From the driver’s seat, the X2 M35i’s cabin does feel a bit tight and close-quartered. That’s hardly surprising, you might say, given that the car’s exterior dimensions are more swollen hatchback than compact SUV, but even compared with what you might think of as a typical family hatchback, the front half of BMW’s new performance crossover does feel a touch hemmed in. Still, it’s hardly a deal-breaker and, alongside its rivals in the admittedly rather small pool of performance crossovers, the X2 sits at the top of the pile for its cabin’s visual and material appeal.
A more attractive blend of materials is used to greater effect within the X2 than those you get in, say, an Audi SQ2. Textured aluminium panelling runs across the tops of the doors and the dashboard fascia and glossy piano black is used modestly on the centre console and for the air-con control surrounds.
Meanwhile, contrasting blue stitching combined with sporty fabric seats and coloured interior lighting all lend the X2 a healthy dose of performance intent. Of course, similar amounts of moulded, soft-touch plastic are employed on the X2’s dash top, but the harder, scratchier plastics that are so easily spotted in the Audi aren’t quite as obvious here.