2020 Toyota Supra vs. 2020 BMW 2 Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Supra offers optional Emergency Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The 2 Series doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Supra’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 2 Series doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Supra’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 2 Series doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Supra and the 2 Series 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty

Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Supra 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 2 Series. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 2 Series ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 4 times as many Toyota dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Supra’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 7th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. BMW is ranked 8th.

Engine

The Supra’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 87 more horsepower (335 vs. 248) and 107 lbs.-ft. more torque (365 vs. 258) than the 230i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Toyota Supra is faster than the M240i (automatics tested):

Supra

2 Series

Zero to 60 MPH

3.8 sec

4.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9.5 sec

10.3 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

12.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113 MPH

111 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Supra gets better fuel mileage than the M240i RWD Auto (24 city/31 hwy vs. 22 city/30 hwy).

Transmission

To facilitate fast shifting and allow the driver to focus on the road, the Supra has a standard up-shift light to indicate when the engine is approaching redline. The 2 Series doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Supra’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 2 Series:

Supra

230i

M240i

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

12.3 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.8 inches

13.6 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

The Supra stops shorter than the 2 Series:

Supra

2 Series

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

155 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Supra has larger tires than the 2 Series (F:255/35R19 & R:275/35R19 vs. 205/50R17). The Supra’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 2 Series (F:255/35R19 & R:275/35R19 vs. F:225/40R18 & R:245/35R18).

The Supra’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 230i’s standard 50 series tires. The Supra’s tires are lower profile than the 2 Series’ optional 40 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Supra has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the 230i. The 2 Series’ largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The Supra has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Supra flat and controlled during cornering. The 2 Series’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Supra is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the 2 Series.

The Supra 3.0 Premium handles at 1.07 G’s, while the M240i Coupe xDrive pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Ergonomics

The Supra offers a 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 2 Series doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Supra 3.0 Premium/Launch Edition has a standard heads-up display that projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The 2 Series doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Supra’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The 2 Series 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.

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