Powered by BMW’s most powerful four-cylinder engine!

The BMW X2 M35i is the range-topping version of the X2 mini SUV that slots between the familiar X1 and X3. The beefed-up crossover arrived in 2018, less than a year after the X2 went into production. The X2 M35i anticipates the arrival of the Audi SQ2 and a potential competitor that Mercedes-Benz may launch soon.

Following in the footsteps of the X3, the X2 spawned an M-prepped version with higher performance. The big news here is that the M35i hides the first-ever four-cylinder engine modified by the M Performance division under the hood. The X2 M35i is also the most powerful four-cylinder model conceived by BMW so far. I guess this makes up for the fact that the M35i is just an X2 with the M Sport Package inside and out. But let’s find out more about that in the review below.

  • 2019 BMW X2 M35i
  • Year:
    2019
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    306
  • Torque @ RPM:
    332
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • size:
  • Purpose:
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2019 BMW X2 M35i Exterior

  • M Sport Package
  • Cerium Gray trim
  • Bigger exhaust pipes
  • Sporty bumpers
  • Dull rear apron
  • Bespoke 19-inch wheels
  • Optional 20-inch rollers
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While the "M" badge might suggest a sportier look, the fact that the M35i isn't a full-fledged M model is very noticeable at first glance.

That’s because the slightly beefed-up SUV is actually based on the X2 with the M Sport Package, with very few details setting it apart.

The bumper is an exact copy of the one that comes with the M Sport Package, including the triangular side vents, the foglamps placed at the corners, and the big opening in the center. The latter features revised trim on each side, so the lower opening is narrower.

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You might also notice that the trim on the kidney grille and the air outlets are slightly darker. That’s because the usually chrome was replaced with a Cerium Grey finish. Call it a compromise between the standard model’s chrome trim and the blacked-out elements on the M cars.

Onto the sides, extra features are limited only to Cerium Grey mirror caps and a set of 19-inch M Sport, light-alloy wheels. Optionally, you can go with larger, 20-inch rollers with Cerium Grey accents.

Around back, BMW swapped the standard apron for a new unit with a revised center section.

Interestingly enough, it’s not as sporty as the diffuser-like element from the M Sport Package. On the other hand, the exhaust tips, also finished in Cerium Grey, are slightly bigger.

2019 BMW X2 M35i Interior

  • M Sport Package
  • M steering wheel
  • Sportier seats
  • Carbon-look trim
  • Three upholstery options
  • "M35i" door sills
  • Optional tech features
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The interior is also based on the M Sport Package, so don’t be surprised if you can’t spot too many differences when comparing photos.

The list of M Sport features include a sportier steering wheel with shift paddles.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a flat bottom like the full-blown M models. You and your front passenger will be treated to M Sport front seats with integrated headrests for enhanced lateral support and increased comfort.

BMW offers three different designs for the seats. There’s a combination of FabricTrigon and Alcantara in black with blue accents, perforated Dakota Magma red leather with black highlights, and perforated Dakota Black leather. Thankfully, the seat trim extends to the lower dash and the center door panels, so the Magmared option adds the bright color to those surfaces as well. A welcomed step away from the usual and boring black trim found in M models. Matching seatbelts in an M design are also available with each option.

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Both the dash and the door panels feature carbon-look trim, but I can't say I'm a fan. It look way too plasticky and I rather have the aluminum panels of the standard model.

So are there any features that set the M35i apart from the X2 with the M Sport Package? Just one, in the form of "M35i" lettering on the door sills.

Most tech features remain optional for this version, so you’ll have to pay extra to get the full-color head-up display, BMW ConnectedDrive, the new BMW Connected App, and Driver assistant systems like traffic jam assistant and parking assistant.

2019 BMW X2 M35i Drivetrain and Performance

  • Upgraded 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • 306 horsepower
  • 332 pound-feet of torque
  • 0 to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds
  • Top speed at 155 mph
  • Stiffer suspension
  • Bigger brakes
  • Differential at the front axle
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This is where the M35i finally stands out from the pack.

While the M-prepped model comes with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder under the hood, the mill is significantly different than the one found in the U.S.-spec 28i model.

Specifically, this engine was retuned by M Performance and it’s the first four-banger from the high-performance division. It’s also the most powerful four-cylinder engine with a BMW badge as of 2018.

Specifically, the powerplant cranks out 306 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. This is a noticeable increase from the 28i model, which comes with 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of tap. That’s extra 78 horses and 74 pound-feet that enable the X2 to hit 62 mph in 4.9 seconds, a second and a half quicker than the xDrive28i version.

