2018 BMW X2 to take on Audi Q2

Small, coupe-like crossovers are becoming more and more popular, especially in Europe. These small, more nimble crossovers provide a touch more cargo space than the average hatchback while providing drivers with a taller ride height but still allow them to easily navigate and park in dense cities. The trend started with the Range Rover Evoque but almost all premium automakers now have such a car. For Audi, that car is the Q2, the brand’s smallest SUV. Now, though, the Audi Q2 has a new competitor from Bavaria — the BMW X2.

Having just debuted today, the BWM X2 is brand-spanking new and it seems poised to give the Q2 a very hard time. Its combination of style, sportiness and tech will make the X2 a formidable opponent in the segment. Unfortunately for Audi, we don’t see the Q2 being able to survive the X2’s assault.

The BMW X2 is based off of the brand’s UKL architecture, which is the same one that underpins the BMW X1 and all MINIs. Having driven the X1 and many MINI products, I can assure you that it’s an architecture capable of deliver some good driving cars. While we haven’t yet driven the Q2, as it’s unavailable in America, the X1 proved better than the Q3 in our testing.

Being based on BMW’s UKL platform, the X2 is front-wheel drive-based but will come with all-wheel drive as an option. Being front-wheel drive-based, it’s a BMW that compares more closely with Audi products than most Bimmers. It will also come with a suite of four-cylinder engines, both petrol and diesel, much like the Audi Q2. The most powerful X2 engine, and the one to get, is in the xDrive20i, which comes with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 192 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque. That’s more horsepower than the range-topping Audi Q2 2.0 TFSI Quattro, which comes with 187 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque, but, obviously, less twist.

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Both the BMW X2 and Audi Q2 will come with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch auto. According to BMW, the fastest X2 will hit 0-60 mph in 7.7 seconds, which is actually a bit slower than the fastest Q2, which Audi claims to do the same sprint in 6.5.

On the outside, the Bimmer is a very interesting and exciting looking car. Its headlights are angry and emotional, its Kidney Grilles are large and imposing and its front air intakes make it seem like it means business. While the Audi Q2’s mug isn’t ugly, the X2 just shows much more emotion and that will appeal to a lot of buyers. The X2 is angry and aggressive while the Q2 is just a bit bland and square.

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It’s from the side, though, where the X2’s emotion seems to really shine over the Q2. There are creases and body lines that evoke emotion and muscularity, whereas the Q2 seems to have been designed by science and computers. It’s okay looking but cold and staid. What’s interesting is that we originally thought the Q2 was adventurous and exciting when it first debuted. It seems as if the BMW X2 has recalibrated our senses.

On the inside, the BMW X2 really isn’t that much different than its architectural sibling, the X1. That’s no bad thing, though, as it’s a handsome enough cabin with good ergonomics and great tech. The X2 will come with BMW’s latest iDrive infotainment system which is, frankly than the MMI you can get in an Audi Q2. So it’s going to be the more high-tech car.

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We obviously won’ be able to tell you which car is better as we haven’t driven the Q2 yet and no one has driven the X2 yet. However, just based on looks and tech, customers are going to love the BMW X2. It’s more stylish, more exciting and more emotional looking than the Audi Q2, comes with better technology and should handle quite well. While we can’t say that the X2 will be better or worse, one thing is for sure — the Audi Q2 is going to struggle against this BMW X2.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.