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If you’re something of a BMW enthusiast, you’ll know that there is something special about a full-blooded compact M car like the BMW M2. Be it the original E30 M3, the quirky looking Z3 M Coupe or the limited run 1M Coupe, the smallest car in the M line up has often proved to be the most alluring. 

Why? Well, perhaps it’s because their lower price makes them more attainable for real driving enthusiasts, or simply that their diminutive size makes them especially in their element on UK roads. Either way, the BMW M2 – effectively a steroid-enhanced version of the 2 Series Coupe – has both of those killer attributes, although there’s nothing diminutive about what lies under the bonnet. 

What’s more, in comparison with its sports car rivals, the M2 is surprisingly practical Regardless of whether you go for the Competition or CS, you get four usable seats and a decent boot, and you can expect more than 30mpg if you drive it carefully.

So if an M2 Competition ticks all of your boxes, or you’re just drawn in by its aggressive stance, keep reading for our comprehensive four-point review. If you’re ready to buy this or any other new car, check out our New Car Buying service for huge savings on hundreds of new cars.