Introduced in 2018, the X2 is the second prong of BMW’s approach to the subcompact crossover category. While similar in size to the X1, the X2 is positioned as a sportier alternative, with a sleeker roofline and a snugger cabin. For 2021, the only updates are minor changes to the X2’s equipment list.
One of the X2’s differences compared to the X1 is its availability with a more potent version of the company’s 2.0L turbo four-cylinder. That motor is standard in the M35i trim, while same engine makes less power in the entry-level xDrive28i model.
Both engines are standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
The BMW X2 xDrive28i comes with 19-inch wheels, leatherette upholstery, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, M Sport steering, electric seat adjustments with driver memory, automatic climate control, heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, LED headlights and fog lights, a CD player, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and navigation.
The X2’s standard safety kit includes tire pressure monitoring, dynamic cruise control, forward collision warning with city-speed automatic braking, and lane departure warning.
M35i trim adds M sport brakes, high-performance run-flat tires, and an M aero package and rear spoiler.
X2 xDrive28i can be optioned with an M sport package of sport seats, transmission shift paddles, an M steering wheel, high-gloss exterior trim, and a rear spoiler.
Both trims can be fitted with Premium Essential and Premium Enhanced packages. The former adds a heated steering wheel, ambient interior lighting, an upgraded stereo, passive keyless entry, a panoramic sunroof, and an alarm system. The latter builds on those additions and brings auto-dimming rearview and side mirrors, power-folding side mirrors, an integrated garage door remote, navigation, a power tailgate, a head-up display, lumbar support, and a parking assistant.
As of this writing, BMW hasn’t published fuel consumption estimates for the 2021 X2, but they should match (or come close to) the 2020 model’s figures of 9.9/7.6 L/100 km (city/highway) for the xDrive28i model, and 10.0/7.8 L/100 km for M35i versions.
There’s a lot of overlap between the X1 and X2, so they compete with a similar set of other upscale subcompact crossovers. Those include the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz’s GLA-Class, the Lexus UX, the Buick Encore, Mini’s Countryman, and the Cadillac XT4 and Volvo XC40.
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