How do you stand out from a rapidly growing crowd? One approach is to be individual, in both the way you look and the way you act. The BMW X2 does just this; refusing to be lost in a sea of compact SUVS by channeling the spirit of a sporty coupé.
BMW has trod this course before, of course, with considerable success. A decade ago, the bigger X6 was born when the X5 was given a coupé makeover, and its smaller X3 sister received a similar treatment, emerging as the svelte X4.
Now it’s time for BMW’s smallest SUV, the X1, to don a dressier set of clothes, and the X2 is the very striking result. By adopting a lower roofline and shorter overall length, the X2 trades a little practicality for looks. Even so, it still needs to function as a Family SUV, and BMW promises there’s room for you, your friends and all the lifestyle equipment you’re likely to want to carry.
There’s a range of frugal yet punchy engines: petrol models with front wheel drive and diesels with BMW’s xDrive four-wheel drive system. Over the next few pages, we’ll cover how it drives, what it’s like inside and what it’ll cost you to buy and run.
Keep reading to find out which is our favourite version and how it stacks up against rivals such as the Jaguar E-Pace and Audi Q3. And, whichever model you choose, be sure to visit our New Car Buying pages for a great deal without haggling.