People love to lament the loss of the simple-shaped, low-beltline, big-glassed BMWs from years past, but the M2 – and the whole 2-Series in general – has definite traces of this family history, perhaps more so than any other car in the BMW lineup. There's a definitive trunk rather than a pseudo-hatchback, and the tallish roof keeps things from being Camaro-like in regard to visibility. To ensure no one confuses this with lesser versions of the 2-Series, there's big cooling ducts, flared-out fenders, and quad exhaust outlets. The big gaping maw up front may be a bit off-putting, but take solace in knowing that the hodgepodge of grills and ducts is born of functionality rather than pure aesthetics.
Inside, things are decidedly stark. Some buyers may like this no-nonsense cabin, but we imagine that most folk dropping over 50 large on one of these will be disappointed at the lack of apparent luxury. Besides standard leather upholstery, there's little else suggestive of the car's base price and of BMW's luxury image. It's also tight inside, no matter whether you're sitting up front or stuffed in back. This is inherent with any small car on a rear-drive platform, but it's still something to be aware of.
The cabin isn't all doom and gloom, though. The seats are excellent, and make for great thrones from which to command this performance machine. The standard feature list also includes niceties like navigation, a Harmon Kardon sound system, satellite radio, and 14-way power heated seats.