BMW X2 Research

The Car Connection BMW X2 Overview

The BMW X2 luxury compact crossover is based on the X1 but adds a sleeker, more stylish shape to the common frame for both.

Together with the X1, the X2 provides an entry point for BMW crossovers, and both vehicles use a front-wheel-drive-based architecture borrowed from Mini, though all-wheel drive is also offered.

The X2 competes against the Mercedes-Benz GLA, Audi Q3, Jaguar E-Pace, Volvo XC40, and even BMW's own X1.

New for the 2019 model year, the X2 returned for 2020 with only minor changes. Adaptive dampers were removed from the options list, and a 301-hp turbo-4 joined the lineup in the X2 M35i. Only minor changes were made through the 2022 model year.

MORE: Read our 2022 BMW X2 review

At 172.2 inches from bumper-to-bumper, the X2 is 3.2 inches shorter than the X1 and its roofline is 2.8 inches lower. While the X1 casts a more conventional crossover shadow, the X2's roof slopes more noticeably aft of the passenger compartment. Its most unique design element is arguably the rearmost roof pillar, a hefty chunk of sheet metal formed in the brand's Hofmeister kink and emblazoned with the signature blue-and-white roundel, a first for a BMW crossover.

But the X2's design changes over the X1 aren't limited to its roof. Unlike the approach BMW took with its X4 and X6 compared to their roomier X3 and X5 siblings, the X2 features its own front and rear fascias and considerable dark-gray painted trim with the M Sport X package. Park the two together and their detail changes are obvious, particularly the large twin kidney grille on the X2 flanked by standard LED headlights.

Inside, the X2 shares most of its design and trim elements with the X1. With the second row upright, cargo space maxes out at 21.6 cubic feet. Fold the three-piece rear bench and that room grows to a hair over 50 cubes. Those figures are down about 6 and 8 cubic feet over the X1, respectively. That's the price you'll pay for the X2's sleeker styling, but the X2 still has more cargo space than its Mercedes and Audi competitors.

BMW's iDrive infotainment displays through a standard 6.5-inch screen that's upgradeable to a hefty 8.8-inch display. A head-up display is optional, as is Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Synthetic leather upholstery is standard and BMW offers real leather in five shades as an option. Glossy black, aluminum, and matte wood trim finishes are available as well. A panoramic moonroof is also on the options list. With standard front-wheel drive, the X2 sDrive runs about $37,000.

Under the X2's hood sits BMW's 2.0-liter turbo-4 rated at 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Paired to a standard 8-speed automatic with three modes (Comfort, Eco Pro, and Sport), the inline-4 is good for a 0-60 mph sprint of 6.3 seconds, according to BMW. All-wheel drive is optional, but the system apportions most of its power to the front wheels on dry roads. A multi-plate clutch helps send power rearward when needed.

Though its 7.2 inches of ground clearance and hefty overhangs will limit its off-road usefulness, the X2 is available with hill-descent control.

On the safety front, the X2 offers lane-departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control that can bring the vehicle to a halt and start it up again.

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