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For automakers of all stripes, it's a Hungry Hungry Hippos kind of world; everyone is voraciously trying to gobble up every sale they can get. For BMW, that means expanding its portfolio of roundel-wearing crossovers, most recently with the all-new X2. Available spring 2018, this newest addition to the BMW lineup promises to provide a chic and upscale urban look while also being a practical and efficient runabout. Millennials, take heed: your car is ready.

What's New for 2018

The BMW X2 is an all-new model for 2018.


Choosing Your BMW X2


In the words of Adrian van Hooydonk, BMW's Senior VP of Design, "The BMW X2 represents an expression of modern and extrovert vehicle dynamics." While this may sound like a bunch of marketing gobbledygook, it can't be denied that compared to the also-diminutive BMW X1, the X2 comes replete with more aggressive and low-slung bodywork that skews further towards sporting hatchback than upright crossover. This stylistic gulf between the two littlest X vehicles stems from the fact that the X2 has a lower overall height and shorter length, yet rides on the same wheelbase as the X1. The result is a crossover that, when compared to its stablemate, looks taut and athletic.

Despite the sporting proportions, the dapper bodywork doesn't sacrifice practicality: the trunk has 50.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which is only down a few grocery bags from the X1's 58.7 cubic feet.

All X2's are powered by a typical-for-the-segment 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder putting out 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic handles the shifting duties, and BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system is standard fare. The dash to 60 miles per hour takes 6.3 seconds, which is decidedly quicker than the Audi Q3 or Lexus NX but doesn't quite match the Mercedes GLA250's 5.8-second 0-60 run (let alone the angrier GLA45 AMG).

Buyers have a choice of nine different exterior hues, including the distinctive Galvanic Gold that the show cars were draped in. Inside, buyers can pick from black or white leatherette, or from five shades of Dakota leather. These premium hides cost an additional $1,450.


Buyers can further outfit their X2 with the $700 Driver Assistance Package, which couples the active driving assistant and active cruise control. It also mandates the $950 navigation, so the true total cost for this package comes out to $1,650. The other available package is the $600 Dynamic Handling Package, which attempts to channel a smidgen of the old BMW spirit via more precise M Sports steering and active adjustable dampers. Both packages are available for all trim levels.

For $39,395 (including destination charge), buyers net themselves an unadorned X2. Standard features include 18-inch wheels, leatherette, a 6.5-inch non-touchscreen display, ambient lighting, LED lights, rearview camera and power tailgate.

Standalone options consist of a panoramic sunroof, wireless charging and wifi hotspot, navigation, heated front seats and steering wheel, Apple CarPlay and a 12-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system. Optional safety features include active cruise control with limited autonomous braking functionality, park distance control that offers audible warnings when approaching an object or obstruction while parking, and a space-saver spare tire.

The $2,350 Convenience Tier adds a bunch of, um, convenient features. Highlights include auto-dimming mirrors, a universal garage door opener, proximity entry, lumbar support, power folding mirrors, panoramic moonroof, and SiriusXM radio with a one year subscription.


The $4,950 Premium Tier includes all the features of the Convenience Tier, plus doodads like remote services, a head-up display, real-time traffic information, navigation, and heated front seats and steering wheel. It's a well-rounded package that we'd have a hard time ignoring.

But the most distinctive version of X comes by the way of BMW M in the $4,650 M Sport X Package. This version of the X2 boasts a number of unique features, including the bumpers, 19-inch wheels, and the bodyside accents painted in Frozen Grey. Extra options unique to the M Sport include 20-inch wheels, an M rear spoiler, and a firmer M sport suspension.

The M Sport X offers the same content as an xDrive28i Convenience Tier, but you can pair it with the Premium Tier for $2,600 on top of the M Sport X equipment. The options available on the regular M Sport X are again available here, with the only notable difference being that the M sport suspension has been made standard.

CarsDirect Tip

There are a lot of flavors to choose from when it comes to the X2, but your best bet would be to get a Convenience or Premium Tier and take advantage of the a la cart options. We’d recommend splurging on the genuine leather, navigation and Dynamic Handling Package. Check off the boxes for these goodies, and you’ll end up with an X that offers a premium interior, a proper touchscreen infotainment unit, and a better driving experience.

