2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2018 BMW X2

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mazda CX-5 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 CX-5 has standard Whiplash-Reducing Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash-Reducing Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The X2 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the CX-5 and the X2 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 and lane departure warning systems.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X2 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Mazda’s powertrain warranty covers the CX-5 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 over 69 percent more Mazda dealers than there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CX-5’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the CX-5’s reliability 23 points higher than the X2.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. BMW is ranked 8th.

Engine

The CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature’s standard 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 22 more horsepower (250 vs. 228) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 258) than the X2’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CX-5 gets better fuel mileage than the X2:

 

 

CX-5

X2

 

2WD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/31 hwy

23 city/32 hwy

sDrive28i/Auto

4WD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/30 hwy

21 city/31 hwy

xDrive28i/Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the CX-5 non-turbo’s fuel efficiency. The X2 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Brakes and Stopping

The CX-5 stops shorter than the X2:

 

CX-5

X2

 

60 to 0 MPH

133 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CX-5’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the X2 (106.2 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the CX-5 is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the X2.

For better maneuverability, the CX-5’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the X2’s (36 feet vs. 37.2 feet).

Passenger Space

The CX-5 has 9.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X2 (103.8 vs. 94.1).

The CX-5 has .7 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, 1.9 inches more rear headroom, 2.9 inches more rear legroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the X2.

Cargo Capacity

The CX-5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the X2 with its rear seat up (30.9 vs. 21.6 cubic feet). The CX-5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the X2 with its rear seat folded (59.6 vs. 50.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the CX-5 easier. The CX-5’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.2 inches, while the X2’s liftover is 30.6 inches.

The CX-5’s cargo area is larger than the X2’s in every dimension:

 

CX-5

X2

Max Width

57”

48”

Min Width

41.3”

39.6”

Height

32.4”

28”

Towing

The CX-5 has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The X2 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The CX-5 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.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the CX-5 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 CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature’s standard 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 CX-5 has standard extendable sun visors. The X2 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the CX-5 and the X2 offer available heated front seats. The CX-5 Grand Touring 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 CX-5 (except Sport/Touring) 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

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Mazda CX-5 and the BMW X2, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The CX-5 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” in 2018. The X2 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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