BMW X2 – Stylish Crossover

BMW has recently launched its eagerly awaited X2. The new compact crossover has bold new styling treatment unlike any other model in the BMW range, as well as a distinctly youth-orientated marketing campaign to support it in a move that, the German car maker hopes, will win potential new customers – and that all-important crown once again.

X2 xDrive20d Steptronic – Front Quarter
X2 xDrive20d Steptronic – Side View
X2 xDrive20d Steptronic – Rear Quarter

Interior:

As with all BMW’s the interior is comfortable and has a premium feel to it. The seats and steering column has various adjustment settings so it is quite easy to get your desired driving position. Although the X2 and X1 shares the same ride height, the X2 feels a bit lower and sportier to me, this is because the X2’s seats are mounted slightly lower than in the X1. Overall the X2 is quite roomy inside and will make a great family car. I did however found the rear seats to be a bit higher than the front seats so taller passengers might struggle a bit when seated in the rear.
The boot space is also generous coming in at 470 litres and 1355 litres with the rear seats folded down.

X2 xDrive20d Steptronic – Interior Front
X2 xDrive20d Steptronic – Interior
X2 xDrive20d Steptronic – Interior
X2 xDrive20d Steptronic – Interior Rear

How does it drive?

Like with all BMW’s the steering in precise and the handling in general is great. It feels more like a hatchback than an SUV. Slight body-roll is apparent in comfort-mode but as soon as you switch to sport-mode the body-roll disappears. The gearshifts are precise and smooth and works well with all the engine variants available. The suspension setup is comfortable but a bit firmer than in the X1.

Tech:

The X2 like with all BMW can be jam-packed with an endless list of extra’s and tech. Standard tech is also not bad but expect to add some extras to your shopping list.

Only 3 models are currently available:
X2 sDrive18i (103kW / 220 Nm)
X2 sDrive20i Steptronic (141kW / 280Nm)
X2 xDrive20d Steptronic (140kW / 400Nm)

All 3 models can be had in either Sport or Sport X design trim and can further be had in 3 option packages (Innovation, Convenience and Exclusive). The Sport X trim is around R30,000 more expensive than the Sport model and stacks up accordingly:

The Sport gets:

‣ M Aerodynamics Package including front apron with insert in Dark Shadow,
specially designed air inlets and side skirts in body colour with inserts in
Dark Shadow, wheel arch trim and claddings in body colour and rear apron
with diffuser insert in Dark Shadow
‣ 19” M light Alloy Double-spoke style 715 M with runflat tyres
‣ Contrast stitching on centre console and mid-section of dashboard to
match upholstery seam
‣ Door sill finishers with M designation, front
‣ BMW Individual headliner Anthracite
‣ Interior trim, Aluminium Hexagon with Blue matt accent
‣ Cloth Micro Hexagon/Alcantara upholstery combination in exclusive
M look
‣ M designation on the sides
‣ M Sport Multifunction leather steering wheel
‣ Remote key with M-specific detailing
‣ Sport seats, front
‣ BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line

The Sport X gets:

‣ M Sport X exterior package including front apron with insert in Frozen Grey,
specially designed air inlets and side skirts in Frozen Grey with inserts in
body colour, wheel arch trim, claddings and rear apron diffuser insert in
Frozen Grey
‣ 19” M light Alloy wheels Y-spoke style 722 M with runflat tyres
‣ LED fog lights, front
‣ LED headlights with extended contents
‣ Contrast stitching on centre console and mid-section of dashboard to
match upholstery seam
‣ Door sill finishers with M designation, front
‣ Interior trim, Aluminium Hexagon Anthracite
‣ M designation on the sides
‣ M Sport Multifunction leather steering wheel
‣ Remote key with M-specific detailing
‣ Sport seats, front
‣ BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line

The Innovation Pack adds:

‣ 431 Automatic anti-dazzle interior mirror
‣ 6UP Navigation Plus
‣ 610 Head-up display
‣ 5AS Driving Assistant
‣ Upgrade: 5AT Driving Assist Plus

The Convenience Pack adds:

‣ 313 Exterior Mirror Package
‣ 316 Automatic Tailgate operation (std. for sDrive20i and xDrive20d)
‣ 3AG Rear view camera
‣ 534 Automatic Aircon
‣ 563 Lights Package
‣ 507 PDC rear
‣ Upgrade: 508 PDC front and rear / 5DP Park Assist

The Exclusive Pack adds:

‣ 322 Comfort Access
‣ 459 Electric seat adjustment
‣ 494 Seat heating for front seats
‣ 674 Hi-Fi system Harman Kardon

Verdict:

The X2 looks funky and fresh. It’s refined, great to drive, decently made and equipped. I personally prefer the X2 over the X1 just because it’s different.

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Murray Kroucamp

Murray Kroucamp Has a passion for cars and the wonderful world of motoring journalism. Background includes: Regulatory liaison; Customer Experience Executive Complaints Management; Data analyst. Founded the Mazda 2 Owners page on Facebook in 2008. Founded Murray’s Car Reviews (South Africa) on Facebook in 2015 which has around 800 active members. Also started writing car reviews on Linkedin in 2017. Working on turning the hobby into a profession.

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