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2018 BMW X2 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 BMW X2 was new.


Interior: 6.9

The 2018 BMW X2 is a new addition to the German automaker's lineup. The cabin is quiet and looks the part of a luxury vehicle, though there are some lower-quality materials if you look closely. The front seats provide great support, but the rear seats are short on legroom. The infotainment system is mostly user-friendly, and cargo space is decent for the class.

  • "Inside, it's high-quality, with interior choices of gloss black, wood, or aluminum." -- Forbes
  • "Like the exterior, the interior exhibits a greater sense of style than might be expected at the X2's opening price, and in my test vehicle's Oyster-colored cabin the high-contrast decor and quality materials help you to feel like you're getting what you paid for." -- New York Daily News
  • "Most of the leather and fabrics used through the interior are fine, but upon closer inspection, you'll find hard plastics on the lower door panels, steering column and center console." -- CNET


The X2 seats five people and comes standard with leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

Like other subcompact SUVs, this BMW is a small vehicle, so you shouldn't expect palatial accommodations. That said, the front seats are comfortable and offer generally good visibility, though you'll have a hard time seeing out back if there are rear-seat passengers. Speaking of the rear seats, they're supportive but short on legroom. Rear headroom received mixed reviews from critics.

  • "The 2018 X2 shares its dash, center console, iDrive display, and switchgear with the more upright X1. The biggest difference is room. While front-seat passengers are perfectly comfortable, the rear seat suffers in leg room and especially head room. If there's a tall driver, make sure the shortest passenger is behind. However, it's not worse than other subcompact crossovers like the Mercedes GLA." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Up front, the standard 10-way power adjustable sport seats are comfortable, but several times when getting in I bumped my butt into the center door support. Granted, this could be due my larger size, but there is no denying that the X2 is a small vehicle. Rear seat legroom is tight for adults if taller people are sitting up front, but the seat itself is supportive." -- New York Daily News
  • "The backseat does suffer from slightly cramped legroom, but it's made up for with copious headroom, even with a panoramic moonroof installed. At the auto show I was afraid that the panoramic roof didn't extend back far enough for backseat passengers, but in the real world, it's plenty. Don't want the moonroof? You get back another 1.4 inches of headroom." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

Standard features in the X2 include automatic climate control, a seven-speaker audio system, HD Radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, BMW's ConnectedDrive Services, a rearview camera, and the iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch screen. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, wireless phone charging, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, and an upgraded infotainment system with an 8.8-inch touch screen and navigation.

Available active safety features include a head-up display, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, parallel park assist, and front and rear parking sensors.

The X2 features BMW's iDrive infotainment system, which has a bit of a learning curve for unfamiliar users. Once you get used to it, however, the system is pretty easy to use. The available touch screen is a worthwhile upgrade, as it lets you avoid BMW's occasionally troublesome touchpad controller.

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  • "As for onboard tech, every X2 gets a freestanding 6.5-inch color display in the middle of the dash, with BMW's basic iDrive infotainment interface. Selecting the Premium Tier within either the Standard or M Sport X model lines gets you a larger 8.8-inch display with built-in navigation, though perhaps the best part about this upgrade is that BMW now uses touchscreen tech. Yes, you can avoid the rotary iDrive knob altogether and greasy-fingerprint your way through myriad menus and displays." -- CNET
  • "If you're familiar with BMWs, you'll quickly acclimate to the X2's controls. If you're not, then there is a learning curve. However, the addition of a touchscreen infotainment display certainly helps to reduce frustration." -- New York Daily News


With all seats in use, the X2 provides 21.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold the rear seats down, and that expands to 50.1 cubic feet. Both totals are about average for the class. There's an extra storage space under the cargo area floor panel, and a power liftgate comes standard. The cabin offers plenty of small-item storage as well.

  • "For storage space, it's a little tricky – there isn't as much room back there as in other vehicles on sale for similar pricing, but it's bigger than, say, a luxury car." -- Forbes
  • "Though the X2 has smaller dimensions than the X1, it doesn't give much back in terms of interior space; in fact, BMW says that it has the same passenger volume. You do lose about 15 percent of the cargo space due to the rake of the roof and lower height. … The cargo area also has a nice, covered storage compartment [under the floor] that's about 6 inches deep. There's plenty of room to hide a few backpacks or other valuables from prying eyes. There's a cargo cover, but many folks remove that to fit larger items more easily, so this kind of storage is helpful. There is one caveat — if you opt to add a spare tire (a $150 option), it will take up about two-thirds of the storage bin." -- Cars.com
  • "There's decent cargo space with extra storage space under a floor panel." -- Kelley Blue Book

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