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2024 BMW X2 xDrive28i: Stylish Fun with a Tech Twist

Buckle up for a week of spirited drives and unexpected tech delights behind the wheel of the 2024 BMW X2 xDrive28i.

I spent a week with the new BMW X2 xDrive28i, and let me tell you, it's a blast to zip around in! It's like the cool, sporty little copy to the boxy BMW X1. This vehicle has got a punchy engine under the hood (241 horsepower!), all-wheel drive to keep you safe on slippery roads, and a comfy inside loaded with cool tech. So, if you're looking for a subcompact SUV that puts the zoom in your zoom-zoom, the X2 xDrive28i is definitely worth checking out!

The 2024 X2 is all-new for this year beginning its second generation. It's bigger than before, with a sportier look that's more like a sporty car than a boxy SUV. Every 2024 X2 comes with all-wheel drive for better handling, and the engine got a serious upgrade with more power, making it a lot zippier to drive.

2024 BMW X2's Trims and Pricing

The 2024 BMW X2 comes in two flavors: the xDrive28i and the M35i xDrive. Let's see which one might be your perfect ride!

The Thrifty Zoom-Zoom: xDrive28i for $42,995

This is the X2 for those who want sporty driving without breaking the bank. It starts at a friendly $42,995 and comes loaded with goodies like 19-inch wheels (those things look sharp!), a giant infotainment display to keep you entertained, sleek LED headlights, and safety features like blind spot detection to keep you out of trouble.

The Need-for-Speed Option: M35i xDrive for $52,395

But if you want pure power, the M35i xDrive is what you can look into. With a price tag of $52,395, it packs a serious punch with 312 horsepower, making it a true pocket rocket. Plus, it gets even sportier styling to match its feisty personality.

2024 BMW X2 xDrive28i Front Exterior

While it's tempting to load it up with all the bells and whistles, be mindful that options can quickly inflate the price. So, if you're on a budget, keep it light on the extras to stay within your comfort zone, or simply go with the xDrive28i, which I was testing this week.

What's The Engine and Transmission In The 2024 BMW X2?

No matter which X2 you pick, you'll be getting a peppy and responsive engine under the hood. Both the xDrive28i and M35i xDrive pack a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but with different levels of muscle.

The standard xDrive28i cranks out 241 horsepower, giving you plenty of zip to merge onto highways and navigate city streets. It's paired with a smooth-shifting seven-speed automatic transmission that seamlessly changes gears for a comfortable ride.

2024 BMW X2 xDrive28i engine

The M35i xDrive has more power. With more powerful internals and a turbocharger working overtime, it unleashes a thrilling 312 horsepower. This translates to lightning-fast acceleration and a true thrill ride behind the wheel.

The 2024 BMW X2 xDrive 28i model earned EPA estimates of 24/33 MPG of city/highway and 26 mpg combined.

Both trims come standard with all-season tires, but the M35i gets a step up with sportier 20-inch wheels. However, if you plan on hitting the track or want the ultimate bragging rights, swapping to summer performance tires unlocks the M35i's full potential, pushing its top speed to 155 mph (compared to the standard 130 mph with all-seasons).

The 2024 BMW X2's Exterior

The 2024 BMW X2 ditches its boxy predecessor for a head-turning, coupe-like exterior that reviewers are calling a "bold departure". Here's a breakdown of its key design features: striking front, sleek silhouette, muscular stance and an optional M Sport Package.

The new X2 sports a larger, more prominent kidney grille that sets the tone for its assertive character. Standard LED headlights add a modern touch.

2024 BMW X2 xDrive28i exterior

The sloping roofline gives the X2 a sporty and dynamic profile, differentiating it from the boxier X1.

The X2 sits wider and taller than before, with available 19-inch wheels (or even larger 20-inch wheels on the M35i trim) that fill the wheel wells and create a more planted look.

For those who crave an even sportier aesthetic, the M Sport package adds an aggressive body kit, gloss-black exterior trim, and sportier wheels, making the X2 look ready to take on the track.

Inside the 2024 BMW X2 xDrive28i, I See Modern Technology and Stylish Comfort

While the X2 shares some interior DNA with its boxier sibling, the X1, there are key features that elevate the X2's driving experience. Let's take a closer look at the modern design, centrality of technology, space and cargo flexibility.

The cabin has a clean and modern aesthetic with a driver-focused layout. A floating center console with a unique toggle switch gear selector adds a touch of futuristic flair.

2024 BMW X2 xDrive28i interior

he X2 xDrive28i is a tech haven. A large curved infotainment display is the centerpiece, offering intuitive control over navigation, entertainment, and climate settings.. Some models even feature a wireless smartphone charging pad conveniently located at the bottom of the dashboard.

