BMW X2 SUV (2018 -) Comfort

Review by Tim Pollard on
4.3
The onward march of the crossover shows no sign of abating, with the BMW X2 filling a gap within the German firm’s range that few appreciated even existed. BMW refers to the X2 as a Sports Activity Coupe, essentially a more rakish version of the popular X1 SUV aimed at those who are less likely to have outright practicality at the top of their priority list, although it does remain a five-door.

4.4 out of 5

Comfort

  • Stiffer set up than X1 SUV
  • Firm but well-damped ride
  • Comfy, supportive seats

The BMW X2 is stiffer than the X1 whether fitted with standard or adaptive suspension, particularly with the 10mm drop M Sport cars boast.

We’ve only driven a top spec M Sport X car so far, on the smooth roads of Portugal - where the X2 had little to deal with other than the occasional undulating section, which it handled with firm-edged composure

In town across cobbles and deep-set tram-lines the X2 bobbled rather than crashed, but it certainly made the surface seem busier than the 5 Series we’d hitched a ride in the night before.

Until we’ve traversed some sharp-edged brittle tarmac or a jarring pothole and expansion joint combo – the kind that bamboozle sporty suspension set ups in the UK - we’ll hold fire on a final ride assessment.

Decent interior storage

Inheriting some of the practicality of the X1 SUV, the X2 features three 12-volt power sockets plus USBs, as well as two cupholders in the front and rear.

The driver gets a folding storage compartment, plus large door bins in the front and back. A set of passenger backrest nets offers a convenient place for flat items too.

4.4 out of 5

Practicality

  • Less roomy than a BMW X1 but not bad
  • Rear doors open wide but low roof hampers access
  • Lack of glass makes the rear quite dark at times

Rear passenger space is hampered a bit by the sloping roof - once you’re in it’s ok, but the high floor and low ceiling makes getting in and out a bit tricky if you’re tall.

Space in the middle pew is also restricted despite a relatively low transmission tunnel, so you’ll want to avoid forcing anyone of lofty proportions into that position.

As you’d expect from the narrow windows, visibility out and back isn’t great, with chunky b-pillars hampering the over the shoulder view and an obscured rear three quarters that necessitates the addition of a reversing camera, or at least use of the standard rear parking sensors.

 


 

The BMW X2 is lower and shorter than the X1 upon which it is based, despite sharing the same wheelbase and track.

While that means it’s a bit more agile, this is still quite a large car, and makes its size known on narrow roads and winding city streets.

 


 

While we’re on practicality, the boot is 35 litres smaller than the X1’s - although larger than the current rear-driven 1 Series. That could change with the new hatchback, of course.

There’s a 12-volt power socket in there, plus underfloor stowage, a storage net and four lashing eyes to help keep things in place.

In terms of its rivals the X2 fares well, although the Jaguar E-Pace features a large luggage compartment.

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Behind the wheel

  • Here’s where the BMW X2 SUV really shines
  • Functional and hard-wearing yet stylish interior
  • Lots of bold stitching and trim to lift the ambiance

The interior of the BMW X2 is a real strong point – the seats are big and supportive and the dashboard is trimmed in a variety of squidgy, patterned plastics and brightly coloured accents.

It sits somewhere between the restraint of an Audi cockpit and a brash-looking Mercedes-Benz cabin, with ergonomics taking a priority over sheer style.

As you’d expect from a driver-focussed manufacturer, everything points towards the right hand seat, save for a passenger grab handle next to the gearshift.

BMW X2 features high quality materials

We’ve only sat in top spec cars so far but felt impressed by the quality of the cabin materials – from the soft-touch dashboard to the hexagon patterned fabric and alcantara combo on the seats.

Decorative contrast stitching in yellow mirrors the bright gold exterior paint, plus there are some eye-catching options including Magma Red leather and aluminium or grained oak trim pieces.

This is all underpinned by a stereotypical feeling of solidity, particularly in the way all the controls, buttons and switches operate.

Superb driving position

High-riding SUVs often prioritise a lofty driving position against an overtly sporty one, but thankfully the BMW X2 manages to strike something of a happy medium.

You can slam the driver’s seat low down for a near-hatchback feel, or boost it up to off-roader altitude, and still feel cocooned by the insulating interior.

The wheel and seat have plenty of adjustment, including a moveable thigh cushion for the latter. Low-set dials give you a good view forward, and are easy to read thanks to a bold and clear font.

Interior enhanced by high tech options

Those dials take the form of a black panel display that not only shows you the engine and road speed, but auxiliary functions including the sat nav and media info.

This can be supplemented by an optional head up display, and a central screen measuring either 6.5- or 8.8-inches in the top spec offering.

A reversing camera is an extra cost (rearward parking sensors are standard) and we’d recommend the former due to the X2’s restricted reversing vision - thanks to a substantial c-pillar.