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Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Slinky SUV blurs the line between 1 Series and X1

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PROS

  • Distinctive looks
  • Fun to drive
  • Good standard spec
  • Easy to personalise

CONS

  • Smaller boot than X1
  • Less rear seat space too
  • Pricey from the off
  • Limited engine range

PROS

  • Distinctive looks
  • Fun to drive
  • Good standard spec
  • Easy to personalise

CONS

  • Smaller boot than X1
  • Less rear seat space too
  • Pricey from the off
  • Limited engine range

BMW X2 SUV rivals

The onward march of the crossover shows no sign of abating, with the BMW X2 filling a gap within the German firm’s range that few appreciated even existed.

BMW refers to the X2 as a Sports Activity Coupe, essentially a more rakish version of the popular X1 SUV aimed at those who are less likely to have outright practicality at the top of their priority list, although it does remain a five-door.

BMW X2 interior shot

It’s aimed straight at the likes of the Audi Q2, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Range Rover Evoque.

BMW X2 ditches rear-wheel drive

Like the X1 it is based on, the X2 is available with a choice of four cylinder petrol and diesel engines, and either front- or all-wheel drive. Eight centimetres shorter, it sits seven centimetres lower with a different suspension set up and stiffer bodywork.

That means it offers a much more focused drive than typical SUVs, including BMW’s own X1, with better body control and a firmer ride.

That means it offers a much more focused drive than the SUV upon which it is based, with better body control and a firmer ride.

Restricted engine choice

The only car available from launch was the all-wheel drive 20d xDrive diesel, followed by a less powerful 18d, petrol 20i and range-topping M35i.

Opt for the 20i petrol and you’re limited to a manual gearbox and front-wheel drive only; the 18d is the most flexible model with a choice of gearbox and drive.

The highest performance xDrive20d and M35i models come with an auto ‘box and all-wheel drive as standard.

Four trim levels

You can choose between four equipment levels:SE, Sport, M Sport and M Sport X, plus the standalone M35i version. As well as offering different amounts of kit, each spec looks different from the outside too.

Base-spec cars feature black external cladding, Sport models get a lighter grey colour with body matched wheearches, while M Sport X gains light-silver elements.

The top two trims also get a 10mm lower ride height, while the most expensive cars benefit from contrasting interior stitching, LED headlights, 19-inch wheels and two zone climate control.

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