2022 BMW X2

By May 26, 2022

The BMW X2 is a stylish compact crossover that’s better on performance than it is on utility, as seating is tight in the rear. For 2022 it takes a step deeper into its character, with the black trim package being available on more models, in addition to the eye-catching bronze.

Its 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine comes with either 228 hp in the X2 28i or 301 hp in the M35i, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with standard front-wheel drive or available xDrive, which is BMW’s name for all-wheel drive.

Naturally, being a BMW, the handling is sharp and the ride steady, although with bigger wheels it grows firm. The relatively plain cabin features a big touchscreen with good infotainment.

The 28i with front-wheel drive, called sDrive, is EPA rated at 24 mpg city, 32 highway, 27 combined on premium fuel, while xDrive only cuts the highway mileage by 1 mpg with city and combined being the same. The more powerful M35i gets 23/30/26 mpg. All versions consume premium fuel.

It hasn’t been crash-tested, although the IIHS calls its active safety equipment “Advanced” and its headlights “Acceptable.” Automatic emergency braking is standard, but adaptive cruise control takes $4,000 in options to get.

Model Lineup

Made in Germany, the 2022 X2 sDrive 28i starts at $37,595, with the xDrive running $2,000 more. The M35i jumps another ten grand, to $47,445.

Standard equipment includes synthetic leather upholstery and 8.8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay. A fully loaded M35i will reach $55,000.

There’s a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty, and 3 years/36,000 miles of free scheduled maintenance.

Exterior

The X2 doesn’t have the extreme sloping roof of some fastback/hatchback crossovers; it looks more like a traditional SUV. However, the roof still has some gentle taper, which distinguishes it from the essentially similar BMW X1. It’s shapely, with a balanced profile and solid footprint. It comes in more colors (without extra cost) than some other BMWs, and many options in wheels can sharpen the looks.

Interior

The cabin is conservative and efficient. That usually means good organization, and this is the case with the X2, which has a clean and well-organized instrument panel, trimmed in black plastic and bright metallic trim.

The front seats are comfortable for a wide range of bodies and offer standard power adjustment. In the rear there’s 37 inches of leg room, and the bench seat can host two people comfortably. A third will have to squeeze in for short trips only. Head room gets pinched by the lowered roof, too.

For a hatchback, the X2 has a relatively small cargo hold, at 22 cubic feet.

Driving Impressions

The 2.0-liter turbo-4 in the sDrive28i and xDrive28i makes 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, decent numbers, especially for the torque, which is felt in acceleration from slower speeds; and as the speed increases and horsepower plays a bigger role, the engine stays smooth. The 8-speed automatic is quite responsive.

We haven’t driven the M35i with its 301-hp tune of this same engine, but we’ve driven many BMWs with the 2.0-liter engine to know that its power delivery comes on strong from very low engine speeds. It’s no bargain, with a much steeper price–and that’s not always the case with a more powerful version of a base engine.

The sDrive 28i is nimble enough to be fun out on the road. It corners well, with a good balanced heft to the steering.

The ride is on the soft side but gets firmer with the optional M Sport package that stiffens the suspension and improves the handling. However, with the larger wheels that come with it, some comfort is lost. And like with the M35i engine, it’s expensive.

Final Word

The 2022 BMW X2 is stylish, quirky, and good fun for drivers who can go easy on the practicality. Base cars pack in value; if you’re upgrading to the M handling package, it’s not much more expensive to choose the M35i.

 

—by Sam Moses with driving impressions by The Car Connection

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