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BMW X2 review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

X2 boasts similar interior space to the X1, though that rakish body costs in places

The first thing you’ll notice when getting behind the wheel of the BMW X2 is how low the driving position is. Rather than offering the commanding view of the road ahead you'd expect of a crossover or SUV, it's almost like you're getting behind the wheel of a 1 Series hatchback. It's an unusual sensation, but emphasises the X2's sportiness.

The low roof also compromises cabin space when compared to the BMW X1, with which it shares its platform. The small windows and thick C-pillars make the rear of the X2 feel claustrophobic, while rearward visibility isn't great, so the standard-fit rear parking sensors are a bonus.

The various storage cubbies around the cabin are lifted straight from the BMW X1, with a centre armrest cubby, a decent glovebox and door bins and a useful tray for storage ahead of the gear lever.

Size

The BMW X2 is 4,360mm long, 1,824mm long and 1,526mm high. In comparison, the BMW X1 is slightly longer, narrower and taller, but has the same wheelbase.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

Leg and shoulder room is comparable to that in the X1, but the X2's rakish roof line does limit rear headroom a little. The small windows and high door line also make it feel a little claustrophobic in the back.

Most crossovers and SUVs trade on their ability to offer a commanding view of the road ahead, but the X2 isn't your typical SUV. The low-set driving position is very sporty, and emphasises its character as a sharp handling car. Still it's easy to get a comfortable driving position.

Boot

A powered tailgate is fitted as standard on all X2s, while there's additional storage nets in the rear cabin and boot. Boot space measures 470 litres, which is decent and more than is offered in the Audi Q3, but that’s 35 litres down on the X1’s luggage area.

Fold the back seats flat, and you get 1,355 litres of space, while there's room under the boot floor to add an optional space-saver spare wheel. PHEV versions lose a bit of luggage volume due to the battery, reducing the boot size by 55 litres.

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