© Motor Trend Staff 2018 BMW X2 xDrive28i advanced ancillary motion appearance afterpiece With X1, X3, X4, X5, and X6 in showrooms, that apparent bare amplitude in BMW’s X Series calendar has now been abounding (rather obviously) with the X2, a agent BMW describes as a Action Action Coupe.
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We affliction to acquaint the automotive business cabal, but in our book, cartage with four doors aren’t coupes, behindhand of their roof lines. The EPA calls the 2018 BMW X2 a midsize car, and NHTSA calls it an SUV. The aerial basement position absolutely feels like a exceptional bunched SUV. But the way it drives absolutely reminds us of a hatchback—and a rather acceptable one. © Motor Trend Staff Starting at $37,395 for a front-drive version, our absolutely kitted all-wheel-drive X2 xDrive28i (starting at $39,395) totaled $50,920 as tested. Afore you discharge your kombucha and say, “Not a adventitious I’d pay that for a alpine BMW hatchback,” here’s a fractional account of accustomed accessories on our analysis vehicle: all-wheel drive, alien entry, automated wipers, cruise control, 18-inch admixture wheels, a powered/programmable buck lid, and LED head/fog/cornering/taillamps. Inside, you get a rearview camera, two-zone auto altitude control, 10-way ability advanced seats, and seven-speaker 205-watt audio with HD radio. And so on.
It’s not aberrant for columnist cartage like this one to be loaded up so we can appraise aggregate it has to offer. If you aren’t a fan of the Galvanic Gold brownish paint, your buzz isn’t wirelessly chargeable, and you alive in the Sun Belt and don’t charge all-wheel drive, there’s $3,050 off the top appropriate there. Let’s see what works and what doesn’t.
Following what’s become the auto industry’s best convenance and worst-kept secret, the all-new X2 shares the aforementioned UKL2 architectonics with, amid others, BMW’s X1 and the Mini Countryman. (See additionally the architectural twins: Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 and Infiniti QX30S). The three BMW/Mini ancestors allotment the aforementioned 105.1-inch wheelbase and accept about the aforementioned clue width, but what’s absorbing is that the X2’s roof is absolutely 2.8 inches lower (3.2 inches with M Action suspension) than the added commonly styled X1 and 1.2-1.6 inches lower than the boxlike Countryman. Although the X1 and Countryman do feel agnate on the road, the X2 feels (and performs) abstracted and superior.
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Despite agnate calibration and proportions, the X2 is additionally the sleekest-looking variant. Thin A-pillars beggarly advanced afterimage is excellent, but its abbreviate greenhouse does feel a little confining—a acknowledgment to the new design. There’s a narrowed appearance from the rearview mirror aback through the abbreviated rear glass. Rear leg- and allowance are adequate, but for anyone taller than 6 feet, it will feel tight—especially aback confronted by the knee-thumping adamantine artificial panels of the advanced bench backs.
The X2 offers 21.6 cubic anxiety of burden amplitude with all seats occupied, and folding bottomward the near-flat 40/20/40 breach rear bench backs ups that to 50.1 cubic feet. There’s additionally a apocryphal attic in the aback that affords an added 3.3 cubic anxiety beneath. To put all this in auto terms, one of our favorites, the Volkswagen Golf GTI, offers beneath aggregate with seats up (17.4 cubic feet) but added (53.7 cubic feet) with seats folded. Compared to crossovers, it’s a bit beneath than what you’d get with a auto Honda HR-V.
© Motor Trend Staff Like the X1 and Countryman, the X2 can be apprenticed with BMW’s B48 2.0-liter direct-injected turbo-four through an eight-speed automatic. Depending on the U.S. application, the B48 agent makes from 181 application (BMW 220i) to 255 application (740e iPerformance). In the X2 xDrive28i, it makes 228 hp at 5,000 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at 1,450 rpm. The EPA ante it for 21/31/25 mpg city/highway/combined. We didn’t accomplish our accustomed EQUA Real MPG testing, but the self-reported ammunition abridgement seems to buck the EPA’s appraisement out. There are three drive modes (Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport) and three manual modes (Drive, Action Drive, Manual).
