Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda Civic Type R VS 2018 BMW M2 Near Houston, TX

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2018 Honda Civic Type R

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2018 BMW M2

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda Civic Type R are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW M2 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Civic Type R deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Civic Type R’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The M2’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

Both the Civic Type R and the M2 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Civic Type R 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the M2. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the M2 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 3 times as many Honda dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Civic Type R’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 14th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Civic Type R gets better fuel mileage than the M2 Manual (22 city/28 hwy vs. 18 city/26 hwy). The Civic Type R gets better fuel mileage than the M2 Auto (22 city/28 hwy vs. 20 city/26 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Civic Type R uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The M2 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Civic Type R 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 M2 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Civic Type R stops much shorter than the M2:





80 to 0 MPH

184 feet

191 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

142 feet

159 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

121 feet

Road and Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Civic Type R’s 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 Civic Type R has standard 20-inch wheels. Only 19-inch wheels are available on the M2.

The Civic Type R offers an available 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; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Civic Type R has a standard 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’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Civic Type R’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.

The Civic Type R handles at 1.03 G’s, while the M2 Coupe pulls only .99 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Civic Type R may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 400 pounds less than the BMW M2.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Civic Type R has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The M2 uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Civic Type R is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the M2 is rated a Compact.

The Civic Type R has 7.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the M2 (97 vs. 89.7).

The Civic Type R has .8 inches more front legroom, 2.5 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 2.9 inches more rear legroom and 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the M2.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Civic Type R has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the M2 (25.7 vs. 13.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Civic Type R’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. BMW does not offer a locking feature on the M2’s standard power windows.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Civic Type R has a standard rear wiper. The M2 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Civic Type R has standard extendable sun visors. The M2 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Civic Type R’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The M2’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

Recommendations Comparison

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Civic as the 2016 North American Car of the Year. The M2 has never been chosen.

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