The BMW X2 is a crossover with cheap running costs, enough space for a family and more cornering grip than some sporty hot hatches, but it feels too low slung to be a proper SUV
The BMW X2 isn’t an SUV that has been built for taking off-road, but it does drive surprisingly well on it. It’s also practical with room for a young family, a big boot and powerful engines that don’t cost the earth to run.
Above all else though, it’s a classy piece of kit and that’s obvious the minute you get in the driver’s seat and clap eyes on the BMW X2’s high-quality plastics and cool looking trims.
The other thing you notice is just how easy everything is to use. The dials in the instrument binnacle are clear and you get big knobs to adjust the stereo and the ventilation system.
Even the infotainment is easy to operate on the move because the BMW X2 has a fixed knob between the two front seats that makes it a breeze to navigate through menus and enter postcodes as you drive down the road.
The BMW X2 was born as a practical SUV but dreams of one day becoming a hot hatch
Unfortunately, the BMW doesn’t offer the raised driving position of the Jaguar E-Pace, but it is easy to get comfortable behind the wheel, and all models have front seats that adjust for height. The back seat is also big enough for two tall adults, although three will be more crushed for elbow room than they are in the Jaguar.
Then again, the BMW X2 has a slightly bigger boot than the Jaguar and its wide boot opening and lack of a load lip makes it easy to slide your luggage into place.
The BMW X2’s practicality isn’t surprising, but the way it drives certainly is, because the baby BMW turns out to be extremely adept in corners. M Sport models have firm suspension that stops almost all body roll and the accurate steering make it extremely easy to place the car on the road.
The bumpy suspension isn’t quite so enjoyable, but you can cure that problem by choosing the optional adaptive dampers.
There’s no solution to the BMW X2’s low ride height though, and in town you can’t see over other traffic like you can in a Jaguar E-Pace. That said, all models come with an automatic gearbox that gives your left foot a rest on busy streets and a reversing camera that makes the BMW easy to park.
Thick rear pillars mean visibility is also a bit of an issue on the motorway, but the BMW X2 is very safe and available with autonomous driving technology that’s capable of driving the car in busy traffic.
If you’ll be doing long drives then the best engine to choose is the 190hp 20d diesel which is powerful and cheap to run. The 192hp 20i petrol is cheaper to buy and makes sense if you mostly do short journeys in town.
Whichever model you choose you’ll be impressed by the way the BMW X2 goes, and that’s its USP – it’s a practical SUV that’s loads of fun to drive. If you like the sound of that then you really should go right ahead and buy one.