2021 BMW X2 vs. 2020 Chevrolet Equinox

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Safety

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When descending a steep, off-road slope, the X2’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Equinox doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the X2 and the Equinox 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, 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.

Warranty

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The X2 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Equinox’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The X2’s corrosion warranty is 6 years and unlimited miles longer than the Equinox’s (12/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

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. Chevrolet only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Equinox.

Reliability

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From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 8 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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The X2’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 58 more horsepower (228 vs. 170) and 55 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 203) than the Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder. The X2 M35i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 49 more horsepower (301 vs. 252) and 71 lbs.-ft. more torque (331 vs. 260) than the Equinox’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X2 is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox:

X2

X2 M35i

Equinox 1.5

Equinox 2.0

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

4.6 sec

9.2 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

13.3 sec

16.9 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

105 MPH

81.2 MPH

92.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the X2 M35i xDrive 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (301 HP) gets better fuel mileage than the Equinox AWD 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (23 city/30 hwy vs. 22 city/28 hwy).

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

The X2 has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Equinox FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.1 vs. 14.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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The X2’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Equinox doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the X2’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Equinox:

X2

X2 M35i

Equinox 1.5T

Equinox 2.0T

Front Rotors

13 inches

14.2 inches

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

13 inches

11.3 inches

11.3 inches

The X2’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Equinox are solid, not vented.

The X2 stops much shorter than the Equinox:

X2

Equinox

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The X2’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Equinox’s standard 65 series tires. The X2 M35i’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Equinox Premier’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X2 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Equinox. The X2 M35i’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Equinox Premier.

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 Equinox doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The X2 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the X2 flat and controlled during cornering. The Equinox’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The X2 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Equinox’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The X2 has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Equinox doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The X2 xDrive28i handles at .91 G’s, while the Equinox LT AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.2 seconds quicker than the Equinox LT AWD (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X2’s turning circle is .2 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (37.2 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The X2’s turning circle is 4.4 feet tighter than the Equinox w/19” wheels’ (37.2 feet vs. 41.6 feet).

Chassis

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The X2 is 10.9 inches shorter than the Equinox, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the X2. The Equinox doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

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The X2 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Equinox uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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The X2 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Equinox doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The X2’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Equinox’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the X2 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Equinox can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The X2’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Equinox’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the X2 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Equinox doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The X2 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Equinox and isn’t available on the Equinox L/LS.

The X2’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Equinox doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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The X2 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the X2 will retain 46.55% to 52.31% of its original price after five years, while the Equinox only retains 35.23% to 40.67%.

Recommendations

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

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