On sale: Summer
Looking at BMW’s SUV range, the German brand seems to have every market filled. From the small X1, through the X3, X4, X5 and X6, and on to the forthcoming seven-seat X7, there’s an SUV to suit almost everyone. We say ‘almost’ because until now, there’s been a car missing: the X2. First shown in concept form in 2016, the last piece of BMW’s SUV puzzle is now falling into place.
Catering for the same SUV-coupé market as the larger X4 and X6, the X2 will take on stylish rivals such as the Jaguar E-Pace, Range Rover Evoque and Volvo XC40. It’s aimed at affluent younger buyers who want the practicality of an SUV but don’t like those cars’ traditional boxy shape.
Underneath, the X2 shares many of its components with the latest Mini Countryman – a car that has so far failed to impress us with its handling or ride quality – and the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer MPV.
The X2 will be offered with just three engines at launch: a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol (sDrive20i) and two 2.0-litre diesels (xDrive20d and xDrive25d). The sDrive models are front-wheel drive and xDrive versions are four-wheel drive. In any case, an automatic gearbox is standard. The X2’s engine range will grow soon after launch, with the addition of more petrol and diesel models, including petrols with four-wheel drive and a hot M model with around 300bhp.
The X2 is available in four trim levels: SE, Sport, M Sport and M Sport X. Even entry-level SE gets you cruise control, sat-nav, 17in wheels and dual-zone climate control. Sport models additionally get sports seats, black gloss exterior trim, LED headlights and larger wheels. The M Sport models both sit on 19in wheels and receive bespoke bumpers and paintwork, as well as heated front seats.
Every X2 comes with BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, presented on a rotary dial-controlled 6.5in screen (although this can grow to 8.8in as an option).
The new X2 will be priced from £33,980 in its cheapest form, xDrive20d SE, making it more expensive than both the Evoque and E-Pace, by £3435 and £5480 respectively