As far as list prices are concerned, the 2 Series Gran Coupé comes out on top of its Mercedes rival. In M Sport guise, our 218i test car is nearly £3000 cheaper than the equivalent CLA 180 AMG Line, and no matter how you look at it, that’s a fairly hefty sum. The good news continues when you examine forecasted residual values, too, although the difference isn’t quite as marked. Over a three-year, 36,000-mile period, our experts expect the Mercedes to hold on to 51% of its original asking price, with the BMW retaining 53%.
Equipment levels are strong, with BMW’s 10.25in infotainment suite, leather upholstery, heated front seats and more all included as standard. There are, of course, a number of options packs to choose from, but most of them are sensibly priced. The £1500 Technology pack – with its wi-fi hotspot, phone charging pad and head-up display – is particularly enticing.
Real-world fuel economy is respectable, with our test car averaging 42mpg.