The BMW X2’s interior has a stylish design and smart looking trims that brim with youthful appeal. The basic infotainment is easy to use, but if you want a big screen and sharp graphics you’ll have to pay extra for the upgraded system
The BMW X2 feels like an expensive car from the minute you sit in the supportive driver’s seat and put your hand on the thick, leather-bound steering wheel.
The simple white-on-black dials are clear and you get big air-con and volume knobs that are easy to reach. Pretty much everything else is operated using the fixed iDrive scroll knob, which makes it easy to use the infotainment system even when you are driving.
Then there’s the quality of the BMW X2’s construction. Almost everything you touch on the inside is made from thick, squishy plastics that feel expensive and the X2 also gets contrast stitching on the dashboard that sets it apart from more traditional BMW saloons.
Harder plastics are there if you look hard enough – around the lower part of the centre console and at the bottoms of the doors – but even they don’t have the flimsy feel of some of the materials used in a Jaguar E-Pace.
Glossy black trims and slithers of brushed metal ramp up the premium appearance in entry-level BMW X2 models, but M Sport versions go one step further with aluminium finishes that look suitably sporty. Really, though, you’ll want an M Sport X model – they get part-Alcantara seats with yellow piping that look and feel very posh indeed.
You can, of course, go one step further by visiting the options list and ticking the box for the Lighting Package. It adds mood lighting strips – you can switch between orange, lilac, mint, bronze, blue and white illumination – to the doors and dashboard – giving the BMW X2’s interior the look of a cool German nightclub.
The M Sport X model’s machined metals and yellow stitching look like they have been inspired by a German warehouse party
The BMW X2 comes as standard with a 6.5-inch infotainment system with satellite navigation, but although Apple CarPlay is an option, you can’t get the X2 with Android Auto.
Go for the upgraded 8.8-inch infotainment screen and you won’t miss it, though. It’s clear, colourful and slick to use, and has sat-nav as standard. It recognises ‘pinch’ and ‘swipe’ hand gestures, but most of the time you’ll stick to the fixed iDrive control which makes it quick and easy to punch in a postcode without having to take your eyes off the road.
You can go one step further by specifying the head-up display, which projects useful information – such as speed, the speed limit and route guidance – onto the windscreen directly into your eye line, minimising the time you take your eyes off the road.
But because the 8.8-inch screen is so easy to follow, you’re better of saving your money and putting it towards the optional Harman Kardon stereo that’s clear, crisp, but also powerful enough to make almost any music sound brilliant.