North Georgia Ford Compares 2019 Ford Mustang VS 2019 BMW 4 Near Chatsworth, GA

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2019 Ford Mustang

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2019 BMW 4

Safety Comparison

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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 Coupe doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Mustang’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 Coupe doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Mustang and the 4 Series Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

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Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Mustang 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 4 Series Coupe. 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 Coupe 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

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The Mustang has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The 4 Series Coupe doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 11th.

Engine Comparison

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The Mustang has more powerful engines than the 4 Series Coupe:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Mustang 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

310 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8

460 HP

420 lbs.-ft.

Mustang BULLITT 5.0 DOHC V8

480 HP

420 lbs.-ft.

430i Coupe 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

248 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

440i Coupe 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

322 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Mustang uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The 4 Series Coupe 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 Coupe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

Mustang GT

Mustang GT opt.

430i

440i

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

15 inches

13 inches

13.4 inches

The Mustang stops shorter than the 4 Series Coupe:

 

Mustang

4 Series

 

70 to 0 MPH

164 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

109 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

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 440i Coupe’s optional 40 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Mustang Premium offers optional 20-inch wheels. The 4 Series Coupe’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 Coupe; 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. Some models of the 4 Series Coupe don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than on the 4 Series Coupe.

The Mustang GT Premium Fastback handles at 1.00 G’s, while the 440i Coupe pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Mustang GT Premium Fastback executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the 430i Coupe (24 seconds @ .83 average G’s vs. 25.6 seconds @ .72 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Mustang’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the 4 Series Coupe’s (36.5 feet vs. 37.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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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 Coupe 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 Coupe doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Mustang Fastback has 2.9 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the 4 Series Coupe.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Mustang Auto 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 4 Series Coupe doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Mustang Premium’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The 4 Series Coupe doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Mustang’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The 4 Series Coupe does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Mustang has standard extendable sun visors. The 4 Series Coupe doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 Coupe doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mustang is less expensive to operate than the 4 Series Coupe because it costs $342 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Mustang than the 4 Series Coupe, including $507 less for a water pump, $32 less for front brake pads, $467 less for a starter, $11 less for fuel injection, $269 less for a fuel pump, $225 less for front struts and $239 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Ford Mustang outsold the BMW 4 Series by over two to one during 2017.

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