Which to Buy: BMW M135i or Used BMW M2?

1 Series, BMW M2 | May 31st, 2019 by 16
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The BMW M135i only launched just a few days ago but it’s already quite a polarizing car. Some fans like it for its punchy engine, …

The BMW M135i only launched just a few days ago but it’s already quite a polarizing car. Some fans like it for its punchy engine, promise of performance and high-quality interior. Others don’t like it because of its front-wheel drive nature, its styling and its front-wheel drive nature. Did I mention they don’t like that it’s front-wheel drive? Because of this divisiveness, some enthusiasts are already looking at alternatives. For instance, Top Gear wonders whether or not to buy a brand-new BMW M135i or a second-hand BMW M2.

It is an interesting question, though. By the time the M135i goes on sale, it’s not unlikely that you will be able to find nice used examples of the BMW M2 for around the same price. If you could, would you opt for the proper rear-wheel drive, two-door M car or would you rather have a front-drive-based, all-wheel drive hatchback with a turbo-four?

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On paper, it sounds like a no-brainer, right? You’d go with the M2. But it might not be that simple. The BMW M2 is a brilliant driving car, with its smooth I6 engine, option six-speed manual and rear-wheel drive. But it’s also a bit harsh to drive everyday, it lacks a lot of the M135i’s practicality and it’s more expensive to own and run.

So if you’re looking for something that’s sporty and fun but can also act as a kid-carrier on school runs, the BMW M135i might actually be the better bet. Plus, it’s not much slower in the real world. With its 306 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque and all-wheel drive, BMW claims it can get from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds. That’s not too far off the standard M2 with a manual. Plus, it will certainly be quicker in bad weather, where the M2 can be a bit sketchy.

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Obviously, we haven’t yet driven the BMW M135i. However, it’s not hard to imagine the BMW M2 being the better driver’s car, especially when conditions are ideal. However, the M135i might be the better all-rounder and the better one to actually own and live with. So while it’s cool and edgy to just dismiss it for its funky looks and front-drive basis, the new M-Lite 1 Series makes a case for itself. Which means this question isn’t as easy as it might have seemed at first.

So which is it, for the same money: the BMW M135i or a used BMW M2?

[Source: Top Gear]

16 responses to “Which to Buy: BMW M135i or Used BMW M2?”

  1. Mdriftda says:

    Lol is that even a real question? M2 or you should just be looking Honda

  2. Jupiter says:

    The big problem with having an M135i is that you couldn’t avoid looking at it.

    • Mdriftda says:

      That and as mentioned its fail wheel drive

      • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

        How many millions awd. been produced? X awd. BMW for 3 decades? How many million lives saved? Ski trips?

        • Mdriftda says:

          Cool, in your example the 3 series does not have a transverse front axle. AWD doesnt save lives winter tires do, AWD has abosolutely nothing to do with stopping which is how you die in the winter.

          • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

            My example mentions neither 3 Series nor transverse front axle, if AWD. has nothing to do with performance & safety, why are so many manufacturers engineering it into their performance models? I also said nothing about stopping, only a fool would suggest stopping is the only way to die in winter or any other time of year.

          • Mdriftda says:

            Not stopping sir, not stopping.

    • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

      From behind the driver’s wheel? Or your keyboard? Do you have to avoid mirrors as well?

  3. Jay Wightman says:

    As an owner of a 2018 M2 I am biased but honestly, it’s the BMW I’ve been waiting for for 10 + years. I don’t find it harsh at all and the weather doesn’t bother it with the winter tires on.

    i6 + manual × rear wheels = 😀

  4. Hans Wurst says:

    You don’t need to buy an used M2 instead of a new M135i. Including available rebates the M2 as a brand new car is cheaper than a comparable equipped M135i.

    BTw: I’d never buy that M135i. FWD based, no Manual, ZF or a double Clutch, 4 cylinder only. Oh and yes, it’s ugly. 🤮

  5. expat says:

    Buy Megane RS Trophy or Focus ST…..both have a manual for the real men…..

  6. Thaal Rasha says:

    it’s just 2 different targets. If you want a driver’s car you take the M2, if you want a practical AWD car, you take the 135, if you want a bit of both you buy a used F20 m140i.

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