Following BMW's convention of naming coupes with even numbers and conventional cars with odd numbers, the X2 is a coupelike version of the X1 subcompact SUV. The X2 shares a platform with the X1 and 2 Series Gran Coupe, as well as with the Mini Clubman and Countryman.
BMW introduced the X2 as a new model for 2018. To capitalize on the athletic aesthetic, BMW has added a running shoe-esque Edition M Mesh for 2021. The X2 competes with other subcompact luxury SUVs including the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, and Volvo XC40.
The X2 definitely succeeds in its mission as a more stylish X1. Rather than trying to shoehorn SUV design into tight dimensions, the X2 embraces a hot hatch look that works in projecting sportiness. It's backed up by the drive, too; this BMW is among the quickest, best-performing cars in its segment, although it's less engaging than we would hope. The M35i model is more powerful and more fun.
That performance comes at a cost, too. Most staffers criticized the too-stiff ride quality and harsh impacts. The rear seat is small, even for the segment, and a cramped cargo area detracts from this utility vehicle's supposed utility. The cabin is noisy, too. Concluding a recent subcompact luxury SUV comparison, we decided the X2's strong performance and sharp styling could not overcome its small, loud interior, stiff ride, and high price. Against a Volvo XC40 and Jaguar E-Pace, the BMW finished third. It's a decent little ute, but there are better options.
Every X2 features a 2.0-liter turbo-four mated to an eight-speed automatic—although the engine is available in two states of tune. In the FWD sDrive28i and the AWD xDrive28i, it develops 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, which our First Test shows is good for 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds. That makes it a half-second quicker than the X1 and a full second ahead of the Mini Countryman in Cooper S form, both of which employ the same turbo-four and eight-speed auto. The lower tune is EPA-rated for 24/31-32 mpg city/highway.
Opting for the X2 M35i yields a more powerful version of the 2.0-liter turbo-four generating 302 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. BMW claims the M Performance model will hit 60 in a spritely 4.9 seconds, and fuel economy is right behind the 28i model at 23/30 mpg.
With top-notch crashworthiness ratings in all six tests, Acceptable-rated headlights, and a mid-level Advanced score for the front crash prevention system, the X2 is a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick. To bolster its safety credentials, BMW includes a host of driver-assist features as standard. Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and automatic high-beams are included on all models. Adaptive cruise control is a standalone option.
The X2 seats five, with 40.3 inches of legroom up front and 36.7 inches in the back seat. Cargo volume measures 21.6 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 50.1 cubes with the seats folded down. In both dimensions, the X2 offers less space than the mechanically identical X1.
Every X2 features an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay compatibility. Navigation capability can be added as part of the Premium package, which also includes a head-up display, heated steering wheel, and a smart power liftgate. Seven-speaker audio is standard, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon system is available as a standalone option.
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