BMW vs Volkswagen



While both fall under the revered category of German automakers, the divide between BMW and Volkswagen becomes known after digging into their model lineups. So, how do you make the call between BMW vs. Volkswagen? Our dealership wants to help, which is why we’re looking at each brand in this comparative overview. From the features and technologies you can expect from each manufacturer to the utmost they offer in performance, we’ll provide a clear picture of these two competitors.

If a specific model grabs your attention, or you have general questions, our Galleria BMW staff is happy to help!

BMW Engine Specs

Clear Performance Divide

For many who drive daily, they want their commuter car to not only serve as a reliable, practical companion, but as a vehicle that elicits genuine emotional excitement. If performance is one of the measures you use to judge a brand, you’ll find there are a few features separating BMW from Volkswagen.

Perhaps the most performance-oriented model in the Volkswagen lineup is the VW Golf R. A variation of the brand’s fabled hatchback, the Golf R reaches 288 horsepower while going from 0 to 60 MPH in just under five seconds.

How does the BMW lineup compare? Well, this German luxury carmaker has a specific high-performance division labeled the “M-division.” Their sedans—and certain SUVs—all receive BMW’s M-division treatment.

For an example of how potent these high-performance variations are, the BMW M5 sedan attains 617 horsepower and a 3.1 second, 0 to 60 MPH dash, while even the BMW X4 M SUV generates 473 horsepower and reaches a 4.1 second, 0 to 60 MPH run.

BMW Electriv Cars

Choosing Electric Transportation

While hybrids are a great way to maintain high levels of fuel economy, all-electrification seems to be the way of the future. As more and more brands introduce all-electric powertrains into their model lineups, manufacturers who already have experience in this arena will have a major leg up. While BMW has offered a pair of all-electric cars for a few years, Volkswagen has yet to come out with any all-electric options.

For city dwellers or around-town drivers who need a maneuverable, advanced vehicle, the BMW i3 is a stellar choice. After plugging in and fully charging its battery, you can scoot around local roads while enjoying zippy acceleration, taut handling—and, of course, high-end fuel economy.

The other BMW electric power option is the head-turning BMW i8. Built in the vein of a sportscar, the BMW i8 pairs track-ready acceleration and top speeds with the allure of a non-gas-powered motor.

As both Volkswagen and BMW each move toward more electric offerings, BMW will have a huge experience advantage!

BMW Outdoes VW

While each brand has a prominent following around the D’lberville, Gulfport, and Biloxi areas, BMW goes well beyond VW in terms of performance and electrification. These traits are just the beginning of the BMW difference, though. If you want to explore the entire lineup, visit our Galleria BMW inventory online or in person!

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