No slice of the car market is booming like the small-and mid-sized crossovers and when it arrives in SA in March, the X2 will be BMW’s third model and by far the softest. The urban-focused five-door hatch might invite raised eyebrows, but it turns out that it’s a very competent, composed and sophisticated small crossover. Where the X1 shows cost-cutting and the X3 continues on its merry way, the X2 has carved its own path. And it looks like a pretty interesting path, too. Almost more five-door hatch/wagon than SUV, BMW has engineered the X2 xDrive20d so thoroughly the only thing clumsy about it is its Sports Activity Vehicle description. It has delivered for some reason a small machine that sits neatly between an SUV (not an off-roader, but an SUV) and a car. It worked for Skoda with the Yeti and Subaru has done it well with the Forester for years. BMW’s design team has pulled tricks out of its archives to make you think of it as a sporty machine, even though it doesn’t look especia...

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