With Jaguar’s E-Pace and the Audi Q2 some of the most recent additions to the segment, BMW needed to respond – and it has with the new X2.
In what is now the sixth BMW SUV, the X2 sits on the same platform as the X1 but draws more detailing and design from the sportier side of the brand with its aggressive front styling and, as described by a BMW designer, hot hatch qualities.
We tested the one and only engine available at launch for the X2, the xDrive20d diesel – which is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit producing 187bhp and 400Nm of torque, and is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and xDrive four-wheel drive.
It isn’t the punchiest engine in the world, but it is smooth, well-refined and has adequate performance for overtaking on motorways without running out of puff. The
returns aren’t too bad either, meaning low running costs. Three more engine options will be available by the end of 2018.
Ride & Handling
As with many other BMW models, the setup is balanced, predictable and well-engineered, making driving the X2 simple, but not very thrilling. It has a positive turn-in that inspires confidence through the corners, with a lack of body roll helping with that. Feedback could be better though.
The ride is a highlight, as it manages to soak up almost all the bumps you’ll find on the road even when the surface gets quite poor. That means long cruises should be a doddle when combined with the consistent performance of the engine.