This may be the cheapest ‘M’ car you can buy, but it's still not exactly a bargain. True, a Cayman S will cost you even more – especially after you've factored in how many options you'll need to add that comes as standard on the M2 – but the rival Audi RS3 is cheaper to buy.
While it’ll cost you a fair amount to tax your M2 each year, fuel consumption may surprise you; our True MPG tests showed the manual version averages 31.4mpg in real-world driving. That's more than you'll get from a Porsche Cayman S, although put your foot down hard and you'll be lucky to see 15mpg.
Resale values are expected to be good, if not in the same stratosphere as a Porsche Cayman's. Meanwhile, you get a three-year unlimited mileage warranty as standard, with the option to increase the length of this cover for an extra fee cost. Considering BMW ranked joint 28th out of 37 manufacturers in our last reliability survey, this may be worth considering, along with an inclusive servicing package.