The X2 M35i is an expensive car. Prices for this performance crossover start at £44,235, making it £8110 more expensive than the SQ2 – its closest conceptual rival, and a car that we already thought of as being a mite pricey when we road tested it earlier this year.
Of course, most of that premium goes towards the extensive mechanical changes the M Performance treatment entails, but the roster of standard equipment is still reasonable enough. Creature comforts such as satellite navigation, heated seats, DAB radio and cruise control are all included, but the level of additional financial commitment required to specify an X2 up to the same level as our test car is considerable.
Options such as the £1260 Tech pack (which adds a head-up display, wireless phone charging and more) and the £995 M35i Plus package (M seats, Harman Kardon hi-fi, sun protection glass) – among others – pushed the price of our X2 M35i up to £48,630.
Forecasts are pretty bleak when it comes to residual values, too – comparatively speaking, at least. After 36,000 miles and three years, the BMW is expected to retain just 44% of its original value, compared with 58% for the Audi.