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Manufacturers’ claims that their car is a pioneer or completely unique are usually fairly hyperbolic, but in this case it’s probably true. A relatively compact 2+2 coupé has become a rarity, especially with rear-wheel drive. The Audi TT is getting on a bit and was never as sporting as it looks. The Ford Mustang is a much bigger and more expensive car and the Toyota GR86 is sold out in the UK for the rest of its production run.

The new BMW 2 Series may be the a priori class leader, but there is also no shortage of four-door coupés and hot hatches you could have instead. The six-cylinder BMW M240i xDrive already impressed us with its grand tourer character; this road test reveals whether the 220i can preserve some of the magic at a lower price.

BMW 2 Series Coupé range at a glance

The 2 Series shares its mechanicals with the larger 4 Series. That means it gets all the same engines, except for the six-cylinder diesels. A 154bhp 118i and a rear-drive M240i have been announced for other markets but won’t be offered in the UK. A BMW M2, with the twin-turbo six from the M3 and M4, has been confirmed, although exact details have yet to be disclosed. All 2 Series come with an eight-speed automatic exclusively, apart from the M2, which is likely to also have the option of a six-speed manual.

Engines Power From
220i* 181bhp £36,010
220d 188bhp £37,985
230i 241bhp £39,655
M240i xDrive 369bhp £47,515
M2 tbc tbc

*Version tested

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