BMW and Audi have been at it for decades, vying for the title of best entry-level luxury performance car. Their newest entries—the M2 and RS3—are a sign things aren’t slowing down anytime soon.
Henry Catchpole of Carfection brought the two German sporting cars together on the damp country roads of South Wales to find out which is truly the better buy. Both have similar prices, power figures, and performance numbers, so it’s down to the driving experience to suss out which car is actually best.
Thanks to Audi’s signature Quattro stability, it’s calmer and easier to get around turns than the pointier, more direct BMW. There’s tons more traction, and thanks to that turbo five-cylinder, the Audi sounds cooler too. But ultimately, it’s the M2 that comes out on top, thanks to an available manual transmission and a more balanced rear-wheel drive chassis.
Check out the whole video to see all the reasons why Catchpole ends up choosing the BMW as the winner, and why the incredibly fun RS3 is still a great buy.