2021 BMW X2 M35i SUV


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Key Spec of 2021 BMW X2 M35i SUV
fuel economy


fuel type

Premium Unleaded


301 hp @ 5000 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Peppy performance

Stiff ride quality 

New M Mesh appearance package 

Engaging dynamics

Cramped third-row seats

The newly designed front grille 

Build Quality 

Limited cargo capacity 

Exhaust sound 

More expensive than some rivals 

2021 BMW X2 M35i SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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The 2021 BMW X2 M35i remains mostly unchanged when compared to the outgoing model. For the 2021 model, BMW introduced a new mesh grille design to make it look more appealing than ever. The BMW X2 M35i is surely an M-Performance car at heart but to make it look like one BMW is also offering a new M Edition Mesh package that will add many exterior elements to make it visually more enticing. 

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Over All Rating


Out of 10

Notable Rankings

#18 in Compact Suv

#25 in Suv

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Base$46,450 onwards

  • 12-Way power-adjustable front seats
  • Keyless entry
  • M Sport exhaust system

Colors and Styles

2021 BMW X2 M35i SUV in Galvanic Gold Metalic color
Galvanic Gold Metalic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2021 BMW X2 M35i is available in a single trim configuration only and is priced at $46,450 excluding additional charges. It is not a very practical SUV considering it a compact one but offers the much desirable M-Performance characteristics and features. It faces competition from the likes of Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Infiniti QX50, and Acura RDX


As said earlier, the 2021 BMW X2 M35i is available in a single trim configuration only and is priced at $46,450 excluding additional charges. The X2 was already a good package and with the M moniker gracing it, the deal has become even sweeter. It offers top-notch build quality and interior features along with M Performance upgrades like the M Sport exhaust, M Sport differential, M Sport suspension as standard. Obviously, it also comes with an xDrive system for better traction on different road surfaces. 


BMW X2 M35i xDrive 



Key features 

LED headlights with cornering lights 


M Sport seating 


M sport exhaust 


M Sport differential 


M Sport steering wheel 


Available M Sport seating 


Brake energy regeneration


19-inch double-spoke alloy wheels 


Sensatec upholstery 


Dual-zone automatic climate control system 


BMW ConnectedDrive services


Apple CarPlay compatibility 


Rearview camera 

Which trim should you buy?

As the 2021 BMW X2 M35i XDrive is available in a single trim configuration only, you have to go for it only. However, the X2 M35i xDrive is equipped with all the desirable features that you would expect from a car in its segment plus the M Performance upgrades can make even the enthusiasts go head over heels. The specifically tuned M Sport suspension, M Sport front differential, M Sport exhaust, and the intelligent xDrive are very much a part of the standard package along with many desirable features like dual-zone automatic climate control system, Sensatec upholstery, 8.8-inch infotainment touchscreen, power tailgate and many more for added convenience. 

Engine and Performance

The 2021 BMW X2 M35i XDrive is equipped with a 2.0L twin-turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine producing 301 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque. Don’t let the smaller cubic capacity of the engine fool you as it is mighty, grunty, and powerful for a compact car like the X2 M35i. It is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and the power is transferred to all four wheels via the intelligent xDrive system. 

The transmission is tuned correctly and it always finds the right gear in different driving conditions. The X2 M35i xDrive performs really well for its size and with a better power-to-weight ratio than its competitors, clearly smashes them all. It does a 0-60 mph sprint in about 4.7 seconds and a quarter-mile drag is done in about 14.9 seconds. It can also cruise up to the top speed of 155 mph and that’s clearly more than what the competition has on offer. 


2021 BMW X2 M35i XDrive

2021 Infiniti QX50 

2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio 

2021 Acura RDX 







2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4







8-Speed Automatic


8-Speed Automatic

10-Speed Automatic


301 hp @ 5,000 rpm

268 hp @ 5,600 rpm

280 hp @ 5,200 rpm

272 hp @ 6,500 rpm


331 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm

280 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

306 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm

280 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

0-60 MPH

4.7 sec

6.4 sec

5.4 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

14.9 sec

14.0 sec

14.8 sec

Top Speed

155 MPH

132 MPH

143 MPH

130 MPH

All the cars in the comparison are powered by two-liter engines but the one in the 2021 BMW X2 M35i XDrive clearly shines. It offers maximum firepower and makes the X2 accelerate much faster than its rivals. The Infiniti QX50 and Acura RDX offer very similar output and perform similarly as well. Both the cars do a 0-60 mph sprint in about 6.4 seconds and are the slowest. The Alfa Romeo comes second in terms of acceleration and does a 0-60 mph sprint in about 5.4 seconds. 

How does the 2021 BMW X2 M35i XDrive handle?

The standard X2 offers good handling and the M Performance upgrades just made it more fun to drive than ever. The 2021 X2 M35i XDrive is equipped with M suspension which provides good control over the car and is sprung towards the stiffer side. Hence, even small undulations are felt inside the cabin. The X2 M35i XDrive offers different driving modes namely the Eco Pro, Comfort, and Sport mode. The Sport mode makes the suspension feel even stiffer and the comfort quotient of the car takes a hit. 

