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How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2018 BMW X2?

2018 BMW X2; Cars.com photos by Christian Lantry

BMW's SUV lineup can be confusing: The all-new-for-2018 X2 is the sixth SUV in the automaker's stable, and its placement is a head scratcher. Although it shares a wheelbase with the X1, it's actually a couple of inches shorter and lower than its counterpart, making it more like a compact hatchback. In terms of backseat space, the X2 is roomier than its point-size dimensions suggest and earned decent grades in our Car Seat Check.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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Solid

  • Latch, grade A: The two sets of lower anchors sit under flip-up covers. Access and connection are easy. Three tether anchors sit midway down the seatback. They're also easy to use.
  • Forward-facing convertible, grade A: After raising the head restraint, this seat was easy to install and fit well.
  • Booster, grade A: We again raised the head restraint to fit this seat. The outboard buckles are on stable bases, which should make them easier for kids to grasp and use.

So-So

  • Infant seat, grade B: This seat was easy to install, but we moved the front passenger seat forward a bit to accommodate it. Our 5-foot-6-inch-tall front passenger had OK legroom.
  • Rear-facing convertible, grade B: Another easy install. We were able to move the front passenger seat back a little for a smidge more legroom; taller passengers will still need more to be comfortable, though.

Skip It

  • None

Grading Scale

Solid indicates an A grade for optimum ease of use and fit. So-So indicates B or C grades for one to two ease-of-use or fit issues. Skip It indicates D or F grades.

A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn't impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row.

B: One room, fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.

C: Marginal room plus one fit or connection issue. Difficult to access third row when available.

D: Insufficient room, plus multiple fit or connection issues.

F: Does not fit or is unsafe.

About Cars.com's Car Seat Checks

Editors Jennifer Geiger, Jennifer Newman and Matt Schmitz are certified child safety seat installation technicians.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a shorter passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver's seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.

We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row's middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there's a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. Learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks.

Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.

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