New BMW M2 Competition vs Alpine A110

These sports cars have evolved in very different ways, but both promise to be thrilling to drive. Only one can be king of the jungle, though...

Alpine A110 interior
Alpine A110 interior

Behind the wheel

Driving position, visibility, build quality

It’s easier to get comfortable in the M2, especially with the electric seats that come as part of a Comfort Pack (£1800) fitted to our test car. With adjustable lumbar support and side bolsters, as well as a memory function, they grip you tightly in corners and are comfortable on long jaunts.

Our A110 was a Première Edition (now sold out) that came with fixed-back bucket seats. These seats, which are really supportive, aren’t available on the Légende, the better equipped of the two trims now available; it gets six-way adjustable ‘comfort’ seats instead. Both cars have height and reach adjustment for their steering wheels with enough movement for drivers of most shapes and sizes.

BMW M2 interior

The A110’s sections of exposed aluminium chassis, leather and carbonfibre trim look great, but the hard plastics and Renault-sourced switches are a far cry from the M2’s altogether posher and more luxurious interior. 

The M2’s higher driving position allows you to see more of the road ahead, although forward visibility is good in both cars. Rearward visibility is far superior in the M2, thanks to larger rear windows and a bigger rear screen. Both cars come with front and rear parking sensors as standard, with the A110 adding a reversing camera, a £330 option on the M2.

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