Stand­ing out from the crowd

ROAD TEST/ Ler­ato Matebese finds out if the new BMW X2 is just a dolled up X1 or whether it gen­uinely has a char­ac­ter all of its own

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Bar­ring the forth­com­ing BMW X7 and the ru­moured X8, the Ger­man pre­mium mar­que has es­sen­tially plugged ev­ery other X num­ber suf­fix below that with an X range to ap­pease a wide group of buy­ers and their re­spec­tive bud­gets.

We re­cently spent time with the lat­est X model, the X2, which is es­sen­tially a sportier ver­sion of the X1, much like the X4 is to the X3 and the X6 to the X5. Built on a sim­i­lar plat­form as the cur­rent X1, the cabin has sim­i­lar di­men­sions and ar­chi­tec­ture as its si­b­ling and shares it fron­twheel drive lay­out and en­gines.

Ex­ter­nally, the X2 couldn’t have been fur­ther from its si­b­ling and show­cases the Bavar­ian firm’s lat­est de­sign lan­guage with a much wider kid­ney grille, sharper head­lights and slim­mer rear lights, the lat­ter also set to be a fea­ture on the new, forth­com­ing X4 and 8 Se­ries.

As stan­dard in SA, the X2 comes kit­ted out with the M Sport pack­age, which com­prises a sportier body kit, 20-inch al­loy wheels, while an as­sort­ment of vivid ex­te­rior colours can be had, in­clud­ing the Sun­set Or­ange of our test car and the BMW roundel on the C-pil­lar looks cool and harks back to the 1971 BWM 3.0 CS.

Mo­ti­va­tion in this in­stance came in the form of the 2.0l Twin-Power turbo petrol en­gine, which pow­ers the front wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. Out­put num­bers are 141kW and 280Nm.

The 470l boot is ac­ces­si­ble via a high open­ing boot lid, while the rear doors proved rather ac­com­moda­tive too, even al­low­ing me to fit my son’s car seat in nar­row park­ing spa­ces as you would at shop­ping malls.

The front seats have good scope for ad­just­ment, but I felt

The de­sign of the X2 def­i­nitely gives it more char­ac­ter than many ri­vals. Right: The rear has that coupe­like cross­over look and the re­turn of the roundel on the C-pil­lar. Left: The in­te­rior is sim­i­lar to its X1 si­b­ling.

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