MHH International Takes A First Look At The New BMW X2
Distinctive Family Features
Even next to its bigger siblings, the X2 makes a distinctive impression although the looks have divided opinion. BMW diehards are all for it but automotive beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The design combines the low-slung proportions of a coupé with the robust core we have come to expect from the X brand.
As ever, the kidney grille features although on the X2 the outline is wider at the base than the top. This gives the new car a broader, more distinctive and sportier appearance. As you would expect, there are full-LED headlights as standard on the three versions, Sport, M Sport and M Sport X models.
The trend for filling wheel arches continues and the exclusive The M Sport and M Sport X models are available with wheels in sizes up to 20”, although as standard both models are fitted with 19-inch wheels. There’s a choice of alloys as ever but it pays to remember that bigger rims can often affect the ride quality.
Moving around the body, the side skirts of the BMW X2 are a signature feature and at the rear, a spoiler provides a flourish to round off the BMW X2’s roofline and contributes to the BMW X2’s drag co-efficient of just 0.28. The car hints at the power of its BMW TwinPower Turbo engines through the design of the tailpipes. All X2 models come with a twin exhaust arrangement 90mm diameter.
On The Inside
Levels of equipment, even in the base model, are high. The new BMW X2 combines style with generous everyday practicality. The boot has a capacity of 470 litres, meaning it can handle leisure activities, from shopping sprees to a skiing weekend or mountain-bike tour. This functionality manifests itself in the passenger compartment too, thanks to features such as a door design featuring large storage pockets.
The cabin is driver-focused with the design of features such as the instrument panel binnacle directed at the road ahead. All controls are positioned to allow the driver to assimilate their information with a single glance and operate them with ease and a panoramic roof can be specified from the options.
All of the BMW ConnectedDrive and BMW Connected elements in the new BMW X2 have once again been designed to assist, inform or entertain Standard specification for every BMW X2 includes a 6.5-inch Touch Control Display with navigation system whilst BMW Connected+ provides a digital bridge between smartphones and the car. It delivers the next level of in-car personalisation and smartphone content integration on the Control Display of the X2. Other highlights include the optional WiFi hotspot preparation which equips the BMW X2 to host a built-in WiFi hotspot plus Apple CarPlay and highly advanced technologies.
The camera-based assistance systems available for the new BMW X2 help to deliver assurance and safety in different driving situations. The optional Driving Assistant (within Drive Pack) includes Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Info with No Passing Info display, anti-dazzle High Beam Assistant, as well as Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning.
On The Road
The TwinPower Turbo engines within the BMW X2 range team with the car’s refined chassis to endow it with class-beating handling qualities, exceptional agility and superb feedback, at least according to the company. The car’s driving responses can be adapted by using the Driving Experience Control switch, allowing the driver to choose between default COMFORT mode, efficiency-enhancing ECO PRO mode and SPORT mode. Buyers can choose the Dynamic Damper Control whereby the car’s suspension can be adjusted even more precisely to individual requirements.
At launch, the X2 xDrive20d diesel variant will be available. It generates maximum output of 190hp and 400Nm of torque enabling a zero to 62mph time of a sprightly 7.7 seconds despite the official fuel consumption of 61.4mpg. CO² emissions are as low as 121g/km. Further attractive variants of the BMW X2 will be added to the Sports Activity Coupé’s line-up in early 2018 – in the shape of the four-cylinder X2 sDrive20i, X2 sDrive18d and X2 xDrive18d. Prices start from £33,980 OTR for a BMW X2 xDrive20d SE and the car is available to order from mid-November.