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...

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Darren Moss
25 Jul 2018 13:17 | Last updated: 17 Sep 2018 15:53

  • 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 4632 Official fuel economy 58.9mpg Test economy 44.0mpg 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)


25 July 2018 – used alternatives

With prices for our X2 (in xDrive20d M Sport form) starting from less than £38,000, it’s likely that anyone considering one as their next car will take a trawl through the used car classifieds first to see whether picking up a nearly new model would make more financial sense.

Well, at first glance, there’s a hefty discount to be found, because here’s the same car, with the same paintwork and complete with an extensive list of options, for £30,900. And it’s not a high-mileage example, either; the odometer reads just 6645.

BMW X2 long-term test review

There’s a good amount of choice, too. Fancy the chunkier M Sport X version? Here’s an example with just over 3000 miles on the clock, going for £32,770 – more than £5500 less than the £38,350 you’d pay for a new car. In fact, there are 41 examples of the X2 listed on the What Car? Classifieds at the time of writing, ranging from models that have tackled the equivalent of Route 66 a couple of times to cars that have covered just 50 miles.

And what of alternatives? Well, the £38,000 you might spend on our new X2 will get you our recommended version of the larger and more practical X3, the xDrive20d SE, with enough change left over for a couple of weeks cruising in the Mediterranean. And perhaps most impressively of all, that budget will also get you Audi’s latest Q5 in 2.0 TDI quattro Sport form – one of our highest rated and most comfortable large SUVs.

Tempted? I know I am.

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