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2019 BMW X2 Review

The 2019 BMW X2 places in the bottom half of our luxury subcompact SUV rankings. The X2 delivers a carlike ride, but several class rivals are roomier and more fun to drive.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable ride
  • Composed handling
  • Many standard and available features
  • Tight back row
  • Hesitant acceleration from a stop
  • Above-average price for class

7.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 6.0
Total Cost of Ownership:
This model has never been fully tested for total cost of ownership. Its overall score is being calculated without total cost of ownership.
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Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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2019 BMW X2 Overview

Is the 2019 BMW X2 a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2019 X2 is a good used luxury subcompact SUV. It offers a composed ride, and the performance-oriented M35i trim delivers quick acceleration and several sporty enhancements. The X2 also has a wealth of standard and available technology features. That said, classmates like the 2019 BMW X1 have nicer interiors, additional passenger and cargo space, and more engaging rides.

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Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 21 BMW X2 reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

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How Much Does the 2019 BMW X2 Cost to Own?

We currently do not have projections for the 2019 X2's five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance.

2018 vs. 2019 BMW X2: What's the Difference?

For 2019, BMW added a touch screen to the X2's standard features list and introduced the M35i trim. Otherwise there are no major differences between the 2018 and 2019 models.

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Here are the key changes for the BMW X2 over the last few years:

  • 2018: all-new model
  • 2019: M35i trim debuted; gained standard touch screen

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 X2 review to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 BMW X2?

The 2019 BMW X2 has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

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2019 BMW X2 Recalls

There have been 1 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

STEERING:LINKAGES:TIE ROD ASSEMBLY Recall Date: 08/13/2019
  • Summary: BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2018-2019 BMW X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i, 2019 X2 xDrive28i, MINI Cooper S Convertible, Countryman, and John Cooper Works Countryman vehicles. The steering gear tie rod may have been assembled incorrectly, which may result in excessive wear of the tie rod end, eventually causing it to break.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 32
  • Consequence: A broken steering tie rod would lead to a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace the tie rods and ball joints as necessary, free of charge. The recall began October 11, 2019. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or MINI customer service at 1-866-825-1525.
  • Dates of Manufacture: MAR 12, 2019 to MAR 12, 2019
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V601000

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Which Used BMW X2 Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 BMW X2 comes in three trims: sDrive28i, xDrive28i, and M35i. The base sDrive28i has plenty of features and a fairly potent engine that should satisfy most shoppers. You’ll need to step up to the xDrive28i trim if you want all-wheel drive or the M35i trim for a stronger engine plus all-wheel drive.

  • BMW X2 sDrive28i: The base sDrive28i trim comes with a 228-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. Standard features include synthetic leather 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. An iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch screen, a seven-speaker stereo, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port is also standard.
  • BMW X2 xDrive28i: The xDrive28i adds all-wheel drive to the base trim’s features.
  • BMW X2 M35i: The M35i features a 302-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive. It adds several performance features, including paddle shifters, launch control, an M Sport exhaust, an M Sport differential, and M Sport steering, suspension, and brakes. In addition to its distinct exterior styling, it also comes with 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 is available with Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, navigation, a panoramic moonroof, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

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What Does BMW's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

The BMW Certified CPO program is available on vehicles no older than five years with between 300 and 60,000 miles on the odometer. The program covers buyers for one year with unlimited mileage after the four-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty has expired. This warranty can be renewed for a fee, but there is a maximum of five years of coverage. Each BMW must pass a road test and a 196-point inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available. This CPO coverage can be transferred to subsequent owners, but some restrictions may apply, so read the BMW warranty page carefully.

BMW has one of the less-attractive CPO programs among luxury car manufacturers, according to our research. You’ll get better warranties from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Jaguar.

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How Safe Is the X2?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 X2 the highest rating of Good in all six crash tests. It received the second-highest rating of Acceptable for how well its headlights illuminate the road ahead.

