BMW X2 2019 - A Sports Activity Coupe
The BMW X2 is a family-sized crossover hatchback, built with a sleek and sporty design, to separate it from the regular SUV models. The X2 is more like a sports coupe on steroids and at first, can appear a little confusing, but the more you look at it, the more you understand why BMW has designed it this way.
BMW doesn't call the X2 an SUV; instead, they refer to it as a Sports Activity Coupe (SAC). A car with the practicalities of an SUV but also the capabilities and performance of a sports car. The X2 is a sportier version of the hugely popular X1 baby SUV currently on sale.
At first glance the X2's appearance can be a little like marmite, you will either love it or hate it. If at first, you hate it, I urge you to persevere. The more time spent looking at it and noticing it driving around town, the more you will start to realise how good it looks.
There are five trim levels to choose from; SE, Sport, M Sport, M Sport X and the new range-topping M35i. The X2 is also the first in the BMW X range to be available as an M Sport X model. The X2 is available as front-wheel-drive (sDrive) or all-wheel-drive (xDrive).
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Engines, Power and Performance
The BMW X2 engine line up is fairly small, but all engines do a great job in making the X2 feel alive, responsive and agile. There are three petrol engines and two diesels in the range, with various transmission and drive systems available, some at an additional cost.
The diesels come as the 18d and 20d, both sharing the same 2-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged unit with different power outputs. The 18d develops 150hp and will hit 0-62mph in 9.2secs. It is available with a choice of manual or sport automatic transmission, along with front or all-wheel drive (sDrive or xDrive). The 20d develops 190hp and is capable of getting from 0-62mph in just 7.7secs. There is no manual transmission option available for this engine choice, just automatic.
The entry-level petrol engine is the 18i, a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged unit with 140hp which will hit 0-62mph in 9.2secs. It is the only petrol choice with a manual transmission option, all of the others are coupled with one of BMW's automatic transmissions. The 18i is only available with front-wheel-drive (sDrive); there is no option to have BMW's excellent xDrive system.
Next up it the 20i, which is a 2-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine developing 192hp and capable of hitting 0-62mph in 7.4secs. The 20i engine can be coupled to a choice of BMW automatic transmissions and comes with all-wheel-drive (xDrive) as standard.
Finally, there's the top of the range M35i, which uses the same 2-litre petrol engine as the 20i, but tuned to generate a massive 306hp and 450Nm of torque. Having this extra power allows the X2 to propel from 0-62mph in a breathtaking 4.9secs. Every X2 M35i comes with a sublime ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, along with xDrive as standard, to help get all that power to the wheels with limited traction issues.
Interior Quality and Technology
BMW appears to be putting a greater focus on the levels of quality and finish to the interiors of all of their new cars, and the X2 is no exception. The BMW X2 has a welcoming and gorgeous interior, featuring a host of high-quality materials. From soft-touch plastic to soft, comfortable seats and a selection of trim and accent pieces to give the X2 a personalised character.
Each X2 comes complete with a whole host of standard equipment, which includes the latest iDrive 6 infotainment system, complete with an 8.8-inch colour screen and built-in sat-nav. Other features include Bluetooth connectivity, 12-month free subscription to BMW Connected+ and Real-Time Traffic Information (RTTI) along with many others. If you want Apple CarPlay, you will need to pay extra, and Android Auto is currently not available.
Opt for the Navigation + package and the 8.8-inch screen will be replaced by a much better 10.25-inch screen, which is much more suited to the interior styling. You also get wireless charging on compatible smartphones and a colourful head-up display (HUD). The HUD is worth the extra money alone; it is a great piece of kit, so clear and easy to read.
The front seats are relatively large and make you feel well supported, without being over restricted and too figure-hugging. The controls on the dashboard are predominantly aimed towards the driver, for ease of use and to minimise distractions. Both the fronts seats and the steering wheel have a vast range of adjustments, so almost anyone will be able to find an excellent position, whether driving or not. If more support and comfort is required, you can choose the optional lumbar support for both front seats, which in some higher spec models comes as standard.
Space, Practicality and Safety
The X2, given its sleek Coupe styling, is generously spacious in the front and will accommodate occupants in excess of 6ft. There is plenty of headroom and legroom, while also being wide enough so as not to be rubbing shoulders with each other. Unfortunately the same cannot be said when it comes to space in the rear of the X2. Due to the sloping roofline and Coupe styling, headroom does get a little compromised in the back. Especially for those passengers who are around 6ft tall. Legroom is reasonable, not quite as generous as that found in the spacious Volvo XC40, but is roomier than the rival Audi SQ2, which design-wise, is probably more similar to the X2 than the Volvo XC40.
There are various useful storage cubbies throughout the X2 cabin, including a couple of deep cupholders in the front and back. There are also spacious door pockets front and rear and a decent cubby underneath the centre armrest.
The boot is a good size, with a healthy capacity of 470-litres which is over 100-litres more than the Audi SQ2. When you put the back seats down, capacity rises to an impressive 1355-litres. The boot is relatively square, and all X2's come with an electric tailgate gate as standard, making loading and unloading more practical.
The BMW X2 scored an impressive top 5-star rating at the Euro NCAP safety tests, thanks to a variety of standard safety features and assists. Some of these features include; cruise control with braking function, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), multi-collision braking system and multiple airbags. Some of the optional safety assists include; Pedestrian detection, blind spot assist and lane change assist.
Overall the BMW X2 is a car which will divide opinion, but there is no denying the quality and luxury of the interior, along with a unique styling design for BMW. I wasn't sure about the shape and design of the X2 at first, as it was just so different from what you'd expect from BMW. But I have grown fond of it, the more time I spent looking at it. If you haven't seen or driven one yet, then I would suggest you venture down and spend some time getting to know the X2 at your local dealership. Make up your own mind up about it; you may be pleasantly surprised. Click here to find your next car.