Assessing the 1M’s interior five years ago, we questioned the legitimacy of basing a £40k sports car on a much more modestly priced family hatch – and the same argument applies here.
An M-specific spruce of dials, needles and logos does not lift the M2’s ambience significantly above that level, meaning the current Audi TT and the Porsche 718 Cayman are comfortably a class apart. Although a recent facelift has improved the appearance of the exterior and the fitted the M2 with the latest iDrive infotainment offering, little has been drastically changed to this small M car.
Still, the benefits of the 2 Series platform are obvious enough. The longer you spend in the flagship, the more you appreciate just how practical the car actually is – particularly in comparison with the two-seat Porsche.
Even the four-seat TT is distinctly less habitable in the rear than the M2, which manages to accommodate two additional adults without immediately triggering claustrophobia. It also comes with a capacious 390-litre boot and the ability to fold the rear seatbacks flat, which ought to be music to the ears of anyone who has tried to fit a week’s shopping into a 718.