2019 Ford Escape vs. 2019 BMW X2

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Escape 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 Escape SE/SEL/Titanium’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The X2 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Escape 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, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Escape 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 9 times as many Ford dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape second 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 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 11th.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Escape has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The X2 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

The Escape stops shorter than the X2:

 

Escape

X2

 

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the X2 (235/55R17 vs. 225/50R18).

Suspension and Handling

The Escape’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 greater off-road capability the Escape has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X2 (7.8 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Escape to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) 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.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Escape Titanium is quieter than the X2 xDrive28i:

 

Escape

X2

At idle

39 dB

39 dB

Full-Throttle

75 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

72 dB

Passenger Space

The Escape has 4.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X2 (98.7 vs. 94.1).

The Escape has .1 inches more front headroom, 2.8 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.9 inches more rear headroom, .6 inches more rear legroom and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the X2.

Cargo Capacity

The Escape has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the X2 with its rear seat up (34 vs. 21.6 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X2 with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 50.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Escape easier. The Escape’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.3 inches, while the X2’s liftover is 30.6 inches.

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

 

Escape

X2

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.6”/67”

30.6”/63”

Max Width

45.6”

48”

Min Width

40.4”

39.6”

Height

34.5”

28”

Towing

The Escape has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The X2 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Escape 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 Escape (except S)’s optional 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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/SEL/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The X2 doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its BMW Assist can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Escape 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 Escape has standard extendable sun visors. The X2 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Escape Titanium 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 Ford Escape outsold the BMW X2 by almost 17 to one during 2018.

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