Even though the new BMW 228i didn't win our sideways comparo with a 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost and Scion FR-S, it's still very much a driver's car. However, for passengers of any average height who might get stuck in the back, the coupe isn't exactly comfortable.
For the Guangzhou Auto Show, BMW has introduced a concept that might remedy that situation, and it's called the BMW Concept Compact Sedan.
BMW has been light on the details, but presumably, this is a preview of the company's replacement for the 1 Series. With the X1 moving to Mini's front-wheel-drive platform, don't be surprised if the production version of the Concept Compact Sedan does the same.
Even if BMW moves away from rear-wheel drive for its smallest sedan, the company insists it's still going to drive like a real BMW.
"It not only gives the driver and passengers generous amounts of space within a compact area but does so while providing the sporting ability you'd expect from BMW and an elegance otherwise only available in large BMW sedans," says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design.
So there you have it. Consider the Audi A3 and the Mercedes-Benz CLA officially put on notice.