It’s fair to say that German brands like creating niches within niches. After all, why settle for one type of car when you can have two? The latest example of this automotive cross-pollination is the BMW X2, the love child of a compact SUV and a svelte coupé.
Of course, BMW has prior experience of coupé SUVs; just look at the X4 and X6. Like those, you can work out what’s under the sloping roof by subtracting one off the name. In this case, just like the X1, the X2 has a range of frugal yet punchy engines, plus the availability of four-wheel drive.
Like the larger X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé, the X2 does trade practicality for looks with a lower roofline and shorter overall length. Even so, BMW promises enough room for you, your friends and all the sports equipment you’re likely to want.
Over the next few pages, we’ll cover how it drives, what the interior is like and what it’ll cost you. Keep reading to find out what our favourite version is and how it stacks up against rivals such as the Jaguar E-Pace and Audi Q3.