North Georgia Ford Compares 2018 Ford Mustang VS 2018 BMW 4 Near Ellijay, GA

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2018 Ford Mustang

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2018 BMW 4

Safety Comparison

To help make backing safer, the Mustang Premium’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 4 Series Convertible doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Mustang Premium’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The 4 Series Convertible doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Mustang and the 4 Series Convertible 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, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

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

There are over 9 times as many Ford dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Mustang’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 6th.

Engine Comparison

The Mustang’s standard 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 62 more horsepower (310 vs. 248) and 92 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 258) than the 430i Convertible’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Mustang’s 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 330) than the 440i Convertible’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. The Mustang GT’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 140 more horsepower (460 vs. 320) and 90 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 330) than the 440i Convertible’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Mustang uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The 4 Series Convertible requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Mustang 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 4 Series Convertible doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Mustang GT’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 4 Series Convertible:

 

Mustang GT

430i Convertible

440i Convertible

Front Rotors

15 inches

13 inches

13.4 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Mustang has larger standard tires than the 4 Series Convertible (235/55R17 vs. 225/45R18). The Mustang Premium’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 4 Series Convertible (265/35R20 vs. 255/40R19).

The Mustang Premium’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 4 Series Convertible’s optional 40 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Mustang Premium offers optional 20-inch wheels. The 4 Series Convertible’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Mustang 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 4 Series Convertible; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than on the 4 Series Convertible.

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Mustang may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 pounds less than the BMW 4 Series Convertible.

The front grille of the Mustang (except Performance Pack) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The 4 Series Convertible doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Mustang uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The 4 Series Convertible doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Mustang Convertible has a much larger trunk with its top down than the 4 Series Convertible with its top down (11.4 vs. 7.8 cubic feet).

The Mustang’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The 4 Series Convertible’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Mustang Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The 4 Series Convertible doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Mustang outsold the BMW 4 Series by almost three to one during 2016.

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