The 2024 BMW X2: Pretty Face, Off-Road Beast

The BMW X2 has a larger footprint, peppy performance, athletic styling and a playful shape that doesn't remind us of an SUV. What's not to like?

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The sleek, powerful, and completely redesigned BMW X2. Photo: BMW Credit: BMW

The BMW X2 is a ‘Little Bit of Everything Wonderful’ in an SUV

Since its arrival in 2018, the BMW X2. which has a starting price of $42,000, has carved out a unique niche in the growing subcompact luxury crossover market. It successfully combines the practicality of an SUV with sleek coupe aesthetics and BMW’s signature driving dynamics, targeting buyers who wanted the space and functionality of an SUV but with a sportier attitude and styling that prioritized on-road performance. It was literally designed to be a sportier, coupe-like take on the existing X1 model and it has delivered just that.

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The gorgeous leather-free cabin in the BMW X2 begs to be driven. Photo: BMW

Coupe Style Meets SUV Versatility

For the 2024 model year, BMW has dramatically overhauled the X2, transforming it into a bolder, more athletic “Sports Activity Coupe” style SUV. Its new design cues align it more closely with its larger X4 and X6 siblings. The 2024 BMW X2 boasts increased length, height, and overall dimensions compared to its predecessors, resulting in a more spacious and commanding presence.

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All the tech you need at your fingertips in the BMW X2. Photo: BMW

Sculpted Style and Practicality

The 2024 BMW X2’s redesigned rear is perhaps the most dramatic departure from the past. The cargo area is noticeably larger, and the overall shape is both unique and remarkably sleek. Beautiful sculpting and prominent ‘M35i’ and ‘X2’ badging add a sporty flair. Sadly, one detail missing from the 2024 model is the beloved roundel emblem found on the C-pillar of previous X2 generations—a design touch inspired by classic BMW coupés.

Inside, the X2’s coupe design doesn’t come at the expense of headroom. Even passengers in the rear will feel surprisingly comfortable. A new skyroof replaces the panoramic roof found in previous models, further enhancing the cabin’s sense of airy openness. BMW continues to make strides in sustainability, offering completely leather-free interior options for both the X2 and its sibling, the X1.

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Nick from BMW presents the BMW X2 that placed 2nd in the Rebelle Rally. Photo: Scotty Reiss

Rally-Proven Performance in the BMW X2

The BMW X2’s off-road prowess was put to the ultimate test in the grueling Rebelle Rally. Driver Sedona Blinson and navigator Rebecca Donaghe, with the mantra “Girls get dirty too,” piloted the X2 to an impressive 2nd place finish in the X-Class (Crossover). Even more impressive, the pair had limited familiarity with the BMW X2 prior to the race. This showcases the SUV’s innate capability and intuitive handling. The Rebelle Rally’s diverse and challenging terrain proved no match for the X2’s standard all-wheel-drive system.

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Powerful lighting on the BMW X2 helped brighten dark terrain at the Rebelle Rally. Photo: Scotty Reiss

Ready for Anything from City Streets to Desert Dunes

To conquer the Rebelle Rally, only minor modifications were necessary. This emphasizes the inherent off-road capability of the X2.  Here’s what it took:

  • Off-road tires mounted on tough, rally-ready wheels.
  • Custom metal underbody panel to protect vital engine components.
  • Roof rack and auxiliary lights for wilderness navigation.
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No headroom has been sacrificed in the rear of the BMW X2. Photo: BMW

The Heart of the X2: Performance Options

The 2024 BMW X2 offers two enticing powertrain options:

  • X2 xDrive28i: Starting at a competitive $42,000, this model delivers 241 horsepower and a satisfying 0-60 mph sprint of 6.2 seconds.
  • X2 M35i: For those seeking maximum thrills, this version starts at $51,400 and packs a potent 312 horsepower punch, blasting to 60 mph in a mere 5.2 seconds.

The 2024 BMW X2 presents a compelling blend of bold design, spaciousness, and proven off-road capability. This coupe-styled SUV is a testament to BMW’s commitment to both style and substance.

This luxury crossover looks at home on rough roads but fits right in at the valet stand too. If you’re looking for a playful, fun ride that’s well-equipped under the hood, ready for all your adventures and looks darn good while doing it, the 2024 BMW X2 might be for you.

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