BMW X2

The BMW X2 offers just a single engine choice: A 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. All that torque makes the X2 feel faster than those power numbers might suggest, with lots of grunt in the midrange. The 8-speed automatic transmission, the only one available on the X2, cracks off shifts in the blink of an eye, sending power to all four wheels. BMW claims a 0-60 time of 6.3 seconds for the X2, putting it in a class with plenty of sports cars and sports sedans.

The BMW X2 comes in two basic flavors, each available in a couple of "tiers" and each with their own option packages.

The basic BMW X2 tier dubbed "Standard Design" comes equipped with 18" wheels, a leather wrapped steering wheel with controls for the cruise control and sound system, a rearview camera, automatic climate control, dynamic cruise control, LED fog lights and headlights a Bluetooth connect stereo and more.

The upper tier in the X2 lineup is called "M Sport X." It's immediately recognizable from the outside due to the bigger wheels, the unique bumper and the side skirts. The M Sport X uses unique frozen grey trim on the exterior and there is a very nice looking hexagonal theme that subtly carries over on the interior. Notable additions to the M Sport X include 19" wheels, power folding mirrors, a built in garage door opener, auto-dimming mirrors, unique interior trim and SiriusXM satellite radio.

Option packages on the X2 are plentiful and include a Premium Package with heated seats, a heated steering wheel, a heads up display and a navigation system. The Dynamic handling package on the other hand, offers computer control dampeners and sportier steering. A driving assistance package includes automatic high beams, speed limit info, a lane departure warning system and a forward collision warning system.

The standard upholstery is covered in BMW's Sensatac leatherette, however true Dakota leather is an option as is a large panoramic moonroof.

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Editors' First Take

In its standard form, the BMW X2 is kind of a hard sell. Less spacious and more expensive than the X1 on which it's based, but without any real gains elsewhere, it's a subcompact crossover that's hard to recommend.

This new M35i model, on the other hand, has much greater appeal. It uses BMW's most powerful four-cylinder engine, and brings with it a number of legit performance upgrades. It still isn't any more functional than an X1, but it's a go-fast treatment that's exclusive to the X2 -- and an entertaining one, at that.

Boost, baby, boost

The X2 M35i uses a heavily reworked version of the B48 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine found in many of BMW's other models. The reinforced crankshaft has larger main bearings, and new pistons allow for a slightly reduced compression ratio for more power delivery. A larger turbocharger offers increased boost, and the engine's cooling system has been upgraded to cope with the greater demands. The result is 302 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, increases of 74 in both fields over an X2 xDrive28i.

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