BMW X2 SUV - Interior & comfort
The BMW X2 has a sporty and comfortable – if unimaginative – interior
You'll need to make a decision when choosing an X2 – do you want sportiness or comfort? While the big 19-inch wheels of the M Sport and M Sport X models bring extra grip for enthusiastic driving, they also amplify road surface imperfections that would be soaked up by smaller wheels with thicker tyres. The Sport model has a less aggressive wheel and suspension combination, but the SE delivers the smoothest ride.
Things settle down at motorways speeds, and a fast cruise is quite comfortable, although the biggest wheels do kick up a lot of tyre noise, too, which can be tiresome on long journeys. You won't be disappointed by the interior comfort of any X2, though – it shares many parts with the BMW X1, including its smart, well designed dashboard and comfortably shaped seats. There's no shortage of standard equipment, either.
BMW X2 dashboard
In typical BMW style, the dashboard layout puts the driver at the centre of the action, with a clear view of the major controls and everything else within easy reach. Its three-spoke steering wheel has a sporty vibe to it, too.
It's not exactly an imaginative design, though. It follows the same principles as BMW dashboards have for years, and any previous BMW driver will feel immediately at home. It's arguable that the last thing you want in a compact family car is a dashboard with a novel layout just for the sake of it. Nevertheless, the Audi Q3 and Mercedes GLC interiors have a little more visual appeal and ‘wow’ factor.
The free-standing infotainment display screen looks like a bit of an afterthought, but it's at least positioned in the driver's line of sight, at the same height as the instrument panel, so you need not take your eyes from the road for long to read it. A 6.5-inch screen is standard, with a larger 8.8-inch version available as an upgrade. Both have clear, crisp graphics that are modern and easy to understand.
There isn't much wrong with the standard of build, either. The materials are either soft-touch or have a weighty, substantial feel to them, and there aren't many sharp edges to be found by roaming fingers.
The range opens with the SE, but far from having an entry-level feel, its level of equipment is very generous indeed. Sat nav is standard, part of a 6.5-inch 'touch control' display which is intended to echo the operating principles of a smartphone, with selectable 'tiles' for commonly used features.
Dual-zone climate control, DAB radio, cruise control and rear parking sensors are all standard, as are 17-inch alloy wheels. These grow to 18 inches on the Sport, which also gains LED ambient interior lighting, LED headlamps and foglamps, sports front seats and a gloss-black finish to the exterior trim.
The M Sport looks far more aggressive, with an aerodynamic bodykit inspired by BMW's high-performance M division. It sits slightly lower, on sports suspension and big 19-inch alloy wheels. M logos brighten the door sill finishers as well as the remote key, while special upholstery includes the use of Alcantara suede and yellow or blue highlighting, with a contrasting black headlining. The front seats are heated and M Sport buyers get a different multifunction steering wheel.
The M Sport X heads the range, and adds leather upholstery and an aluminium finish to the exterior trim – satin on the window and grille surrounds and matt on the roof bars. The bodykit is subtly different to the regular M Sport design. The M Sport X is rather pricey, though, and pushes the X2's price high enough to overlap with the bigger X3. The SE seems by far the best-value choice. The M35i also appears to offer precious few extras over the M Sport trim given its price tag.
Every BMW driver can make use of the BMW Connected app for Android or Apple phones. It enables you to communicate with your car to activate certain features remotely – you can check the fuel level, for instance, and operate the central locking. It also provides location services and provide walking directions from your parking space to your destination.
X2 buyers can choose between a number of optional packs, and we particularly recommend the Driver Pack, chiefly because it adds driving assistance features such as autonomous emergency braking, automatically dipping headlights, lane-departure warning and speed-limit warning. It also brings front parking sensors and parking assistance.
It costs £800 unless you go for the 'plus' version for £1,000 – this adds a semi-autonomous driving capability called traffic-jam assist, which will automatically look after braking, steering and accelerating in low speed traffic.
The £1,200 Tech Pack includes a colour head-up display for speed, navigation directions and warnings, a wireless phone charging dock, a larger 8.8-inch navigation display and wi-fi hotspot. A 'Plus' pack is offered for Sport, M Sport and M Sport X models; this increases the alloy wheel diameter by an inch (to 20 inches on M Sport and M Sport X) and adds sun protection glass, extended interior lighting and an upgraded Harmon Kardon stereo.