2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen vs. 2019 BMW X2

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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

The Golf SportWagen has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The X2 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the Golf SportWagen 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Golf SportWagen comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The X2’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 22000 miles sooner.

There are over 89 percent more Volkswagen dealers than there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Golf SportWagen’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Golf SportWagen FWD Auto gets better fuel mileage than the X2 sDrive28i (27 city/36 hwy vs. 23 city/32 hwy).

Transmission

The Golf SportWagen offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The X2 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

The Golf SportWagen stops shorter than the X2:

Golf

X2

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

169 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Golf SportWagen’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the X2’s (35.8 feet vs. 37.2 feet).

Chassis

The Volkswagen Golf SportWagen may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 450 pounds less than the BMW X2.

The design of the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen amounts to more than styling. The Golf SportWagen has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .31 Cd. That is lower than the X2 (.31 to .33) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Golf SportWagen get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Golf SportWagen SE is quieter than the X2 xDrive28i (73 vs. 76 dB).

Passenger Space

The Golf SportWagen has .9 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room and 1.5 inches more rear headroom than the X2.

Cargo Capacity

The Golf SportWagen has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the X2 with its rear seat up (30.4 vs. 21.6 cubic feet). The Golf SportWagen has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X2 with its rear seat folded (66.5 vs. 50.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Golf SportWagen easier. The Golf SportWagen’s trunk lift-over height is 24.8 inches, while the X2’s liftover is 30.6 inches.

Ergonomics

The X2’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Golf SportWagen SE’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.

The Golf SportWagen SE has a 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, 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.

Model Availability

The Volkswagen Golf comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the BMW X2 isn’t available as a four door.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Golf SportWagen second among compact cars 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 Golf was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 13 of the last 13 years. The X2 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Golf as their 2015 Car of the Year. The X2 has never been chosen.

The Volkswagen Golf/GTI outsold the BMW X2 by almost three to one during 2018.

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