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2019 BMW X2 Review

The 2019 BMW X2 finishes in the middle of our luxury subcompact SUV rankings. Although it has energetic performance, many rivals feel more exciting from behind the wheel. To make matters worse, the X2’s back seat feels cramped.

Pros & Cons

  • Composed handling
  • Comfortable ride
  • Modern features
  • Tight second row
  • Hesitant acceleration from a stop
  • Above-average price for class

Is the BMW X2 a Good SUV?

There are two tiers of luxury subcompact SUVs: a few that stand out as class leaders and a larger group of less-than-perfect SUVs. The 2019 X2 is part of the latter group. It has decent performance for a utility vehicle, but some rivals are more fun to drive. Other competitors offer nicer interiors with more passenger and cargo space, or they have many more features. All in all, the X2 is just an OK SUV.  

Should I Buy the BMW X2?

The 2019 X2 has an above-average starting price for the class, making it difficult for us to recommend buying one over a number of better, more affordable rivals. You'll get more rear-seat space and a more driver engagement with the well-established BMW X1. The all-new Volvo XC40 is refined through and through, and it offers a ton of modern technology.

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Should I Buy a New or Used BMW X2?

The BMW X2 debuted as an all-new vehicle for the 2018 model year. The introduction of a new M35i trim is the major change for 2019. While not a full-fledged M version, this performance-focused variant will appeal to those who want more out of an X2. The X2 M35i has a 302-horsepower version of the car’s base engine, as well as other performance goodies like launch control, paddle shifters, an M Sport exhaust and differential, and M Sport steering, suspension, and brakes. It also has sportier exterior styling and an upgraded body kit over the base model.

If this "M-proved" X2 version – pun intended – doesn’t tickle your fancy, consider shopping for an otherwise identical used 2018 X2. It’ll likely cost you less, and you won’t miss out on any features. Check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 19 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 19 BMW X2 reviews – along with hard data like fuel economy estimates and interior dimensions – to help you decide if the 2019 X2 is the right new car for you. This 2019 BMW X2 review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2018 through 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the BMW X2 Cost?

The 2019 BMW starts at $36,400, which is above average for the class. The price quickly climbs once you start checking off boxes for packages and options. The base model comes with front-wheel drive, and an all-wheel-drive X2 starts at $38,400. The new-for-2019 X2 M35i retails for $46,450.

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BMW X2 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: BMW X2 or Volvo XC40?

The Volvo XC40 is an all-new vehicle, and it immediately stands out in our luxury subcompact SUV rankings. There's a lot to like about this Volvo. It has two capable engine choices that feel powerful and deliver great gas mileage, and it has engaging handling. Volvo packed this SUV with a ton of standard driver assistance and infotainment features, including ones you can't get in the X2, like lane keep assist and Android Auto. The XC40 offers better second-row accommodations than the X2, and it has one of the nicest interiors in the class. The Volvo has a lower base price than the BMW, and its highest trim still retails for under $40,000. You can quickly pass that threshold by adding just a few options or packages to the X2.

Which Is Better: BMW X2 or BMX X1?

The BMW X1 was one of the first luxury subcompact SUVs on the market, and it still stands head and shoulders above its newer sibling. The X1 has the most cargo space in the class and a roomier back seat than the X2. You'll also find similar interior styling and quality in both models, as well as comparable features. They come standard with the same 228-horsepower turbocharged engine, but the X2 has a more potent 302-horsepower option. That's not a knock against the X1, which boasts better performance overall. The X1 also costs less than the X2 and has a better predicted reliability rating, rounding out the reasons why it's the better BMW.

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X2 Interior

How Many People Does the X2 Seat?

The 2019 BMW X2 seats five people. Accommodations are spacious up front, where the seats keep the driver and passenger comfortable on long drives. The cabin feels airy, and the standard eight-way power-adjustable front seats make it easy to find a relaxing position. Move into the second row, however, and the X2’s subcompact designation is clearer. Legroom is so-so, and the sloping roofline cuts into precious headroom.

X2 and Car Seats

The X2 has two complete sets of second-row LATCH connections and a dedicated tether anchor for the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the X2’s LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for its ease of use. The lower anchors are easy to find since they’re behind plastic covers and not buried in the seat cushions, but there isn't a lot of room to move your hands and attach the car-seat straps. The tether anchors are easily visible and distinct from other hardware on the back of the seats.

X2 Interior Quality

The X2 hits the mark for quality, in keeping with what you might expect from a BMW. Nearly all materials are high end, and the interior design benefits from fancy trim pieces like wood and metal. The most discerning eye might notice a few hard plastic surfaces, but those shouldn't detract from what is otherwise a pleasing cabin overall. 

X2 Cargo Space

The BMW X2 has 21.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding down the back seats opens up 50.1 cubic feet of space. Both of those numbers are pretty good for the class, but they still fall short of segment leaders. The BMW X1 serves up 58.7 cubic feet of room with the rear seats down, and the Volvo XC40 is just behind that, at 57.5 cubic feet.

X2 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The 2019 X2 comes standard with BMW's iDrive infotainment system. It features a 6.5-inch touch-screen display, as well as a physical knob near the center console. Apple CarPlay smartphone integration is standard, but there's a caveat. It comes with a one-year subscription included, and after that, BMW will charge you an annual fee for access. That's a rare practice for the industry, as most brands either include CarPlay as standard equipment or offer it as an unlimited-use option for a one-time cost.

