SUVs are slowly but surely taking over the global automotive market. What was once a niche segment is now the most diverse in the entire industry. Although a lot of people don’t like them, the SUV craze has no intention of stopping anytime soon. The idea of having a larger, more capable vehicle as opposed to a normal car is just too tempting for most people. Small SUVs, in particular, are on the rise. Not wanting to be left behind, BMW decided to join in on the action with this: the brand-new BMW X2.
Now, BMW is no stranger to SUVs. They’ve been building the X5 and the smaller X3 for well over a decade now, and their larger SUV coupe, the X6, was even a best-seller at one point. Offering just another bland SUV is not going to cut it for a company such as BMW though. For the X2, they went back to the drawing board and took a different approach. The X2 is a sportier, sleeker X1 with more luxury and style. It’s the X4’s little brother, with aspirations to become even more popular. Given where the segment is heading, it’s only a matter of time before we see them driving around all over the place.
BMW has wisely decided to give it a more car-like appearance in the hopes of boosting sales. It’s a win-win scenario when you think about it. You get all the added practicality and capability of an SUV with none of the SUV drawbacks. It’s slightly shorter and lower than the X1, so it looks less bulky. The wheelbase is exactly the same though, and so are the overhangs. The end result is something which looks mighty and aggressive, in that traditional BMW fashion.
The cabin is thoroughly modern too. It utilizes quality BMW components and even comes with contrast stitching as standard, which is a nice touch. If you want the best interior, go for M Sport models. The leather upholstery is great, and you get the option of perforated leather if that’s what you fancy.
Under the hood, we’ll see the usual turbocharged BMW engines found in the rest of the BMW lineup. The petrol lineup kicks off with the sDrive 20i, delivering 228 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. You can only get it with the brilliant seven-speed Steptronic DCT. The sprint to 62 mph takes 6.7 seconds, which is remarkably quick for this segment.
Diesel markets will make do with the xDrive20d and the xDrive25d, with 188 and 228 horsepower respectively. The latter makes a very healthy 450 Nm of torque. BMW has confirmed two more engines for the near future, namely the 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder with 138 horsepower in the SDrive18i and the 148 horsepower sDrive18d diesel. Most models will be available in sDrive and xDrive variants, i.e. two-wheel and all-wheel drive. Quite frankly, if this isn’t a massive sales hit for BMW, nothing will be.