2020 Acura RDX vs. 2019 BMW X2

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Acura RDX 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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Collision Mitigating Braking System in the RDX as “Superior.” The X2 scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The RDX Advance has a standard Surround-View Camera System 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.

Both the RDX and the X2 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the RDX its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X2 is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2019.

Warranty

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Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the RDX 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X2. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the X2 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Engine

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The RDX’s 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. produces 44 more horsepower (272 vs. 228) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 258) than the X2 s/xDrive28i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Acura RDX is faster than the X2 xDrive28i:

RDX

X2

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7 sec

8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

92 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The RDX has a gallon more fuel capacity than the X2 (17.1 vs. 16.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The RDX 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.

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Acura RDX, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the X2.

Brakes and Stopping

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The RDX stops shorter than the X2:

RDX

X2

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the RDX has larger standard tires than the X2 (235/55R19 vs. 225/50R18). The RDX A-Spec’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X2 (255/40R20 vs. 225/50R18).

The RDX A-Spec’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the X2’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the RDX has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the X2.

The RDX has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The X2 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the RDX’s wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than on the X2 (108.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the RDX is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the X2.

For greater off-road capability the RDX has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X2 (8.2 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the RDX to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The RDX uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The X2 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The RDX has 9.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X2 (104 vs. 94.1).

The RDX has 1.3 inches more front legroom, 4.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 1.7 inches more rear legroom and 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the X2.

Cargo Capacity

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The RDX has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the X2 with its rear seat up (31.1 vs. 21.6 cubic feet). The RDX has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X2 with its rear seat folded (79.8 vs. 50.1 cubic feet).

Towing

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

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Acura service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Acura 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 19% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.

Ergonomics

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The RDX 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.

The RDX’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The X2 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the RDX 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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The RDX’s standard headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the X2’s headlights are rated “Acceptable.”

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

The RDX has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the X2. The RDX Advance also has standard 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 RDX 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

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Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its January 2019 issue and they ranked the Acura RDX AWD higher than the BMW X2 xDrive28i.

The Acura RDX outsold the BMW X2 by almost four to one during 2018.

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