2018 BMW X2 20i M Sport - verdict

With no four-wheel drive or adaptive suspension, the BMW X2 20i has a lot to prove. Can it keep up with its diesel counterpart?...

2018 BMW X2 20i on the road

The 20i petrol is a nice addition, especially as it brings front-wheel drive and a dual-clutch automatic gearbox to the X2. Compared with the 20d diesel, its running costs aren’t considerably worse, either - about 10mpg thirstier and 8g/km of CO2 more polluting.

For that reason, plus the fact it’s around £2500 cheaper, the 20i is a good choice, delivering more than enough power for both town and motorway miles and handling that should put a smile on even the most heavily botoxed fashion victim. Just remember that a stiff ride is the price you’ll pay for that cornering ability.

That said, the restriction of space and practicality leaves the X2 as more of a pumped-up hatchback than a practical family SUV. The Volvo XC40 is still the king of the class, while if you want a BMW, the more practical X1 is a better bet.

What Car? says...

Rated 3 out of 5

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BMW X2 sDrive20i M Sport specification

Price £35,040 On sale Now Engine 4 cyls in line, 1998cc, turbocharged, petrol Power 189bhp at 5000rpm Torque 207lb ft at 1350rpm Gearbox 7-spd automatic Kerb weight 1535kg 0-62mph 7.7sec Top speed 141mph Economy 47.1mpg (NEDC combined) CO2, tax band 136g/km, 28% Rivals Volvo XC40, Audi Q3