The new BMW X2 xDrive in the test

The trendsetting multiplication table in the SUV sector clearly has BMW under control. In 1999 the X5 heralded the big trend and since then (almost) every SUV subgenre has been found for the first time in the BMW range. So the X6 is considered the founder of the SUV section and in X3 / X4 the strategy is also under way. The latest addition is the dynamically trimmed "Coupé" version of the X1, which according to the prevailing nomenclature is therefore called X2. A paradox, because in terms of space, the X2 in nuances offers much less than the "good" X1 – in terms of design and especially when handling properties, the lifestyle derivative but the nose ahead. After the newcomer in the driving presentation has already proven that he is a dynamic guy, he was still available for a daily test.

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The kidney is turned upside down in the X2 for the first time.

Front wheel drive platform

Here too, how astonishingly agile, the sporting X2 follows its appeal and even exceeds the expectations that its positioning evokes. Only a few years ago a compact athlete could be deceived on curvy highways in such a convenient and safe way. Objectively, it does not detract from the fact that BMW has fallen out of faith and that the X2 is based on front-wheel drive technology. The same platform is used alongside the X1 in the 2-Vans and the Mini Countryman.

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Hard to believe: despite sporting optics up to 1355 liters of luggage space.

No bottleneck

The xDrive version we drive is surprisingly high in comfort compared to any doubt in driving dynamics and therefore a real BMW. The suspension is a bit tighter than the X1, but it filters roadblocks away. Only short shocks penetrate the steering wheel. The good ergonomics and smart packaging with a reasonably passable space and a neat trunk are also a pleasure – despite the sporty paint. Comfort compromises can be found at the approach through the rather short doors. The intuitive operation of the countless functions scores points for this. In addition to the proven turn and push operation on the center console (iDrive), the (expensive) top infotainment system installed in the test car also has a large touch screen and excellent voice control.

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On request, the SUV coupe is well connected and always online.

Proud price

A good team are the Magna Steyr built in Upper Austria 2.0-liter diesel and the 8-speed automatic. With 190 hp and 400 Nm the X2 is good in the feed, but with refinement and acoustics there is room for improvement. However, the response, the switching accuracy and the consumption standards have been determined in this class. Unbelievable how greedy the X2 on the accelerator pedal is in the "Sport +" mode. On the other hand, those who choose the Eco mode will be rewarded with low speeds, early upshift and really very low fuel consumption. Since then, even the 4 may appear before the comma. Unfortunately, the pricing is self-assured to say the least. The tested, although fully equipped, but not top motorized X2 costs 65,000 euros! For the extras worth around 20,000 euros, you get almost a 1er. For all love …. Small comfort: the direct competitors (Jaguar E-Pace, Volvo XC40, Range Rover Evoque) are also expensive. (HD / Phist / set)

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Technical data

  • Engine: 2.0 l 4-cylinder turbodiesel

  • Power: 190 hp and 400 Nm

  • Performance: 0-100 km / h in 7.7 seconds; Peak: 221 km / h

  • Test consumption: 6.3 liters / 100 km; Norm: 4,6-4,8l / 100km

  • Driving: four-wheel drive; 8-speed torque converter automatic

  • Dimensions: 4.36 x 1.82 x 1.53 m (L x W x H); Wheelbase: 2.67 m

  • Storage space: 470 to 1.355 liters

  • Price: Testauto: 65.405 Euro

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