BMW X2 review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

BMW X2 2019 infotainment closeup
  • BMW X2 SUV 2018 left front cornering
  • BMW X2 2019 right rear tracking shot
  • BMW X2 2019 dashboard
  • BMW X2 2019 rear seats
  • BMW X2 2019 infotainment closeup
  • BMW X2 2019 front right cornering
  • BMW X2 2018 RHD right panning
  • BMW X2 2018 RHD left panning
  • BMW X2 2019 RHD front seats
  • BMW X2 2018 RHD boot open
  • BMW X2 2018 RHD infotainment control
  • BMW X2 SUV 2018 left front cornering
  • BMW X2 2019 right rear tracking shot
  • BMW X2 2019 dashboard
  • BMW X2 2019 rear seats
  • BMW X2 2019 infotainment closeup
  • BMW X2 2019 front right cornering
  • BMW X2 2018 RHD right panning
  • BMW X2 2018 RHD left panning
  • BMW X2 2019 RHD front seats
  • BMW X2 2018 RHD boot open
  • BMW X2 2018 RHD infotainment control
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

Despite costing more than the equivalent X1 on a model-for-model basis, the X2 doesn’t offer any additional equipment. That’s disappointing given that you miss out on a sliding rear bench and there isn’t as much space for people or luggage. It seems even worse when you compare it with the Volvo XC40, a larger car with much more standard equipment for similar money.

However, even the four-wheel-drive xDrive20d model is competitive on CO2 emissions, and this helps to minimise benefit-in-kind tax for company car users. It can also boast better fuel economy and lower CO2 output than the similarly powerful Audi Q3 40 TDI. The petrol sDrive20i’s running costs aren’t massively worse either – fuel economy drops by about 10mpg and emissions rise by fewer than 10g/km of CO2. Factor in a price that’s around £2,500 cheaper, and we reckon it’s worth going without four-wheel drive and opting for the petrol.

Equipment, options and extras

Entry-level Sport trim has 18in alloy wheels as well as attractive contrast stitching on the dashboard, LED headlights, ambient LED lighting and body-coloured roof trims.

M Sport is a popular choice, but the 19in wheels and stiffer suspension don’t do the ride any favours. Although its heated front seats appeal, you are mainly paying for a sporty bodykit and racier interior trim. M Sport X only really adds leather seats and a few bits of silver exterior trim that give the X2 a little more of an off-road flavour.

All things considered, we’d stick with Sport trim and then spend a bit of cash on a few choice options. Metallic paint will contribute towards resale value, and the heated front seats found on one of the Comfort Packs are a worthwhile extra on cold mornings. We’d also contemplate adding front seat lumbar support. Other kit available includes adaptive cruise control, a panoramic sunroof (which comes at the expense of head room), a rear-view camera, electric seat adjustment and a heated steering wheel.

Overview

Classy interior and tidy handling add to the X2’s appeal, but a firm ride and compromised practicality detract from the overall package it offers. Slightly restricted space and practicality leaves it as more of a pumped-up hatchback rather than a practical family SUV. Ultimately the Volvo XC40 is still the king of the class while if you want a BMW, the more practical X1 is a better bet.

  • Classy interior
  • Strong and capable engines
  • Handles well given its size
  • Stiff ride
  • Reduced rear space over X1
  • Road noise and wind noise are excessive
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