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First Reviews2024 BMW X2 First Drive: Entering the Ranks

2024 BMW X2 First Drive: Entering the Ranks

The all-new 2024 BMW X2 loses the first generation's unique design but the drive is still very good.


Strengths

– Nimble performance.

– Generous cargo space and state-of-the-art technology.

 


Weaknesses

– Limited rear legroom.

– Complex infotainment system and abundance of options.

– Styling lacks punch.

2024 BMW X2 | Photo: Benoit Charette

Cascais, Portugal – The first-generation X2 on our roads from 2019 to 2022 was a tall albeit short wagon. In other words, a sort of 3 Series Touring emulator that also retained its driving characteristics. When BMW renewed the X1 in 2022, there was no X2 to be seen. Two years later, BMW reverses its decision and presents the new X2, which resembles the X4’s little brother. A decision that leaves us dubious as we loved the rebellious side of the first generation. The 2024 X2 has been forced to blend in with the rest of the brand’s SUVs, which is a shame.

 


A new line

 

The 2024 X2 has undergone a metamorphosis to meet the demands of families looking for ever more space. Generous proportions bring a touch of practicality and aggressiveness to the silhouette. Moving from station-wagon to coupé styling, the X2 features a tapering roofline, sculpted front end and imposing stern. The option of 21-inch wheels accentuates the sporty effect, although the result looks too much like other members of the X family.

2024 BMW X2 | Photo: Benoit Charette

More space

 

The X2’s interior is inspired by the electric iX2, featuring the latest technological innovations. The slim dashboard and horizontal console lend an upscale look. Four interior trim choices, including one in aluminum mesh exclusively for the M Sport package, add a touch of personalization.

 

The digital screen replaces the elements of the previous model, providing more space for passengers. It features a curved dashboard with a 10.25-inch instrument cluster and a 10.7-inch multimedia screen. The system adapts to each driving mode, offering a personalized experience. Wireless support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charger, and Harman Kardon audio system complete the offering. Basic safety features, with additional paid options, include automated emergency braking, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.

2024 BMW X2 | Photo: Benoit Charette

Two models to get the ball rolling

 

In Canada, two models, X2 xDrive28i and X2 M35i xDrive, share the same dimensions, but offer customization options. Unique color choices and optional packages such as Premium, M Sport Pro, and the Advanced Driving Package are available at extra cost. Both models are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, offering improved performance over the previous generation. The X2 M35i xDrive boasts increased power, sport suspension and Brembo brakes. Both models run on slightly wider tires, and the switch to high-performance summer tires enables the M35i xDrive to reach a top speed of 250 km/h.

 


On the road

 

BMW proves that it’s possible to take a sportier approach in a larger SUV. It’s worth noting that the only model on test at our launch was the M35i xDrive version. The feedback and feel from it are those of a real BMW. The 21-inch Pirelli P Zero tires and performance package amplify this x2’s abilities, which takes the sharpest curves without a second thought. Steering is precise and quick, and the weight difference between the two models is insignificant. The X2 28i weighs in at 1,725 kilos and our X2 35i on test at 1,742 kg. Suspension is firm but comfortable. Switch to sport mode and you’ll become acquainted with the definition of “stiff”. You’ll need a perfect road to appreciate active driving. Although the exterior has changed, the driving experience remains just as enjoyable as the old X2.

2024 BMW X2 | Photo: Benoit Charette

How much does it cost?

 

Starting prices for the X2 xDrive28i and X2 M35i xDrive are $48,800 and $59,400 respectively. Options such as frosted Tampa Bay Green, Premium Package, M Sport Pro and Advanced Driving Package push the cost of the X2 up to $75,900 in our test drive, not including taxes and surcharges.

 


Conclusion

 

BMW succeeds in harmonizing practicality and driving pleasure with the 2024 X2, despite a certain visual conformity to the X family. However, the question remains as to why BMW chose to design a coupe model so similar to the X4. The X2, though transformed, raises questions about the creativity of car designers. What drives manufacturers to produce such similar series of vehicles? Wouldn’t the old X2, with its mischievous family charm, be more attractive than this new version that resembles other models?

2024 BMW X2 | Photo: Benoit Charette
2024 BMW X2 | Photo: Benoit Charette
2024 BMW X2 | Photo: Benoit Charette
2024 BMW X2 | Photo: Benoit Charette
2024 BMW X2 | Photo: Benoit Charette
2024 BMW X2 | Photo: Benoit Charette
2024 BMW X2 | Photo: Benoit Charette
2024 BMW X2 | Photo: Benoit Charette
2024 BMW X2 | Photo: Benoit Charette
2024 BMW X2 | Photo: Benoit Charette
2024 BMW X2 | Photo: Benoit Charette
2024 BMW X2 | Photo: Benoit Charette
2024 BMW X2 | Photo: Benoit Charette
2024 BMW X2 | Photo: Benoit Charette
2024 BMW X2 | Photo: Benoit Charette

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