2019 BMW X2 M35i – Sports Activity Coupe / 302 HP. The BMW X2 gets a new, more powerful trim: the X2 M35i. While not a full-blown M car, this performance upgrade brings more horsepower and a number of unique features like BMW’s first front-axle M-Sport limited-slip differential and launch control.
Even-numbered BMW X-cars are generally the sporty version of the one-lower odd-numbered model, e.g., X3/X4 and X5/X6. However, we’re liking the looks of this new BMW X2 more than the others, and it’s probably because the X2 doesn’t share the sloping hatch design of the X4 and X6. Instead, it’s boasting just enough styling flourishes to capture your attention without making you wonder what they were thinking. We already mentioned the BMW logo on the C-pillar, but also take note of the reshaped “kidney” grille in front.
Although it borrows the same dash, iDrive display, interior bits and pieces as well as seats from the X1, the 2019 BMW X2 lacks the interior volume and high roofline many SUV buyers require. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, with plenty of headroom and legroom for tall occupants. Move to the rear, however, and both commodities are in short supply. In fairness, neither the Mercedes-Benz GLA nor Infiniti QX30 is much better. Cargo room is good for this class, with additional storage space under the rear deck. As for quibbles, we have a few. The X2’s wireless charging pad can’t fit larger smartphones, and the rear C-pillar creates a large blind spot.
The standard powertrain in for the 2019 BMW X2 is the same as in the X1, that being a 228-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with an 8-speed automatic. Although no manual is offered, the 8-speed does offer manual shift control. We’re also quite happy BMW’s electronic gear selector was jettisoned in favor of a traditional PRNDL shift lever. The 2.0-liter can propel the X2 to 60 miles per hour in 6.2 seconds regardless of drivetrain. Those seeking more go will be pleased with the new X2 M35i, which features a larger turbocharger and upgraded internal components producing an impressive 302 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is standard, and the 8-speed transmission is revised for performance over fuel economy. Also standard is a limited-slip front differential and launch control. BMW claims a 0-60-mph acceleration time of just 4.9 seconds.
The 2019 BMW X2 compact-crossover SUV carries a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just under $37,400, including the $995 destination charge. If you want the xDrive all-wheel-drive option, it will add another $2,000 to the bottom line. Opt for the M Sport X and the price pushes past $42,000, while the performance-oriented X2 M35i starts just shy of $47,450. There are lots of options with big price tags, making it easy to push X2 pricing into the mid-$50,000 range. That’s more expensive than many competitors, but then again BMW offers more options. On the whole, the BMW X2 costs a bit more than a similarly equipped Mercedes-Benz GLA250, Audi A3, Infiniti QX30 and Lexus NX 300, none of which have the sporty leanings of this model. As for resale value, the X2 holds similar values as the Audi Q3, slightly better than the Mercedes-Benz GLA and much better than the Infiniti QX30.
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