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2020 BMW X2 Performance Review


Performance: 7.7

The 2020 BMW X2 is among the sportier luxury subcompact SUVs. The X2 has two lively engine choices, quick steering and surefooted handling, and decent fuel economy by class standards.

  • "The 28i engine is basically the same unit you'll find in a JCW Mini. It pulls plenty hard and is very smooth. It falls short of exhilarating, but you'll never feel left behind. The excellent eight-speed automatic transmission delivers fast shifts smoothly and always seems to be in the right gear." -- Autoblog
  • "The little BMW SUV boasts sharp steering, good power, and makes the most of its all-wheel-drive (AWD) setup as it powers out of turns and down straightaways." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "Acceleration is brisk, the transmission snaps off rapid shifts, the steering is precise and well weighted, and the suspension capably manages roll and body motions. Plus, the xDrive AWD system continually spreads the power around to the wheels with the best grip, transforming the X2 into a tenacious canyon carver." -- New York Daily News (2018)

Acceleration and Power

The X2 is offered in three configurations: sDrive28i, xDrive28i, and M35i. The 28i models come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This engine provides the X2 with assertive acceleration and strong passing power. These models also return decent fuel economy: 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive (sDrive) and 24/31 mpg city/highway with all-wheel drive (xDrive).

The M35i model has an upgraded version of this engine with 301 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. It also comes standard with xDrive all-wheel drive. This engine is very powerful and easily hustles the X2 around town and up to highway speeds. Fuel economy dips slightly to 23/30 mpg.

All three models are outfitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers smooth yet brisk gear changes.

  • "Both the X2 sDrive28i (front-wheel drive) and xDrive28i (all-wheel drive) come standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that makes 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It feels spunky at low speeds and is one of the strongest engines in the segment, but the M35i is the one to go for if you want real performance. The M-fettled four-cylinder puts out 302 horsepower, 332 pound-feet and drops the 0-60 mph time from the mid-6-second range to 4.7 seconds, according to BMW. That’s one quick crossover." -- Autoblog
  • "The engine's 258 lb-ft of torque is available from a very low 1,450 rpm, meaning the X2 feels exceptionally responsive in traffic and when passing." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • This 2.0-liter engine is one of the best examples of the breed. It is smooth and offers plenty of power. At high rpm, it starts to lose steam, but there's plenty of midrange torque to merge or pass.” -- Edmunds (2019)

Handling and Braking

The X2 is enjoyable to drive, both on city streets and winding roads, thanks to its taut suspension and responsive steering. The base model X2 is outfitted with 18-inch wheels, and it rides smoothly on most road surfaces. On the other hand, the sport-tuned M35i model doesn’t soak up rough pavement as comfortably. The same can be said for 28i models optioned with the larger 19- or 20-inch wheels.

  • "The X2 excels when it comes to dynamics, and not only when compared with the X1. Its handling and ride quality are carlike. … The X2 was impressive on the road and the track, for different reasons. On road, the X2 exhibits great ride quality and comfort, while on track its balance really stands out. For what is ostensibly a crossover, it drives much more like a sedan or wagon, and keeping the car settled was much less of a challenge than I'd expected, especially after hearing how close the ride height is to that of the X1." -- (2018)
  • "As for the M35i, that’s where things really start to get exciting. The aggressive suspension setup is noticed over bumps and road imperfections, but it sure is worth it in the corners. If it weren’t for the car’s higher weight (3,721 pounds) and center of gravity, the X2 M35i would actually feel like a proper hot hatch. It changes direction quickly and with poise, especially when fitted with grippy summer rubber. The available drive modes (Comfort, Sport and Eco Pro) allow you to adjust the shock stiffness if you’ve tacked on the $500 Dynamic Damper Control option, and it makes a tangible difference in handling." -- Autoblog
  • "The X2 is exceedingly stiff on anything other than a perfect road. The ride on broken pavement or roads with concrete slabs borders on annoying and makes us wonder if the optional adaptive suspension is any better. BMW is usually able to strike a better balance than this." -- Edmunds (2019)
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