However, the steering is well-weighted and provides adequate feedback in different driving conditions. It feels at home when thrown around the corners and carves them out with minimal body roll. The vehicle’s speed-sensitive steering is tuned well and reacts to different speeds in real-time. Also, front and rear stabilizer bars add to better stability around the twisties and the overall driving experience of the car is confidence-inspiring. The xDrive all-wheel-drive system is a cherry on the top of the cake and provides better traction under all conditions. 

2021 BMW X2 M35i XDrive Braking Performance

A vehicle that goes fast needs to stop faster under emergency braking conditions and in those situations an effective braking system is mandatory. The 2021 X2 M35i XDrive is equipped with M Sport brakes with ventilated discs and dynamic brake control as well. The braking system consists of 13.4-inch rotors at the front end and 12.0-inch rotors at the rear end. The X2 M35i XDrive also offers stability control with braking readiness, dry braking, and fading compensation as well to inspire confidence in emergency situations. With a curb weight of 3,721 lbs only, we expect the braking system to perform well and somewhat better than the competition. 


2021 BMW X2 M35i XDrive

2021 Infiniti QX50 

2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio 

2021 Acura RDX 

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The Infiniti QX50 offers good braking performance and comes to a complete stop from 60 mph within 114 feet of distance. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is equipped with larger rotors and weighs higher than every other rival but offers a stopping distance of 117 feet. The Acura RDX offers somewhat similar braking performance and stops within 116 feet of distance. With all the braking assistance features, we expect the BMW X2 M35i to perform better or at least on par with its rivals.

Fuel Economy

The 2.0L twin-turbo engine in the BMW X2 M35i xDrive is definitely a gem of an engine as it offers superior performance and better fuel economy as well. It offers 23 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg in combined driving conditions. With a fuel tank capacity of 16.1 gallons, it can travel up to 370 miles in the city, 483 miles on the highway, and 418 miles in combined driving conditions. The fuel efficiency can be considered decent for a performance-oriented compact SUV. 


2021 BMW X2 M35i XDrive

2021 Infiniti QX50 

2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio 

2021 Acura RDX 

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Fuel Capacity (gallons)





Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

370/483/418 miles

352/448/400 miles

372/473/405 miles

359/462/393 miles

The BMW X2 M35i is the most fuel-efficient car in the lot and provides a higher range as well from its 16.1-gallon fuel tank. It offers about 418 miles in combined driving conditions, followed by Alfa Romeo Stelvio with 405 miles, Infiniti QX50 with 400 miles, and Acura RDX with 393 miles. The Acura RDX is equipped with a larger fuel tank of 17.1 gallons but owing to a lower fuel efficiency it offers the least range.


The 2021 BMW X2 M35i xDrive offers a very minimalistic interior design in comparison to its aggressive exterior design. However, it is well-built and quality is the inherent nature of its cabin. The dashboard is over-simplistic and all the controls are within the easy reach of the driver. The infotainment screen sits just above the dashboard and is tilted slightly towards the driver. The X2 M35i’s black and red upholstery scheme accentuates the sporty nature of the car but can be a bit overdone for some. The front seats are comfortable and provide easy ingress and egress. They are 12-way power-adjustable and provide 4-way lumbar support as well. However, the same cannot be said for rear passengers. 

The rear seats lack headroom and legroom as well. The aggressive sloping roofline is the prime reason for lower headroom. The cargo capacity is also lesser than expected at 21.6 cu-ft whereas the competition offers better cargo space. However, we can’t complain much and BMW tries to compensate for it with better interior feel and features like Sensatec upholstery, aluminum hexagon trim, and some other M Sport interior design elements. Some other features like dual-zone climate control system, comfort keyless entry, multi-color, and adjustable interior lighting, tilt and adjustable steering column, and some more offer added convenience. 


2021 BMW X2 M35i XDrive

2021 Infiniti QX50 

2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio 

2021 Acura RDX 

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The 2021 X2 M35i is a pretty compact vehicle. Its rivals like Infiniti QX50 and Acura RDX offer much better headroom and legroom across both rows. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio offers less legroom and cargo capacity than the X2 M35i. The Infiniti QX50 offers a maximum cargo capacity of 31.4 cu-ft, followed by Acura RDX with 29.5 cu-ft, BMW X2 M35i with 21.6 cu-ft, and Alfa Romeo Stelvio with just 18.5 cu-ft. Some of the standout interior features are: 

  • Dual-zone climate control system
  • Cabin air filtration 
  • Sensatec upholstery 
  • 12-way power-adjustable front seats 
  • Ambient lighting 
  • Comfort keyless entry 
  • M Sport steering wheel 
  • Privacy glass
  • Engine start; stop button 

What’s there in the 2021 BMW X2 M35i to keep you entertained? 

