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BMW M2

(2023 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

62
%
C

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

79
%
A

Safety Rating:

69
%
C

Eco Rating:

43
%
C

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

25
%
E

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

62
%
C

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

79
%
A

Safety Rating:

69
%
C

Eco Rating:

43
%
C

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

25
%
E

The BMW M2 is The Car Expert’s Best Performance Car 2024!

Summary


The BMW M2 is a compact sports coupé and the entry-level model in the BMW ‘M’ division range, sitting below the larger M3 saloon and M4 coupé. This is the second-generation model, which became available to order in the UK in Spring 2023.

Described by Autocar‘s Richard Lane as a “very serious proposition”, the latest iteration of the M2 has been well received by the British motoring media, praised for its impressive straight-six petrol engine and its agile handling, which result in a thrilling driving experience in a compact package.

“The new M2 is an absolute triumph”, says John McIlroy of Auto Express. “More than any of its predecessors, it fully assumes the original M3’s brief by offering supercar-baiting cross-country performance, along with astounding handling, agility and involvement.”

“It lacks the instant fun of the outgoing M2” though, says Top Gear‘s Ollie Kew. A few reviewers agree, commenting that they miss the uncomplicated, uncompromising character of the previous M2. That said, “the M2 really is in a class of one”, says Kew, and “now asks very serious questions of the more expensive M4.”

As of January 2024, the BMW M2 holds a New Car Expert Rating of C, with a score of 62%. Although it receives high praise from motoring journalists, its overall score is weighed down by inevitably high running costs, while its safety rating and CO2 emissions levels are only average. Being a new model, we also don’t have any reliability data on the M2 yet, which may increase or decrease its overall rating over time.

M2 highlights

  • Serious fun to drive
  • Quality interior with usable back seats
  • Manual and automatic gearbox options
  • Agile handling

M2 lowlights

  • Heavier weight blunts power increase
  • Rather firm ride
  • Not as charming as its predecessor
  • Expensive to buy and run

Key specifications


Body style: Coupé
Engines:
petrol
Price:
From £64,745 on-road

Launched: Spring 2023
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Evo

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Honest John

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 4 stars
Date tested: March 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 82%
Child protection: 81%
Vulnerable road users: 67%
Safety assist: 64%

The BMW M2 shares its safety rating with the regular BMW 2 Series coupé range, which was tested by Euro NCAP in March 2022 and awarded a four-star rating.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the BMW M2 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the latest iteration of the BMW M2 to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the M2, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models223 g/kmD219 – 227 g/kmD – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models42D42 – 42D – D
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£532D
Year 2£1,117D
Year 3£1,773D
Year 4£2,128D
Year 5£2,825D
Overall£8,375D

The BMW M2 is a fairly expensive car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Insurance premiums are above the market average, and service and maintenance costs over a five-year term are predicted to be rather expensive too.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the BMW M2 has received.

2023

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Reviewers agree that the second-generation BMW M2 is certainly an exhilarating performance package, but is it as charming as its predecessor?BMW M2