2019 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2019 BMW X2

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Hyundai Tucson 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 Tucson 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.

The Tucson Limited offers an optional Surround View Monitor 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.

The Tucson’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 Tucson and the X2 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Tucson the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 62 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X2 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Tucson comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The X2’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X2. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the X2 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 2 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Tucson’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson first among small 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 Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 8th.

Transmission

The Tucson offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The X2 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

The Tucson stops shorter than the X2:

 

Tucson

X2

 

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

134 feet

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60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 feet

141 feet

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Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Tucson Sport/Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X2 (245/45R19 vs. 225/50R18).

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the X2.

For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the X2’s (34.9 feet vs. 37.2 feet).

Passenger Space

The Tucson has 8.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X2 (102.2 vs. 94.1).

The Tucson has 1.2 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear headroom, 1.5 inches more rear legroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the X2.

Cargo Capacity

The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the X2 with its rear seat up (31 vs. 21.6 cubic feet). The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X2 with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 50.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Tucson easier. The Tucson’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.3 inches, while the X2’s liftover is 30.6 inches.

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

 

Tucson

X2

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

34.3”/69.5”

30.6”/63”

Max Width

53”

48”

Min Width

40.7”

39.6”

Height

35.2”

28”

Towing

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

Ergonomics

The Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited 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.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Tucson 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.

The X2’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Tucson Limited’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

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

Both the Tucson and the X2 offer available heated front seats. The Tucson Limited also offers optional 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 Tucson Limited 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.

Recommendations

The Hyundai Tucson outsold the BMW X2 by almost 9 to one during 2018.

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