The BMW 2 Series looks great, drives even better and has a brilliant engine, however it costs more than the equivalent 1 Series and isn’t as good for rear-seat passengers
The BMW M240i looks sporty but is also reasonably usable for a small coupe. Thankfully, boring stuff like practicality hasn’t come at the expense of making the M240i great fun to drive, and its brilliant turbocharged 3.0-litre engine always feels at the centre of the action.
It has six-cylinders compared to the Porsche Cayman’s four, as a result it sounds nicer and feels smoother because it doesn’t send so many vibrations through the pedals. More to the point, it makes the BMW extremely quick – 0-62mph takes just 4.8 seconds and it has to be limited to a top speed of 155mph.
The £1,600 eight-speed automatic gearbox is a worthwhile option that makes the BMW even quicker. It shifts gears almost imperceptibly and means you don’t have to worry about operating a clutch in town. It comes with the desirable side effect of making the BMW M240i slightly cheaper to run – increasing fuel economy to 39.8mpg from the 36.2mpg BMW claims with the manual gearbox.
The BMW M240i’s standard suspension setup is a great all-round compromise – it’s comfortable on bumpy roads and firm enough to cut out body leans in tight bends. The clever Adaptive M Sport Dampers are worth considering if you upgrade to bigger wheels. Then their ability to switch between soft and hard settings makes sense and helps make the driving the BMW M240i even more comfortable.
The BMW M240i is a sensible coupe that turns into a raving lunatic when you want it to
That usability isn’t exclusive to the way the BMW M240i drives – it also feels deeply ingrained in its cabin, which is surprisingly practical for a coupe.
First of all, the BMW M240i’s interior is well-built, logically laid out and has a satellite navigation system that you operate using BMW’s excellent iDrive control knob, which is that bit easier to use than the systems fitted to the Audi TTS and Porsche Cayman. The driver’s seat has lots of adjustment to get comfortable behind the wheel – although manual models have offset pedals, so you can feel twisted on long journeys – and, although you wouldn’t call the BMW M240i very practical, it has more room in the back than the TTS or the Cayman, the latter of which has no rear seats at all.
The boot has all the room you need for a week away and the 2 Series has a five-star crash-test rating from Euro NCAP (who tested it as the mechanically identical 1 Series) so it’s safe too.
In fact, there’s very little that the coupe doesn’t do very well indeed. If you want more in-depth information on the BMW M240i read the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. And, if you want to get an idea of the possible savings on an M240i, click through to our deals page.