The modern luxury car market is still alive and well thanks to models like the Acura Integra and the BMW 2 Series. Each represents the most cost-effective ways to own an Acura or BMW. They’re also the perfect size for dealing with city traffic or negotiating tight parking spaces.
After the arrival of the 2023 model year, the Integra continues until 2024 with only one update (but it’s a big one): the new Integra Type S is now at the top of the range thanks to a turbocharged 320-liter 2.0-cylinder 4-cylinder and standard 6-speed manual infection.
That’s right – the S-Type can only be had with a manual transmission. If this sounds familiar, it’s because the Type S – like the rest of the Integra range – shares a system and engine with the Honda Civic. In this respect, the Integra Type S borrows from the highly entertaining Honda Civic Type R.
In the BMW corner is the 2 Series. It is available as a stylish sedan, or Gran Coupe to use BMW terminology, or a traditional two-door coupe. For this comparison we will focus on the 4-door variant as it is the Integra’s direct rival. Available with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive, the Gran Coupe also offers the option of a twin-turbocharged 4-cylinder.
To determine which is best for your budget and driving needs, let’s take a look at the 2024 Acura Integra and the 2024 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe.
2024 Acura Integra
The 2024 Integra has a starting price of $31,500, plus a destination charge of $1,195, and is available in four trims: Integra, Integra A-Spec, Integra A-Spec w/Technology, and Type S. Pricing for the top model of S. comes in at $50,800.
Highlights of the Acura Integra
Fun to drive: The Type S gets all the glory with a 320-hp turbo 4-cylinder and manual-only driving values. And do not deceive us; it’s a mess to drive. But the regular Integra with the turbo 200-liter 1.5-cylinder 4-cylinder is also fun, if not nearly as quick when you hit the gas pedal. Light and precise steering response is complemented by a ride that is comfortable during long highway drives.
Fixed value: With a base price of $31,500, the Integra is priced lower than its direct luxury rivals.
Room trunk: A small car means a small trunk, right? Not for Integra. Open the rear hatch and you’re greeted with 24.3 cubic feet of space. This expands to a larger cargo area (and volume) when the 60/40 split rear seat is folded down.
Check out this week’s Best Buy Price or see Integra models for sale near you.
2024 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
The 2024 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is the German automaker’s cheapest new car at $38,400, including a $995 delivery fee. Standard in the Gran Coupe is a 228-hp turbo 4-cylinder paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Highlights of the BMW 2 Series
Nice sedan style: We’ll never quite understand how the term “coupe” came to be used for narrow 4-door sedans, or even high-end SUVs with dynamic rooflines for that matter. But there’s no denying that the 2 Series Gran Coupe cuts a graceful path through traffic. It looks sporty but doesn’t rely on high-end design details.
M Sport Package: This includes an array of performance-oriented features in a single option package. It includes M sport suspension, M sport alloy wheels, and what BMW calls its Shadowline exterior trim. Adding the Dynamic Handling package brings more performance hardware such as brake calipers and an M sport differential.
All-wheel drive is available: All-wheel drive is optional for an extra $2,000 on the 228i Gran Coupe, and is standard on the M235i xDrive Gran Coupe. This alone may seal the deal for many luxury sedan buyers since the Integra is a completely front-wheel drive vehicle. The M235i also has a 302-hp turbo 4-cylinder. Hit the pedal and you’ll need less than five seconds to hit 60 mph.
Check out this week’s Fair Buy Price or see Series 2 models for sale near you.
The Integra and 2 Series are more similar when comparing the lower, cheaper trims. The 228i Gran Coupe and Integra are each front-wheel drive and both technically have room for five people – although four is more comfortable in both. Each has a large amount of standard features, including driver aids such as blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane departure warning.
The Acura Integra strikes first with its lower price, better fuel economy, larger trunk, and more rear room. This next-generation Integra shows Acura is putting a lot of time and energy into creating a small luxury car that combines personality and utility. Having the Type S join for the 2024 model year only adds to the Integra’s impressive profile, especially since it only comes with a 6-speed manual. That’s pretty tough for a luxury brand.
The 2 Series Gran Coupe does a great job as an affordable ambassador for the BMW brand. Lithe handling and respectable pep from its 228-hp Turbo 4 cylinder allow it to sprint to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. The M235i variant adds more horsepower and increased grip thanks to its standard all-wheel drive. Despite being the most expensive BMW available today, the 2 Series doesn’t feel compromised.
Given its extremely low price, increased usability, excellent fuel economy, excellent powertrain warranty, and similar fun driving characteristics, the Integra is accepted in this comparison of two great entry-level offerings from premium manufacturers. .
|2024 Acura Integra||2024 BMW 2 Series|
|Engine||Turbo 1.5-liter 4-cylinder||Turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder|
|Horse Power||200 hp @ 6,000 rpm||228 hp @ 4,800 rpm|
|Torque||192 lb-ft @ 1,800-5,000 rpm||258 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm|
|Fuel economy||30 mpg city/37 mpg highway/33 mpg combined||24 mpg city/34 mpg highway/28 mpg combined|
|Also Available||Turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, 6-speed manual||Turbo 2.0-liter 4-cyl (M235i), AWD|
|Basic Warranty||4 years/50,000 miles||4 years/50,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||6 years/70,000 miles||4 years/50,000 miles|
|NHTSA General Safety||5 stars||5 stars|
|Maximum Seating Capacity||5||5|
|The base of the wheels||107.7 inches||105.1 inches|
|Total Height||185.8 inches||178.5 inches|
|Width||72.0 inches||70.9 inches|
|Height||55.5 inches||55.9 inches|
|Turning Diameter||38.1 feet||37.4 feet|
|Bedroom, Front||37.6 inches||39.8 inches|
|Head room, 2nd row||36.4 inches||38.2 inches|
|Leg room, front||42.3 inches||41.4 inches|
|Foot room, 2nd row||37.4 inches||34.4 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||57.0 inches||55.5 inches|
|Shoulder Room, 2nd Row||56.0 inches||53.1 inches|
|Amount of Cargo||23.4 cubic feet||15.2 cubic feet|