2019 Dodge Journey vs. 2019 BMW X2

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Dodge Journey 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.

The Dodge Journey offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. BMW doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the X2. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; Journey owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The Journey has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The X2 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Journey and the X2 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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 and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty

Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Journey 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X2. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X2 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 7 times as many Dodge dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Journey’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Journey has a standard 160-amp alternator. The X2’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine

The Journey’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 55 more horsepower (283 vs. 228) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 258) than the X2 s/xDrive28i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Journey FWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the X2 (20.5 vs. 16.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Journey AWD’s standard fuel tank has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the X2 (21.1 vs. 16.1 gallons).

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Journey’s wheelbase is 8.7 inches longer than on the X2 (113.8 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

Passenger Space

The Journey offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the X2 can only carry 5.

The Journey has 27.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X2 (121.7 vs. 94.1).

The Journey has 1 inch more front headroom, .5 inches more front legroom, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, 2.8 inches more rear headroom and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the X2.

Cargo Capacity

The Journey’s cargo area provides more volume than the X2.

 

Journey

X2

Third Seat Folded

37 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

39.6 cubic feet

21.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

67.6 cubic feet

50.1 cubic feet

The Journey’s cargo area is larger than the X2’s in every dimension:

 

Journey

X2

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

16”/41.5”/75”

n.a./30.6”/63”

Max Width

55.5”

48”

Min Width

41.4”

39.6”

Height

33.1”

28”

Payload and Towing

The Journey has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The X2 has no towing capacity.

The Journey has a much higher standard payload capacity than the X2 (1187 vs. 899 lbs.).

The Journey has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the X2 (1362 vs. 899 lbs.).

Ergonomics

The Journey offers a 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 Journey’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The X2 has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Journey has standard extendable sun visors. The X2 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Journey GT 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.

Recommendations

The Dodge Journey outsold the BMW X2 by almost six to one during 2018.

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