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Compare the2022 BMW M4VS 2022 Ford Mustang

2022 BMW M4
2022 Ford Mustang

Safety

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The M4’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Mustang doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The M4’s standard pretensioning seatbelts also sense rear collisions and remove slack from the front seatbelts to help protect the occupants from whiplash and other injuries. The Mustang doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The M4 has a standard PostCrash iBrake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Mustang doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The M4 offers optional Active Park Distance Control that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Mustang doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The M4 Competition offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Mustang doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The M4 has standard Park Distance Control to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Mustang doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the M4 and the Mustang 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The M4 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Mustang’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year or 14,000 miles sooner.

The M4’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Mustang’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the M4 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Mustang.

Reliability

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The battery on the M4 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the M4’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Mustang’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2022 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW above average in long-term dependability. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles in the first three years of ownership, Ford is rated lower.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ January 2021 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 10 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

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The M4 has more powerful engines than the Mustang:

Horsepower

Torque

M4 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder

473 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

M4 Competition 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder

503 HP

479 lbs.-ft.

Mustang 2.3 turbo 4-cylinder

310 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Mustang 2.3 turbo 4-cylinder

330 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8

450 HP

420 lbs.-ft.

Mustang Mach 1 5.0 DOHC V8

470 HP

410 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the BMW M4 3.0 is faster than the Ford Mustang (manual transmissions tested):

M4

Mustang turbo 4 cyl.

Mustang GT

Zero to 30 MPH

1.5 sec

1.6 sec

n/a

Zero to 60 MPH

3.8 sec

5 sec

4.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.3 sec

13 sec

9.7 sec

Quarter Mile

12 sec

13.6 sec

12.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

121 MPH

102 MPH

115 MPH

Top Speed

180 MPH

155 MPH

155 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the M4 Coupe gets better mileage than the Mustang Fastback:

MPG

M4 Coupe

RWD

Manual

3.0 turbo 6-cyl.

16 city/23 hwy

Auto

3.0 turbo 6-cyl.

16 city/23 hwy

Mustang Fastback

RWD

Manual

5.0 V8

14 city/22 hwy

Auto

5.0 V8

15 city/23 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the M4 Convertible gets better mileage than the Mustang Convertible:

MPG

M4 Convertible

RWD

Manual

3.0 turbo 6-cyl.

16 city/23 hwy

Auto

3.0 turbo 6-cyl.

16 city/23 hwy

Auto

3.0 turbo 6-cyl.

16 city/23 hwy

Mustang Convertible

RWD

Manual

5.0 V8

14 city/22 hwy

Auto

5.0 V8

15 city/23 hwy

5.0 V8

15 city/23 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the M4’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Mustang doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stop lights the M4’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. If the conditions warrant or the driver wishes, the system can be manually disabled at any time for the duration of a trip. The Mustang doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW M4 higher (5 out of 10) than the Ford Mustang (3 to 5). This means the M4 produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Mustang every 15,000 miles.

Drivetrain

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All wheel drive, available in the M4, 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 Ford Mustang is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the M4’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Mustang:

M4

M4 CCB

Mustang

Mustang V8 PP/Mach 1

Front Rotors

15 inches

16 inches

12.6 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

14.6 inches

15 inches

12.6 inches

13 inches

The M4 offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Mustang doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The M4 stops much shorter than the Mustang:

M4

Mustang

70 to 0 MPH

146 feet

165 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the M4 has larger tires than the Mustang (F:275/40R18 & R:285/35R19 vs. 235/55R17).

The M4’s standard 275/40R18 front and 285/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mustang’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the M4 has standard 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Mustang.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the M4’s wheelbase is 5.4 inches longer than on the Mustang (112.5 inches vs. 107.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the M4 is 1.3 inches wider in the front than on the Mustang.

The M4 Coupe handles at 1.03 G’s, while the Mustang GT Premium Fastback pulls only .96 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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The M4’s standard power retractable hardtop allows a seamless transition from an open car, to a completely sealed coupe. The Mustang doesn’t offer a retractable hardtop.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the M4 Coupe is quieter than the Mustang EcoBoost Premium Fastback:

M4

Mustang

At idle

45 dB

47 dB

Full-Throttle

83 dB

88 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

73 dB

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the M4 Coupe a Compact car, while the Mustang Fastback is rated a Subcompact.

The M4 Coupe has 8.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mustang Fastback (91 vs. 82.8). The M4 Convertible has 4.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mustang Convertible (84 vs. 79.2).

The M4 Coupe has 2.7 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more rear headroom and 5.7 inches more rear legroom than the Mustang Fastback.

The M4 Convertible has 3 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more rear headroom and 3.3 inches more rear legroom than the Mustang Convertible.

Cargo Capacity

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The M4’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Mustang Convertible doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Pulling a handle automatically lowers the M4’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Mustang doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

With its coupe body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the M4 offers cargo security. The Mustang’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the M4’s trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Mustang doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

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The M4 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Mustang uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that BMW service is better than Ford. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 28% lower rating, Ford is ranked 22nd.

Ergonomics

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The M4 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed, tachometer, warning and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Mustang doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The M4’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Mustang 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.

If the windows are left open on the M4 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Mustang can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case of a sudden change of weather, the M4 has a standard remote convertible top that can be raised from a distance to protect the interior of the vehicle from damage. On a hot day the M4 has a standard remote opening feature, to lower the top from outside. The Mustang doesn’t offer a remote top, so the driver will have to run to the car, get in, turn the ignition on and raise the top to prevent the interior from being damaged.

The M4 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent fuel theft and vandalism, such as sugar in the tank. The Mustang doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the M4 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Mustang doesn’t offer cornering lights. The M4 also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The M4’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the Mustang Premium/Mach 1.

When the M4 is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Mustang’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The M4’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Mustang has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The M4 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Mustang.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the M4 has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Mustang doesn’t offer rear vents.

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The M3/M4 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 13 of the last 26 years. The Mustang has never been an “All Star.”

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