The BMW’s X model family just grew by one member following the release of the 2018 X2 luxury crossover (Sport Activity Vehicle in BMW parlance), which builds upon the preexisting X1 platform, but features a sportier design.
Similar to its relative, the 2018 X2 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that offers 229 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and features an eight-speed automatic transmission. While it has a sportier design, it's actually a slightly smaller and more compact vehicle. We consider it a subcompact SUV that would likely compete with the Volvo XC40, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and Audi Q3.
In terms of dimensions, the width between the X2 and X1 two doesn't differ much, with the X2 being 0.1 inches wider, but the X2 is roughly three inches shorter than the X1 in terms of both height and length. However, they both share the same dimension in wheel base, which is 105.1 inches.
The interior of the X2 is cozy for the driver and its passenger, but doesn’t feel claustrophobic. This driver's seat can also be adjusted to accommodate the build of the driver — an ergonomic-centric feature that fleets looking to improve driver comfort might like. The X2 also features fold-down rear seats folded down for 50.1 cubic feet of space in the back,
The version I drove, the xDrive 28i, has an all-wheel drive powertrain, which fleets that experience snowy winters will appreciate. It can also accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. The X2 is also available in the front-wheel-drive sDrive 28i.
The BMW X2 xDrive 28i offers 21 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, with a combined mpg of 25 mpg. It's available in three tiers: the simplicity tier, convenience tier, and premium tier, the latter of which includes heated seats and steering wheel for fleets that reside in colder regions.
It also comes in a dynamic handling package, which includes dynamic damper controls to adjust suspension on the fly, and a driving assistance package that includes essential safety features for fleets with an eye for safety, such as lane departure and forward collision warning.
The new BMW doesn’t skimp tech, either, as it includes a wireless charging tray in the center storage area for compatible smartphones, and a Wi-Fi hotspot, which is essential for fleets looking to connect on the go. In terms of handling, the xDrive 28i I drove included a driving dynamics control with eco pro, comfort, and sport settings, as well as dynamic stability control that offers brake drying, brake stand-by, start-off assistant and brake fade compensation.
The X2 includes the iDrive 6.0 interface, which I found very intuitive to use with its rotary controller located near the center storage area. It also features a rear-view camera and park distance control monitoring.
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Andy Lundin works on Automotive Fleet and Fleet Financials.View Bio