Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan 370Z VS 2018 BMW 4 Near Dublin, GA

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2018 Nissan 370Z

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2018 BMW 4

Safety Comparison

The 370Z has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The 4 Series Coupe doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the 370Z and the 4 Series Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and available rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the 370Z 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 3 times as many Nissan dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 370Z’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The 370Z’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 84 more horsepower (332 vs. 248) and 12 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 258) than the 430i Coupe’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The 370Z’s 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 12 more horsepower (332 vs. 320) than the 440i Coupe’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. The 370Z NISMO Coupe’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 30 more horsepower (350 vs. 320) than the 440i Coupe’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The 370Z has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the 4 Series Coupe (19 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the 370Z Sport/NISMO’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 4 Series Coupe:

 

370Z Sport/NISMO

430i Coupe

440i Coupe

Front Rotors

14 inches

13 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

11.8 inches

13 inches

The 370Z stops much shorter than the 4 Series Coupe:

 

370Z

4 Series Coupe

 

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

109 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction and acceleration, the 370Z has larger standard rear tires than the 4 Series Coupe (245/45R18 vs. 225/45R18). The 370Z NISMO Coupe’s rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the 4 Series Coupe (285/35R19 vs. 255/35R19).

The 370Z Coupe has a standard 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

The 370Z NISMO Coupe handles at .99 G’s, while the 430i Coupe pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 370Z Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the 430i Coupe (24.9 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 25.6 seconds @ .72 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the 370Z’s turning circle is 4.3 feet tighter than the 4 Series Coupe’s (32.8 feet vs. 37.1 feet). The 370Z Sport/NISMO’s turning circle is 4.6 feet tighter than the 4 Series Coupe xDrive’s (34.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan 370Z may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 300 pounds less than the BMW 4 Series Coupe.

The 370Z is 1 foot, 3.2 inches shorter than the 4 Series Coupe, making the 370Z easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The 370Z Touring/Sport/NISMO 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.

Ergonomics Comparison

The 370Z’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. BMW does not offer a locking feature on the 4 Series Coupe’s power windows.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the 370Z has standard extendable sun visors. The 4 Series Coupe doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the 370Z Touring Roadster 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

Insurance will cost less for the 370Z owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the 370Z with a number “3” insurance rate while the 4 Series Coupe is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 370Z is less expensive to operate than the 4 Series Coupe because it costs $351 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 370Z than the 4 Series Coupe, including $94 less for a water pump, $265 less for an alternator, $67 less for front brake pads, $153 less for a starter, $302 less for a timing belt/chain and $36 less for a power steering pump.

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