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Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 6.7
Safety:
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2020 BMW X2 Review

The 2020 BMW X2 offers strong engines, balanced handling, user-friendly features, and a lovely cabin. However, it ranks in the middle of the luxury subcompact SUV class because of its snug back seat, merely average cargo space and fuel economy, and relatively high price.

Pros & Cons

  • Athletic handling
  • Zippy acceleration
  • Intuitive tech features
  • Quality interior
  • Snug rear seats
  • Above-average price for class

Is the BMW X2 a Good SUV?

Yes, the 2020 BMW X2 is a fine luxury subcompact SUV. The coupelike X2 has a stylish cabin with high-quality materials. Its turbocharged engine provides plenty of power, and the SUV is well-equipped with standard tech and safety features like Apple CarPlay and forward collision warning with brake assist. On the other hand, the X2 costs a bit more than its closest rivals, and its rear seat and cargo space are only adequate by class standards.

Should I Buy the BMW X2?

The 2020 X2 is definitely worth a look, but there are some alternatives in this segment that you may want to check out first. For example, the Volvo XC40 and the Audi Q3 both offer similar refinement and practicality but at a more affordable price point than the BMW. The X2’s toughest competition, however, may come from its own BMW X1 sibling. The X1 not only has more seating space and cargo room than the sleeker X2, but it offers similar equipment at a lower starting price.

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Should I Buy a New or Used BMW X2?

BMW launched the X2 as an all-new vehicle for the 2018 model year, and there have been a couple key updates since. BMW debuted the sporty M35i model for 2019 and added more standard features to the base X2, including navigation, Apple CarPlay, forward collision warning with brake assist, lane departure warning, and parking sensors. These features were optional for 2018. For 2020, BMW replaced the X2’s standard 6.5-inch infotainment screen with an 8.8-inch display.

You can save money by shopping for a similarly equipped 2018 or 2019 X2. Just look closely at the equipment list to make sure you're getting the features you want. If you’re looking for dynamic performance, however, stick with a 2019 or 2020 model to get the X2 M35i.

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We Did the Research for You: 13 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 13 BMW X2 reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible. This 2020 BMW X2 review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which spans the 2018 through 2020 model years.

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How Much Does the BMW X2 Cost?

The 2020 BMW X2 has a base MSRP of $36,400. That’s higher than average for a luxury subcompact SUV. The price climbs by $2,000 if you want all-wheel drive (xDrive), and it tops out at around $46,500 for the high-performance M35i model. Even so, the X2 is among the least expensive SUVs in the BMW lineup.

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BMW X2 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: BMW X2 or Volvo XC40?

The Volvo XC40 is one of the best luxury subcompact SUVs. Both the XC40 and the X2 have peppy turbocharged engines, balanced handling, respectable fuel economy, and similar cargo space, but the Volvo offers better value and practicality. The XC40’s base price is lower by about $2,700, yet this SUV has a more luxurious cabin and roomier rear seats. The XC40 also offers more standard and available active safety features. Go with the Volvo.

Which Is Better: BMW X2 or Mercedes-Benz GLA?

The fun-to-drive Mercedes-Benz GLA was a big hit when it arrived for the 2015 model year. In the years since, however, this Mercedes has been overshadowed by newer SUV rivals, including the X2. The BMW has a higher-quality interior, more seating and cargo space, and a comfier ride. Also, its powertrain feels smoother and peppier than the GLA’s four-cylinder setup. While the GLA does have a lower starting price by about $2,400, we think the X2 is a better pick.

Which Is Better: BMW X2 or BMW X1?

The BMW X1 and X2 have a lot in common. Both are built at the same factory, and each has similar interior styling, standard features, and even the same 228-horsepower engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. The big difference is body style. The X1 has a conventional SUV body, whereas the X2 has a more coupelike shape. This physique contributes to the X2’s tight rear headroom and smaller cargo space.

Adding insult to injury, the X2 costs about $1,400 more than the X1. For these reasons, we think most shoppers will be happier with the X1. That said, you’ll need to stick with the X2 if you want the high-powered M35i engine. That setup isn’t available for the X1.

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X2 Interior

How Many People Does the X2 Seat?

The 2020 BMW X2 has five seats. The front seats are comfortable and provide ample head- and legroom, even for taller drivers and passengers. The supportive rear seats are cozy as well, but rear headroom is a bit tight for adults; three kids should fit just fine. Synthetic leather upholstery and eight-way power-adjustable front seats are standard, while leather and heated front seats are available.

X2 and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats in the X2, and they're relatively easy to use.

X2 Interior Quality

The X2 earns good marks for its interior. The cabin has a minimalist design, and most surfaces are trimmed with attractive upholstery, soft-touch plastics, and metallic accents. However, there are a few hard plastics in less obvious places. Also, wind noise is quite noticeable at highway speeds, though the same can be said of other vehicles in this segment.

X2 Cargo Space

The BMW X2 has 21.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 50.1 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. That’s about average for a luxury subcompact SUV, and it’s in line with rivals like the Audi Q3, Jaguar E-Pace, and Cadillac XT4. Opting for a spare tire eats up a good chunk of this space though. A small tire repair kit comes standard.

X2 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

One of the X2’s biggest highlights is its iDrive infotainment system. It includes an 8.8-inch touch screen, a navigation system, HD Radio, seven speakers, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a year subscription to Apple CarPlay. You can manage the system by tapping and swiping on the screen, or you can use the rotary knob and touchpad near the center console, as well as buttons and knobs for the audio and climate controls on the dashboard. This may sound overwhelming, but overall these controls are quite intuitive and easy to use while on the go.

Available tech features include a Wi-Fi hot spot, a smartphone charging pad, satellite radio, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo.