While the sloping roofline might steal a bit of headroom compared to the X1, there's still ample space for passengers in the front seats. A large cubby beneath the center console offers handy storage for everyday essentials.

The rear seats fold down in a 40/20/40 split, allowing you to customize cargo space based on your needs. With the seats folded, you can unleash up to 51 cubic feet of cargo capacity, perfect for weekend getaways or hauling gear.

2024 BMW X2 xDrive28i cargo space

While heated front seats and steering wheel are not standard, they are available as options, adding a touch of luxury to your daily commute.


BMW X2's infotainment is highly customizable. Gone are the days of clunky knobs and buttons. The X2 features a stunning dual-display setup. A 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster delivers vital driving information like speed, RPMs, and navigation right in your eyeline. Flanking it is a larger 10.7-inch touchscreen that serves as the command center for your infotainment system.

Want to personalize your experience? The X2's infotainment system allows for extensive configuration. This might seem overwhelming at first, but it ultimately gives you the power to tailor the system to your preferences.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, allowing you to access your favorite apps, music, and calls directly on the X2's touchscreen for a safe and convenient driving experience.

The M35i trim has a standard wireless charging pad, while the xDrive28i can add it as part of the optional Convenience package. This eliminates the need for pesky charging cables, keeping your smartphone powered up and ready to go.

2024 BMW X2 xDrive28i second row seat

For audiophiles, a Harman Kardon sound system is available as part of the Premium equipment package. This premium sound system will turn your X2 into a rolling concert hall, enriching your every drive with vibrant, room-filling audio.

What Are The Competitors Of The 2024 BMW X2?

The 2024 BMW X2 faces competition from a few other luxury subcompact SUVs that offer a blend of style, performance, and practicality. Here are some of its key rivals:

  • Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class: The X2's most direct competitor is the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. It offers a luxurious interior, a suite of advanced driver-assistance features, and a powerful turbocharged engine. While the base GLA offers less horsepower, its AMG variants can compete with the X2 M35i in terms of performance.
  • Audi Q3: Another strong contender is the Audi Q3. It's known for its sharp handling, comfortable ride, and spacious cargo capacity for its size. The Q3 offers a range of turbocharged engines, with the top-tier variant offering a good amount of power. While the base Q3 might be slightly less sporty than the X2, it makes up for it with a potentially more comfortable ride.
  • Lexus UX: If you prioritize a smooth and refined driving experience, the Lexus UX is a compelling option. It offers a luxurious interior with high-quality materials and a quiet cabin. The UX offers a hybrid powertrain that delivers impressive fuel economy, but it sacrifices some performance compared to the X2.
  • Volvo XC40: The Volvo XC40 is a strong choice for safety-conscious drivers. It comes loaded with advanced driver-assistance features and offers a well-deserved reputation for excellent safety ratings. The XC40 offers a turbocharged engine with a good balance of power and fuel efficiency. It might not be the sportiest option on this list, but it prioritizes practicality and a comfortable ride.

How The 2024 BMW X2 xDrive28i Drives

So I spent a week cruising around in the 2024 BMW X2 xDrive28i, and let me tell you, it's a blast! Here's the skinny on how it handles:

This little X2 packs a surprising punch. The 241-horsepower turbocharged engine delivers a zippy response, perfect for merging onto highways and navigating city streets. The smooth-shifting seven-speed automatic transmission seamlessly changes gears, making for a comfortable and enjoyable ride.

While the steering in the X2 might feel a bit on the heavy side and lack some feedback from the road, it delivers sharp handling and plenty of grip when taking corners. Don't be fooled by its sporty looks – the X2 can handle itself well on twisty roads. 

Standard all-wheel drive provides added peace of mind, no matter the road conditions. Rain or shine, the X2 will deliver surefooted handling and keep you in control.

It's important to manage expectations. While the X2 xDrive28i is a fun and sporty ride, it's not a hardcore track car. If you want ultimate power and more acceleration, you might want to consider the M35i trim with its extra horsepower.

Overall, the 2024 BMW X2 xDrive28i offers a delightful balance between sporty performance, comfortable cruising, and everyday practicality. It's a great choice for those who want a stylish and fun-to-drive subcompact SUV that delivers a confident and engaging driving experience. Have you had any experience with the X2? Or what do you think of this car? Please, click the red link below and write your comment to join the discussion.


Armen Hareyan is the founder and the Editor in Chief of Torque News. He founded in 2010, which since then has been publishing expert news and analysis about the automotive industry. He can be reached at Torque News TwitterFacebookLinkedin, and Youtube. He has more than a decade of expertise in the automotive industry with a special interest in Tesla and electric vehicles.