Car review: In the driver’s seat of the new BMW X2

The second-generation BMW X2 was revealed to the world last month and is expected to arrive in South Africa in the first quarter of 2024. 

The latest iteration is slightly bigger, with a bold new look and up-to-date tech. This compact BMW X2 crossover manages to strike a balance between urban agility and everyday functionality without the need for extravagant descriptions.


The BMW X2 showcases a sleek, modern design that's understated but still manages to convey an air of sophistication. Slightly bigger than its predecessor, the new BMW X2 is 194mm longer and 64mm taller with a 2,692mm wheelbase. It is still compact enough to be a practical choice for navigating crowded city streets.

The distinctive kidney grille, bold lines and two pairs of tailpipes give it a unique character. The M Sport package is fitted as standard in South Africa. The wheels are also bigger on the BMW X2, ranging from 18 to 21 inches.

The long list of optional extras includes a panoramic glass sunroof that extends right up to the windscreen.


Inside, the X2 offers a well-designed and comfortable cabin, inherited from the BMW X1. There is a dashboard BMW Curved Display, and a central armrest home to the engine start button, handbrake, gear selector and volume controller. The newly designed seats are supportive, and the overall layout is user-friendly. While the rear seats may feel tight for taller passengers, the cargo space is surprisingly generous for a compact SUV.

Consumers can opt to pay extra for sports seats with electrical adjustment and quilted leather.

BMW equips the X2 with a user-friendly infotainment system, including a responsive touchscreen and intuitive controls. Standard features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration are a welcome addition, as well as dual-zone climate control, automatic tailgate operation, and BMW navigation system.


When it comes to performance, the X2 offers a smooth and composed ride. The available engine options provide a good balance of power and efficiency, ensuring that you can comfortably tackle both city traffic and open highways.

South African motorists can choose between the X2 M35i xDrive performance model and the sDrive18i. XDrive all-wheel drive, adaptive M suspension and M Compound brakes are included. 


In summary, the BMW X2 is a well-rounded compact SUV that offers a blend of style and practicality. If you're in the market for a capable and stylish compact SUV, the BMW X2 is worth considering. Pricing and the full range of specifications will be revealed when the car is launched in 2024.

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