July 03, 2020 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

2018 BMW X2 xDrive28i

Fun-Sized with extra kick

Just as the BMW X2 xDrive20d is the lone model powerplant sold in our Philippine market, the US gets the X2 xDrive28i as its solo offering for the time being. Although in the US, you can get the oddly slower and lighter sDrive28i that ditches the intelligent all-wheel-drive-system. Theoretically, the weight loss should have given the X2 better performance but apparently, the pure front-wheel drive system labors to apply the power at full boil hence the loss of outright acceleration.

Mostly indistinguishable between the two models except for some slight trim variations, the X2 xDrive28i distances itself from its diesel-drinking brother with a slightly livelier behavior and when pushed aggressively will yield over a second off the 0-100 km/h acceleration time all the way to a slightly higher governed top speed from 221 km/h to 230 km/h.

In the grand scheme of things practical and real-world though, the more torquey diesel variant drives with more effortless purpose and is more fuel efficient. The gasoline engine may be quicker and faster on paper but you also have to deliberately push the crossover harder too to get the results. Diesels are still not very popular in North America especially for any other vehicle short of a truck so the direct injection gasoline 2.0-liter intercooled transverse turbo, also applied to MINI, is the most prolific current engine used for both brands. The latest version, the X2 M35i, still uses the same basic 2.0-liter configuration but pumps out 302 bhp @ 5000-6250 rpm and 322 lb-ft @ 1750-4500 rpm!

Unlike our flamboyant X2 xDrive20d M-Sport variant sold in the Philippines which has the adaptive suspension combined with the very attractive mixed material interior cabin, our North American test unit came in Sunset Orange Metallic with tasteful Oyster Dakota tan leather interior; classy albeit contrastingly somber. I prefer the M-Sport packaging instead since the X2 interior is already uniquely designed and intimate so you might as well go all the way considering the acquisition cost as well. Without the adaptive suspension, the X2 rides tangibly stiffer than the X1 and MINI Countryman.

The BMW X2 is a very fun handler and reminds me more of the core dynamics of a Volkswagen Golf GTi hot hatch on stilts rather than a lifted crossover. The X2 isn’t for everyone, but for its target market, it’s spot-on! I think it’s great; its only compromise is reduced cabin space.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-4
Displacement 1998 cc
Cylinder Head dohc 16V, Valvetronic, Bi-VANOS
Fuel Injector Direct Injection Intercooled Turbo
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 228 bhp @ 5000 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 258 lb-ft @ 1250-4800 rpm
Transmission 8-speed AT

Performance

Top Speed 230 km/h (143 mph) Governed
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 6.6 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 21 mpg City / 31 mpg Highway

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) US$ 50,920.00
What's Great Uniquely fabulous packaging, driver-centric, the most dynamic in its family model line
What's Not So Natural steep price for exclusivity, less headroom and cargo space than the X1
C! Editors Rating 10/10
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