Pick up the pace
Get behind the wheel of BMW’S 2018 sport model: the X2.
Whilst searching for a new hairstyle, nail-art design, outfit or brow tutorial is high up there on our list of priorities, these decisions become somewhat mundane compared to spending the few days we shared with the sun, sea, beach and the new BMW X2.
Sexy, eye-catching and with an unapologetic attitude to match, this new SUV is lower and shorter than the X1 and X3, and is clearly aimed at a much younger market than the X1, X3 and X5 variants.
The X2 exudes style in bucket loads. The Galvanic Gold metallic model we tested turned heads more than twice along the roads and byways of our seaside road trip. Our hair blowing behind us with the panoramic glass sliding sunroof fully open and a road trip playlist pumping through the Harmon Kardon hi-fi system, easily activated through BMW’S connected drive facilities on the heads-up display which, in addition, projects key information in the driver’s line-of-site for additional safety – yet still allows for embracing powerful and memorable moments.
The interior is pretty much the standard luxury expected in a BMW M Sport variant that we tested. The upholstery is made up of a Micro Hexagon Anthracite fabric with yellow highlights and stitching that runs throughout the seating fabric, complementing the floor detail to match the golden exterior perfectly.
Some of the features that we really favoured were the active cruise control and electric seat adjustment with memory for the driver’s seat and rear-view camera. Our favourite extra that BMW craftsmen have included? A unit that sits snugly between the two front seats for wireless charging, as well as Apple Carplay.
Packing the X2 boot is as easy as a breeze on a hot beachy day. At the touch of a button on the keyless remote unit, the tailgate opens and reveals oodles of luggage and packing space – with the usual BMW net pockets and packing facilities, to prevent items from rolling around the boot whilst the car is in motion. Once you’ve finished loading all your precious goods, merely lock the boot with the touch of a button on the tailgate selection mechanism. Simple.
What really blew our minds was that on a full tank of diesel, we managed an eight-hour drive from the Highveld to KZN’S South Coast with just over a quarter of a tank to spare on arrival and not having to refuel until we left five days later!
The X2 offers efficient dynamics technology in Normal mode, as well as Sport and Eco offerings, which allow the driver to have full control of the fuel efficiency.