UR­BAN WAR­FARE

Esquire (Malaysia) - - MACHINERY -

City liv­ing can be de­scribed as an as­sault in choices of­fered. If you live out in the sticks, there’s per­haps one store that sells ev­ery­thing and one bus that takes you there and back—it’s truly the sim­ple life. In stark con­trast, ur­ban liv­ing with its myr­iad choices for any­thing and ev­ery­thing makes life some­what com­pli­cated. It’s with this in mind that BMW gives us the X2, a car that was de­signed to keep you on top of ur­ban life. Many of the de­sign de­tails em­pha­sise the BMW X2’s stand­alone na­ture while si­mul­ta­ne­ously and un­equiv­o­cally sig­nalling its mem­ber­ship of the BMW X fam­ily.

But of course, BMW is all about driver con­trol and power. One way it ex­presses the in­her­ent power of its BMW Twin­power Turbo engine is through the de­sign of the tailpipes. At 90mm in di­am­e­ter, the X2 comes

with a two-sided ex­haust tailpipe in high-gloss chrome. Inside, the car of­fers LED am­bi­ent light­ing with bold choices of orange, lilac, mint, bronze, blue and white colour set­tings to match the dar­ing ex­te­rior ex­pres­sion of the ve­hi­cle, as well as the mood of the driver.

Hav­ing taken this car down to Sin­ga­pore and back to Kuala Lumpur, I can say that the car works as ad­ver­tised and more. Ur­ban sprawls with plenty of pedes­tri­ans and bikes are easy to han­dle with the dy­namic re­sponse of the car. And this re­gard­less of the mode you use—eco, Com­fort or Sport. I’m pretty sure the M Sport pack of the car helps in this re­gard. The BMW X2 sdrive20i M Sport re­tails at RM320,800 and is def­i­nitely a head turner in our con­crete jun­gles.

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