This is a new name, and an additional model in the BMW range, without a direct predecessor. Even so, it’s hard to imagine a new arrival that needs less explaining than the X2. It’s a lower, sleeker, sportier and slightly less roomy counterpart to the X1. You know, like the X4 is to the X3, or the X6 to the X5.
The X2 M35i brings rebellious style to the realm of BMW M. Equipped with BMW’s most powerful production 4-cylinder engine, it can rip from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds.
The X2 shares its standard powertrain with the boxier X1, which consists of a 228-hp turbocharged four-cylinder, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive—BMW calls this model the sDrive28i. All-wheel drive is optional and, so equipped, as was our test vehicle, the X2 wears the xDrive28i badge.
The engine is a sweetheart: eager to rev, silky-smooth, and plenty gutsy. At our test track, the all-wheel-drive X2 xDrive28i snapped off a decent 6.4-second zero-to-60-mph run; that’s 0.1 second behind the X1 xDrive28i and the Volvo XC40, T5. Quicker yet is the Mercedes GLA250, which managed a 5.8-second time. We haven’t tested the new X2 M35i, but the engine has been retuned to pump out 302 horsepower and should shave significant time off the 228-hp X2’s acceleration number.
The 2019 BMW X2 starts at $36,400, which is above average for the class. The price quickly climbs once you start checking off boxes for packages and options. The base model comes with front-wheel drive, and an all-wheel-drive X2 starts at $38,400. The new-for-2019 X2 M35i retails for $46,450.