2020 BMW M2

MSRP range: $58,900
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2020 BMW M2 Review

  • Big power from the turbocharged straight-six
  • Loads of fun to drive thanks to precision handling and steering
  • Practical enough for daily use
  • Low sales numbers ensures exclusivity
  • Overly choppy ride quality gets tiresome on bumpy roads
  • Few interior and exterior customization options
  • No significant changes for 2020
  • Part of the first M2 generation introduced for 2016

Let's run through a hypothetical car shopping requirement list. You want: 1) more than 400 horsepower; 2) a nimble-handling coupe with a decent-size back seat; 3) an available manual transmission; 4) rarity, so you know you got something special; and 5) a starting MSRP that's no more than $60,000 when new. Now, a decent number of cars will match most of these criteria. But all of them? Your search will pretty much start and end at the 2020 BMW M2 Competition.

Admittedly, our listed requirements are quite specific, akin perhaps to trying to qualify for the Olympics. (Oh, what, you were 0.0002 second slower than the last athlete? Sorry, you're off the team.) But we're just glad the M2 Competition exists at all. BMW's lineup, which is simply a reflection of market desires, is jam-packed with X-brand SUVs and four-door Gran Coupe derivatives. A small two-door coupe, however close it might come to providing classic BMW handling magic, just isn't a big draw anymore.

But that's part of the niche appeal, right? BMW definitely helped out when it made a variety of updates to last year's M2 and renamed it the M2 Competition. These included a new engine, stronger brakes, sportier front seats, and subtle exterior styling changes that go along with the preexisting M mods for the 2 Series. This year's M2 is pretty much unchanged. Supposedly, the taillights are a little darker. Exciting, yeah?

Yes, there are some downsides here. The ride quality is quite firm, and BMW doesn't offer an adaptive suspension (as it does on, say, the M3 and M4) to make it more livable. Nor does BMW give you much in the way of customization, whether it be paint choices or interior upholstery and trim. Relax some of our listed requirements and you might end up with an Audi RS 3, Ford Shelby GT350 or even the new 3 Series in M340i guise. Overall, though, we think you're going to love the 2020 M2.

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The BMW M2 Competition provides a visceral driving experience yet has four seats, a secure trunk and just-tough-enough styling. It doesn't lavish the driver with the latest technology, but it does impart a feeling of exhilaration that's nearly unmatched for the price. This little German muscle car is sure to be a future classic.
When something this size is packing 405 horsepower, you know it's going to be fast. With the six-speed manual, we saw 60 go by in 4.6 seconds. The quarter-mile was dispatched in a thrilling 12.7 seconds at 110.9 mph. The power from this engine is broad and muscular, making it easy to attack a good road with just a couple of gears.

Handling limits are high, but this is where the M2 gets tricky. It requires an advanced hand to get the most out of it since the chassis is eager to turn but can be twitchy over less than perfect roads. The brakes are a bit on the noisy side but provide consistently strong stopping power. In our testing, our M2 test car came to a stop from 60 mph in 108 feet. The M2 can also do the daily slog thanks to its easy clutch takeup and precise rev-matching feature. Only a wide turning radius earns a demerit.
If you weren't clued in to the M2's capabilities before you hit the road, the relentlessly firm ride will quickly make it apparent. While it's not punishing, it can get tiresome on a choppy freeway. It'll make you think twice about charging down a road with a less than perfect surface.

The seats are impressively comfortable and supportive. You can adjust the bolsters to fit many body types. Should you live in a cold climate, the seat heaters will quickly ward off the chills. The climate control is very effective, and any BMW owner will find it instantly familiar to use.
We applaud the straightforward layout and general lack of complexity, but the M2 might come across to some buyers as a little dated. Nearly everyone should find it easy to get into the M2 thanks to its more standard sedan-like ride height (no low-slung sports car here). Visibility is also excellent. The M2 is one of last sport coupes you can park without relying on electronic aids.

It might take you a bit fiddling with the adjustments for the driver's seat and steering wheel to get comfortable, but once ensconced, you'll likely end up with an ideal driving position. And unless you're exceptionally tall, your rear passengers will have an acceptable amount of legroom even if headroom is a bit tight.
This version of iDrive is easy to read and remains one of our favorites. It offers good phone integration provided you're using an Apple device. Android Auto isn't supported, though it's pretty easy to get up and running using a standard Bluetooth connection. The M2's system also has above-average voice controls that recognize natural speech pretty well. Some deep menus can take a while to learn, but most everyday functions are readily accessible.

