Pick up the pace

Get be­hind the wheel of BMW’S 2018 sport model: the X2.

Glamour (South Africa) - - Contents - Words by Wendy Robinson

BMW 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.

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