For faster stylers
Officially, the sDrive 20i is not a GTI S3 slayer
THE recently launched X2 has had tongues wagging about its concept car lines, we tested the sDrive 20i to find out if there is more substance to the look.
During our test week, the Beemer drew a lot of admiring glances and a lot of attention, particularly from younger people.
Many deem the X2 as a GTI, S3 competitor, whereas its makers see it as more Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) like the X4 and X6.
Our test unit was finished in black with a red leather interior, a combination that stuns but requires high maintenance to keep clean (being stunning is never easy). The highlights are the LED daytime lights, big-bore twin exhausts, BMW badge on the shoulder line, standard M Sports package and the 19-inch wheels.
The stunning design makes one wonder why other companies make non-interesting cars when they see BMW produce such cars as the X2.
The interior has high quality fit and finish with a functional layout, however, we were disappointed with the lack of space age design after one sees the stunning outside.
I would have expected BMW to give us a bit of more “forward” thinking layout, rather than the one we’ve gotten used to on BMWs. Still, the LED ambient lighting together with the panoramic sunroof are a must for style conscious buyers as they make for a Star Trek feel when driving at night. Dials are clear to see with the iDrive being one of the best ways to operate an infotainment system while on the move.
Our test unit also came with the very useful wireless charger on the armrest. Luggage space is more than enough for a family and the rear seats fold for added carrying space. The electric tailgate comes standard.
A two-litre, four-cylinder engine makes 141 kW and 280 Nm, with power going to the front wheels via BMW’s seven-speed Dual-Clutch transmission.
The engine is refined and tuneful when pushed, encouraging sporty driving. The exhaust note and turbo whoosh do excite — especially when the mode selector is in Sport.
The transmission changes gears in a fraction of a second, meaning power delivery is always on point.
With some spirited driving, we averaged 8,6 l/100 km, a far cry from the claimed 5,9 l/100 km but with ECO mode selected and less “spirited” driving, those claimed figures can be attained.
As it’s a BMW, dynamic driving comes with the DNA and the X2 doesn’t disappoint with agility and good road holding.
Pushed too hard into a corner, the front washes out a bit, something easily cured with some accelerator lift off.
It can be unsettled on bumpy roads but then the positive comes when pushing on winding, smooth roads where it comes alive.
We achieved about eight seconds when conducting our iPhone-timed 0-100 km/h sprint and one can’t argue against the claimed 227 km/h top speed.
The R652 477 base price for the sDrive 20i does come with the M Sport package as standard, but overall this car is not in the cheap category, however, this is a designer car for the style conscious.
This car is for people who splash out thousands on branded goods. They know style rises above anything else and in the X2, these buyers will get their money’s worth.
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At about R652 500 for the base, BMW sDrive 20i is not just for the stylish, but enthusiastic drivers will feel right at home too.