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2019 BMW X2 Performance Review

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Performance: 8.0

The 2019 BMW X2 has engaging engine options and decent fuel economy for the class. It also has a comfortable ride and lively handling, though the steering is not responsive enough for some critics.

  • "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
  • "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)
  • "Although the X1 and Countryman do feel similar on the road, the X2 feels (and performs) separate and superior." -- Motor Trend (2018)

Acceleration and Power

The 2019 BMW X2 comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is also standard. The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine in the X2 M35i produces 302 horsepower and 322 pound-feet of torque. The X2 could use more power when accelerating from a stop, but it’s potent at higher speeds – even when passing. The automatic transmission feels responsive.

A front-wheel-drive X2 gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, which is about average for the class. All-wheel-drive models return 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which are the lowest numbers for the X2. M35i models get 23/29 mpg city/highway.

  • "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
  • "You're powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four producing 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, directing power to four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. … 0-60 mph is accomplished in a 'ehh' 6.3 or so seconds. Which brings us to our one gripe – the lack of vroom from a dead stop. Once you're rolling, you can pass, change lanes, all that 1,2,3, but from startoff, there is a slight acceleration hesitation, even in 'Sport' mode. You get used to it, however, and the ride is otherwise BMW-smooth, with tight steering and an exceptionally comfortable ride over long journeys." -- Forbes (2018)
  • "If there's a downside to how the X2 drives, it was the powertrain. The 228-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is a fine engine there's plenty of passing power and the eight-speed automatic transmission is responsive enough. But the X2's proficiency in other respects left me wanting more power to use them to the fullest." -- Cars.com (2018)

Handling and Braking

Most critics think the BMW X2 has athletic handling, though some say the steering could use more feedback from the wheel. The X2 also has a comfortable ride over most surfaces. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.

  • "Surprisingly, our first time behind the wheel of the BMW X2 was on a racetrack. This seems like an odd place to get one's first experience with a subcompact-luxury SUV, but the 2019 BMW X2 puts an emphasis on its handling and performance. So, maybe not so surprisingly, it proved perfectly satisfying. … The suspension that feels so adept on the track in Sport mode is perfectly comfortable and accommodating in Comfort on the street." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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." -- Cars.com (2018)
  • "My one gripe with the X2's on-road manners is a common trait amongst many BMWs these days: lack of steering feel. Sure, the X2 exhibits quick response to steering inputs, but there's a general sense of numbness through the wheel. Transitioning from Comfort to Sport mode doesn't fix this any, only adding a bit of heft to the overall steering action. BMW used to be known for some of the best through-the-hands feedback of any global automaker. It's not as important in something as mainstream and non-performance-tuned as the X2, but it certainly works to discredit that whole 'Ultimate Driving Machine' tagline. The X2 is fine to drive -- just like the X1 -- but nothing to write home about." -- CNET (2018)
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