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The BMW X2 — A True Small Crossover Not Just a Mini Me

The new BMW X2 small crossover really looks the part, in contrast to the X1 and X3 models which are shrunken versions of the BMW X5 SUV.

With the hordes of new models in the small CUV space, it’s not that easy to be distinctive in the familiar hatchback profile. But the X2 takes advantage of the small format in customary BMW style including its iconic badge on the c-plllar.

Sharing a platform with the X1, both built in Germany, the rally spirit of the BMW X2 comes from the 228-hp 2.0-liter inline-turbo 4 cylinder plant mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission available in front- or all-wheel drive.

With 0–60 times in the mid 6 second range the X2 definitely has fun to drive get up and go! But the stiff ride and close to the road sound and feel reflect European more than American sensibilities.

The X2 is tech savvy with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay options and safety features like lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning, automatic high-beams, and low-speed automated emergency braking.

A BMW X2 heavily laden with options rolls in at about $50,000.