BMW X2 review - Interior, design and technology
A high-quality interior that’s typical of the badge, is combined with sporty SUV styling
The X2 fills a gap in BMW’s line-up, although some would argue that it's a gap that doesn't really exist. BMW uses its 'Sports Activity Vehicle' branding to give it a bit more of an active lifestyle appeal. But unlike its other SAVs, the X4 and X6, the X2 doesn't get a coupe profile, instead opting for a more swooping hatchback-style line.
It's a look that was previewed by the Concept X2 design study that did the rounds of the motor shows ahead of the X2's launch. And that concept's rakish hatchback rear end, low stance, angular, sporty bumpers and rugged SUV cladding are all carried over to the production model. However, standing next to the car reveals that it doesn’t stand very tall – its roof is no higher than a family hatchback’s.
Swept-back lights, a rising window line (incorporating BMW’s signature Hofmeister kink), ultra-slim hatchback glass and even the BMW badge inset into the C-pillars, are all design cues that have been transferred over from the Concept X2 – first seen at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, unfortunately the final production model is slightly muted in comparison.
Short overhangs help give the X2 a sportier look than the X1, but the two models actually share the same wheelbase. The X2 occupies a similar footprint to most family hatchbacks and the fact it’s only 2mm taller than the current Volkswagen Golf highlights the X2’s sleek profile.
While the car’s exterior design is quite different to every other car in the X line-up, the interior is much more straightforward. It’s lifted almost wholesale from the second-generation X1, so it’s immediately familiar in both layout and quality, with a neat centre panel, top quality materials and a digitalised instrument panel. It should be noted that BMW’s digital instruments are quite unlike Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system, however – they are purely computerised versions of the traditional binnacles. The new X1 features BMW’s latest iDrive infotainment set-up and dual displays, making the X2’s older system feel dated in some areas.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
All X2 models get a 8.8-inch infotainment system with sat-nav, which can also be operated through a trademark BMW rotary iDrive dial. As such, the set-up offers the best of both worlds, with the rotor button making the infotainment easy to use on the move.
As expected of a premium brand, the interfaces are simple and clear to navigate, slick to respond and quick to load. Apple CarPlay is now standard across the range, but Android Auto is not available at all. A head-up display is offered as part of the Technology Pack 2, sitting just below the driver’s line of sight and supplementing the basic digital dials, while BMW also offer an upgraded Harman Kardon stereo for an extra £660.
Some models can be had with a sunroof – a £1,100 optional extra. There’s also a Comfort Pack which includes keyless entry, electric front seats with memory function and a heated steering wheel. The Technology Pack 1 adds a adaptive LED headlights, wireless charging pad and reversing camera, while Technology Pack 2 includes the aforementioned head-up display and BMW’s ‘Navigation Plus’ sat-nav on a large 10.25-inch central screen.
In this review
- 1BMW X2 reviewThe low-slung and less than practical BMW X2 is an SUV oddity, but it’s stylish and good to drive
- 2Engines, performance and driveX2’s engine line-up isn’t the most thrilling, but it’s still fun to drive
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe X2 offers efficient petrol and plug-in hybrid powertrains, which helps to keep running costs reasonable
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingA high-quality interior that’s typical of the badge, is combined with sporty SUV styling
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceX2 boasts similar interior space to the X1, though that rakish body costs in places
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe X2 gets all of BMW's latest safety tech, and shares its top Euro NCAP score with the X1