Expanding the “X”
People always want to get everything in one package, especially when it comes to the crossover market. BMW X2 offers a great package, it is capable of doing everything, but we are going to see how good it can do in this review.
The crossover market gets more and more popular and every manufacturer works to expand its model range. Even at BMW, the world’s number one luxury car manufacturer, we may have more “non-sedans” than the traditional sedans soon. Remember, that there was only the BMW X5 in the beginning of the century, and then the Bavarians eventually released the X3 thereafter, and eventually they have used X seven times across their entire model range to define SUV’s and CUV’s. Why? Because the customer is the king and also BMW had to bow to the demands of its customers.
However, remember that BMW calls this vehicle SAC, “Sports Activity Coupé”. a subcategory within the X Family.
Currently, BMW offers 7 different X models which start from the X1 all the way up to the X7. You may think that X2 is the bigger brother of the X1, but it is vice versa. The X2 has sportier – “coupe-ish” design elements which are slightly lower and shorter. So, you are buying a car, which should be a “utility” vehicle, and you have to sacrifice legroom, headroom, and overall space just for the looks.
Our tester had the M35i package, which comes with sport suspension (10mm lower than its non-M counterpart), “M” badged steering wheel and sport brakes, bigger 20” rims, sport seats making you feel closer to a sports car, rather than a utility vehicle. Mind you, this is not a real M car, just a few different changes to make it livelier.
Engine and Powertrain
BMW X2 M35i comes with a four-cylinder 2.0L turbocharged engine, which produces 302 horsepower and 332 lb/ft of torque. It is not overwhelming but definitely not slow. It is matched with an 8-speed automatic transmission which we should say, we are really impressed. Shifts are really quick, smooth when driving slowly. When you push it hard, it is super engaging and matches really well with the overall performance of the engine.
What we didn’t like about the engine is, which is probably software related issue, throttle response is not really good, especially in the first gear. It literally takes two seconds to start accelerating. You can switch to Sport mode to eliminate most of this problem, but it is still there. What we also found in the first gear is, it doesn’t matter if DSC/TC is ON or OFF the turbocharger probably boosts less than the other gears, so it doesn’t feel like 302 horsepower all-wheel-drive car until you upshift to the second gear. Our tests show that it consumed 11.8L / 100 km and we weren’t easy on it, so it is obvious that 2.0L engine is great on gas, considering its power, the overall weight of the car and all-wheel-drive system.
Handling and driving dynamics are extremely good for a crossover. X2 feels more like a car, rather than an SUV, as we detected almost no body roll when the vehicle reaches its cornering limits. Also, since it has the M package, you are slightly lower than many crossovers, so you would feel like you are actually driving a hatchback. It really looks like slightly raised hatchback BMW and it feels the same way inside.
When you get in the X2, you instantly feel that you are in a BMW. It has a typical BMW interior design. Overall quality is really good for its class. However, feature-wise, there are some important missing ones, such as cooled seats, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring. Considering its price range, those features should be standard, let alone an option. It also doesn’t have Android Auto, like the other BMWs. Other than that, we have a typical BMW infotainment system, which is really good and user-friendly.
The base price is $49.200. Our fully loaded tester had the premium package costing $5.650 and three standalone options costing $1,400 in total. These additions bring the total MSRP to $56.650
This is a good choice for BMW fans or new clients who want to experience BMW sportiness and M performance features in a relatively affordable way. And affordable is relative.
Article and pictures by Dan Gunay & Varol McKars