2021 BMW X2 vs. 2020 Audi A4 Allroad

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Safety

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Both the X2 and the A4 Allroad have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, 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, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X2 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 132 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The A4 Allroad has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X2 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the A4 Allroad.

There are over 14 percent more BMW dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X2’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the X2 third among small premium suvs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The A4 Allroad isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 18th in initial quality. With 49 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 32nd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The X2 M35i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 53 more horsepower (301 vs. 248) and 58 lbs.-ft. more torque (331 vs. 273) than the A4 Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the X2 M35i is faster than the Audi A4 Allroad:

X2

A4 Allroad

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

5.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.9 sec

13.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.3 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

105 MPH

100 MPH

Top Speed

133 MPH

128 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the X2 xDrive28i xDrive with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the A4 Allroad Auto (24 city/31 hwy vs. 23 city/31 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the X2’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The A4 Allroad doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the BMW X2, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A4 Allroad.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the X2 M35i’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the A4 Allroad:

X2 M35i

A4 Allroad

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.3 inches

The X2 stops shorter than the A4 Allroad:

X2

A4 Allroad

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The X2 M35i’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the A4 Allroad’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X2 M35i offers optional 20-inch wheels. The A4 Allroad’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X2 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The A4 Allroad doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The X2 xDrive28i handles at .91 G’s, while the A4 Allroad Prestige pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the A4 Allroad Premium Plus (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 26.3 seconds @ .69 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X2’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the A4 Allroad’s (37.2 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the X2 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the A4 Allroad (7.2 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the X2 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The BMW X2 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 350 pounds less than the Audi A4 Allroad.

The X2 is 1 foot, 3.3 inches shorter than the A4 Allroad, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The X2 has 2.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A4 Allroad (94.1 vs. 92).

The X2 has 1.8 inches more front headroom and 1 inch more rear legroom than the A4 Allroad.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X2’s rear seats recline. The A4 Allroad’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X2’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The A4 Allroad doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Model Availability

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The X2 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The A4 Allroad doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X2, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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