While we were looking at the awesome new BMW M2, we forgot about its recently-updated Crossover SUV counterpart, the BMW X2. While this crossover – also known as the F90 – doesn’t boast nearly the horsepower of the either the M2 or the M5, it puts out a decent 228, coming from a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder, which is channeled into 8-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission and AWD. The 228 hp are accompanied by 258 ft-lbs, and it can reach a top speed of 131 miles an hour, hitting 0-60 in 6.3 seconds. Nothing to write home about, necessarily, but again, not terrible for a crossover SUV.
The X2 is supposed to be the smaller, less-expensive version of the X1, but it has a smaller, shorter stance and look that feels a bit more Range Rover then the rest of the bulky, angular X series. Or maybe just more crossover. The bottom of the body looks a little overly large, however. You can choose either 18” or 20” alloy wheels, including an M-specific 20” model if you want some extra flash. Another unique selling point is the C-pillar roundel, which BMW calls a throwback to some of their older, sportier cars from the ‘60’s.
On the inside, the car is tricked out for 2018, with wireless charging for your phone in the center console, and even an onboard WiFi hotspot. BMW even throws in 3gb free for the first three months. A rear-view camera and LED lights come standard.
The BMW X2 may not fill a particularly exciting niche (few of us think of a crossover as “fun”), but it’s an exciting car if you’re looking for a sportier, sleekier, more tricked-out X1 – which reason enough to get it. Starts at $36,400.