The navigation system is fast-acting and accurate, but the audio system left us wanting a bit more punch. The M2's driver aids work pretty well, but adaptive cruise control and rear cross-traffic alert are not offered. Wireless charging is part of the optional Executive package.
It should come as no surprise that the sedan-like M2 Competition makes a real case for itself in this category since many of the cars in this class are hatchbacks or have only two seats. There's a decent amount of interior storage space. And with a fairly generous 13.8-cubic-foot trunk, the M2 offers considerably more room than rival coupes.

Add to that the 60/40-split rear seats and you've got yourself quite the practical sport coupe. Slim child safety seats should fit without much issue, but getting them in or out could cause some frustration.
With speed as its main selling point, the M2 Competition could be expected to get less than stellar fuel economy. But the EPA rates it at a respectable 20 mpg in combined city/highway driving (with the manual transmission). We didn't have much of a problem meeting the combined rating in mixed driving and on our 115-mile evaluation route.
The cool part about the M2 is that you can order a base model (around $60,000) and not lose a thing. The power, braking and handling capabilities are all baked in from the start. Only the optional dual-clutch automatic transmission adds any real expense and performance benefit.

Build quality is what you'd expect from a BMW even if the M2 Competition is a bit simple on the inside. The materials quality is above par, as is the fit and finish. Warranties are average for the class but you can prepay for service appointments, which can include replacement of wear items such as tires and brake pads.

Which M2 does Edmunds recommend?

As BMW equips the M2 with plenty of standard equipment, your main decision will be between the standard six-speed manual transmission and the optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The automatic provides quicker acceleration and effortless cruising — ideal if you sit in traffic often — while the manual provides a more engaging and rewarding driving experience. If you want the M2 in its purest form, get the manual. None of the available options is a must, but we would recommend the M Driver's package.

BMW M2 models

The 2020 BMW M2 Competition is a high-performance rear-wheel-drive coupe that's available in one trim level: the Competition. Most of the features you'd want come standard, and there are only a few packages and options to choose from. Under the hood is a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder (405 horsepower, 406 lb-ft of torque) that's connected to a six-speed manual. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is optional.

Standard equipment includes 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, keyless ignition and entry, auto-dimming mirrors, leather upholstery, carbon-fiber interior trim, and power-adjustable M sport front seats with heating. The infotainment system includes an 8.8-inch central display, navigation, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and Apple CarPlay (subscription-based). On the safety front, forward collision warning and mitigation (with automatic emergency braking), lane departure warning, and front and rear parking sensors are all standard.

After that, the options list is pretty short. An Executive package adds a heated steering wheel, adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beams, speed limit info, wireless device charging, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The M Driver's package increases the M2's speed limiter from 155 mph to 174 mph and provides one day of training at a BMW high-performance driving school. A sunroof is offered as a stand-alone option.

Consumer reviews

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Average user rating: 5.0 stars
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    5/5 stars, Spicy Enchilada of a Car
    Competition 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)
    I've owned all sorts of sports cars. Literally a few dozen in 45 years of driving. This is my favorite of the bunch. It has so much power that you are never wanting for acceleration. If you are so inclined, you can drift the car controllably anytime you want. The handling is excellent (though I do notice a little squirm from the tires at times). You never feel like you aren't in control. It is very stiff - but on reasonably smooth roads it's great. On smooth roads it's sublime. For a small coupe it's spacious enough, very comfortable, and has very generous storage in the trunk (and the rear seat folds down). Looks are great in my opinion - muscular with bulging fender wells. I opted for the DCT and don't regret it - it makes a great commuter car. It has M-drive settings so you can custom tailor shift points, exhaust opening, etc. The exhaust can be raucous if you open the valves, so it's nice to be able to close them and keep the noise down. With the transmission set to shift at low revs and the exhaust valves close, it becomes a semi-luxury car. Smooth, relatively quiet, and unobtrusive. But raise shift setting to the highest of the 3 and open the exhaust valves and it rips and wails. Unlike the first gen M2, this one has the real M motor (S55), real M mirrors, real M leather on the seats, etc. Also has the carbon fiber strut tower brace which just looks great. Negatives are there - it is a little jerky in stop and go driving at times (put it in the mildest settings for best operation in traffic), gas mileage is not terrific (I average about 22 MPG even with significant steady state highway driving), and there are some rattles here and there, likely due to the stiff suspension. The infotainment system is much better than the earlier Beemers, but still weird in places. Phone integration is pretty good and Apple Car Play is well integrated (I have the Executive Package as well which is worth the extra). All in all a wonderful performance car that has some exclusivity. I rarely see another one when I'm driving.
    5/5 stars, Best Coupe currently available
    David Mold,
    Competition 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)
    By far, the design, styling, handling and performance go without question for this BMW. My first year driving has been limited but the times when the vehicle has been on the road has been exceptional. I’ve previously own an e-46 ZHP for 15 years before deciding on buying this new M2 Competition. My wait was well worth it. It will probably be my last gasoline car, but I will keep this for a very long time. Interior design is very spacious as I’m 6’2” so comfort is needed. Material and fitment is of high standard, well worth the 58K I paid for it which was a deal at that time. If you have the means to pick one up do so, they are so choice...

