Many automotive enthusiasts these days have decried that "BMW has lost their way." In many ways, they have a point. A not insignificant number of their models these days are luxury vehicles that handle well, but they seem to lack that special stuff that made the company so legendary in times past. Some of their cars only really exist to sell BMWs to people that normally couldn't afford a BMW. It's sad, but BMW isn't doing much to prove the enthusiasts wrong.
Except for the 2-Series. In fact, the 2018 BMW 2-Series may be the automaker's most interesting and compelling model currently on sale, outside of some of the hardcore M models. The diminutive size of the 2-Series allows for handling that harks back to some of the best BMWs of yesteryear, and all trims are quick, and you can even get a convertible version. Even the base model has the special stuff, making the 2-Series deserving of the moniker "the Ultimate Driving Machine."