THE BMW X2 is one of the most family-friendly in the SUV class, spacious, well-equipped, superbly designed and built, and with the extra kudos that the BMW badge provides.
With its sloping roofline and shorter wheelbase, the X2 has a sleeker more sporty look than its X1 stablemate and designed to appeal to younger buyers, yet creative interior styling means it still scores highly for day-to-day practicality.
The range starts at €33,512 (£30,040) for entry-level SE trim which comes with alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, electric tailgate, sat-nav and a DAB radio. My test model was an upper-range M Sport X version with a 192 hp 2.0 litre petrol engine and 7-speed automatic transmission.
With many additional features including larger alloy wheels, firmer suspension, leather seats, smarter interior trim and body kit which gives a more rugged appearance, this version is €39,492 (£35,400).
It has a top speed of 227 kph (141 mph), a quick 0-100 kph time of 7.7seconds, fuel consumption of 18.1 kpl (51.4 mpg) and emissions of 134 g/km.
Underway, the X2 is smooth and responsive, with accurate steering with good feedback. On the corners it is remarkably composed and ride comfort is very good on all but the roughest surfaces, when the harder suspension and larger wheels emphasise their presence.
The driving position is slightly lower than in some SUV models, though frontal visibility is still good and the cabin is a nice place to be, with quality materials on show and a well-laid out dashboard. The infotainment centre deserves special praise for being is one of the easiest to use – a simple but effective rotary dial to scroll, then push to select.
Cabin space is ample for four adults – five at a pinch – and the boot, though not the largest in the class, is still more than adequate at 470 litres. And all X2 models come with a powered tailgate.
The X2 greatly impresses, notably for its stand-out styling, generous equipment levels, fine driving dynamics and its build integrity and high standard of finish. Of course, there are a number of formidable SUV rivals at lower prices – its a very crowded sector. But few if any can match the overall blend of style, quality and cachet that this BMW delivers.
Model tested is UK-specification and equipment levels and prices may vary in other markets.
Model: BMW X2 M Sport X
Engine: 2.0 litre petrol
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Performance: 0-100 kph 7.7 seconds, top speed 227 kph (141 mph)
Economy: 18.1 kpl (51.4 mpg)
Emissions: 134 g/km