    2020 BMW M2 video

    [MUSIC PLAYING] JONATHAN ELFALAN: That's a 2019 BMW M2 Competition Coupe. And it's replacing the standard M2 for the near future. Now the M2, it belongs to a small but ultra competitive segment I like to call the super subcompacts. And that includes the Audi RS3 and Mercedes CLA 45 AMG. This new M2 Competition Coupe, it's raising the bar. It's got a new engine making a ton more power and a number of other go fast tweaks, which can make it the new leader of the pack. [MUSIC PLAYING] t Oh. So let's talk about this engine for a second. It's the high performance version of the previous engine. They call it the S55. And it's in both the M3 and M4. So what are the differences between this and the old engine? It's got a stronger block, for one. It's got a lightweight forge crankshaft and stronger pistons, which allows it to handle more boost. So it makes 405 horsepower and 406 pound feet of torque. [ENGINE REVS] So that's 40 more horsepower over in the old engine and 63 pound feet of torque more as well. That's game-changing horsepower for me. All it needed was a little bit more power. I thought that it didn't quite have as much power as it could have handled with the chassis. BMW thought that too, because they haven't really changed anything about the suspension here. You've got the carbon fiber brace up front, which significantly increases the structural rigidity of the front. So they had to do a little bit of tuning with the steering and everything, but they left the rest of the suspension the same. And so this thing handles like a dream. And now, it has the power to back it up, which is incredible. Aw, , man. I love this car so much. So the M2 Competition Coupe, just like the previous car, you have two options for transmission. So we have the six speed manual, which I'm driving here, and you have the seven speed dual clutch automatic. Manual doesn't feel any different from the previous car. In fact, I know it's a different transmission, but if you didn't tell me that, I wouldn't have guessed. It's got automatic rev match function, as you can hear, which works perfectly. So if you're one that likes to drive down in the canyons and you're going for a downshift, well, the engine is going to blip the throttle and match the revs automatically. So you don't have to know how to heel tow downshift. Some people, the purists, have issues with that. I don't. You can turn off the feature if you don't like it. But the fact of the matter is it does a perfect job of rev matching the downshifts. Now if you get the seven speed transmission, that's, I would say, equally as fun. You don't get to stir your own gears, but you get to go quicker because you don't have to think about shifting. You have your gear changes at the tips of your fingers. So I don't know what I would prefer. The seven speed DCT is going to be the faster car because it's going to be able to shift quicker than you could ever hope to. That and you have launch control. I think they place it a couple tenths quicker with the DCT than with the manual. So something you have to accept if you decide to go with the manual. But that being said, this is a very good manual. It's got a really light clutch throw, real easy engagement, and the gearbox is effortless. Now as far as road comfort goes, the M2 is a pretty good compromise. The suspension isn't adaptive, because BMW said that if they went that route, that they couldn't keep the price low enough to be competitive. That said, I don't think it needs an adaptive suspension. If you're somebody shopping in this segment, somebody that cares about performance and driving and this is probably the best driver's car in the segment-- I would actually say it's definitely the best driver's car in this segment-- then you're going to be able to put up with a little bit more stiffness in the ride quality. We had a pretty bumpy road on this drive. It was punishingly bumpy. We had an M5. I mean, the M5 competition out on that road as well. And both cars-- I mean, this car was no less comfortable on that road than the M5, which says something. You know, this doesn't, again, doesn't have adaptive suspension, and so it's set to one setting. But it works. It works great on the track, as we drove on earlier. And it works right on the street. I could easily do hundreds of miles in this thing in a single pass, as long as I'm not in rush hour traffic. So I think if you're somebody that's planning to buy this car as your daily driver, you could totally do it. If you've seen the interior of an M2 before, then you might recognize that they haven't really tried to reinvent the wheel here. Everything looks pretty much like the standard car. You've got the carbon fiber trim along here, you've got the contrast stitching all throughout the interior, which you can get in blue or orange, I believe. And you've also got the M striping detail along the steering wheel as well as the seat belts. By far, the biggest upgrade for this interior has to be the new M sport seats. They feel great. They have a ton more lateral support here at the thighs as well as at the sides. You also have this integrated headrest, which kind of mimics a one-piece race seat, as well as the logo here, which illuminates. Because who doesn't like a little bling? All right guys, that is the 2019 M2 Competition Coupe. I think BMW did a knockout job with it. And you know what? I think it's probably the one I would go without of the super subcompact trinity. Yeah, I think I'm in love. But that's my thoughts. We'd love to hear your thoughts down in the comments. And if you like this video, be sure to subscribe to Edmunds on YouTube.

