The 2018 BMW X2 actually performed quite well in all of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s tests, except for one. The IIHS has revealed that the 2018 X2 missed out on its highest Top Safety Pick+ rating due to underperforming head restraints.
To receive the highest Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS a vehicle must receive good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, an acceptable or good rating in the passenger-side small overlap test. Available front crash prevention systems must also received advanced or superior rating, while the headlights have to be rated as acceptable or good.
The 2018 BMW X2 performed well in all of the tests, but surprisingly its head restraints did not provide enough support to prevent whiplash. The IIHS says that the 2018 X2 is one of only four 2018 vehicles with an acceptable rating for the head restraints.
Luckily BMW has already responded to the test results and is working on some fast improvements, which should be added by this fall.