2021 BMW X2 vs. 2020 Hyundai Tucson

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Safety

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Both the X2 and the Tucson 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, 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’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Tucson’s (12 vs. 7 years).

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the X2’s reliability 26 points higher than the Tucson.

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 Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The X2’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 67 more horsepower (228 vs. 161) and 108 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 150) than the Tucson SE/Value’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder. The X2’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 47 more horsepower (228 vs. 181) and 83 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 175) than the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder. The X2 M35i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 120 more horsepower (301 vs. 181) and 156 lbs.-ft. more torque (331 vs. 175) than the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X2 2.0 is faster than the Hyundai Tucson:

X2

Tucson SE/Value

Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

9.7 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

17.2 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

81.1 MPH

84.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

X2

Tucson

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/32 hwy

23 city/28 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

n/a

22 city/28 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/31 hwy

22 city/25 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/30 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

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

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the X2’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Tucson doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop 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 six-speed automatic is available for the Tucson.

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 Tucson doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

X2

X2 M35i

Tucson

Front Rotors

13 inches

14.2 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

13 inches

11.9 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 Tucson are solid, not vented.

The X2 stops much shorter than the Tucson:

X2

Tucson

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

142 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 Tucson SE/Value’s standard 60 series tires. The X2 M35i’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Tucson Sport’s 45 series tires.

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

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 Tucson doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive handles at .92 G’s, while the Tucson Limited AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the Tucson SE (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the X2 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Tucson (7.2 vs. 6.4 inches), allowing the X2 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The X2 is 4.2 inches shorter than the Tucson, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The front step up height for the X2 is 2.4 inches lower than the Tucson (16.6” vs. 19”). The X2’s rear step up height is 3 inches lower than the Tucson’s (17” vs. 20”).

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 Tucson doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the X2. The Tucson 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 Tucson 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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When two different drivers share the X2, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The Tucson doesn’t offer a memory system.

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 Tucson doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The X2’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Tucson’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens 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 Tucson can only operate 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 Tucson’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the X2’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Tucson’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The X2’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Hyundai only offers heated mirrors on the Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate.

When the X2 is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Tucson’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The X2’s optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Tucson offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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 is only available on the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate.

Both the X2 and the Tucson offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the X2 has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Tucson doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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

Recommendations

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

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