Sizing up the 2018 BMW X2
Sometimes, BMW’s model nomenclature can get a bit confusing. BMW X4, M2, ActiveHybrid 5 – what does it all actually mean? Not what you think it might, as it turns out. It stands to reason that, because BMW dedicated its X1 to the smallest non-zero number, that it would be the smallest number. However, the 2018 BMW X2, which is double the number of the X1, is actually smaller than the X1. Why is that? The company also claims a 0-60 time from this 2.0-liter, turbocharged crossover at 6.3 seconds. Can we actually match that claim in the real world? In today’s video, TFL’s Roman Mica and Our Auto Expert journalist Nik Miles size up the all-new 2018 BMW X2.
How Fast Is It From 0-60 MPH?
Before we get to size, there’s the matter of performance to sort out. The 2018 BMW X2’s 2.0-liter turbo engine puts out 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It is, in fact, the same engine (designated B46) used in the BMW X1. In this, the X2 xDrive28i, it’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. So, is it as fast in the sprint to 60 as BMW claims, at 6.3 seconds?
Well, no. As it turns out, Roman clocked up two acceleration runs, and neither managed to hit BMW’s claimed time. The first run clocked up 7.5 seconds, while the second run was at 7.6 seconds. Why is it slower. Because Roman tested the car with his buddy Nik Miles in the passanger seat adding more weight to car. Plus, there’s really no such thing as a 0-60 MPH time. It changes based on at least a dozen variables.
How about utility?
While the 2018 BMW X2 may not be as fast, at least in our testing, what about the matter of practicality? Despite the X2’s designation as a larger number than the X1, it’s actually smaller. The X2 does have the same wheelbase as the X1, at 105.1 inches. However, the X2 is 3.2 inches shorter in length (172.2 inches). It’s also 2.8 inches shorter in height, at 60.1 to the X1’s 62.9 inches.
The ‘X2’ designation comes from BMW’s naming tactic to give even numbers to its ‘coupe’ models. While the X1, X3 and X5 are more traditional crossovers, the X2, X4 and X6 are under the ‘Sports Activity Coupe’. The only parts shared between the two cars are the antenna and the door handles. So while the X1 may be more practical, the 2018 BMW X2 leans more toward coupe-like style.