Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 13 Mar 2018
I think that it’s fair to argue that BMW are the originators of the successful sporting crossover SUV model. The likes of the X4 and X6 spring to mind. With wide flared arches, sporting creases and folds and SUV characteristics, we were invited to spend the day driving the best roads within the Western Cape to drive the svelte crossover coupé that is the BMW X2.
The experience of the BMW X2, the first ever X2 model from the brand begins way before you step inside and begin the journey. From the first glimpse, the new model needs little introduction, bold curvaceous lines, BMW emblems on either side and large sporting alloys lead onto what has to be the most attitude and image-filled compact crossover within this segment.
From the large deep nose with its distinct kidney-grille design to the sculpted from air-dams, the new compact crossover envokes a youthful and purposeful sense of sporting flair and dynamics. A bold palette of colours including one known as Galvanic Gold lends itself perfectly to attitude filled newcomer.
The X2 fits in the middle of X1 and the recently introduced and dynamically excellent X3 which we drove late last year at its national media launch (see: http://technobok.co.za/third-generation-2018-bmw-x3-lands-in-sa-x-to-the-power-of-3/). While it is slightly less roomy than its counterpart X1 and less about offroad ability than the X3, the new X2 offers what its almost certainly the most dynamic, planted and engaging drive within its segment.
Doing what BMW does best, the engineers have managed to make the compact crossover perform like a true sporting coupé. The excellent weight balance, rigid chassis and low centre of gravity coupled with light body weight, helps make the X2 perform like a truly focused coupé.
At launch BMW provided the xDrive 20i turbopetrol motor which develops 141 kW and 280 Nm of torque. Apart from being athletic in power delivery, the engine remains frugal offers some impressive consumption. I also had the chance to experience the xDrive 20d turbodiesel motor which delivers 140 kW and an impressive 400 Nm of torque. The diesel offers a healthy dollop of torque from low within the rev-range.
Technology Done With Style
In keeping with the stylish appeal of the new X2, the model offers an interior space which is very similar to that of the one found in the X1. With the option of beautifully patterned cloth seating with contrast stitching to the wide open and minimalistic dash, the interior, much the exterior invokes a serious sense of style and elegance.
Despite the models coupé lines, the cabin is a spacious place to be seated, and even with the seat set in my driving position with my height of 181 cm, I was able to comfortably sit behind my driving position in the rear of the vehicle.
We live in a truly connected world. It is a good job that BMW has carried over its excellent array of Connected Drive Services which is available across their model ranges. Services such as live traffic, concierge services, weather on the go and even office tools are offered alongside an array of every imaginable media source including USB, Auxiliary and Bluetooth for both telephony and media streaming. For the maximum media experience, the vehicle can even be specced to feature BMW’s large 8.8-inch media display. The entire interface is easy to control thanks to a central jog-dial and the assistance of voice command if required.
Along with the wealth of media and entertainment features on offer, the X2 also features many active and passive safety systems along with its ISOFIX mounting child seat points and 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating. A boot loading capacity of 470-litres with the seats folded-up is also very generous and larger than the likes of the Audi Q2.
It was a real treat being able to explore the best driving roads within the Western Cape, and doing it in a vehicle which drives and handles like a sporting coupé yet adds the additional comfort of added crossover height.
SA Pricing & Warranty
BMW X2 sDrive 18i Manual (M Sport) – R570,500
BMW X2 sDrive 18i Automatic (M Sport) – R600,200
BMW X2 sDrive 20i Manual (M Sport) – R642,200
BMW X2 sDrive 20i Automatic (M Sport) – R671,900
BMW X2 sDrive 20d Manual (M Sport) – R692,900
BMW X2 sDrive 20d Automatic (M Sport) – R722,600
The BMW X2 range is sold with a 2-year/unlimited km warranty and a 5-year /100 000 km maintenance plan.