Customisation is in vogue at the moment, but choice can be seriously confusing. In our new configurator challenge, we’re going to let the CarAdvice team loose on a manufacturer’s website to create their ideal spec of a certain model.
For this edition of the Configurator Challenge, we’re designing our perfect BMW X2.
Let us know what you think in the comments, and which cars you’d like to see next!
James Wong, Journalist
It may divide opinion, but I personally like the look of the new BMW X2 – provided you specify it correctly. For this week's Configurator Challenge, I've chosen the X2 sDrive20i (from $55,900), which is powered by a 141kW 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
Externally, I've opted for the M Sport X package – unique to the X2 – which adds a sporty body kit and contrasting bumper/fender elements for an almost rally-inspired look. Misano Blue paint really stands out without being tacky, and the 19-inch Y-spoke alloys look good without sacrificing ride comfort as much as the larger 20-inch units of the same design.
For the cabin, I've ticked the box for 'Hexagon' cloth and Alcantara combination with contrasting blue stitching to match the exterior, along with fine-brushed aluminium trim inserts highlighted with Pearl Chrome accents.
I'm not normally one to go black-on-black for interiors, but I think it suits the X2's sportier theme, and I personally prefer Alcantara to leather seat trim – because, hot days burn legs.
Rounding out my specification are a couple of option packages and individual items, including the Innovations Package (head-up display, Driving Assistant Plus, Navigation Plus), the Comfort Package (keyless access, electric front seats with memory and heating, along with lumbar adjustment), wireless Apple CarPlay, Harman Kardon audio, and deletion of model designation badging – 18i, 20i or 20d aren't very sexy.
While this is my ideal spec for the BMW X2, I don't think I'd be forking out $60,000 out of my own pocket for one. For that money, I'd much rather an M140i or a Golf R wagon – but that's just me.
Scott Collie, Journalist
The X2 is a pretty attractive little car, but there's a disappointing lack of choice when it comes to configuring one. Come on BMW, lift!
Although I usually prefer subtle colours, the X2 looks great in Sunset Orange. Ride quality is a concern, but the 20-inch wheels pictured here look great as well – although I can't help but wish there were a few cleaner, less-chunky options.
This is the first car to be offered with an M Sport X package, but I've ignored it for the cleaner lines and body-coloured finishers of the M Sport pack. The X2 is essentially a hatchback, and it looks best when that's highlighted.
Oh, as for the engine? The 2.0-litre petrol and seven-speed dual-clutch sDrive20i is right for a sporty car like this, and won't force you to get dirty hands on the diesel pump. Win, meet win.
Behind the wheel, I've gone for an M Sport-inspired theme, with cloth seats and blue stitching to match the aluminium and blue trim on the dashboard.
As for the options? I've ticked the Comfort Package box for heated seats, anti-dazzle mirrors and keyless go, along with the Innovations Package. I also added Apple CarPlay, purely because it should be standard and I'm making a point.
Kez Casey, Road Tester
The X2 is one of those cars that causes me plenty of sleepless nights. On one hand it’s the best front-wheel drive hatch BMW makes but on the other hand BMW shouldn’t make front-wheel drive hatchbacks, nor should it lie to the general public and call them SUVs.
Grumpy rants aside, mine will be the gruntiest of the lot, the xDrive20d good for 140kW and 400Nm – it’s that latter figure that I’m most interested in. That also dictates an eight-speed auto and all-wheel drive, still front-biased though.
The configurator continued to raise every rage-flag I have. I want 20-inch wheels and adaptive suspension (so as not to end up paying for my chiropractor’s kids uni fees) but then I can’t have the two-tone M Sport X styling, only the ho-hum looking M Sport pack. Fine, BMW, have it your way.
On top of the base $59,900 plus on-roads price you still have to option powered and heated seats (Comfort package), premium Harman Kardon audio, and leather trim. Combining the 20s, sunroof and Mineral Grey metallic paint (Style Plus package) also saves a few cents but still costs.
All up, this X2 would cost $69,442 plus on-road costs. Thankfully BMW will pull the X2 badges off for free so no one need know my shame, and although the brochure doesn’t mention it, I’m sure the dealer will perform CPR on my wallet at no extra charge.