2019 BMW X2 M35i Review | Asian Car Guide
July 8, 2020

2019 BMW X2 M35i Review

BMW X2 M35i

This is it; BMW’s most powerful version of its small sport utility vehicle (SUV) is here: the X2 M35i and it is priced at $68,990 plus on road cost.

As the letter M in the type designation clearly symbolises, the new BMW X2 M35i possesses the impressive dynamic handling qualities of an M Performance Automobile.

The new 2.0-litre unit with M TwinPower Turbo (twin-scroll) technology is the first-ever M Performance four-cylinder engine – it generates a formidable 225kW of power and a peak torque of 450Nm at 1,750 – 4,500rpm.

This allows the new BMW X2 M35i to sprint from 0-100 km/h in a flat 4.9 seconds.

To ensure that this sheer power is securely transferred to the tarmac, the new BMW X2 M35i comes with an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission including Launch Control and BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive as standard.

A particularly special highlight on the new BMW X2 M35i is the installation of the M Sport Differential in the front axle gear – this marks the premiere of this feature on an M Performance Automobile.

During highly dynamic driving manoeuvres, this locking differential most effectively reduces possible traction losses on the front wheels.

Essentially it is the same unit found in the 141kW X2 sDrive20i and the 170kW Mini JCW, as BMW does not say much about specific mechanical differences, so we assume the power bump has been achieved through measures such as engine and turbo optimisation.

Unlike its lesser X2, the M35i utilises an eight-speed automatic gearbox (not a seven-speed dual-clutch unit) and all-wheel drive (aka xDrive), as well as a locking M Sport Differential on the front axle.

Adaptive M suspension and steering are also standard, as are larger M Sport brakes. The suspension has stiffer springs and dampers, with a lower ride height, with two adjustable modes.

The Amazing responsiveness through the steering is apparent when turning corners with bumps. The suspension is active, and being all wheel drive (xdrive) means there is constant traction the whole time.

You know when the letter “M’ is put to the BMW cars, you are going to get this kind of great performance to keep you in touch with tougher driving.

The styling with this M badged vehicle offers great looks with the front cabin decked out with individualization. Fine contours of the dash are visible with illuminating lines and a delicate touch and offer a great sense of warmth while being easy on the eyes.

An M-badged car demands more aggro, obvious through the new front and rear styling with all the M-esque touches highlighted in Cerium Grey (the mirror caps too), a larger hatch spoiler and bigger dual-exhaust tailpipes.

The interior features M badging, an M Sport steering wheel, M sport seats, and ‘Dakota’ perforated leather upholstery.

The rest of the cabin sees the usual BMW accoutrements, such as iDrive with navigation, BMW ConnectedDrive services, but a welcome addition is the new Driving Assistant suite that is standard, making this the safest X2 model to date.

Driving Assistant encompasses “Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Info with No Passing Info display, High Beam Assistant, Collision Warning, and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function.”

What is also interesting about the hot version of the X2 is that it brings a new performance sub-class to the BMW/BMW M brand.

The compact M35i models will all be powered by the same 2.0-litre inline 4 and slot in below the inline-six-powered
M40i models like the X3 M40i or M340i.

For example, the existing 1 Series which is still on the old rear-wheel drive platform will transition to a front-wheel drive platform, and so too will the current M140i (powered by a 3.0-litre inline six) be replaced by an M135i model in future.

It also puts the M35i models in prime competition with the Mercedes-AMG 35.

Standard on the X2 M35i are 20-inch alloys, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, electric tailgate, keyless entry and start, power everything, electric and heated front seats, auto LED headlights, auto wipers, sat nav, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, Alcantara on the seats, auto parking, head-up display and run-flat tyres.

The boot starts at 470 litres with all seats in place and then 1,355 litres with the 40/20/40 split-fold rear seats down.

Warranty is three years, and scheduled maintenance costs $1,465 with BMW’s most basic five-year service plan.

2019 BMW X2 pricing

  • sDrive18i – $46,900 plus ORC
  • sDrive20i – $55,900 plus ORC
  • xDrive20d – $59,900 plus ORC
  • XDrive M35i – $68,900 plus ORC