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2021 BMW X2
Select a Different Model (3 Available): M35i
Fuel Economy $ 23 / 30 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 22/50 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
Horsepower 301@5,000
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2021 BMW X2 MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Hot-hatch styling
  • Good performance, fun to drive
  • Decent fuel economy

Cons

  • Stiff ride
  • Tight passenger and cargo space
  • Noisy cabin

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.

What We Think

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.

Performance and Fuel Economy

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.

Safety

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.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

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.

Technology

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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2021 BMW X2 SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.0 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, Steptronic 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode
Trim
M35i
Class
Premium Subcompact Utility
Horsepower
301@5,000
Standard MPG
23/30
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
Show Full Specs
Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
36
Corrosion Warranty Months
144
Powertrain Warranty Miles
50,000
Full Warranty Miles
50,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
48
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
36,000
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$2000 BMW announces a Military Program for cash customers. 12-31-2021
$500 BMW announces a Military Program for customers who Lease/OwnersChoice/Retail Finance/Select Finance through BMW Financial Services that is good towards a purchase or lease of select models. 12-31-2021
$500 BMW announces Lease Credit on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-30-2021
$0 0.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - BMW announces APR rates on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-30-2021
$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - BMW announces APR rates on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-30-2021
$2000 BMW announces a Customer Cash Credit on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-30-2021
$2000 BMW announces APR Credit that is good towards a purchase through BMW Financial Services of select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-30-2021
$1000 BMW announces Lease/APR Credit on select models for eligible College Graduates. 01-03-2022