I suspect no one looks at the X2 and thinks, “I bet that car can carry so much stuff,” and yet there’s more cargo capacity in the back of the X2 than initially meets the eye.
Removing the false floor reveals a deep, carpeted well (there’s no spare). The tub does a good job at keeping groceries from slipping, sliding, and smashing to mushy bits. Unfortunately, to access all this bonus cargo area, you’ll have to negotiate a relatively high loading lip. With a high sill and an even lower floor, it can be difficult to maneuver heavy things like luggage over the edge. Also, with the false floor removed, the bulkhead at the back of the floor tub is exposed. This bulkhead, located aft of the back-seat mounting brackets, creates an odd space behind the rear seats but in front of the cargo well. This area provides room for the false floor to pivot upward on its hinges, but when it’s removed, it creates a sort of no man’s land that where stray belongings may unintentionally end up.
A power tailgate provides access to the X2’s back end. It seems unnecessary to power the tailgate on such a small vehicle because the hatch itself is small and light. A manual hatch would open and close more quickly than this motorized one does. That being said, the hands-free function works very well. One sideways swipe of the foot, and the rear lights blink in acknowledgment as the tailgate begins to open. Other manufacturers offer this function, but none seem to work this well.
Conveniently, the back seat offers a three-way split, perfect for slipping a pair of skis or a snowboard in between passengers. But none of the seat folding can be actuated from the rear hatch area. Instead, the segments fold via nylon pulls found at the intersection of the seat bottom and back. Nylon pulls aren’t the first thing that come to mind when you think of luxury brand interior hardware, but these get the job done. The pulls can also recline the seatbacks, allowing for a more relaxed and casual seating position for back-seat passengers.
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