2021 BMW 2-Series vs. Its Competition

2021 BMW 2-Series Competition Coupe Side Exterior View
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

The 2-Series lineup offers an interesting foil to the Mercedes-Benz CLA and A-Class ranges.

The Gran Coupe is slightly more spacious than a CLA and slightly more stylish than an A-Class, and you’ll spend a lot more to buy a C-Class convertible or coupe.

Audi’s A3 range is buttoned down and full of tech, though there’s no convertible or coupe to tempt.

The Cadillac CT4 is stylish outside and priced right—don’t leave it off your shopping list.

If you’re set on a Gran Coupe, it may be worth shopping the slightly cheaper and more spacious X1 crossover.

2021 BMW 2-Series Competition Coupe Side Exterior View2021 BMW 2-Series
2021 BMW X12021 BMW X1
2021 Cadillac CT42021 Cadillac CT4
2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class (CLA250 4MATIC)2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class2021 Mercedes-Benz A Class
2020 Audi A32020 Audi A3
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No matter the flavor, the 2021 BMW 2-Series lineup offers plenty of appeal—if not so much back-seat room.
The 2021 BMW X1 is an appealing crossover with hatchback moves, but keep a lid on options for the better value.
The 2021 Cadillac CT4 is well-equipped and fun to drive, making it a good small sedan choice.
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a stylish little sedan with plenty of personality and a hefty price tag.
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a cheap way to get into the three-pointed star’s lineup, but it doesn’t skimp on much.
The 2020 Audi A3 is a well-equipped entry-level compact sedan that delivers more substance than flash.
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