We Drive The Totally Ungovernable BMW X2: Launch Review

Another addition to the German manufacturers SAV range, the BMW X2. It’s BMW’s smallest SUV, and though some might argue, certainly one of the coolest looking cars BMW has ever built.

The BMW X2 shares the same platform, transmission and engines as the X1 but with the X2 encompassing a sportier design. It is shorter, lower and sleeker than the X1, and with it being a bit shorter the drawback is smaller boot space.

The X2 is totally different and matching its slogan as being “Totally Ungovernable” the classic kidney grill is literally turned on its head with a trapezoidal shape – which is a first on a BMW. A feature only last seen on the 2000 CS and 3.0 CSL coupes of the mid-1960s and 70s are the BMW badges mounted on the C-pillars of the car. The X2 is only offered in two models, M Sport and M Sport X. Great decision by BMW, a lower model line would make the car look totally bland.

The interior of the X2 is typical BMW, with excellently integrated technology, premium materials and excellent button placement. I love the driving position as you can get very low down to the ground for a more sporty driving position. Being shorter and lower than the X1, surprisingly rear legroom is not that bad though headroom is a little tight.

There’s a First Time for Everything

On launch, the X2 is offered with the turbocharged 2.0-litre 4 cylinder petrol engine (151kW/280Nm) and a 2.0-litre 4 cylinder turbo diesel (140kW/400Nm). As of May 2018, there is an affordable entry-level 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol. The X2 sDrive models are equipped with BMW’s 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox driving through the front wheels. The X2 xDrive20d is equipped with 8-speed automatic transmission delivering power to all four wheels. All-wheel drive is only available in the diesel models.

The X2 features a stiffer chassis and body making it sharper to drive. Both the petrol and the diesel options are fun to drive. The cars ride was very comfortable. Even though our car was fitted with 19” wheels, the ride proved quite compliant on different Cape Town road surfaces.

BMW says the X2 targeted young lifestyle buyers who care more about style more than practicality. For practicality, one would go for the X1. Not compromising too much on practicality, the X2 is ahead of the competition when it comes to driving enjoyment and desirability.

Pricing for the BMW X2 starts from R577 903.50 for the sDrive18i all the way up to the top of the range model which is the xDrive20d which costs R702 791.50.

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