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X2 Performance

X2 Engine: Punchy and Punchier

The 2020 BMW X2 has two engines to choose from. The front-wheel-drive sDrive28i and the all-wheel-drive xDrive28i are equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The all-wheel-drive M35i has an upgraded version of this engine that produces 301 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. Both are outfitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 28i engine is very refined. It accelerates the X2 up to speed confidently and delivers strong passing power. The dash from zero to 60 mph takes 6.6 seconds. The eight-speed automatic provides smooth and well-timed gear shifts. You can change gears manually as well, using the steering wheel’s shift paddles.

The X2 M35i ups the ante quite a bit. This high-performance engine helps shuttle the X2 to 60 mph in less than five seconds, and this turn of speed is met with sporty snarls and crackles from the exhaust pipes. It’s overkill for everyday driving but certainly enjoyable if you want a performance SUV.

X2 Gas Mileage: On Par

The X2 sDrive28i gets 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, which is average by class standards. Ratings dip to 24/31 mpg city/highway with the AWD xDrive28i. The sportier M35i returns 23/30 mpg. The most efficient SUV in this class is the Lexus UX Hybrid, which can achieve a lofty 43/41 mpg.

X2 Ride and Handling: X-ceptionally Agile

The X2 drives more like a hot hatchback than a crossover SUV. It feels composed around sharp turns, the steering is quick and well-weighted, and its brakes provide strong stopping power. The one drawback is the X2’s ride quality. The standard 28i rides comfortably on everyday roads, but the M35i – as well as 28i models with the optional 20-inch wheels – tends to shimmy and jitter on rough pavement. It’s not to the point of discomfort, but know that the X2 isn’t the coziest cruiser in this segment.

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X2 Reliability

Is the BMW X2 Reliable?

The 2020 BMW X2 has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

BMW X2 Warranty

BMW covers the X2 with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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X2 Safety

X2 Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 X2. However, the IIHS named the nearly identical 2019 X2 a Top Safety Pick.

X2 Safety Features

The 2020 X2 comes standard with a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and the Active Driving Assistant package. This suite includes forward collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, and road sign recognition. Optional driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, hands-free parallel parking assist, and a head-up display.

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X2 Dimensions and Weight

The BMW X2 is 14.4 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,519 to 3,721 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 BMW X2 Built?

BMW builds the 2020 X2 in Germany.

Which BMW X2 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 BMW X2 is offered in three trim levels: sDrive28i, xDrive28i, and the sport-tuned M35i. We suspect most shoppers will be happy with either of the 28i models. Both are well-equipped with standard features, and they boast strong turbocharged engines.

The racy X2 M35i may be tempting, but its high-performance engine and hardware come with a steep price bump.

BMW X2 sDrive28i

The sDrive28i has a $36,400 starting price. It’s outfitted with a 228-horsepower turbocharged engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Standard features include an 8.8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, a navigation system, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, seven speakers, remote keyless entry, a power liftgate, automatic climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED headlights and fog lights, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera, parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, forward collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, and road sign recognition.

The optional Convenience package ($2,350) adds proximity keyless entry, satellite radio, a panoramic moonroof, a universal garage door opener, and power-folding side mirrors. The Premium package ($3,750) includes all the features from the Convenience package plus heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, and an upgraded navigation system. Individual options include leather upholstery ($1,450), wireless smartphone charging and a Wi-Fi hot spot ($500), a Harman Kardon stereo ($875), adaptive cruise control ($1,000), parallel park assist ($200), and an adaptive suspension ($500).

BMW X2 xDrive28i

The xDrive28i has a starting MSRP of $38,400. It offers the same standard equipment and options as the base model, but with the addition of BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

BMW X2 M35i

The M35i starts at $46,450. It has a 301-horsepower turbocharged engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. It adds upgraded M Sport exhaust components, brakes, differentials, steering, and suspension, as well as 19-inch alloy wheels, proximity keyless entry, and satellite radio. Otherwise, the M35i is available with many of the same options as the two lower trims.

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The Final Call

The 2020 BMW X2 is a fine option in the ever-growing luxury subcompact SUV class – it just doesn’t stand out against its rivals. There are more practical, luxurious, sporty, and fuel-efficient SUVs available, and many cost less than the X2. Consider shopping around before you buy.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2020 BMW X2 is the X1’s stylish and fun sibling. They share a common vehicle platform, including the same base engine and interior design, but diverge from there. Where the X1 succeeds at being a fun but utilitarian crossover, the X2 offers more performance, more distinctive style and more controversy. That extra performance comes courtesy of the sportier, more powerful M35i variant that's exclusive to the X2. The controversy comes from that style, which certainly won't be for everyone, and that, importantly, reduces the space and versatility many folks expect from an SUV. That BMW offers choice in this growing segment can't be viewed as a bad thing, however. Some may like the X1, others may prefer the X2. … Yet, the 2020 X2 remains a compelling entry for those who prioritize style and performance." -- Autoblog
  • "What the X2 lacks in refinement, it makes up for in playfulness. And while its layout and platform may break with BMW tradition, its pricing, handling, and badge placement—and its appeal to yuppies—are as BMW as you can get." -- Car and Driver (2018)
  • "Like all of its even-numbered siblings, the X2 shares its underpinnings with an existing SUV; in this case, it's the X1 subcompact crossover SUV. A slight reduction in overall height and length makes the X2 look like a tall hatchback, in contrast to the X1's traditional crossover profile. The X2 also has less headroom and cargo capacity than the X1, and it costs significantly more. As such, our advice is similar to what we've said about those other stylized BMWs: There's little rational reason for buying an X2. The X1 and rivals such as the Audi Q3, the Jaguar E-Pace and the Volvo XC40 are all more practical and still plenty stylish." -- Edmunds (2018)
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