The BMW X2 might be based on the X1 but the only exterior parts that it shares with its cheaper and more versatile but less sporty sibling – which is 2cm longer and 7cm taller than the X2 - is its door handles and shark-fin aerial. It’s a fairly distinctive-looking thing helped by the swoopy roofline, streamlined head- and tail-lights, and stark features like the kidney grille – inverted so that it’s broader at the bottom than the top for the first time ever – and the triangular air intakes that fill the corners of the front bumper.
The X2 looks pretty great inside. Even entry-level models get contrast stitching on the dash top, although Sport trim adds quite a bit to the overall ambience with mood lighting, gloss black fascia for the centre console, sports seats and more of that contrast stitching.
The X2 and X1 share the same platform, structure and engines but feel entirely different to drive.
You can feel the difference from the moment you drop behind the X2’s wheel. You sit so much lower in this car – 20mm lower than the X1. That driving position makes you feel part of the car rather than riding on top of it as you do in the X1.
The X2’s ride height is also 10mm lower than the X1’s and this lowers the car’s centre of mass and improves handling. Ground clearance is 182mm. BMW’s engineers wanted to give the X2 more agility than the X1
The X2, with 470L, does lose 35 litres of cargo space to the X1 (505L), which has much more to do with its shorter rear overhang (on identical wheelbase) and generally uncompromised row-two accommodation than it does anything to do with the no-it’s-not-a-coupe roofline. The rear seating also offers proper 40:20:40 splitfold flexibility, it’s also fairly versatile.
The braked towing capacity for the sDrive18i, sDrive 20i and xDrive20d is 1700kg, 1800kg and 2000kg respectively.
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