Video review: New BMW M240i against rivals Porsche and Mercedes-AMG Car News

BMW, you may have heard, has launched a new version of the 2 Series and it is, for lack of a better term, a genuine BMW.

That means it’s natively rear-wheel-drive, has the option of a six-cylinder engine and has the traditional long-snout shape of every Munich-built fast coupe you’ll find in the back-catalogue. We’re very excited about this, especially in the nearly 400bhp M240i xDrive range, which is exactly the model we have here.

However, if you too love the sound of BMW and have around £50,000 to spend on an everyday sports car that combines functionality and performance and adds more than just a touch of handling prowess, this M240i Is xDrive really the one for you? Could you opt for a Porsche instead, specifically the 718 Cayman, which in base trim costs about what the M240i xDrive does? Or should you spend a bit more and plump for the animalistic Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S, whose 2.0-litre engine is the most powerful in its class? All three cars have huge pedigree and plenty of appeal.

It’s a nice problem to have, and to make the decision-making process easier, we’ve assembled all three cars in Snowdonia. Join James Disdale, Richard Lane and Matt Prior as they search for the best way to spend £50,000 on a usable new performance car.

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This notice was published: 2022-04-21 18:01:26

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