2019 BMW X2 vs. 2019 Buick Envision

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the X2 and the Envision have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The X2’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Envision’s (12 vs. 6 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X2 for 1 year and 12000 miles longer than Buick pays for maintenance for the Envision (3/36,000 vs. 2/24,000).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 11 places higher in reliability than Buick.

Engine

The X2’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 31 more horsepower (228 vs. 197) and 66 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 192) than the Envision’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The X2 M35i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 50 more horsepower (302 vs. 252) and 27 lbs.-ft. more torque (322 vs. 295) than the Envision Premium’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X2 gets better fuel mileage than the Envision:

 

 

 

MPG

X2

 

FWD

sDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

 

 

M35i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

Envision

 

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

 

 

Premium 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/25 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the X2’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Envision doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW X2 higher (7 out of 10) than the Buick Envision (5). This means the X2 produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Envision every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The X2’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Envision doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the X2’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Envision:

 

X2

Envision

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

The X2’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Envision are solid, not vented.

The X2 stops much shorter than the Envision:

 

X2

Envision

 

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The X2’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Envision’s standard 60 series tires. The X2’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Envision Premium’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X2 M35i offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Envision’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the X2 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Envision doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The X2 offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Envision’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The X2 has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Envision doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive handles at .92 G’s, while the Envision Premium pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Envision Premium (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

Chassis

The BMW X2 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the Buick Envision.

The X2 is 11.5 inches shorter than the Envision, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the X2. The Envision doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that BMW service is better than Buick. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 7% lower rating, Buick is ranked 9th.

Ergonomics

The X2’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Envision’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the X2 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Envision can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The X2’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Envision’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the X2’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Envision’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the X2 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Envision doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X2, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Buick Envision isn't recommended.

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