintenance for the M2 Competition (5/60,000 vs. 3/36,000).

Engine

The F-Type R’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 145 more horsepower (550 vs. 405) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (502 vs. 406) than the M2 Competition’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. The F-Type SVR’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 170 more horsepower (575 vs. 405) and 110 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 406) than the M2 Competition’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the F-Type R is faster than the BMW M2 Competition (automatics tested):

F-Type

M2

Zero to 60 MPH

3.4 sec

4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8 sec

9.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.9 sec

4.3 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.2 sec

2.3 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

12.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

122 MPH

116 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the F-Type P340 RWD gets better fuel mileage than the M2 Competition Auto (20 city/28 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy). The F-Type P380 RWD gets better fuel mileage than the M2 Competition Auto (19 city/27 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

The F-Type 2.0-liter’s standard fuel tank has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the M2 Competition (16.6 vs. 13.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The F-Type V6/V8’s standard fuel tank has 4.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the M2 Competition (18.5 vs. 13.7 gallons).

Transmission and Drivetrain

The Jaguar F-Type comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the M2 Competition.

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Jaguar F-Type, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the M2 Competition.

All wheel drive, available in the F-Type, provides the best traction for acceleration in wet, dry, and icy conditions. In corners, all wheel drive allows both outside wheels to provide power, balancing the car. This allows for better handling. The BMW M2 Competition is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

The F-Type offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The F-Type stops much shorter than the M2 Competition:

F-Type

M2

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

155 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the F-Type SVR’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the M2 Competition (F:265/35R20 & R:305/30R20 vs. F:245/35R19 & R:265/35R19).

The F-Type’s optional 295/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the M2 Competition’s 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Type offers optional 20-inch wheels. The M2 Competition’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The F-Type offers an optional 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 Competition; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

The F-Type offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The M2 Competition’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The F-Type’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 Competition doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is .4 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the M2 Competition.

The F-Type R Coupe handles at 1.00 G’s, while the M2 Competition Coupe pulls only .99 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 3.4 feet tighter than the M2 Competition’s (35 feet vs. 38.4 feet). The F-Type AWD’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the M2 Competition’s (37 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

The Jaguar F-Type may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the BMW M2 Competition.

Passenger Space

The F-Type has 1.5 inches more front legroom and 2.1 inches more front shoulder room than the M2 Competition.

Cargo Capacity

The F-Type Coupe has a larger trunk than the M2 Competition Coupe (14.4 vs. 13.8 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the F-Type Coupe offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics

The F-Type Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the M2 Competition, the F-Type has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The F-Type’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The F-Type’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The M2 Competition 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.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The F-Type has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the F-Type keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The F-Type R-Dynamic/R/SVR’s optional Park Assist can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The M2 Competition doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The Jaguar F-Type comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the BMW M2 Competition isn’t available as a convertible.

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