Space & practicality

BMW X2 review

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

BMW X2 hatchback front space

The X2 may have a lower roof compared with the X1, but there’s still enough head room for six-foot-plus adults. However, the interior isn't much wider than that of many standard family hatchbacks, such as the Volkswagen Golf, so don’t expect the X2 to feel as airy as a Volvo XC40.

There’s a pair of cupholders up front that are deep enough to hold large takeaway cups. The door pockets have drinks holders that will keep a 1.0-litre bottle secure, while the cubby in front of the gearlever is a convenient spot to store small items. The centre armrest is a handy place to hide your phone and connect it to the USB input. You can stow a 500ml bottle in there, too.

BMW X2 hatchback rear space

While front-seat passengers aren’t too affected by the lower roof, those in the back certainly are. Head room is noticeably tighter than in the X1, so taller adults will find their head rather close to the ceiling. We suspect this will be even more of a problem should you tick the box for the optional panoramic roof.

In fact, even without the panoramic roof, head room is significantly worse than what you’d get in a Volvo XC40 and there’s less rear leg room, too. The X2 is also rather narrow in the back compared with rivals, making it a real squeeze for three adults on the rear bench. In addition, the middle occupant will have to negotiate a hump in the floor.

Nets on the back of the front seats are standard.

BMW X2

BMW X2 hatchback seating flexibility

Although the X1 gets plenty of practical touches, the X2 goes without the vast majority of these features. For instance, you can’t have sliding rear seats that prioritise either leg room or boot space; instead, you have to make do with a two-position reclining backrest. There’s also no option of foldout tray tables on the back of the front seats.

What you do get is a standard 40/20/40 split-folding rear bench, so you can carry long loads and still carry four people comfortably. The catches to do this are on the rear bench, with no option of an electric or boot-mounted release.

Although both front seats get height adjustment as standard, you have to pay extra for lumbar support on all models. At least this is reasonably priced and applies to both front seats. Electric front-seat adjustment is standard on M Sport X but optional for the rest of the range.

BMW X2 hatchback boot space

Things start very well for the X2; all models receive a powered tailgate to make life that bit easier. Yes, the shorter rear overhang does reduce boot space compared with the X1, but you still get 470 litres. While that’s a fair bit less than what you get in an XC40, we actually managed to fit more suitcases in the X2 than in the Jaguar E-Pace.

Not only is the boot a decent size, it has a usefully square shape with handy nets, loads of underfloor storage, elasticated straps and a 12V socket. In fact, the only black marks against it are the small load lip that you need to heave luggage over and the sloping rear screen that eats into carrying capacity more than squarer-backed rivals. Still, that is the price of style.

 

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