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Buyers in the market for a subcompact crossover now have two choices from BMW. The current X1 serves as the basis for the all-new 2018 BMW X2, which emphasizes performance and style over outright utility. It covers all the bases a small crossover should and throws some excitement into the mix to boot.

Best Value

The X2 starts out with front-wheel drive, but most buyers expect all-wheel drive in this type of vehicle. Since the theme of the X2 is sportiness, we recommend the M Sport X Design model, which gets a firmer suspension, a sport-tuned transmission, 19-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, and extra convenience features. The Dynamic Handling Package increases stability in corners while enhancing ride comfort, and we consider the Driving Assistance Package almost mandatory in a BMW.

  • Model: 2018 BMW X2 xDrive 28i M Sport X Design
  • Engine: 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Output: 228 hp/258 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 21 city/31 highway
  • Options: M Sport X Design ($4,650), Dynamic Handling Package ($600, M sports steering, dynamic damper control), Driving Assistance Package ($700, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, speed limit info display), Navigation ($950, required with Driving Assistance Package), Dakota leather upholstery ($1,450)
  • Base Price: $39,395 (including a $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $47,745



The BMW X2 carries the same 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and eight-speed automatic as the X1. While 228 horsepower doesn't seem like a lot, the X2 certainly makes the most of it. Zero to 60 mph takes 6.3 seconds, a fine showing for small crossover with all-wheel drive. The standard Driving Dynamic Control system offers a choice of driving modes: Eco Pro, Comfort, and Sport. Comfort is the sweet spot for everyday driving.

All models offer quick steering and plenty of power for accelerating out of corners. With the M Sport treatment, the X2 exhibits taut reflexes on par with many sport coupes. The upgraded suspension lowers ride height by 0.4 inch, and the transmission provides firm and satisfying downshifts. The X2 behaves like a rear-wheel-drive vehicle in aggressive cornering. The all-wheel-drive system transfers power to the back when it senses the driver wants to have fun.

Given the X2's 7.2-inch ground clearance, drivers should expect some body lean. However, the active dampers found in the Dynamic Handling Package absorb most of the unwanted motion.


The X2 eschews the buttoned-down look of the X1 in favor of sculpted sides and an aggressive nose with oversized air intakes. The X2 is 3.2 inches shorter and 2.8 inches lower than the X1, resulting in a coupe-like profile. Even so, the X2 maintains very good interior dimensions for this class, and the rear doors open wide for passengers. A rear spoiler comes standard.

The X2 is all business on the inside, high on function if not luxury. Displays are uncluttered and easy to absorb at a glance. There's nothing dazzling to see, but comfort is assured by the supportive front sport seats.

The Best and Worst Things

With its sleek design, the X2 could easily be forgiven for middling cargo space or rear seat room. But no apologies are needed here. The X2 is just as spacious as some upright rivals and can even carry more stuff.

Buyers who expect a certain level of interior luxury from BMW might be disappointed with the X2. The mood inside is subdued and sober. Some folks will find the arrangement too plain for their taste.

Right For? Wrong For?


Buyers who can't decide between a sport coupe and small crossover can get the best of both in the X2. Even drivers whose top priority is handling should check it out – and consider the cargo space a bonus.

There's no shortage of plush and inviting crossovers of similar size. Buyers who crave luxury can easily find more of it elsewhere.

The Bottom Line

The 2018 BMW X2 should please driving enthusiasts who didn't have a reason to buy a small crossover until now.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 228 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Standard: 8-spd STEPTRONIC w/OD
Available: 8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
23 / 32 / 27 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 228 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
23 / 32 / 27 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
16.1 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
50.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
94 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
172.2 "
Exterior Width
71.8 "
Exterior Height
60.1 "
Front Headroom
39.8 " / 39.2 "
Rear Headroom
37.1 " / 37.0 "
Front Legroom
40.3 "
Rear Legroom
36.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.9 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,499 Lbs.
Wheel Base
105 "
Turning Radius
18.6 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 18.0 " Machined Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Sensatec Leatherette / Dakota Leather
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
12-way (10-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
12-way (10-way Power)
Front Armrests
12-way (10-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
7 / 12 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Mitigation / Frontal Collision Warning W/city Collision Mitigation Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure / Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention / Daytime Pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Park Distance Control Automated / Parking Assistant Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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