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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes AMG C-Class Coupe have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW M2 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
The AMG C-Class Coupe’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The M2 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
Using vehicle speed sensors, smart airbags in the AMG C-Class Coupe deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The AMG C-Class Coupe’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 AMG C 43 Coupe has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The M2 doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
The AMG C-Class Coupe offers an optional Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The M2 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
The AMG C-Class Coupe’s 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 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.
To help make backing safer, the AMG C-Class Coupe’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 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
Both the AMG C-Class Coupe and the M2 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available lane departure warning systems.
There are over 10 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are BMW dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the AMG C-Class Coupe’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in initial quality. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th.
The AMG C-Class Coupe has more powerful engines than the M2:
AMG C 63 Coupe 4.0 turbo V8
AMG C 63 S Coupe 4.0 turbo V8
M2 Competition 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder
M2 CS 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder
In a Car and Driver race course test, the Mercedes AMG C 63 S Coupe was clocked 2.6 seconds faster than the BMW M2 Competition (177.1 sec. vs. 179.7 sec.).
The AMG C-Class Coupe has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the M2 (17.4 vs. 13.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes AMG C-Class Coupe higher (5 out of 10) than the BMW M2 (3). This means the AMG C-Class Coupe produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the M2 every 15,000 miles.
The Mercedes AMG C-Class Coupe comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the M2.
A nine-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Mercedes AMG C-Class Coupe, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the M2.
All-wheel drive, available in the AMG C-Class Coupe, 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 is not available with all-wheel drive.
The AMG C-Class Coupe stops shorter than the M2:
AMG C-Class Coupe
70 to 0 MPH
Car and Driver
For better traction, the AMG C-Class Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the M2 (F:255/40R18 & R:285/35R18 vs. F:245/35R19 & R:265/35R19).
The AMG C 63 S Coupe’s optional 285/30R20 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’s 35 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the AMG C 63 S Coupe offers optional 20-inch rear wheels. The M2’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.
Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the AMG C-Class Coupe can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The M2 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.
The AMG C-Class Coupe’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.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the AMG C-Class Coupe’s wheelbase is 5.8 inches longer than on the M2 (111.8 inches vs. 106 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the AMG C-Class Coupe is 1.5 inches wider in the front than the track on the M2.
For better maneuverability, the AMG C 63 Coupe’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the M2’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.4 feet).
The AMG C-Class Coupe has .5 inches more front legroom and .4 inches more front shoulder room than the M2.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the AMG C-Class Coupe’s power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The M2 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 23% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.
The AMG C-Class Coupe 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 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the M2, the AMG C-Class Coupe has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.
The AMG C-Class Coupe’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The M2 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
The AMG C-Class Coupe offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The M2 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The AMG C-Class Coupe’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.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the AMG C-Class Coupe has standard extendable sun visors. The M2 doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The AMG C-Class Coupe’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The M2’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the AMG C-Class Coupe keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The M2 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
The AMG C-Class Coupe 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 AMG C-Class Coupe offers an optional Active Distance Assist Distronic, 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.
The AMG C-Class Coupe’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The M2 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The Mercedes AMG C-Class comes in coupe, convertible and sedan bodystyles; the BMW M2 isn’t available as a convertible or sedan.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Mercedes AMG C-Class Coupe, based on reliability, safety and performance.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the AMG C-Class Coupe first among compact premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The M2 isn’t in the top three.
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