    2019 BMW M2 | First Drive

    NOTE: This video is about the 2019 BMW M2, but since the 2020 BMW M2 is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

    Edmunds Road Test Manager Jonathan Elfalan flies to Spain to test-drive the new 2019 BMW M2 Competition. The Competition is a new stand-alone model that is replacing the standard M2 for 2019. On paper, it's set to give the Audi RS 3, the Audi TT RS and the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 a run for the subcompact title. But is it as good as the specs say?

    Features & Specs

    Base MSRP
    MPG & Fuel
    18 City / 25 Hwy / 20 Combined
    Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.7 gal. capacity
    4 seats
    Type: rear wheel drive
    Transmission: 6-speed manual
    Inline 6 cylinder
    Horsepower: 405 hp @ 5230 rpm
    Torque: 406 lb-ft @ 2350 rpm
    Basic Warranty
    4 yr./ 50000 mi.
    Length: 176.2 in. / Height: 55.5 in. / Width: 73.0 in.
    Curb Weight: 3600 lbs.
    Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 13.8 cu.ft.
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    Our experts’ favorite M2 safety features:

    Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation
    Alerts the driver about an imminent front collision and can automatically apply the brakes if the driver doesn't react in time.
    Lane Departure Warning
    Monitors lane markings and alerts the driver when the M2 starts to drift out of its lane if the turn signal isn't applied.
    Speed Limit Info
    Displays the posted speed limit of the road you're driving on in the gauge cluster.

    BMW M2 vs. the competition

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    BMW M2 vs. Audi RS 3

    Audi's A3-based performance sedan, the RS 3, is a natural competitor for the BMW M2 even though it has two additional doors. The extra doors and slightly roomier back seat make the Audi a little more practical. You also get standard all-wheel drive, which helps with traction in wet-weather conditions. But from a driving perspective and having run on a racetrack or favorite back road, we recommend the BMW.

    Compare BMW M2 & Audi RS 3 features 

    BMW M2 vs. Porsche 718 Cayman

    Porsche's mid-engine coupe, the 718 Cayman, is one of the best-handling cars on the market. It gets the driver involved primarily through its communicative steering, which is superior to the M2's. It's a lighter car, too. Porsche also offers a lot more customization options on the Cayman. For everyday driving, however, the BMW could be the better choice because of its back seat and bigger trunk. It's also more affordable.

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    BMW M2 vs. Tesla Model 3

    You might not normally cross-shop an electric sedan with an M-branded performance car, but the Model 3 is good enough to make this possible. In its Performance guise, the Model 3 can easily out-accelerate the M2. The Model 3's handling is surprisingly sporty, too. Pricing is similar for the two cars. Go with the Tesla for practicality, all-wheel drive and reduced emissions. The M2 wins out on attitude and driver involvement.

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    Is the BMW M2 a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 M2 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.0 out of 10. You probably care about BMW M2 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the M2 gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the M2 has 13.8 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a BMW M2. Learn more

    What's new in the 2020 BMW M2?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 BMW M2:

    • No significant changes for 2020
    • Part of the first M2 generation introduced for 2016
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    Is the BMW M2 reliable?

    To determine whether the BMW M2 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the M2. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the M2's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2020 BMW M2 a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 BMW M2 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 M2 and gave it a 8.0 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 M2 is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2020 BMW M2?

    The least-expensive 2020 BMW M2 is the 2020 BMW M2 Competition 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $58,900.

    Other versions include:

    • Competition 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $58,900
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    What are the different models of BMW M2?

    If you're interested in the BMW M2, the next question is, which M2 model is right for you? M2 variants include Competition 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M). For a full list of M2 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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    2020 BMW M2 Overview

    The 2020 BMW M2 is offered in the following submodels: M2 Coupe. Available styles include Competition 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M).

    What do people think of the 2020 BMW M2?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 BMW M2 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 M2 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 M2.

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    What's a good price for a New 2020 BMW M2?

    2020 BMW M2 Competition 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)

    The 2020 BMW M2 Competition 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $63,995. The average price paid for a new 2020 BMW M2 Competition 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $6,983 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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    Should I lease or buy a 2020 BMW M2?

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