As you might have already guessed, the X2 M35i features an xDrive all-wheel-drive system as standard and sends power to the ground through an eight-speed, Steptronic automatic transmission. The gearbox features specific M Performance tuning and a Launch Control system for quicker off-the-line sprints. Top speed is limited to 155 mph as usual.

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The M Performance enhanced the chassis as well.

The M Sport suspension boasts stiffer spring and damper settings and lowers the crossover closer to the ground.

For an even sportier setup, BMW offers an adaptive suspension with two manually adjustable modes. The mini SUV is also fitted with an M Sport differential. But unlike in other M cars, BMW installed it in the front axle, a first for an M Performance vehicle. The system works like any other differential by reducing possible traction losses on the front wheels during sporty maneuvers.

A more powerful vehicle needs better brakes too. BMW acted accordingly and added an M Sport braking system with fixed calipers in Dark Blue metallic. These work in conjunction with 18-inch steel discs up front front and 17-inch discs to the rear.

2019 BMW X2 M35i Prices

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Pricing information is not yet available, but it’s safe to assume that the M35i will cost more than the xDrive28i version. The latter starts from $38,400, so the M-prepped crossover could retail from around $48,000. This estimate is based on the price difference between corresponding versions of the bigger X3.

2019 BMW X2 M35i Competition

2019 Audi SQ2

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The Q2 is literally the X2’s only true competitor in this niche. But even though it was launched in 2016, it has yet to spawn an SQ2 version. But we now Audi is working on one as we spotted the crossover on public roads in 2018. When it arrives, it should have enough oomph to give the X2 M35i a run for its money. Power should come from the 2.0-liter four-cylinder that motivates the S3. The engine cranks out 296 horsepower and should hit 62 mph from a standing start in five seconds or even less. An RS Q2 version with almost 400 horsepower is also likely, in which case BMW will need an X2 M version to compete.

Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Audi SQ2

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA High Resolution Exterior
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A rival for the X1, the GLA can also be cross-shopped with the X2 since the two Bimmer are similar in size and share many components. However, the X2 M35i falls right between the GLA250 and the GLA45 AMG. The former is notably less powerful at 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet, while the latter boasts notably more oomph. Motivated by one of the most powerful four-cylinder engines on the market, the GLA45 AMG hits the streets with a solid 375 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. That’s an extra 69 horses and 18 pound-feet, enough to make the Merc almost a half-second quicker than the X2 M35i. Naturally, the GLA45 is notably more expensive, with pricing set at $53,350 before options.

Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA

Conclusion

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The M35i is a trim that BMW needed badly in order to raise above the competition in terms of performance, but it’s a shame that the crossover doesn’t have too many extra features inside and out. Perhaps BMW is leaving room for an upcoming X2 M version, but it’s disappointing to see that you can get almost identical features if you order the M Sport Package on the regular X2. Still, BMW just climbed above Audi in this segment and this won’t change until Ingolstadt launches S and RS versions of the Q2.

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    • * Looks identical to the X2 M Sport
    • * Likely expensive

Further reading

2018 BMW X2 - Updated
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Read our full review on the 2018 BMW X2.

2020 BMW X2 M
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BMW X2 M - rendering by http://xtomi.blogspot.com

Read our full speculative review on the 2020 BMW X2 M.

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Sportiness coupled with a polarising appearance – based on this formula, the new BMW X2 has inspired above all a young and modern target group following its premiere in March 2018. With its extroverted design, the BMW X2 interprets the character of a premium SAC (Sports Activity Coupes) in an entirely new way within the compact segment.

The top-of-the-range version of the BMW X2 is the M Performance automobile.

BMW is now presenting the new top model of the X2 series. The wide BMW double kidney grille of new BMW X2 M35i (combined fuel consumption 8.4-8.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 191-185 g/km)*, features a surround in Cerium Grey for visual differentiation at first glance. Likewise, the surrounds of the air cooling inlets and the exterior mirror caps are finished in Cerium Grey. The rear of the X2 M35i is characterised by the standard M rear spoiler and two specially designed exhaust tailpipes, which also come in Cerium Grey.

BMW’s most powerful 2-litre TwinPower Turbo engine.

