While the diesel engine has plenty to like, it’s also rather vocal. Not only do you hear the clatter of the unit at idle and when accelerating, you feel it through the steering wheel and pedals, too. The engine does settle down at a cruise, though, smoothing out and fading into the background, unlike the E-Pace’s motor.
But it isn’t just the engine you’ll notice when you’re driving along. Like the X1, the X2 suffers from an awful lot of tyre roar, especially at speed. If you spend a fair bit of time on the motorway, expect to be cranking up the stereo regularly. Indeed, we found it to be one of the nosiest premium SUVs in its class.
We’ve only tried the eight-speed automatic gearbox so far and it’s a corker. There’s very little hesitation from a standstill and it changes gear cleanly. Should you want to take control manually, it’s snappy and obedient.
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