The BMW X2 is designed to appeal to style-conscious customers who don’t mind sacrificing some interior space and outward visibility in the name of an engaging driving experience. Based on the X1 compact SUV, it has a curvier body and a lower, more car-like feel. Those drivers looking for the typical commanding SUV view might be disappointed, because the X2 feels more like a sporty hatchback.
Once it gets past a slight initial delay, the X2 accelerates briskly and feels snappy. Its 228-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine gives a satisfying growl when pushed. The eight-speed automatic transmission delivers near-instant kick-downs at just a touch of the accelerator, and the shifts are smooth. Fuel economy is decent-for-the-class at 25 mpg overall on premium.
Despite being considered an SUV, the X2 drives more like a sports car when navigating curvy roads. The quick steering delivers decent feedback to the driver. The car takes turns without hesitation, making it enjoyable to drive.