In July, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced that the 2018 BMW X2 fell short of a Top Safety Pick designation. Its head restraints, which were only rated Acceptable after middling crash performance, are to blame. In order for a vehicle to earn Top Safety Pick, it must receive Good ratings in all of its crash tests, excluding the new passenger small overlap test.
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As promised, BMW has revised the X2’s head restraints and it now qualifies for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick award. “The lack of a good head restraint rating in the earlier X2 was unusual,” the IIHS said. “The model was one of only five 2018 vehicles with an acceptable rating; the other 182 tested models earn a good rating.”
After improvements to the head restraints, the SUV earned a good score in subsequent IIHS tests thanks to lower neck forces and less head acceleration.
The X2 earned top scores in most other IIHS tests, including three frontal crash tests, a side impact test and roof-crush evaluation.
In the US, the new X2 crossover is offered as a BMW X2 xDrive28i and the rear-wheel drive sDrive28i. Under the hood, it has the B46 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
That 228 hp engine will be mated to an eight-speed automatic. According to BMW, it can get from 0-60 mph in about six seconds.