The 2019 BMW X2 is a premium subcompact crossover that takes a separate route from most other vehicles of its kind. Although it was derived from the sensible and delightful X1, the X2 comes with a sportier style. It doesn’t go as far as the "4-door coupe" styling of the X4 and X6 — which are based on the X3 and X5, respectively — but it does lose some rear passenger space and cargo volume.
One striking aspect of the X2 is that it’s arguably one of the first crossovers from BMW in a while that brings some extra visual excitement. The company’s X lineup was getting a little by-the-numbers in the looks department, but the X2 has a pleasing form that keeps the eye interested. And those BMW roundels on each rear pillar are a nice homage to some of the company’s cars from the late ’60s and early ’70s.
It’s not for everyone, but the X2’s appeal is laser-focused on driver involvement with a bit of crossover utility as an added bonus.
What’s New for 2019?
The X2 M35i is a new addition. See the 2019 BMW X2 models for sale near you
What We Like
- The vehicle tackles corners more like a sports car than a crossover.
- It has an attractive design.
What We Don’t
- The firm suspension is not so great for non-enthusiasts.
- The vehicle doesn’t have the X1’s practicality.
- There’s no Android Auto integration.
- BMW charges a subscription fee after one year for Apple CarPlay.
- There is no blind spot monitoring option.
The 28i versions of the X2 have a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission directs this energy to the rear wheels in the sDrive model or all four in the xDrive variant.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates the fuel consumption at 23 miles per gallon in the city, 32 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg combined for the sDrive28i and 21 mpg city/31 mpg hwy/25 mpg combined for the xDrive28i.
The 2019 X2 M35i takes that same engine (with some stronger internal components) and that same transmission to boost output to 302 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. It’s the most powerful version of this unit, yet fuel consumption figures are entirely reasonable at 23 mpg city/29 mpg hwy/25 mpg combined. Both engines use premium gasoline, and both have a fuel-saving stop/start feature.
Standard Features and Options
The 2019 BMW X2 5-seater subcompact crossover is available with rear-wheel drive on the sDrive28i, all-wheel drive on the xDrive28i and AWD on the M35i.
The 2019 X2 sDrive28i ($37,395) has 18-in alloy wheels, LED exterior lighting with automatic high beams, rain-sensing wipers, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, a powered tailgate, push-button start, key memory (which stores the most recent configurations for the driver’s seat, climate settings, etc.), 8-way power-adjustable front seats, simulated leather upholstery, selectable driving modes, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient cabin lighting, 40/20/40-split folding rear seats, forward-collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, a 6.5-in infotainment touchscreen, navigation with real-time traffic information, a USB port, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, remote locking and unlocking, stolen vehicle recovery, AM, FM and HD radio, and a 7-speaker 205-watt audio system.
The xDrive28i ($39,395) adds AWD. These models are eligible for a Convenience package that includes a panoramic moonroof, keyless entry, satellite radio, self-dimming mirrors, 4-way lumbar support for the front seat and a universal garage door opener. A Premium package augments those features with a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, power-folding side mirrors, head-up display and an 8.8-in infotainment touchscreen. A Dynamic Handing package with adaptive dampers and a sportier steering system is also available.
The 2019 X2 M35i ($47,445) has the more powerful engine, gearshift paddles mounted on the steering column, a launch control transmission mode, the M Sport differential, exhaust, suspension, steering and brakes, 19-in alloy wheels, power-folding side mirrors, a rear spoiler, 12-way power-adjustable sport front seats with memory for the driver’s side, an 8.8-in infotainment touchscreen and a universal garage door opener.
Other optional features available for all versions of the X2 include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, a self-parking function, roof rails, wireless charging, Wi-Fi and a 12-speaker, 360-watt Harman Kardon audio upgrade.
Cargo space behind the rear seats is 21.6 cu ft. This expands to 50.1 cu ft. when those seats are folded. For comparison, the X1 (on which the X2 is based) has either 27.1 or 58.7 cu ft. This is one of the sacrifices that were made for the X2’s sleeker style.
While BMW should be applauded for including several driver aids as standard, the company doesn’t offer blind-spot monitoring, which is especially disappointing given the fact that the cabin’s wide rear pillars restrict outward vision.
However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has made the X2 a Top Safety Pick, so its crash safety is not disputed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to put the X2 through its safety challenges.
Behind the Wheel
Even without the optional sport suspension, the X2 rides tautly to the point where one might question whether it is a luxury vehicle. BMW invariably has an enthusiast quality to its creations, but potential buyers seeking something more forgiving might want to look at the X1.
A more pleasant aspect of the vehicle is the smooth, lively engine in the 28i versions. A 0-to-60 mph time of 6.4 seconds sounds more leisurely than the sensations this X2 provides. Naturally, the M35i is even more thrilling, as it has a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.9 seconds. It’s not a full-on M car, but it’s close enough for most people’s tastes.
Other Cars to Consider
2019 Audi Q3 — It’s not really aimed at driving enthusiasts, but it’s handsome, useful and all-new for 2019.
2019 BMW X1 — It’s like the X2, but with more practicality and a more bearable ride.
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque — A new generation debuts for 2020, if buyers can wait.
2019 Lexus UX — It’s totally new for 2019 and features exemplary build quality as well as plentiful standard equipment.
2019 Volvo XC40 — This is yet another newcomer in 2019. It’s not so driver-focused, but it’s attractive in its own right.
Used Porsche Macan — Anyone who is seeking a small (more compact than subcompact) crossover with massive driver appeal should check this out. Porsche’s certified pre-owned (CPO) program would be a good place to start.
AWD will bring benefits when the weather turns nasty, so we’d probably opt for that. Individual buyers must choose whether to go for 307 hp or 228 hp.
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