- Here’s where the BMW X2 SUV really shines
- Functional and hard-wearing yet stylish interior
- Lots of bold stitching and trim to lift the ambiance
The interior of the BMW X2 is a real strong point – the seats are big and supportive, and the dashboard is trimmed in a variety of soft-feel, patterned plastics with brightly coloured accents. It sits somewhere between the restraint of an Audi cockpit and a brash-looking Mercedes-Benz cabin, with ergonomics taking a priority over sheer style.
As you’d expect from a driver-focused carmaker like BMW, everything points towards the right-hand seat, with the driver benefitting from great ergonomics as a consequence. Minor controls, such as the hazard-warning switch and electric wondow controls are well witihin easy reach. Front-seat passengers are looked after, too, with a solid grab handle next to the gearshift for when the going gets rough.
BMW X2 features high quality materials
We’ve only sat in top spec cars so far, which have impressed with the quality of the cabin materials – from the soft-touch dashboard to the hexagonally-patterned fabric and alcantara combo on the seats. Decorative contrast stitching in yellow mirrors the bright gold exterior paint, plus there are some eye-catching options including Magma Red leather and aluminium or grained oak trim pieces.
This is all underpinned by an expected feeling of solidity, particularly in the way all the controls, buttons and switches operate.
Superb driving position
High-riding SUVs often prioritise a lofty driving position against an overtly sporty one, but the X2 manages to strike something of a happy medium if you're someone who enjoys feeling more connected with your car. You can position the driver’s seat nice and low down for a near-hatchback feel, or boost it up to off-roader altitude, and still feel cocooned by the insulating interior. You don't get the commanding view an Evoque or Q3 driver enjoys, but it'll feel 'SUV' enough for most buyers.
The wheel and seat have plenty of adjustment, including a movable thigh-support cushion for the latter. Low-set dials give you a good view forward through the windscreen, and are easy to read thanks to a bold, clear font. Rear visibility is not good at all – so if you're optioning your X2, it makes sense to tick the box marked 'reversing camera' on the configurator.
Interior enhanced by high tech options
Those instruments take the form of a black panel display that not only shows you the engine and road speed, auxiliary functions including the sat nav and media info are also included. This rather minimalist information can be supplemented by an optional head up display, and a central screen measuring either 6.5- or 8.8-inches in the top-spec offering.
The X2's infotainment system is excellent. Supplementing the built-in DAB radio and CD player, the sat-nav with traffic information is user-friendly and very effective. There's no touchscreen, thankfully – all functions handled by shortcut buttons located near the gearstick. If the optional colour head-up display is fitted, important information in projected on the windscreen ahead of you – but it's an expensive extra..
How comfortable is it?
- Stiffer set up than X1 SUV
- Firm but well-damped ride
- Comfy, supportive seats
The BMW X2 has a sporty ride whether fitted with standard or adaptive suspension, bordering on the uncomfortable on the M Sport-spec cars with their 10mm lowered, stiffened suspension. The most sporting M35i is even firmer, but that is to be expected in a car with its performance potential.
If you're a city dweller or end up encountering potholes on a regular basis, we'd always recommend cars with standard-sized wheels and suspension set-up to maximise the X2's comfort. In town across cobbles and deep-set tram-lines the X2 bobbles rather than crashes, but it certainly makes the surface seem busier than softer rivals, such as the Range Rover Evoque.
If you spend lots of time on the motorway, the M Sport X cars deal with occasional undulating sections with firm-edged composure, and feel very well suited to high-speed running.
Decent interior storage
Inheriting some of the practicality of the X1 SUV, the X2 features three 12-volt power sockets plus USBs, as well as two cupholders in the front and rear. The driver gets a folding storage compartment, plus large door bins in the front and back. A set of passenger backrest nets offers a convenient place for flat items too.
Optional M35i bucket seats
Upgrade to the M35i performance model and you can specify some seriously supportive bucket seats with grippy bolsters and an inegrated headrest. These are actually very comfortable as well as effective at pinning you in place when you want to push on.