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 infotainment


Alpine A110

Alpine A110 infotainment

If there’s one thing we don’t like about the A110’s interior, it’s this. At 7.0in in size, the touchscreen is just about big enough, but it has small icons and confusing menus. While you get a DAB radio and sat-nav, Apple and Android smartphone mirroring aren’t available. Alpine’s answer to them – MySpin – makes connecting tricky and doesn’t have great app support. The premium Focal stereo (£552) delivers a good sound from just four speakers and a subwoofer.

BMS M2 Infotainment

We’re big fans of BMW’s iDrive system. You get the range-topping Professional version as standard; it features an 8.8in screen and online services. While you can use the display as a touchscreen, we find it far easier to use the rotary dial controller between the front seats, especially on the move. The menus are clear and easy to navigate, while the graphics sharp. An upgraded Harman Kardon stereo is optional and sounds better than the A110’s.