The new BMW X2 M35i featuring a 225 kW (306 hp) 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine definitely sets new benchmarks above the previous versions. As the letter M in the type designation clearly signalises, the new X2 M35i possesses the impressive dynamic handling qualities of an M Performance automobile. Behind this is yet again the BMW M GmbH, whose racing know-how flows into the development of all components. The 2-litre TwinPower Turbo engine concealed under an M Performance cover is the very first M Performance four-cylinder engine and at the same time BMW’s most powerful version. It delivers a fascinating maximum power output of 225 kW (306 hp). Maximum torque is an extremely powerful 450 Newton metres. To ensure that this sheer power is securely transferred to the tarmac, the X2 M35i comes as standard with intelligent four-wheel drive technology xDrive in conjunction with the 8-speed Steptronic transmission including Launch Control. The automatic transmission features specific M Performance tuning. Equipped in this way, the BMW X2 M35i is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds*. The necessary thermal stability of the engine is now ensured by a redesigned cooling system.

Outstanding driving dynamics thanks to M-specific tuning.

Being a typical M Performance automobile, the BMW X2 M35i features, in addition to a powerful engine, also a M Sport suspension system that has been specifically tuned and adapted to match the car’s sporty character. A adaptive suspension offering two different manually adjustable modes and combining maximised sportiness and driving comfort is also optionally available. A particularly special technical highlight – and also a premiere for an M Performance automobile – is the M Sport Differential installed in the front axle gear. During highly dynamic driving manoeuvres, this locking differential most effectively reduces possible traction losses on the front wheels. In addition, the braking system has been upgraded for use on the X2 M35i. The M Sport braking system with fixed callipers in Dark Blue metallic and 18-inch steel discs at the front (17-inch at the rear) guarantees consistently short braking distances even under the highest loads. With that, however, the M know-how is still far from being exhausted. Steering and suspension have also both been adapted to match the performance of the drive system. For instance, thanks to a special setup, the M sports steering conveys to the driver an impressively direct and precise steering feel. Furthermore, the X2 M35i comes as standard with the M Sport suspension with a stiffer spring and damper setting as well as vehicle lowering. The rear axle construction has been redesigned. A suspension with an adaptive spring and damper combination offering two different manually adjustable modes is also optionally available.

Upgraded exterior design thanks to M Performance typical elements in Cerium Crey.

The sporty aspiration of the X2 M35i, which is the result of its inner qualities, is reflected in an exciting exterior design with numerous typical M Performance Automobile elements finished in Cerium Grey and based on the X2 M Sport Package. This begins at the front with full HD technology for the main headlights and fog lights and continues with the double kidney grille in Cerium Grey and the newly designed side air intakes of the same colour at the front for best possible cooling of brakes and engine. The exterior mirrors have been upgraded by special caps, likewise in Cerium Grey. At the rear, the X2 M35i boasts a distinctive M rear spoiler and demonstrates its fascinating sovereignty with an M Sport exhaust system with two tailpipes (each 100 mm in diameter). Thanks to the adapted silencer system, the exhaust system produces a particularly sporty sound spectrum. 19-inch M Sport light alloy wheels in 715M styling (optional: 20-inch M Sport light alloy wheels in 721M styling and in Cerium Grey bicolour) impressively round off the exterior design features.

For the first time Exclusive M sports seats ensure perfect seating comfort and lateral support.

An exceptionally sporty look also dominates the interior. As with the exterior design, the basis is again the M Sport Package. Moreover, the X2 M35i features as standard an M Sport leather steering wheel with shift paddles and door entry trims at the front bearing the lettering “M35i”. The optional M sports seats at the front are a novelty. They offer not only perfect lateral support for both driver and front passenger in sharp bends, but also the highest level of comfort and safety through integrated headrests. The M sports seats are available in the following three different designs: FabricTrigon/Alcantara combination in black with blue accents, Leather Dakota Magmared, perforated with black accents and Leather Dakota black perforated. Matching seatbelts in an M design are also on offer.

Trend-setting digital competence for state-of-the-art technologies.

In addition to the uncompromisingly sporty orientation of both drive system and design, the BMW X2 M35i also demonstrates BMW’s trend-setting digital competence in the areas of operation and networking. For instance, the full-colour BMW Head-Up Display is among the optionally available features. It offers a display range that is unprecedented in this vehicle segment. If desired, the latest generation of BMW ConnectedDrive and the new BMW Connected App can be fitted. Optional functions such as the wireless use of Apple CarPlay set further highlights. Driver assistant systems include, for example, camera-based technologies such as the traffic jam assistant for less tiring driving in dense stop-and-go traffic or the optional parking assistant.

Start of production is November 2018, for European markets not until March 2019.

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