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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, although of course the final production model is rather tame looking in comparison. 

Short overhangs help give the X2 a sportier look than the X1, but the two models actually share the same wheelbase, and against the tape measure the X2 is a little bit larger in every dimension than a Volkswagen Golf, but only just. 

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 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.   

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 setup 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 Tech Pack, 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 £600.

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