BMW’s newest addition to the X family

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, September 1st, 2018

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BMW and I are going to have to agree to disagree on the all-new
X2. The Bavarian automaker is billing the new model as a sports
activity coupe but I fail to see anything coupe-ish about it. What is
offered is a great combination of a hatchback and crossover utility
vehicle, just not a coupe.
To be fair to BMW, everybody and their marketing brother has
called one model or another “coupe-like” over the past five years or
so. “Angle the roofline a little bit and we will call it
coupe-something.” It has become the darling catchphrase of the
automotive PR factories of late but I feel it really misses the mark
on the X2.
I know they certainly do not want to call it a sports activity
“wagon” (or any kind of wagon for that matter) and it boasts more
attributes than a mere hatchback. To break it down, the X2 is a
unibody vehicle with a long, low roofline that slopes downward toward
the rear and features four doors and a rear hatch (a la hatchback or
five-door vehicle) and it rides a bit higher than its passenger car
It arrives on the same global chassis as the X1 (along with a
cousin in MINI attire) yet is 3.2-inches shorter and 2.8-inches lower
than the X1 but rides on the same wheelbase and features a similar
Speaking of powertrains, this leads me to an even bigger
complaint for BMW and its X2 – the turbo lag. You can almost clock the
amount of time it takes for power to truly come on in this variation
of the BMW TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a
calendar. Do not get caught timing things too close in traffic or you
may lose. When things do begin to spool up power arrives fairly
adequately but do not mistake the X2 for a performance vehicle – even
if it does arrive in the M SportX Package as our tester did.
By the numbers, there is 228hp and 258 lb. ft. of torque
available, but as the saying goes, “Good things come to those who
wait.” And good things do come, especially as all new X2 models arrive
– for now – in xDrive all-wheel drive running gear.
The engine is mated to a seamless 8-speed Steptronic automatic
transmission with Sport and Manual shift modes and drivers can select
from Eco Pro (as if Eco was not cool enough, and it isn’t), Comfort,
and Sport modes in the Driving Dynamics Control. The Sport mode does
offer a bit more “accelerated” tip in of the electronic throttle but
still does not overcome the turbo lag effect. We found most of our
time in the Comfort setting.
The new X2 rides very stable and actually feels like one of the
most solid chassis we have been in for quite some time. The vehicle
rides comfortably but does pick up on every little imperfection in the
road surface, but it deals with all of those most admirably. Even in
slick road conditions the little BMW does not miss a beat and seems to
prefer driving in less than ideal conditions.
Engineers have done a very good job at getting the ride and
handling just right in the X2. I still prefer the X3 over this model
but many drivers will like what this new little “coupe” ute has to
offer. The steering provides just the right amount of feedback without
ever causing fatigue and braking is solid and well controlled.
And of course BMW offers all of its latest driving technology
systems in the X2 including parking assistant, park distance control,
and new camera-based Driving Assistance Package (lane departure
warning, speed limit info, automatic high beams, front collision
warning, pedestrian warning, and city braking function).
The interior is modern BMW with a driver focus. There is seating
for up to five but four adults will ride in comfort and despite the
lower roofline the X2 does not exhibit some of the claustrophobic
attributes found in some subcompact utility vehicles. And BMW managed
to still offer some 50 cubic feet of usable cargo space in its newest
family member. Seating is comfortable and supportive and amenities are
modern BMW.
The newest iDrive infotainment controller and display are fairly
easy to use (nothing like the early generations of this technology)
and we enjoyed the premium Harman Kardon audio system. Other new
technologies include wireless device charger in the center console
area, Apple CarPlay compatibility, and WiFi hotspot.
Interior ambient lighting is adjustable by hue and intensity to
further enhance the driving mood and the X2 features a good offering
of soft-touch materials with leather and high-gloss black trim accents
just about everywhere.
Pricing for the 2018 BMW X2 begins at $38,400 with our loaded M
SportX tester arriving with a final window sticker of just over 50
grand. The M SportX package offers the likes of panoramic sunroof, M
sport suspension, 19-inch M double spoke wheels, sports seats, M
steering wheel, and unique badging and trim.
Fuel economy is rated at 21 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.
I did come to enjoy my time in the new BMW X2 despite the
ever-present turbo lag. It drives like a BMW, handles like a BMW,
rides like a BMW, and feels like a BMW – there just isn’t anything
coupe-like about it.
The X2 is great new addition to the X family of crossovers in this
Bavarian fleet and perfect for the urbanite who seeks escape from the
concrete jungle every now and then. This is one dynamic sports
activity hatchback/wagon/utility vehicle – I just cannot call it a


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