2021 BMW X2

MSRP range: $36,600 - $46,450
MSRP$37,595
Edmunds suggests you pay$34,202

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2021 BMW X2 Review

  • Unique styling differentiates the X2 from the more traditional X1
  • Materials quality and build quality are top-notch
  • Quick acceleration and sporty handling
  • Less rear headroom and cargo space than the X1
  • Overly stiff ride for a luxury vehicle
  • Grabby brakes make it hard to stop smoothly in traffic
  • No Android Auto smartphone integration
  • No significant changes for 2021
  • Part of the first X2 generation introduced for 2018

The 2021 BMW X2 plays to a rather small niche of SUV shoppers. It's a sporty subcompact crossover both in terms of styling and performance, which is a departure from other SUVs that put greater emphasis on convenience and comfort. If you're one of the few who seek this kind of athleticism and don't regularly transport a few adult passengers and cargo, the X2 might be a perfect fit.

If you're more pragmatic, the sacrifices made to the X2's ride quality and interior space will likely be deal-breakers. Fortunately for BMW, the related X1 is a more sensible choice and is engaging enough for most drivers. As similar as these two crossovers may seem, they're separated by a wide gap in Edmunds' rankings: The X1 earns second place in the class, while the X2 sits in sixth place.

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If personality, performance and style carry more weight than practicality in a small SUV, the X2 is at the top of the list. However, if a comfortable ride and good visibility carry any weight, the X2 comes up a little short against more traditional small SUVs.
BMW sacrificed practicality to make the X2, but performance remains intact. The engine is strong and smooth, pulling off a 6.4-second 0-60 mph run at our test track — a good result for the class. It's paired with a quick-shifting transmission that's smart at picking the right gear.

The X2 handles as lively as some of the best hot hatchbacks, with nicely weighted steering that communicates what the front tires are up to. The oddly grabby brakes are the only source of irritation, especially in slow-moving traffic.
The X2's seats seem designed for a rather specific — and slender — demographic. The front seats run a bit narrow, both in the seat cushion and the seatback. And while not uncomfortable, they're not as accommodating as we'd like. But it's the ride that causes the most discomfort. You'll be bounced around on all but the smoothest surfaces.

While the engine is remarkably smooth, wind noise features prominently at higher speeds and road noise comes from all corners, especially on rough pavement. At least the climate control is straightforward and powerful.
The X2's interior is a pleasing mix of BMW functionality and solid ergonomics. The controls are laid out in a logical manner, and the iDrive touch controller keeps buttons to a minimum. With plenty of adjustability in both the steering wheel and driver's seat, both tall and short drivers should be able to find a comfortable position.

But the styling takes its toll, as does some of the packaging, making it a bit awkward for taller drivers and sacrificing visibility for everyone. The striking roofline makes access a bit tight, and though headroom is limited, the rear seat is suitable for adults. The thick roof pillars make for some mighty blind spots, and the rear view is bunker-like.
We've long been fans of BMW's iDrive control system, and even though the X2 doesn't get the newest version, it's still fast and easy to use. And it comes with standard navigation. The optional Harman Kardon audio system is a worthwhile option, with plenty of clarity and power for the small cabin. Apple CarPlay smartphone integration is standard, but Android Auto isn't available. Bluetooth connects quickly and reliably.

Voice controls can recognize natural commands for infotainment and other functions, but without the newer voice assistant feature, it feels a bit behind the curve. We appreciate the standard safety features such as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.
Compromised by its styling, the X2 manages to salvage some practicality thanks to its decent cargo opening and foldable split rear seats. With 21.6 cubic feet of storage, it loses more than 5 cubic feet of cargo capacity compared to the traditionally shaped X1, but it keeps the folding 40/20/40-split back seat for a bit of added practicality.

Interior storage is a bit clumsy and somewhat limited, not to mention noisy thanks to the hard plastic bins and cubbies. The car seat anchors are easy to access thanks to hinged plastic covers, and the rear doors open wide enough for easy access.
The all-wheel-drive X2 is rated to return 27 mpg combined (24 city/31 highway), just as efficient as its competitors. But we didn't come close to the EPA rating during our test. We averaged just 21.5 mpg over nearly 750 miles of driving, and our best tank was just 22.7 mpg.
Not everyone is willing to pay for just performance and unique styling, and the X2 starts to get a bit expensive when desirable options are added. Though it remains close in price to some of its more style-oriented competitors, it costs more than the similar yet more practical BMW X1. The fit and finish is generally nice, but we noticed more hard plastics scattered around the cabin than we'd like, and we experienced a few cabin rattles.

In general, the X2's warranties are typical for the small luxury SUV class. BMW offers two free years of scheduled maintenance as well.
The X2's spunky character certainly fits its unique styling. The four-cylinder engine never makes you feel as if you had to settle and instead rewards you with gutsy midrange power. The handling is also nimble and beyond competent, leaving little doubt this is a BMW.

The ride is definitely on the way-too-firm side, but if you can tolerate that until you get to a decent road, the X2 will reward you with eager handling, good thrust from its turbocharged engine, and smooth, quick shifts. Surprisingly adept, the X2 will have you making the most out of every bend.

Which X2 does Edmunds recommend?

The base BMW X2 sDrive28i gets our recommendation for its agreeable price and long list of standard features. Drivers in cold and wet climates will probably want to upgrade to the xDrive28i to get all-wheel drive, and the $2,000 cost is reasonable. Only the most hardcore performance seekers will be able to justify the $10,000 premium to upgrade to the M35i.

