2019 BMW X2 xDrive28i

PHOENIX — The newest Bimmer in the German automakers lengthy lineup of luxury crossovers is the compact X2. It’s essentially a sportier, funkier, sleeker and slightly less roomy version of the company’s X1 subcompact crossover.
Joining the wildly popular entry-level luxury crossover segment, X2 offers the versatility of a hatchback with available all-wheel drive, an impressive looking cabin, and performance that results in a near perfect vehicle to satisfy even the most inflated car ownership expectations.

In the interests of a fully immersive Ultimate Driving Machine  experience, X2 is powered by a 228-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injected inline four-cylinder engine, connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. That combination delivers impressive response with a satisfying sonorous, revvy, even a bit raunchy engine sound. The truth is, you can quickly wind the engine to redline, reaching 60 mph in just six seconds.

The interior is definitely small, especially in the rear seat, where legroom is nearly non-existent if the driver is on the tall side. Cargo space is even tighter than it is in the more upright X1 sibling. The sloping roofline presents an attractive and sporty exterior design, but results in small side windows. The window on the rear liftgate is tiny and severely compromises rearward visibility. While drivers would surely welcome a blind-spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert, surprisingly, these features aren’t available.

Most operating controls are handled via buttons and knobs on the center stack, with some redundant controls on the steering wheel. BMW’s iDrive touch-screen infotainment and navigation system is user-friendly.

The ride is on the stiff side and may be too firm for some. Road noise is more than evident on rough road surfaces, and there is noticeable wind noise at highway speeds.

Even with its shortcomings, the X2 is stylish, fun, and easy to drive, and comes with the cachet of the large BMW logos on the front, sides and rear, stoking owners’ devotion and ardor.

Vital Stats
Base Price: $39,395
Price as Tested: $50,920
Drivetrain: 228-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine; eight-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 21-MPG City – 31-MPG Highway – 25-MPG Combined
Seating: 5

Crash Test Ratings: Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Where Built: Regensburg, Germany

Competes With:
Audi Q3
Infiniti QX30
Jaguar E-Pace
Mercedes-Benz GLA
Volvo XC40

Fab Features
Easy to use tech features
Nimble, confident handling
Upscale interior

— Jim Prueter