Wednesday, November 28, 2018

2018 BMW X2 28i AWD: The Brand’s Newest Hatchback-Like Crossover



Highlight: There is a feature in the feature that alerts the driver if it’s time for a break or rest, with suggested locations.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $50,920 (Base Model: $37,395)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: ABS; airbags; hill descent control; a rearview camera; a tire pressure monitoring system; and a rain-sensing windshield wiper system 

Standard Features: 18-inch wheels; run flat tires; 8-speed automatic transmission; an auto start/stop gas saving feature; power front seats w/a memory driver’s setting; a leather sport steering wheel; pseudo leather seats; an automatic climate control system; a manual operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; and a power tailgate; a height adjustable front armrest; and a rear center armrest



Optional Features On Test Vehicle: a Driver’s Assistance Package: a forward collision warning system, a city-speed automatic collision braking system; speed limit info; automatic high beams; and a lane departure warning system; Premium Package: heated front seats, a heads up display and a navigation touchpad; MSportX Package: power folding mirrors, a universal garage door opener, a keyless entry system, a panoramic moonroof, lumbar support and a M sport suspension system; M SportX Package: 19-inch wheels, sport seats, M steering wheel; a park distance control system; Apple CarPlay; a wireless charging system; a Harman/Kardon premium sound system; and a rear spoiler

Other Trim Levels:

sDrive 28i (rear wheel drive)

Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: a 205-watt, 7-speaker AM/FM/HD/CD with satellite radio

Bluetooth Connectivity: Yes

iPod connectivity:  Yes
                                                                                                        
Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 4 years or 50,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty: 4 years or 50,000 miles

Standard Engine/Horsepower: 2.0-liter twin-turbo, 4-cylinder/228-hp

Recommended Fuel: Premium

Standard Fuel Mileage: 18-city/25-hwy

What’s New: The all-new X2 is the newest entry to BMW brand. While BMW is classifying the X2 as a crossover, it really is reminiscent of a hatchback. The interior layout of the vehicle reminds of the brand’s boxy design i3 electric vehicle.

Why: The X2, which is easy to maneuver, is a perfect addition to the BMW family due to its size and utility. The vehicle is slotted between the X1 and the X2. While the vehicle is classified as a crossover, the sporty vehicle can also be considered a hatchback. The five-passenger X2 is available in a rear wheel drive or an wheel drive configuration.

The sporty X2 still embodies the drive and handling characteristics we’ve come to expect from the German automaker. For now, the solidly built vehicle is powered by one engine, a 228-horsepower, turbo engine. We hear an even pricier M-Series, which will offer more punch under the hood, will make its way into the BMW portfolio of vehicles during the 2019 model year.

Nonetheless, the current 4-cylinder engine in the X2, which is quite suitable, has been designed to provide a variety of driving modes. The driver can select from Eco, Pro or Sport modes. The X2 manages to maximize its performance capabilities, when the vehicle is placed in Sports mode. Unlike some vehicles, we did notice a measurable difference in driving characteristics, as we worked our way through the modes.


BMW’s latest entry has a similar interior layout to the i3. The X2 was outfitted with a standalone infotainment system, which housed the audio, navigation and rear camera. Thankfully, the ventilation system operated independently from the other systems. And the X2, with its fresh design, continues to maintain some traditions by equipping the vehicle with a CD player. Ironically, this feature has become a rarity to find these days in a world that is driven by smartphones.

Moreover, the X2 can be outfitted with such optional features as a heads up display system, an oversized sunroof, an in-car WiFi and a world class sound system.

Furthermore, BMW’s newest entry is available with many of today’s driving aids in order to minimize the chance of an accident occurring.

But: At times, the whiny, but vary capable 4-cylinder engine was somewhat annoying when it sounded more like a diesel engine, as opposed to one designed for gasoline.

Moreover, in true BMW fashion, we found the seats to be overly firm. Yes, it took a moment to adjust to the seats, even with the lumber and lateral support, as well as the front seat extenders. And, while the X2 was available with heated seats, we were somewhat surprised that a heated steering wheel was not on the option list.

Another concern we had was related to the second-row seating area. For one, the center headrest led to blindspots for the driver due to the narrow window. And, the headroom space was limiting too, especially for those who are taller than average, who are expecting to be seated comfortably in the rear.

Furthermore, as more mainstream automakers are making their driving assist features standard. Its not only an added expense for BMW, but such features, as a blindspot warning system and a rear cross traffic warning system aren’t available as options.

Lastly, the all-new X2, which is compatible for Apple, but not android smartphones, is one of the most expensive hatchbacks we’ve every reviewed. Yes, we realize its premium priced because of the BMW name.



Verdict: BMW’s newest addition is a great interpretation of a hatchback. The five passenger vehicle is available in both a rear wheel drive and an all wheel drive configuration. The sporty vehicle drives and handles like a typical BMW. While the vehicle is available with a number of features that can easily drive up the price, those who have already been conditioned to buying BMWs might not be as alarmed, as those who are just being introduced to the German vehicle. However, for those seeking a spirited and fun to drive German vehicle, which combines the best elements of a car and a crossover-like vehicle, the X2 should be placed on the shopping list.

Competition: 2018 Audi A3; 2018 Infiniti QX30; 2018 Jaguar E-Pace; 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque; 2018 Mini Countryman; and 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class

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