Speed Week: The Hot Hatches
Aspirational, affordable, and with blistering performance. And perfect for the school run. What more could you possibly want?
Posted: 28 Jul 2014
Nothing to be scared of when it comes to corners, though. With the power coming in such broad strokes, it rarely threatens to overwhelm the rear tyres. And although it's a touch stiffer than the M135i on which it's based - more so with the adaptive dampers set to Sport - it still takes a moment to ease itself into the appropriate posture. There's plenty of grip, and despite the rear-wheel drive and limited-slip diff, it's not a wilful drifter. Sure, it'll go sideways if you want it to, but you'll have to work for it. So, instead of showing off like you might in its big-brother M4, it's more satisfying to settle into a tidy rhythm.