BMW X2 long-term test review

The new X2 aims to transpose the stylish formula of the larger X4 and X6 into a smaller yet equally practical package – and we're running one for four months to see if it's a success...

27 June 2018
BMW X2 long-term test review
  • The car BMW X2 xDrive20d M Sport
  • Run by Darren Moss, deputy editor
  • Why it’s here To see if BMW can successfully transpose its coupé-SUV formula from the X4 and X6 onto a smaller car
  • Needs to Be comfortable and economical for the daily commute, spacious for family and friends, and able to function as a mobile office on longer trips

Price £37,940 Price as tested £43,585 Miles covered 4442 Official fuel economy 58.9mpg Test economy 44.2mpg Options Tech Pack (£1260), Vision Pack (£710), touring fuel tank (£40), 19in alloy wheels with performance tyres (£550), Electronic Damper Control (£150), M Sports steering (£220), Comfort Access (£350), bike rack preparation (£180), luggage compartment separating net (£105), sun protection glass (£270), electric front seats (£650), park distance control front and rear (£340), extended interior lighting (£220), Harman Kardon stereo (£600)

27 June 2018 – putting the boot in

One of the many things you don’t want to hear at the end of a sweaty am-dram rehearsal, when all you want to do is go home and sink into a vat of beer, is a call for “someone with a car to take these chairs home”. But – and trust me on this – said call is made so much worse when this reply drifts across: “Darren can take them, he’s got an SUV.”

Still, on paper at least, this should post no problem for the X2, because with 470 litres of storage space available it outclasses both the Audi Q3 and Jaguar E-Pace. All models come with a standard electric tailgate, too, meaning you can open the boot while carrying your shopping or – as was my case – lumbering two deceptively heavy chairs across a car park.

BMW X2 long-term test review

Fortunately, the X2’s boot is a usefully square shape, but one downside to its rakish rear end is that the sloping rear screen can eat into your loading area. This meant that, in order to get my wooden companions safely on board, I’d have to drop the rear seats. Again, no problem, because all I have to do is tug on small handles at the base of each seat to get them to fold away individually.

One small niggle, though, is that there’s no option to release the seats from the boot, meaning you have to do it manually. And once folded away, the seats sit at a slight angle, giving you a space that’s usefully large (1355 litres) but raised at one end.

BMW X2 long-term test review

Still, with both chairs stowed away, I was impressed by how much room remained in the X2, with enough space – after a bit of Tetris-style fidgeting – to leave one rear seat up for the inevitable “So, are you driving past X on your way home?” question and subsequent trip.

Passengers so far have been impressed with the X2’s comfort, but their first comments are more commonly related to its perceived quality, in particular the ambient interior lighting, which I can change with a few button presses to one of six colours. For sheer wow factor, it’s impressive.