The sporty new BMW X2 is entering a class crowded with intensely popular models, including the Audi Q3, Jaguar E-Pace, and Mercedes-Benz GLA. So, we already know it’s a premium crossover with its work cut out, but does it pass muster?
At first glance, you might not recognize this as a BMW. That’s not a bad thing – it simply receives updated styling in place of the more conventional looks you’d see across the rest of the BMW line-up. It seems clear BMW is hoping to win over younger customers, and they might well just.
Distinctive elements include a new interpretation of the iconic kidney grille, a short bonnet, and a windscreen that sits well forward to improve interior space. Lines are taut along the flanks, and the tailgate is heavily angled. It’s a cool crossover.
Once you slip inside, you’ll find plenty of room, plus a 470 litre luggage capacity – that’s one of the largest boots in this class, and you can expand it up to 1355 litres with the standard 40/20/40-configured split folding rear seat. You’ll also notice that X2 seats are mounted lower than in the X1, so the new model feels a lot sportier.
Overall, the BMW X2 interior strikes an ideal balance between upscale materials, top-tier technology, driver-focused cockpit, and practical cargo space. It could be a winner for younger families.
Of course, performance is what counts from a premium crossover, and the BMW X2 delivers. It’s not the most thrilling model in the segment, but it handles with nimble grace and cruises peacefully.
Engine options include:
- 0L Four-Cylinder Petrol with 189bhp
- 0L Four-Cylinder Diesel with 187bhp in the xDrive20d and 228bhp in the xDrive25d.
There are three driving modes – Comfort, Sport and Eco-Pro – to adapt across changing needs and wants, plus a multi-plate-clutch four-wheel-drive system and eight-speed automatic gearbox. Available performance features include an electronic differential and Performance Control system.
It’s been clocked making zero to 62 mph in 7.7 seconds. That’s a strong enough time, though it’s not quite the adrenaline-pumper you might expect. In terms of performance, the X2 is more noticeable for its calmness, body control, and lack of engine noise.
Overall, the BMW X2 isn’t quite as thrilling to drive or immediately eye-catching as rival models, but there’s nowhere it really fails. It’s a premium crossover that seems to hit every nail on the head without ever focusing too much on one area, and that should be enough to make it a strong seller.