BMW X2 hatchback driving position
One thing we must mention is the height of the driving position; it isn’t vastly taller than a regular hatchback. If you’re expecting a truly commanding view of the road, you might be disappointed.
Look past this and the driving position is actually a good one. The steering wheel has lots of adjustment for both reach and rake, while the seat gets plenty of movement. It doesn’t matter if you’re over six foot or barely over five; you’ll be able to get comfortable.
The only real disappointment is that adjustable lumbar support is optional on all trim levels. The good news is that it’s reasonably priced and applies to both the driver and passenger seat.
BMW X2 hatchback visibility
You might be surprised when you first slip behind the wheel of the X2. Despite being an SUV, you sit much lower than in the X2 than in many rivals. This might help cornering, but it robs you of the commanding view that many people look for.
Unfortunately, the windscreen pillars can cause issues for drivers who have to sit close to the wheel; the pillars’ size and position can block your view when pulling out of junctions.
The upsweeping window line, small rear window and thick rear pillars can also be problematic when reversing, although rear parking sensors are standard on all models. A reversing camera is optional, but only as part of an expensive pack. Also optional is a driving assistant pack that includes lane departure warning.
BMW X2 hatchback infotainment
The X2 has a fantastic infotainment system, particularly by family SUV standards. All versions come with a DAB radio, a CD player, a USB socket, Bluetooth and satellite navigation with traffic information, all displayed on a colour screen with crisp graphics. The screen is a rather small 6.5in, but the interface – a rotary dial between the front seats surrounded by a handful of shortcut buttons – is wonderfully intuitive. You simply twist the dial to scroll through the menus and press down to make a selection.
Opt for the Navigation Plus package and you gain an 8.8in display, wireless charging for compatible devices and a touch-sensitive pad on top of the rotary dial controller that allows you to input addresses using handwriting. You also get a full-colour head-up display that projects information, such as your speed and navigation directions, onto the windscreen in your line of sight. Although this system is pretty pricey, it is worth considering given the benefits it brings.
Even if you do upgrade the infotainment system, you’ll still have to pay extra for Apple CarPlay (Android Auto is not even available). And, disappointingly, this is a subscription service, so you’ll have to fork out for it every three years.
BMW X2 hatchback build quality
Although the overall layout of the dash is much the same as you’d find in an X1, BMW has made efforts to make it look and feel noticeably snazzier. Appealing trim pieces, contrast stitching on the seats and dash, along with reshaped and upholstered handles, make the interior feel of even higher quality than the X1’s – no mean feat because that’s one of the best-screwed-together family SUV interiors out there.
There’s no doubt that the X2 is well ahead of the Mercedes-Benz GLA and Jaguar E-Pace here. It just about beats our current class favourite, the Volvo XC40, but the margins are wafer-thin.