X1 too small and chunky? X3 too big? Behold the problem solver, the X2.
So, what is a crossover then?
Right then, the X2…
Return of the rear badge.
While controversial and not deserving to this car by enthusiasts, the X2 marks the return of the rear badge. BMW point out that this pays homage to classic BMW coupes of the past including the 3.0 CSL Batmobile. Is it a hit or a miss? We like it, it certainly adds to the urban style of the car.
At he back, more cues on the coupé style rear end with twin pipes left and right as standard as well as pretty decent ground clearance. The boot is great too, much bigger than we expected so a family of 4 could easily do long trips without hesitation.
Interior? I mean it is where I spend most of my time.
As usual, it is pretty much standard BMW however in recent cars the typical orange instrument cluster seems to be fading away. For purists this might be, but for many it seems to be a welcome change and a good step in the right direction for BMW to progress forward.
For trims however, you can have plain cloth or leather, or go for a rustic feel with mesh fabrics, suede inserts and contrast stitching.
On the tech side your usual NAV and heads up display is as per usual but stand outs are Apple Car play as well as wireless charging for phones which is standard, should you have a device that caters for this.
Driving the X2 around Cape Town was pleasant. The suspension is firmish side, but doesn’t upset you to the point where you regret your decision. Our car ran the slightly lowered and stiffened M Sport suspension set up and even with the low-profile tyres, there’s little road noise over major road surfaces or bangs of hurt as you hit glorious potholes. It is very refined, as good to drive if not better than it’s rivals and decently made and well equipped. The huge plus is that you have looks and style far better than most, and the peace of mind of that good old BMW charm.
Expect to pay R591 300 for the M Sport 18i automatic, R642 200 for the 20i M Sport Steptronic and R692 900 for the 20d Steptronic M Sport versions and about 30k more if you want the M Sport X model, with variations in models down to trims and looks.