2021 BMW X2 vs. 2020 Lexus UX Series

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Safety

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Both the X2 and the UX Series 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, 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’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the UX Series’ (12 vs. 6 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X2 for 2 years and 26000 miles longer than Lexus pays for maintenance for the UX Series (3/36,000 vs. 1/10,000).

There are over 43 percent more BMW dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X2’s warranty.

Engine

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The X2’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 59 more horsepower (228 vs. 169) and 107 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 151) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X2 2.0 is faster than the Lexus UX Series:

X2

UX 200

UX 250h

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

8.5 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

16.5 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

85.6 MPH

87.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the X2’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Lexus only offers a regenerative brake system on the UX Series Hybrid.

Regardless of its engine, the X2’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Lexus only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the UX Series Hybrid.

The X2 has 5.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (16.1 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The X2 has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (16.1 vs. 12.4 gallons).

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 UX Series 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 UX Series:

X2

X2 M35i

UX Series

Front Rotors

13 inches

14.2 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

13 inches

11.1 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 UX Series are solid, not vented.

The X2 stops much shorter than the UX Series:

X2

UX Series

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

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 UX Series’ 50 series tires.

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

The X2 offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the UX Series; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

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 UX Series’ suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X2’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the UX Series (105.1 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive handles at .92 G’s, while the UX 200 pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the UX 200 (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis

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The X2 is 4.8 inches shorter than the UX Series, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The X2 has 3.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the UX Series (94.1 vs. 90.4).

The X2 has 2 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 3.6 inches more rear legroom and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the UX Series.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X2’s rear seats recline. The UX Series’ 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 UX Series doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Payload

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The X2 has a higher maximum payload capacity than the UX Series (946 vs. 890 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

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The X2 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The UX Series 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 power windows standard on both the X2 and the UX Series have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the X2 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The UX Series prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 UX Series’ 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 UX Series’ headlights, which were rated “Good.”

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

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the BMW X2 and the Lexus UX Series, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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