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2021 BMW X2 Review: The Balance Of Yin And Yang

by Aiden Eksteen

BMW has become the master of both the dark and the light side - perfecting the art of proficient and intoxicating performance and zealous design but bringing balance to the force with humble family-centric proportions and luxurious comforts. The 2021 BMW X2 is neither Jedi nor Sith, but something in-between, a vehicle not dedicated to a single cause but one that's all-embracing of its true purpose - to satisfy our desires for beauty and fun, and to adhere to our needs for comfort and convenience. At its heart is a 2.0-liter inline-4 turbo engine offering two states of tune - 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque in 28i variants, intensifying to a mightier 301 hp and 331 lb-ft for the M35i. As a compact 4-door luxury crossover SUV, the X2 challenges the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class, Audi Q3, and Volvo XC40.

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2021 BMW X2 Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2020 BMW X2?

Given that the all-new variant arrived in the US in 2019, it's not surprising that the X2 hasn't changed much for 2021. While globally, a PHEV variant of the BMW X2 SUV has debuted, in the US, we retain the same configurations from previous reviews. Changes for the new model year include the addition of SiriusXM with a one-year all-access subscription and a new mesh grille on the M35i. LED fog lights have been removed and the Dynamic Handling Package is no longer available, while the Convenience, Premium, and M Sport packages have seen a price reduction of $250. Dark Olive Metallic and Mediterranean Blue Metallic paint options have been removed, replaced by Phytonic Blue and Storm Bay.

Pros and Cons

  • Powerful and polished engine options
  • Fun and engaging handling dynamics
  • Front- and all-wheel drivetrain setups
  • Classy, well-built, and spacious interiors
  • Ride quality is occasionally disagreeable
  • No inclusion of Android Auto connectivity
  • Interior is a little garish

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2021 BMW X2 Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
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2021 X2 Exterior

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  • Length 172.2 in
  • Wheelbase 105.1 in
  • Height 60.1 in
  • Max Width 71.8 in
  • Front Width 61.6 in
  • Rear Width 61.6 in
  • Curb Weight 3,499.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Black Sapphire Metallic +$550
  • Mineral Grey Metallic +$550
  • Glacier Silver Metallic +$550
  • Mineral White Metallic +$550
  • Phytonic Blue Metallic +$550
  • Misano Blue Metallic +$550
  • Galvanic Gold Metallic +$550
  • Sunset Orange Metallic +$550
  • Storm Bay Metallic +$1,200
  • Alpine White
  • Jet Black
  • Brooklyn Grey Metallic

2021 X2 Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

2021 X2 Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 40.3 in
  • Front Head Room 39.8 in
  • Rear Leg Room 36.7 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.1 in

2021 X2 Trunk and Cargo Space

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2021 X2 Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2021 BMW X2 A Good SUV?

Whether you desire exhilarating and poised drive and handling dynamics or are looking for a balanced, premium luxury SUV to comfortably commute your family about, the BMW X2 can certainly deliver. The former qualities are most discernible in the M35i while the two 28i trims are better suited as family runabouts, though they still have some fire in them. Power is ample from both engines and fuel efficiency remains thrifty, too. All models share BMW's distinct, eye-catching aesthetic and boast commodious cabins brimming with features. The first generation of the X2, which includes the 2021 BMW X2, underwent review by both the NHTSA and the IIHS and earned a consummate safety rating. That's complemented by BMW's proven penchant for reliability. Starting at $36,600, the price of the 2021 BMW X2 SUV is a bit high considering that it is lacking in some regards, particularly in the ride quality it delivers. A luxury vehicle shouldn't be quite so harsh. It's cabin is also a little garish compared to other luxury cars, and it could do with a few more driver-aids and safety systems. Otherwise, the X2 is a difficult car to not recommend.

What BMW X2 Model Should I Buy?

If you're a fan of the proficiency and enjoyment BMW's cars have to offer and you want to get the most out of the X2's performance potential, then the M35i is going to be the one you want. It's the lineup's top performance trim, equipped with the more powerful turbo-four engine, tuned with M Sport steering and braking modulation, and fitted with an M Sport differential, suspension, and the performance exhaust. It also comes outfitted with just about everything the 2021 X2 line has to offer in terms of creature comforts, conveniences, and safety features. It is pricey at $46,450, more than $10k over the entry-spec trim, but still $10k cheaper than the top-tier Range Rover Evoque. Either of the 28i trims are good options as family cruisers otherwise.

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