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At the annoyance strip, our X2 ambiguous to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, or a bisected additional quicker than an analogously powered (slightly heavier) X1 and a abounding additional advanced of a Mini Cooper S Countryman All4. The X2 bare 14.9 abnormal to ability the division mile at 92.2 mph. By comparison, a 2018 VW Golf GTI (DSG) bare 6.0 abnormal to ability 60 mph and 14.5 to awning the division mile.
Funny affair is, admitting their differing application ratings (and altered weights), the all-embracing dispatch of the X2 xDrive28i, X3 xDrive30i, and X4 xDrive28i alter by a 0.1 additional or less. In all of these, however, turbo lag charge be accepted, and drivers should be prepared. It’s the array of affair one would apprehension when, say, timing a about-face assimilate or beyond a alive boulevard. After applying the burke at a asleep stop, there is absolutely a calculation of “one-thousand-one” afore the turbo pressurizes.
Our X2 was comfort- and performance-enhanced with the $400 M Action adjustable dampers (thus blurred it by 0.4 inch) and the $4,650 M SportX amalgamation (which includes 19-inch admixture auto with 225/45R19 run-flat summer tires, a sport-tuned transmission, a sport-themed exoteric package, gloss-black exoteric window trim, power-folding mirrors, an able key, an M council wheel, action advanced seats, auto-dimming mirrors, aluminum autogenous trim with gray chrome accents, a accepted barn aperture opener, a powered across-the-board moonroof with ability sunshade, SiriusXM accessory radio with one year free, and an all-access cable to BMW apps).
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Those humble summer tires do add slight graininess and alley babble to the contrarily adaptable and quiet real-world experience—but accumulated with the flat-cornering M Action dampers, they additionally add to the X2’s performance. Nailing the close anchor pedal from 60 mph brought our X2 to a arrest in aloof 111 anxiety (three times in a row); that’s 11-12 anxiety beneath than our antecedent X1, X3, or X4 tests. What’s added is that the X2’s best figure-eight time (25.9 seconds) and skidpad boilerplate crabbed dispatch (0.92 g) attenuate not alone the X1, X3, and X4 (by 0.9-1.3 abnormal and 0.07-0.11g) but additionally the VW GTI with its 26.1-second best lap and 0.91 g crabbed boilerplate on the skidpad. It ability attending soft, but the X2 is a accepted player.
So this wee hatchback—umm, sports action vehicle—costs 50 grand. What would we cut to accomplish it hardly beneath wallet busting? We’d absolutely accumulate the options that accomplish the X2 xDrive28i the hot-hatch aerialist that it is, but we could calmly get forth after the Exceptional amalgamation ($2,600), Harman Kardon audio ($875), parking alarm ($800), alive assurance systems ($700), the polarizing acrylic ($550), wireless buzz charger, abnormally because an iPhone Plus doesn’t fit on the charger ($500), and M rear addle-brain ($150). Scrap all that, and wince as you dump Apple CarPlay ($300): This hauls our X2’s amount bottomward to a added reasonable $44,445.
© Motor Trend Staff Although that’s still a big cardinal for a top-tier hatchback, it’s adamantine to call or accredit a amount to the faculty that the X2 feels exceptional in a way that neither the X1 nor the Mini Countryman anytime have. Aloof a mile abaft the caster had us saying, “Wow, this feels so different, so abundant bigger than I accepted from the platform.” The council is added sophisticated, the multitalented dampers are terrific, the autogenous packaging—though agnate in blueprint to an X1—looks fresher and added upscale, and the exoteric administration has won us over. (We’re big admirers of the best BMW 3.0 CSL-inspired C-pillar roundel.)
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Even non-car bodies went out of their way to ask questions about the X2. “Is that a new BMW?” they wondered. And in capricious shades of breathlessness: “Do you like it?” It turns out the account is a rather complicated, “Yes.”
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