2019 BMW X2 vs. 2019 GMC Terrain

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the X2 and the Terrain have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, 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 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Terrain’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The X2’s corrosion warranty is 6 years and unlimited miles longer than the Terrain’s (12/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X2 for 1 year and 12000 miles longer than GMC pays for maintenance for the Terrain (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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 18th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 17 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Engine

The X2’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 58 more horsepower (228 vs. 170) and 55 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 203) than the Terrain’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The X2 M35i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 50 more horsepower (302 vs. 252) and 62 lbs.-ft. more torque (322 vs. 260) than the Terrain’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X2 s/xDrive28i is faster than the GMC Terrain 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

X2

Terrain

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

89 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

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

Terrain

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/267 hwy

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

The X2 has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Terrain’s standard fuel tank (16.1 vs. 14.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 GMC Terrain (3 to 5). This means the X2 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Terrain 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 Terrain doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

X2

Terrain 1.5T/Diesel

Terrain 2.0T

Front Rotors

13 inches

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11.3 inches

11.3 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 Terrain are solid, not vented.

The X2 stops much shorter than the Terrain:

 

X2

Terrain

 

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

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 Terrain’s standard 65 series tires. The X2’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Terrain’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X2 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Terrain. The X2 M35i’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Terrain.

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 Terrain doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The X2 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the X2 flat and controlled during cornering. The Terrain’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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 Terrain’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive handles at .92 G’s, while the Terrain Denali AWD pulls only .79 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 Terrain Denali AWD (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X2’s turning circle is .2 feet tighter than the Terrain w/17” wheels’ (37.2 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The X2’s turning circle is 4.4 feet tighter than the Terrain w/19” wheels’ (37.2 feet vs. 41.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the X2 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Terrain SLE (7.2 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the X2 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The X2 is 10.1 inches shorter than the Terrain, 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 Terrain doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

The X2 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Terrain uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that BMW service is better than GMC. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 14% lower rating, GMC is ranked 13th.

Ergonomics

The X2 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Terrain doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 Terrain’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 Terrain can only close 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 Terrain’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the X2’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Terrain’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 Terrain doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The X2 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Terrain and isn’t available on the Terrain SL.

The X2’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Terrain SL doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

The X2’s standard GPS navigation system offers an optional real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Terrain’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Recommendations

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

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