2021 BMW X2 vs. 2020 GMC Terrain

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Safety

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Both the X2 and the Terrain 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.

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 Terrain was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

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 Terrain’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 Terrain’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. GMC only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Terrain.

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 Terrain isn’t in the top three in its category.

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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 5 places higher in reliability than GMC.

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 Terrain’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 Terrain’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X2 2.0 is faster than the GMC Terrain 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder:

X2

Terrain

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

89 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the X2 gets better fuel mileage than the Terrain:

X2

Terrain

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/32 hwy

26 city/30 hwy

1.5 4 cyl./Auto

n/a

22 city/28 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/31 hwy

25 city/28 hwy

1.5 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/30 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

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

The X2 has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Terrain 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 Terrain 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 Terrain:

X2

X2 M35i

Terrain 1.5T

Terrain 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 Terrain are solid, not vented.

The X2 stops much shorter than the Terrain:

X2

Terrain

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

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 Terrain’s standard 65 series tires. The X2 M35i’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Terrain’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 Terrain. The X2 M35i’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Terrain.

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 Terrain 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 Terrain’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 Terrain’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive handles at .92 G’s, while the Terrain Denali AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Terrain Denali AWD (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X2’s turning circle is .2 feet tighter than the Terrain w/17” wheels’ (37.2 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The X2’s turning circle is 4.4 feet tighter than the Terrain w/19” wheels’ (37.2 feet vs. 41.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the X2 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Terrain SLE (7.2 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the X2 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The X2 is 10.1 inches shorter than the Terrain, 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 Terrain 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 Terrain 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 Terrain 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 Terrain’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 Terrain 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 Terrain’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the X2’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Terrain’s headlights, which were rated “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 X2’s headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Terrain’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the X2 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Terrain 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 Terrain and isn’t available on the Terrain SL.

The X2’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Terrain SL doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

The X2’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Terrain’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X2, based on reliability, safety and performance. The GMC Terrain isn't recommended.

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