2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 05:39
In contrast to the X6, the BMW X2 does without beefy designs. The small SUV coupe can also inspire individualists.
Less car for more money? What applies to coupés in general also applies to the BMW X2. The sleek SUV coupé does not offer as much space as the technically closely related X1 and is still significantly more expensive. As is so often the case in such cases, the accusation goes in the wrong direction.
BMW now has years of experience with the sporty finish of SUVs. You can tell from the X2. The compact model looks much more organic than its big brothers X6 and X4. The little ones do without an extreme roof line and instead rely on a coherent overall picture. All of this is garnished with loving design gimmicks, such as the brand emblems on the C-pillars or the kidney grille, which for the first time tapers upwards instead of downwards.
Loads of accessories for the BMW X2
More of a sleight of hand, however, is the artificially lengthened rear side window with a plastic insert, which is supposed to make the BMW appear more elongated and flatter. If you want to individualize your car, you will find tons of accessories in the price list.
In addition to exclusive paintwork such as a chic gold tone, the “M Sport X” package, which is only available for this series and offers an unusual combination of sport and off-road design elements, is one of them.
BMW X2 shares platform with Mini
In terms of dimensions, the X2 is around eight centimeters shorter than the X1. A difference that plays an astonishingly minor role in everyday life. The rear provides good space, and even the head is only too tight for really tall people. The trunk holds 470 liters, just under 30 less than the X1. The fact that the crossover scores with good space economy is primarily due to the front-wheel drive platform, which it shares with the X1 and the Mini models.
Because most of the variants are offered with all-wheel drive, there is still a center tunnel at the rear that downgrades the center rear seat as a makeshift. Overall, however, the dynamic bodywork requires very few concessions to suitability for everyday use - with the exception of the rear view, of course, which is severely restricted by the thick C-pillars and the narrow rear window.
The driver feels perfectly integrated
The balance observed in the relationship between design and space is also found while driving. Of course, the X2 is tightly tuned, as is typical of the brand, and in the version we drive with sports suspension and 19-inch wheels this is particularly true - but you never feel excessive hardness. Instead, the positive aspects matter. The willing turning into the curve, the joyful acceleration out and the binding road holding on the Graden. The brakes, which can be adjusted very precisely, but can also decelerate extremely boldly if necessary, stand out from the round overall package.
The driver feels perfectly integrated into the car, which is also due to the slightly lowered seating position compared to normal SUVs. The 2.0-liter diesel engine installed in the test car fits in well with its ample torque, but misses the very last punch on more ambitious intermediate sprints on the autobahn. The weight and the large frontal area of the crossover play a role here. Both are also reflected in the consumption, which, at over six liters, is a good one and a half liters more than stated in the brochure.
BMW X2 not a cheap pleasure
The X2 is not a cheap pleasure even beyond the fuel bill. Even the current entry-level model with front-wheel drive and gasoline engine (141 kW / 192 PS) already costs just under 40,000 euros - for a few thousand more, the much more spacious X3 is available from BMW dealers. If you order the all-wheel drive version with the smaller diesel, you have to transfer 43,800 euros, the powerful diesel with 170 kW / 231 PS costs 46,800 euros. And in all of these cases we are talking about the basic version. If you want to awaken the full show potential of the car, you have to add a low to mid four-digit amount.
A rational buyer who buys his car based on purely practical and financial considerations, however, rarely ends up with BMW. If you want to have at least one or the other reasonable argument on your side, maybe buy the X1. The X2, on the other hand, was not chosen because it would be particularly useful. But because you think it's beautiful. Those who don't let themselves be captivated by the Munich-based design will buy more cars for less money elsewhere. (SP-X)
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