BMW X2, Peu­geot 5008

Style over sub­stance and en­gine mar­vel

What Car? - - Contents - Dar­ren Moss Dar­[email protected]­mar­ket.com FI­NAL RE­PORT

Mileage 5543 List price £37,940 Tar­get Price £37,031 Price as tested £43,585 Test econ­omy 44.2mpg

STYLE AND SUB­STANCE. Rarely do you get both, un­less you work for Ap­ple. But is BMW’S lat­est coupé-like SUV, the X2, an­other ex­cep­tion? Dur­ing four months and more than 5500 miles with one, I strug­gled to de­cide.

I think the X2 looks fan­tas­tic, es­pe­cially in bright metal­lic blue. But the sur­pris­ingly low seat­ing po­si­tion meant see­ing out of the car when park­ing was harder than I’d an­tic­i­pated.

BMW’S idrive in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, by con­trast, al­ways made life sim­ple; the sat-nav’s real-time traf­fic in­for­ma­tion never once let me down, and the sound qual­ity of the Har­mon Kar­don stereo was so good that I’d highly rec­om­mend this £600 op­tion.

Pas­sen­gers com­mented on the com­fort of­fered by the X2’s rear seats, too, but sit­ting three adults abreast back there was a squeeze.

And while the boot is, on pa­per, larger than those of its Audi Q3 and Jaguar E-pace ri­vals, the X2’s slop­ing roofline means it can be hard work to get things like bikes in and out.

So, would I have been bet­ter off with BMW’S

more con­ven­tional X1? Well, I did a back-to­back com­par­i­son to try to an­swer that.

You sit higher up in the X1, solv­ing the vis­i­bil­ity is­sue. Its boot is larger and a more prac­ti­cal shape, too. But the key fac­tor for me is that you can buy an X1 xdrive20d M Sport for £32,814, whereas the equiv­a­lent X2 costs £37,580 after dis­counts. Pay­ing more money for a less prac­ti­cal car is some­thing that, even tak­ing into ac­count the X2’s more dis­tinc­tive looks, feels wrong to me. So if I had my time again, I’d go for sub­stance and save the style for my mo­bile phone.

X2 has style on its side, but we’d go for the more prac­ti­cal X1

Seat­ing po­si­tion is quite low; in­fo­tain­ment is top notch

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