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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Buick Envision are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X2 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
Both the Envision and X2 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Envision has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The X2’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.
The Envision Premium offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The X2 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
Both the Envision and the X2 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Envision the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X2 has not been tested, yet.
Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Envision 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X2. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the X2 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are almost 6 times as many Buick dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Envision’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Envision first among compact suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The X2 isn’t in the top three in its category.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 8th.
The Envision Premium’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 24 more horsepower (252 vs. 228) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 258) than the X2 s/xDrive28i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
The Envision has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the X2 (17.3 vs. 16.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Buick Envision Premium, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the X2.
The Envision stops shorter than the X2:
60 to 0 MPH
For better traction, the Envision Premium’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X2 (235/50R19 vs. 225/50R18).
The Envision has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The X2 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
The Envision’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The X2 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Envision’s wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than on the X2 (108.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).
For better maneuverability, the Envision’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the X2’s (36.4 feet vs. 37.2 feet).
The front grille of the Envision uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The X2 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Envision uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The X2 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Envision has 6.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X2 (100.6 vs. 94.1).
The Envision has .2 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, .8 inches more rear legroom and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the X2.
The Envision has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the X2 with its rear seat up (26.9 vs. 21.6 cubic feet). The Envision has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X2 with its rear seat folded (57.3 vs. 50.1 cubic feet).
The Envision has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The X2 has no towing capacity.
The Envision has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X2 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The Envision Essence/Premium’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The X2 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Envision has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the X2 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Envision has standard extendable sun visors. The X2 doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Envision has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the X2. The Envision Essence/Premium also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the X2.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the Envision Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The X2 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
The Envision Premium has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X2 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Envision third among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The X2 isn’t in the top three.
The Buick Envision outsold the BMW X2 by 87% during 2018.
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