BMW X2, Peugeot 5008
Style over substance and engine marvel
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