BMW X2 models

The 2021 BMW X2 is a subcompact luxury SUV with seating for five. It is available in three trim levels: the sDrive28i, xDrive28i and M35i. The sDrive28i is front-wheel-drive, while the xDrive28i and M35i are all-wheel-drive. Feature highlights include:

sDrive28i and xDrive28i
Come well equipped with features such as:

  • Turbocharged four-cylinder engine (228 horsepower)
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Power liftgate
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Automatic climate control
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Remote monitoring and control through a smartphone app
  • 8.8-inch touchscreen
  • Navigation with real-time traffic
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Seven-speaker audio system
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)

Also available is the Convenience package that adds:

  • Power-folding mirrors
  • Auto-dimming mirrors
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Keyless entry and ignition

The optional M Sport X package adds some sporty personality with:

  • Larger wheels
  • Unique interior and exterior trim elements
  • Choice of a sport-tuned or standard suspension
  • Sport-tuned transmission
  • Sport steering wheel

The M35i trim includes all of the features listed above, minus the sunroof (though it is offered as an option). It also adds a few performance enhancers that include:

  • More powerful engine (301 hp)
  • Rear spoiler
  • More powerful brakes
  • Limited-slip differential (for enhanced traction)
  • Sport-tuned steering

The Premium package is offered on all X2 models and includes all of the Convenience package features plus:

  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)

Some optional features are available as stand-alone add-ons, along with:

  • Roof rails
  • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
  • Adaptive dampers (M35i only)
  • Automated parking system (steers into a parking spot with little or no driver intervention)
  • Sport front seats (M35i only)
  • Harman Kardon premium audio
  • Wireless charging pad

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    Features & Specs

    sDrive28i 4dr SUV features & specs
    sDrive28i 4dr SUV
    2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A
    MSRP$36,600
    MPG 24 city / 32 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower228 hp @ 5000 rpm
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    M35i 4dr SUV AWD
    2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A
    MSRP$46,450
    MPG 23 city / 30 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower301 hp @ 5000 rpm
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    xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
    xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD
    2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A
    MSRP$38,600
    MPG 24 city / 31 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower228 hp @ 5000 rpm
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite X2 safety features:

    Park Distance Control
    Alerts the driver as the X2 approaches an object in front of or behind the vehicle when parking.
    Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go
    Maintains a set distance between the X2 and the vehicle in front. Can bring the X2 to a complete stop.
    Forward Collision Warning
    Sounds an alarm if a front collision is deemed imminent. Can automatically apply the brakes at low speeds.
    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Good
    Roof Strength Test
    Good
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

    BMW X2 vs. the competition

    BMW X2 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class

    Our top pick in the luxury subcompact SUV class is the Mercedes GLB. Its boxy style is a counterpoint to the X2's sporty silhouette and pays huge dividends when it comes to rear passenger space and cargo capacity. The GLB is also more comfortable and has the BMW beat in terms of technology. There's also the sleeker GLA that could give the X2 shoppers a better alternative.

    Compare BMW X2 & Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class features

    BMW X2 vs. BMW X1

    The BMW X1 is essentially the same as the X2, but without the sloping rear roofline. That means rear passengers will have more headroom and cargo capacity will be larger. Otherwise, both vehicles share the same advantages (strong performance, sporty handling, refined interior) and drawbacks (stiff ride and a lack of Android phone integration).

    Compare BMW X2 & BMW X1 features

    BMW X2 vs. Audi Q3

    The Audi Q3 beats the BMW X2 with its abundant comfort, both in terms of seating and for its smooth ride. But in return, the Q3 isn't very engaging for drivers seeking a little excitement. There's also a lack of interior storage for your personal items, and fuel economy is lower than average for the class.

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    FAQ

    Is the BMW X2 a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 X2 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.3 out of 10. You probably care about BMW X2 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the X2 gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg to 27 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the X2 has 21.6 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a BMW X2. Learn more

    What's new in the 2021 BMW X2?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 BMW X2:

    • No significant changes for 2021
    • Part of the first X2 generation introduced for 2018
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    Is the BMW X2 reliable?

    To determine whether the BMW X2 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the X2. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the X2's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2021 BMW X2 a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 BMW X2 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 X2 and gave it a 7.3 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 X2 is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2021 BMW X2?

    The least-expensive 2021 BMW X2 is the 2021 BMW X2 sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $36,600.

    Other versions include:

    • sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $36,600
    • M35i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $46,450
    • xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $38,600
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    What are the different models of BMW X2?

    If you're interested in the BMW X2, the next question is, which X2 model is right for you? X2 variants include sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), M35i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of X2 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2021 BMW X2

    2021 BMW X2 Overview

    The 2021 BMW X2 is offered in the following submodels: X2 M35i, X2 SUV. Available styles include sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), M35i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A).

    What do people think of the 2021 BMW X2?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 BMW X2 and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 X2.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 BMW X2 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 X2 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2021 BMW X2?

    2021 BMW X2 sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

    The 2021 BMW X2 sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $41,895. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW X2 sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $4,224 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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    The average savings for the 2021 BMW X2 sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 10.1% below the MSRP.

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    2021 BMW X2 xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

    The 2021 BMW X2 xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $43,745. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW X2 xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $4,532 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $4,532 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $39,213.

    The average savings for the 2021 BMW X2 xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 10.4% below the MSRP.

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