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BMW 2 Series vs Lexus RC

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BMW 2 Series
BMW 2 Series

$53,888 - $114,900

2023 price

Lexus RC
Lexus RC

$51,990 - $119,888

2020 price


2023 BMW 2 Series
2020 Lexus RC
Safety Rating

Engine Type
Turbo 3, 1.5L

V6, 3.5L
Fuel Type

Premium Unleaded Petrol
Fuel Efficiency
5.9L/100km (combined)

9.4L/100km (combined)

  • Why $7000 more than the hatch?
  • Lacklustre warranty term
  • Cheap feeling leather trim

  • Infuriating multimedia system
  • Token second row of seats
  • Not very fuel efficient
2023 BMW 2 Series Summary

You’d be forgiven for thinking there aren’t many sedans left on sale in Australia, thanks to the massive shift in buyer preference to SUVs.

But while mainstream carmakers like Ford, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Volkswagen and a lot more have scaled back their booted offerings, premium brands are yet to give up on sedans.

BMW alone has seven sedan models in its line-up ranging from small offerings like the 2 Series Gran Coupe all the way up to the 7 Series and 8 Series.

We are focusing on the former for this review, in entry level 218i guise. It’s a sleek sedan that certainly catches the eye, but can it compete with similarly priced SUVs in our crossover-loving country?

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2020 Lexus RC Summary

If it wasn’t for this review appearing on your screen right now, would you have even remembered the Lexus RC was a thing?

At the time of writing, the RC is actually the fifth most popular model in its sports car segment. Yep, only the two-door versions of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and E-Class, and BMW 4 Series and Z4 sell better.

So, why is the RC seemingly invisible? But more importantly, does it deserve to be? Let’s test the RC 350 F Sport to find out.

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