2019 BMW X2 vs. 2019 Lexus NX Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Compared to metal, the X2’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Lexus NX Series has a metal gas tank.

Both the X2 and the NX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, 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 NX Series’ (12 vs. 6 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X2 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lexus only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the NX Series.

There are over 43 percent more BMW dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X2’s warranty.

Engine

The X2’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 34 more horsepower (228 vs. 194) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 199) than the NX 300h’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The X2 M35i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 67 more horsepower (302 vs. 235) and 64 lbs.-ft. more torque (322 vs. 258) than the NX 300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X2 s/xDrive28i is faster than the Lexus NX Series:

 

X2

NX 300h

NX 300

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

8.3 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

16.3 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

84.5 MPH

90.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

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

NX Series

 

FWD

300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

 

AWD

300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

 

 

300 F Sport 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the X2’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Lexus only offers a regenerative brake system on the NX Series 300h.

Regardless of its engine, the X2’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Lexus only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the NX Series 300h.

The X2 has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the NX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (16.1 vs. 14.8 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 Lexus NX Series (3 to 7). This means the X2 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the NX Series every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the BMW X2, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the NX Series.

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 NX Series doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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 NX Series are solid, not vented.

The X2 stops much shorter than the NX Series:

 

X2

NX Series

 

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

183 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

142 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 NX Series’ standard 65 series tires. The X2’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the NX Series F Sport’s 55 series tires.

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

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 NX Series doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The X2 xDrive28i handles at .91 G’s, while the NX 300 F Sport AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the NX 300h AWD (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X2’s turning circle is .2 feet tighter than the NX Series’ (37.2 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The X2’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the NX Series AWD’s (37.2 feet vs. 39.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the X2 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the NX 300h (7.2 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the X2 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The X2’s minimum ground clearance is .3 inch higher than on the NX 300 (7.2 vs. 6.9 inches).

Chassis

The BMW X2 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 pounds less than the Lexus NX Series.

The X2 is 10.5 inches shorter than the NX Series, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the X2 xDrive28i is quieter than the NX 300 F Sport AWD:

 

X2

NX Series

At idle

37 dB

37 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

74 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

The X2 has 22.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the NX Series (94.1 vs. 71.6).

The X2 has 2.4 inches more front headroom and .6 inches more rear legroom than the NX Series.

The front step up height for the X2 is 1.5 inches lower than the NX Series (16.6” vs. 18.1”). The X2’s rear step up height is 1 inches lower than the NX Series’ (17” vs. 18”).

Cargo Capacity

The X2 has a much larger cargo volume than the NX Series with its rear seat up (21.6 vs. 17.7 cubic feet).

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 NX Series doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 NX Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The X2’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The NX Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the BMW X2 and the Lexus NX Series, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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