Using iDrive via the central knob is easy enough once you get past an initial learning curve. If you're already used to using touch screens in cars, you will appreciate that BMW is now bringing that capability to its infotainment systems. Upgrades include an 8.8-inch screen, navigation, a panoramic moonroof, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, satellite radio, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound stereo.

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X2 Performance

X2 Engine: Raising the Stakes

The 2019 BMW X2 comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration from a stop is a little underwhelming, but the X2 feels more confident as you get up to highway speeds or when you want to make passing or merging maneuvers. The standard eight-speed automatic transmission functions smoothly and shifts promptly.

The X2 M35i is new for 2019. It features a retuned and upgraded version of the base engine with 302 horsepower and 322 pound-feet of torque. This M-branded X2 also comes with paddle shifters, launch control, and shortened transmission gearing. According to BMW, it goes from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds.

X2 Gas Mileage: In Line With the Rest

With front-wheel drive, the 2019 X2 returns 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, which is about average for the class. All-wheel-drive models drop to 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. X2 M35i models fall in the middle, returning 23/29 mpg city/highway.

X2 Ride and Handling: Carlike and Comfortable

The X2 hits the mark when it comes to handling. It draws on its athletic genes to deliver more engaging dynamics than the hum-drum performance of some rival crossovers. It takes corners with confidence, and the steering is well-weighted and sharp. That precision makes the X2 feel and drive more like a smaller car than an SUV. The X2 also maintains a smooth ride quality.

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X2 Reliability

Is the BMW X2 Reliable?

The 2019 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

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 BMW X2 the highest score of Good in all six individual crash tests. The SUV earned a rating of Advanced for the effectiveness of its front crash prevention features, and a score of Acceptable for how well the headlights illuminate the road ahead. All of those results led the X2 to be named a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick, the organization's second-highest honor.

X2 Safety Features

The 2019 X2 comes standard with a rearview camera with front and rear parking sensors. Optional driver assistance features include a head-up display, active parking assist, stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, daytime pedestrian detection, speed limit sign recognition, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. 

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Which BMW X2 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 BMW X2 comes in three trim levels. All feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The standard X2 sDrive28i has front-wheel drive, while the xDrive28i and the M35i models come with all-wheel drive. You can also personalize the X2 with several option packages and standalone amenities. We recommend springing for the Convenience package, which comes with amenities like proximity keyless entry, a hands-free trunk lid, and satellite radio. If you want leather seats, you’ll have to purchase that package first.

BMW X2 sDrive28i

The 2019 BMW X2 sDrive28i starts at $36,400. It comes with a 228-horsepower engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Standard features include leatherette upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front sport seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power liftgate, automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. The standard iDrive infotainment system features a 6.5-inch touch-screen display, a seven-speaker stereo, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a one-year subscription to Apple CarPlay.

For $2,350, the Convenience package adds satellite radio, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a universal garage door opener, auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors, and four-way power-adjustable lumbar support for the front seats. This package also includes a panoramic moonroof, but you can delete it and knock $1,350 off the cost of the package. If you want leather seats, you'll have to buy the Convenience package and then spend another $1,450.

The Dynamic Handling package upgrades the wheels and adds M-Sport Steering for a total cost of $600. The $1,850 Premium Package comes with a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, navigation, an 8.8-inch infotainment screen, and a head-up display. You can add adaptive cruise control on top of this bundle for another $1,000. Other individual options include wireless charging for smartphones and a Wi-Fi hot spot ($500), a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound stereo ($875), and active parking assistant ($200).

You can also build the base model as the M Sport X line, which starts at $41,050. This configuration includes the Convenience package from above and gives the X2 more aggressive design details. Most other options remain the same, and an M Sport suspension is available for $400.

BMW X2 xDrive28i

The all-wheel-drive X2 xDrive28i retails for $38,400. It offers the same litany of options and bundles as the regular model. The xDrive28i M Sport X line starts at $43,050.

BMW X2 M35i

The 2019 X2 M35i costs $46,450. It has a 302-horsepower variant of the base engine and standard all-wheel drive. This model also includes performance upgrades like paddle shifters, launch control, an M Sport exhaust, an M Sport differential, and M Sport steering, suspension, and brakes. It also has distinct exterior styling. Additional features include 12-way power-adjustable front seats, satellite radio, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, auto-dimming mirrors, and a universal garage door opener.

The X2 M35i is available with many of the same options you can get in a lower model. Upgrading to leather upholstery also gets you special M Sport front seats, all for $1,950.  

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The Final Call

The 2019 BMW X2 has well-rounded performance, but it won't blow you away. There’s a good amount of cargo space in the X2, but the second row feels cramped. You'd be smart to shop around to see if your money is better spent elsewhere.

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

  • "Offering lovers of the X1 something a bit less practical and lot more sporty, the 2019 BMW X2 is a compact-crossover SUV with dynamic handling, racy good looks and a still somewhat versatile interior. The X2 costs more than the Audi Q3 and significantly more than the Infiniti QX30, but it also offers a level of features and performance few can rival. New this year is the X2 M35i, which comes packing an impressive 302 horsepower and numerous performance upgrades fitting of a vehicle carrying the M performance designation. And while the hottest X2 still can’t surpass the performance credentials of the 375-horsepower Mercedes-AMG GLA45, there is such a thing as overkill. We think BMW has found just the right balance between performance and price." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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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