BMW's attempt to pinch the premium compact crossover market from the Q3, E-Pace and GLA - and to recapture the overall premium crown from Mercedes BMW is determined to leapfrog Mercedes-Benz at the top of the premium segment. Its new X2 is the highest-profile manifestation of that ambition.
This boldly styled new compact SUV - a slightly shorter and lower sporting option to the X1 - is being heavily marketed at the younger end of the market as a hot hatch alternative. It's up against some serious opposition like the Audi Q3, Jaguar E-Pace and Mercedes-Benz GLA. Styling highlights include shallow glass areas, an angled tailgate and a BMW roundel on the C-pillar. To start with it will come with a 189bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol in the front-wheel-drive sDrive20i or a 187bhp/228bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel in the 4WD xDrive20d and xDrive25d. Smaller three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines will be be along later in 2018.
There's good cabin room and a fine driving position enhanced by 20mm lower front seat mountings. Tall passengers in the high and flattish rear seats might question the head room. That shallow rear window means over-shoulder visibility isn't brilliant. The 470 litre boot is one of the class leaders, being 10 litres bigger than the Q3's and 49 more than the GLA's. The E-Pace beats it by 10 litres, however. Laying down the X2's standard 40/20/40-split fold rear seat boosts the load space to 1355 litres. Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/lifestyle/cars/car-reviews/review-bmw-x2/
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