The 2021 BMW X2 M35i is equipped with an iDrive infotainment system. It is programmable via eight memory buttons. An 8.8-inch high-resolution touchscreen display graces the center of the dashboard and is intuitive to use as well. You also get access to USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity navigation with OTA updates, a voice command system, an anti-theft AM/FM stereo with a radio data system, SiriusXM satellite radio, etc. Also, features like Apple CarPlay, BMW ConnectedDrive services, and BMW Teleservices are pretty convenient. For a pleasant musical experience, it is equipped with a HiFi sound system with a 205-watt digital amplifier and seven speakers. Some of the standout infotainment features are: 

  • 8.8-inch touchscreen display 
  • AM/FM/HD radio 
  • SiriusXM satellite radio 
  • Apple CarPlay 
  • BMW ConnectedDrive services 
  • HiFi sound system 
  • Steering mounted controls 

The 2021 BMW X2 M35i xDrive looks just as thrilling as it drives. The front fascia imbibes two sharp LED headlamps with daytime running lights. The new mesh grille design is a welcome change and looks good. The front grille looks like the nostrils of an angry beast and sure the X2 M35i is one. The side profile is interesting as well with a slightly stooping roofline which makes it look apart from its boxy and elder X1 sibling. 

The sliding roofline results in lower headroom for rear passengers. It also sits on a shorter wheelbase resulting in lower cargo capacity The alloy wheels look sporty with blue-colored brake calipers. The rear profile looks good and comes with a vertical opening power liftgate. The LED tail lamps complement the overall design language and two exhaust circular exhaust tips look bland in comparison to its curvaceous body 


2021 BMW X2 M35i XDrive

2021 Infiniti QX50 

2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio 

2021 Acura RDX 

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The BMW X2 M35i sits on a shorter wheelbase, giving it better maneuverability and handling but depleting its cargo capacity considerably. It is also the lightest of the lot and offers better fuel efficiency as well. In comparison to rivals, the BMW X2 M35i is very compact. The Alfa Romeo is the bulkiest of the lot and sits on the longest wheelbase. The Infiniti QX50 offers the maximum ground clearance which is very much appreciated in this segment. The X2 M35i offers lower ground clearance. Some of the standout exterior features of the M35i are:

  • LED headlamps with cornering lights 
  • LED taillights 
  • Blue colored brake calipers 
  • Rear spoiler
  • 19-inch alloy wheels 
  • M mesh appearance package 

The 2021 BMW X2 M35i xDrive is based on the X2 platform. Both the NHTSA and IIHS have not tested it yet and we don’t think that it will be tested anytime soon. However, the 2019 X2 was tested by IIHS and it was awarded the ‘Top Safety Pick’. Also, considering its build quality and available safety and driver assistance features, the X2 M35i is bound to be a safe vehicle. Some of the safety features like head protection system for front and rear, airbags, cornering lights, coded driveaway protection, anti-theft system, rearview camera along with active safety features like Active Driving assistant helps to ensure passengers safety. Some of the standout safety features of the X2 M35i are: 

  • LED headlamps with cornering lights 
  • Head protection system 
  • Frontal collision warning 
  • Lane departure warning 
  • Park distance control
  • Rearview camera
  • Automatic collision detection notification
  • Impact sensor

2021 BMW X2 M35i xDrive vs 2021 Infiniti QX50 

The Infiniti QX50 is surely a dimensionally bigger SUV than the X2 M35i. It offers better interior space and higher cargo capacity as well. However, it can’t beat the X2 M35i in terms of sheer performance or range as well. The aural experience provided by the X2 M35i is much better than that on the QX50. The infotainment system system also provides a very refined experience on the BMW X2 M35i. So our choice would be the BMW X2 M35i 

2021 BMW X2 M35i xDrive vs 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio 

The 2021 BMW X2 M35i xDrive is surely a looker but the Alfa Romeo Stelvio might be intriguing for some depending upon your taste. However, the baby beemer outperforms the Stelvio in almost every department. It offers better fuel efficiency, better performance and better interior space as well. The comfort features and cargo capacity are also better on the X2 M35i. So it's very clear for us and might be an easy decision for you as well 

2021 BMW X2 M35i xDrive vs 2021 Acura RDX 

The 2021 Acura RDX is another Japanese challenger to the BMW X2 M35i. It is also dimensionally larger than the X2 m35i and provides much better passenger and cargo space. The BMW X2 M35i excels at performance and fuel efficiency as well. It also offers better range than the RDX. The BMW just feels like a better put together car in terms of features and cabin ambience. The Acura RDX provides higher ground clearance which is much appreciated on a SUV.

Final Verdict

The 2021 X2 M35i is the performance oriented version of the BMW X2. Yes, the M moniker makes all the difference and provides you with a much desired sporty and engaging driving experience. It also offers a higher level of safety quotient and there is not much to complain about the build quality either. It looks aggressive and offers many creature comforts as well. The interior design might be a let down for some people but the performance compensates for it well. So, we wouldn’t mind recommending it to you considering all the pros and cons. 


vehicle bio
base price


body style

4dr SUV

engine type

122 cu in

horse power

301 hp @ 5000 rpm


331 lb.-ft. @ 1750 rpm


8 speed Automatic


172.2 in


105.1 in


71.8 in

curb weight

3358 lbs


60.1 in

Ground Clearance

7.2 lbs

passenger volume

94.1 cu ft

cargo volume

50.1 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy

23/26/30 mpg

highway range

483.00 mi

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

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