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.

Editors' Review

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For driving enthusiasts, it's easy to assume that the continued proliferation of crossovers means the end of fun-to-drive sporting vehicles. BMW, among others, is proving that not to be the case by injecting many of its newest models with lots of horsepower and sporty handling. Take, for instance, the 2019 BMW X2 M35i. Where the regular X2's ambitions begin and end in the suburbs, the M35i variant feels like it's aching to be unleashed on a mountain switchback.

Hopped-up 2.0-liter

Much of that sensation comes from the B48 turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It delivers 302 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, fairly prolific figures for just 2.0 liters of displacement, and a whole lot beefier than the standard X2's 228 hp. Standard all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are the helping hands that get the M35i to 60 miles per hour in a claimed 4.9 seconds.

As is the case with just about all BMW engines in recent memory, the numbers don't do this mill justice. It feels like it has power and torque in reserve all across the rev range, with effortless torque and only the faintest whiff of turbo lag. Put the drive-mode button and transmission shifter into their respective Sport settings for serious hustle. Gear changes come briskly and often, and the M35i builds speed without pause on an instant's notice. Better still, the engine growls and snarls like the best hot hatches; comparisons to the soundtrack of a Ford Focus RS or Volkswagen Golf R are not unmerited.

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The Good The 2019 BMW X2 M35i has a strong engine and sporty looks.

The Bad The unforgiving ride won't suit everybody.

The Bottom Line Among small luxury crossovers, this is the driving enthusiast's choice.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8.5
  • Features 7.5
  • Design 7.5
  • Media 7

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