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Looking to get a compact SUV? BMW has got you covered


Text | Goh Zhi Xuan
Photos | Low Fai Ming,BMW

20 JULY 2021
BMW's X range offers a wide variety to choose from. But if you are looking for a compact SUV, you can't go wrong with the X1 or X2.

Ranging from the compact X1 all the way to the X7 behemoth, there's bound to be the perfect SUV for you. However, if you are in the market for a compact SUV, you would've likely narrowed your choices down to either the X1 or X2.

Admittedly, the two smallest SUVs in BMW's lineup do share a fair bit of similarities. But that's only at first glance. Put them side by side, take a step back, have a good, long look and you'll notice the core differences that set these two cars apart. No worries if you are still confused or bedazzled by their good looks - we'll point out those differences for you, so you can make the best choice.
X2 M Sport X
X1 M Sport
The strong muscular one and its lean sibling

The dimensions of the X1 and X2 are similar. Both are compact SUVs that are manoeuvrable and easy to drive. However, the two are differentiated by their design elements and silhouette.

The X1 features strong lines and a more traditional SUV body shape with a tall roofline. It is the perfect choice for drivers who love the bold, rugged design elements of SUVs.

In comparison, the X2 has a sleeker silhouette with a tapered rear end, resulting in a coupe-like shape. This is the one to go for if you are all about style and a sporty, athletic look.

In fact, the new X2 M Mesh Edition takes it a step further with exclusive colour combinations and an updated front end with the M mesh kidney grille.
X2 M Mesh Edition
X1 M Sport
Let's take a seat in these compact SUVs

As expected of the SUV body style, both the X1 and X2 offer a spacious cabin. The X1, with its tall body shape, offers plenty of headroom, along with generous legroom. Make no mistake, despite being a smaller SUV, the X1 allows three passengers to sit in luxurious comfort at the rear.

Surprisingly, the tapered rear end of the X2 that gives it the sleek coupe-like silhouette doesn't compromise much on the interior space. Indeed, when compared with the X1, there's lesser headroom, but it will still fit all but the tallest of passengers.

Both the X1 and X2 also offer large cargo-hauling capabilities. The X1 has a boot space of 505 litres that can be expanded to 1,550 litres when you fold the rear seats down. While the tapered shape of the X2 encroaches on cargo space, it stills come close at 470 litres that expands to 1,355 litres.

If you are looking for maximum space and versatility, the X1 will be the unbeatable choice, but if you are the flamboyant seeker of style, the X2 is the clear winner.
X2 M Mesh Edition 2
X1 M Sport 2
Two luxurious rides

It isn't just space that this pair of compact SUVs offer. Their well-crafted interior, in line with all BMW cars, are simply a joy to be in.

There are plenty of soft touch and premium materials that deliver a quality and luxurious feel. You'll get velour floor mats, Sensatec upholstery and ambient lightings, to create an enjoyable atmosphere.

Opt for the X2 M Mesh Edition and you'll get a pair of supportive M Sport seats with integral head restraints along with exclusive stitching, stainless steel pedals, M leather steering wheel, and much more to further accentuate the athletic allure of the X2.

Both cars also come equipped with the BMW Navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, an 8.8-inch Control Display with touchscreen functionality that runs on the sixth generation iDrive system and BMW ConnectedDrive Services.
X2 M Mesh Edition 3
X1 M Sport 3
Similar, but different drive

The X1 and X2 are built upon a shared platform and currently offered with identical engine options locally.

However, this doesn't mean that they drive the same. The X2 is equipped with M Sport suspension, and this places an emphasis on sporty driving, in line with its looks.

The X1, on the other hand, is available with or without M Sport suspension. Yet, even with the M Sport suspension, the X1 offers a plusher ride. The X2 is a slightly sportier proposition, so if a dynamic drive is what you are searching for, the X2 might be just the compact SUV for you.
X2 M Mesh Edition 4
X1 M Sport 4
Pick your poison

There you have it, both excellent compact SUVs, each with its own distinct personality.

Would you go for the more traditional X1, or the contemporary coupe-SUV, the X2? Or better yet, go all out and get the exciting new X2 M Mesh Edition? You don't have to make a decision now. Head on down to the showroom for a closer look, experience both cars, and take your pick then.