This small coupe-like crossover has been around for several years and the 2023 BMW X2 represents the sixth production year of the generation. Although we’ve just entered the second quarter of the year, the Bavarian carmaker already introduced the next year’s version of this subcompact SUV. The main reason is the introduction of the new GoldPlay package, which brings significant upgrades to standard sDrive28i and xDrive28i models. On the other hand, the rest of the lineup remains the same.
Despite the new package, the overall layout remains quite the same. This small crossover continues with familiar design characteristics and features, so you know what to expect from it. You may expect to see things like capable turbo-four engines, sporty handling, a well-designed interior and an intuitive infotainment system. However, the X2 also comes with a couple of drawbacks, such as the lack of some tech features, a high starting price etc.
2023 BMW X2 Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the biggest novelty for the 2023 BMW X2 is the introduction of the new GoldPlay version. This model includes a lot of interesting upgrades, starting from the M Sport package, which includes a sport-tuned suspension with a lower ride height as well as a retuned steering system. Furthermore, there are several exclusive styling details, such as a more aggressive front end, as well as a lot of gold trim around the vehicle. Finally, this model comes with several exclusive color options, such as San Remo Green, Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Storm Bay, or Skyscraper Grey.
The rest of the lineup continues in the same way. The styling remains largely the same, as well as the mechanical aspect of the vehicle. Therefore, you may also count on the same ride quality, which offers a lot of athleticism, despite that we are talking about the FWD car. On the other hand, the compromise comes in the form of a stiff ride.
The cabin of this crossover is a kind of a mixed bag. On one side, we like how the dashboard looks and the quality of materials. The attention to detail and overall build quality are also pretty impressive, while the infotainment system is pretty easy to use. Finally, we like the driving position, which is excellent in terms of ergonomics and also provides good visibility in all directions.
When it comes to the passenger space, the front seats accommodate taller passengers with ease. They are also massive and comfortable, while the side support is very good. The second row isn’t all that impressive and that’s where things become bad. Adults may have some trouble with space, especially in terms of headroom.
Also, the cargo area is notably smaller compared to the X1. You may count on about 21.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 50.1 cubic feet of the total volume. While that’s about average for the class, it’s way less than you get from the more conventional sibling.
When it comes to standard equipment, the list is long and includes pretty much everything you’ll need. Some of the highlights are things like dual-zone climate control, an 8.8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, a seven-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, navigation, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Also, you can opt for several upgrades, such as a panoramic sunroof, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound stereo. As you can see, one of the rare things that are missing is the Android Auto smartphone integration.
When it comes to safety features, all models come standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, rearview camera, parking sensors etc. Also, there are options like head-up display, adaptive cruise control, park assist etc.
2023 BMW X2 Engines
The 2023 BMW X2 comes in three configurations regarding powertrain and drivetrain. The base sDrive28i comes equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 228 horsepower, which are sent to the front wheels. The xDrive28i uses the same engine but comes standard with all-wheel drive.
While the base engine ensures pretty good driving dynamics, more ambitious drivers can opt for the M35i version, which also uses the turbo-four engine but is tuned up to 301 horsepower. All three versions are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which does a great job.
When it comes to fuel economy, the base version returns around 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The M35i returns around 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
2023 BMW X2 Price and Competition
The base 2023 BMW X2 sDrive28i starts at around 37.500 dollars, while the all-wheel-drive model would cost you an extra $2000. On the other hand, the M35i starts at around 48.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Volvo XC40 etc.