BMW hasn’t completely ditched rear-wheel drive platforms, but buying a (relatively) affordable Bimmer these days means having to make do with FWD.
The 2-Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer MPVs are built on a front-wheel platform, and so does the second generation X1. And since the X2 shares its underpinnings with the X1, it too is either front- or, on higher specs, all-wheel drive.
This means that, in base form, BMW’s compact coupe SUV will understeer when pushed to the limit. Which might sound off-putting for BMW aficionados, yet for the majority of its prospective buyers is entirely irrelevant.
In any case, we are curious how it performs at the ‘moose test’. This replicates what happens to a vehicle when it tries to avoid an unexpected object in front of them, and over the years, it has claimed many ‘victims’, with Munich’s arch rival being the one that made it famous.
But how does the X2 handle in such a scenario? Not that bad, to sum it up, at speeds of up to 73 km/h (45 mph), at least, but at 77 km/h (48 mph) it did knock a cone down and couldn’t get back in its lane quick enough.
So, it’s not flawless, but at least its drivers will be able to avoid an obstacle without the vehicle tipping over.