It's not often that we're wrong here on TestDrive, but we made a monumental mistake when underestimating the 2019 BMW X2 M35i. We thought this subcompact luxury crossover would be a boring experience with a bunch of M badges stuck on for show without any go, but the X2 M35i is properly tuned by BMW's M Performance division with the power and handling to back it up. We go in-depth on our review of the 2019 BMW X2 M35i on this episode of TestDrive Spotlight.
We discuss the differences with the engine, suspension, xDrive system, and M Sport limited-slip differential with the M35i version of the X2. We also go over the exterior differences with this vehicle including the LED headlights and fog lights, cerium grey accents for the M Performance model, M Sport brakes, shadowline exterior package, Premium Enhanced Package, and M double spoke rims.
Inside we find the magma red dakota perforated leather M Sport seats with integrated headrests with heat, and driver memory, dual zone automatic climate control, iDrive 6.0 with wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless phone charging, a colour head-up display, non-premium audio system, and panoramic sunroof. We talk about some of the other interior features and what other packages you can add onto the X2 M35i.
We then take the X2 on a performance road test starting with a 0-100kph (0-60 mph) launch followed up with some real-world driving in sport mode with manual shift. We go over how this vehicle compares to other M Performance cars we've driven to date, and where this type of vehicle fits in BMW's current lineup. We get some audio clips of the exhaust both from the exterior and interior of the vehicle, and do some slower shifting to hear the most out of the exhaust.
We wrap up our full tour and review of the 2019 BMW X2 M35i with our fuel economy testing during the week, and what we ultimately liked and disliked about this $56,650.00 subcompact luxury crossover.