The IIHS uses a different scale for grading collision avoidance feature. The X2 earned the second-highest rating of Advanced for its standard and optional vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors

Available advanced safety features:

  • Head-up display
  • Active parking assist
  • Stop-and-go adaptive cruise control
  • Daytime pedestrian detection
  • Road sign recognition
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking

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2019 BMW X2 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 BMW X2 or 2019 BMW X1?

The 2019 BMW X1 is not only more well-rounded than the X2, it’s also generally less expensive. Both of these luxury subcompact SUVs deliver sporty rides and quick acceleration, but the X1 has roomier rear seats and a larger cargo capacity. These siblings have similar features, interior styling, and fuel economy, and they have the same base engine. However, the X2 M35i model boasts a stronger engine. Your choice comes down to how much you prioritize roominess versus horsepower. If you favor performance, go with the M35i, otherwise save some cash and get the roomier X1.

Which Is Better: 2019 BMW X2 or 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA?

Like the X2, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA has athletic handling and plenty of standard technology. The GLA has a higher predicted reliability rating than the X2 and a lower starting price. That said, the BMW is a slightly better vehicle because it has nicer interior materials, a larger cargo area, a stronger base powertrain, and a more comfortable ride.

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2019 X2 Performance

How Does the 2019 BMW X2 Drive?

Acceleration from X2 models with the standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine is a touch underwhelming, but this crossover SUV has no qualms accelerating and passing vehicles at high speeds. The standard eight-speed automatic transmission delivers smooth shifts. The performance-oriented M35i trim provides a more powerful engine and quicker acceleration from a stop. It also features sporty enhancements like M Sport-branded exhaust, steering, and suspension systems.

The X2 provides a smooth ride. It isn’t as sporty as some class rivals, but it holds its own thanks to well-weighted steering and lively handling.

  • Base engine: 228-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (sDrive28i and xDrive28i)
  • Available engines:
    • 302-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (M35i)
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive (sDrive28i); all-wheel drive (xDrive28i and M35i)
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2019 BMW X2 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The front-wheel-drive sDrive28i delivers average fuel economy for a luxury subcompact SUV. The all-wheel-drive xDrive28i and M35i have marginally lower gas mileage figures.

  • sDrive28i: 23/32 mpg city/highway
  • xDrive28i: 23/29 mpg
  • M35i: 21/31 mpg

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2019 X2 Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 X2 Seat?

The 2019 X2 seats five people in two rows. The front row has spacious seating for adults, and standard power adjustments make it easy for the driver to find a comfortable seating position. Rear-seat space is not as generous, with just decent legroom and limited headroom due to a sloping roofline.

This Bimmer features a refined cabin with mostly high-end interior materials, including available wood and aluminum accents.

Standard seating features:

  • Synthetic leather upholstery
  • Eight-way power-adjustable front sport seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Available seating features:

  • Genuine leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 BMW X2?

The 2019 X2 has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for its ease of use. The upper tethers and lower anchors are easy to find, but the lower anchors are difficult to maneuver around.

2019 BMW X2 Features

The X2’s standard iDrive infotainment system is pretty straightforward after the initial learning curve. In addition to the standard touch screen, the system is operated by a standard rotary knob. The available system features a touchpad controller near the center console.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 6.5-inch touch screen, a seven-speaker stereo, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port
  • Available infotainment features: an 8.8-inch screen, a touchpad controller, wireless Apple CarPlay, navigation, satellite radio, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system
  • Additional standard features: a power liftgate and automatic climate control
  • Other available features: a panoramic moonroof, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start

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2019 BMW X2 Dimensions

BMW X2 Cargo Space

The X2 has an average amount of cargo space for a luxury subcompact SUV. There’s 21.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 50.1 cubic feet with the back row folded. A power liftgate is standard.

2019 BMW X2 Length and Weight
  • Length: about 14 feet, 4 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,499 to 3,713 pounds

Where Was the 2019 BMW X2 Built?

BMW built the 2019 X2 in Germany.

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